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Queen's University

Employment Opportunities

SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The Department welcomes inquiries from students who hold, or are applying for a Social Science and Humanities Research Council post-doctoral fellowship. Please e-mail the Head of the Department and the intended supervisor for further information. 

Term Adjunct Position(s)

The Department will advertise Term Adjunct positions when they become available.  Please check this site regularly.

Teaching Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships

The Collective Agreement (CA) between the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) on behalf of Graduate Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows at Queen's University can be found on the  Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal Academic website.  Please ensure you become familiar with all aspects of the collective agreement. See below for Teaching Fellow and Teaching Assistant opportunities in our department.

Teaching Fellowships

2014-2015 Teaching Fellowship opportunities
Teaching Fellowships will be assigned in accordance to Article 12.08 of the CA.  

This advertisement is directed at current members of the PSAC 901 bargaining unit, including those who anticipate they will graduate in the coming year.  Advertisements may be posted for one or two further courses requiring Teaching Fellows later in the year.

For more information on specific courses, consult the Arts and Science Calendar for a list of Course Descriptions (POLS courses can be found under the ‘Courses of Instruction' section).

The Department of Political Studies requires Teaching Fellows for the following courses offered in the 2014-15 academic year: 

POLS 352/3.0   Women and the History of Political Thought - (Fall term)

Four courses chosen from POLS 400, 406, 410, 415, 419, 422, 431, 434, 440, and 442; it is planned to offer all but one of these in the Winter term.
POLS 400/3.0   Seminar in Political Science: Advanced Quantitative Methods
POLS 406/3.0   Comparative Politics: Questions & Challenges
POLS 410/3.0   Seminar in Canadian Politics
POLS 415/3.0   Canadian Federalism
POLS 419/3.0   Political Communication
POLS 422/3.0   Public Opinion
POLS 431/3.0   European Politics
POLS 434/3.0   Multiculturalism
POLS 440/3.0   The Politics of Ethnicity and Nationalism
POLS 442/3.0   Latin American Politics

One of POLS 456 or POLS 483 - (Winter term)
POLS 456/3.0   Theories of Identity Politics OR
POLS 483/3.0   Justice and Gender

POLS 403/3.0   Gender Politics: Questions & Challenges - (Winter term)
POLS 485/3.0   Seminar in Gender and Politics - (Winter term)

Applicants are to submit an application file consisting of an unofficial transcript (from SOLUS is acceptable), an up-to-date curriculum vitae, and a 1-2 page discussion of the direction you would take the course, assignments, and likely reading materials.  You can also include supporting materials you have (i.e. teaching assessments). Completed applications must be sent to Barb Murphy ( by 14 April 2014.  For Ph.D. students in Political Studies, in lieu of letters of reference, please indicate whether you authorize the committee to speak to your supervisors about your suitability to teach.

If you are a Ph.D. student applying from outside Political Studies, please also include two letters of reference with your application which can be sent to Barb Murphy, Administrative Assistant, Department of Political Studies, Mackintosh-Corry Hall Room C316.

Remuneration will be in accordance with the Collective Agreement and appointments are subject to funding or enrolment criteria.

Date of posting: 31 March 2014
Deadline date:  14 April 2014

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantship opportunities for the academic year 2014-2015 will be posted when they become available.

The number of TAships available for each course will depend on final enrollments.

The primary purpose of teaching assistantships is the support of undergraduate teaching. Consequently, the academic requirements of the courses requiring TAs shall be the major consideration in assigning graduate students in the same preference group of courses. Full TAships in Political Studies normally involve 10 hours’ per week for both the fall and winter terms: therefore, if you wish a full TAship, please provide your preferences for both terms. Applications will be evaluated according to qualifications and experience as per the Collective Agreement.

Teaching Assistantships will be assigned in accordance to Article 12.04 of the CA.

For applicants in group A - please rank your course preferences by term.

For applicants in groups B, C and D - please rank your course preferences by term. As well, include in your application a CV, unofficial transcripts, and a one-paragraph statement stating your relevant experience.

Teaching Assistantships normally form part of the guaranteed minimum funding package for full-time graduate students in the Department of Political Studies. A graduate student may decline the offer of a teaching assistantship, in which case their funding package will be reduced accordingly.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning at Queen’s University offers a ‘Teaching Development Day for Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows’ at the beginning of September for new incoming students wishing to hold Teaching Assistantships. This day-long conference is not mandatory; however, we do encourage new incoming students to participate in some or all of the sessions.

The Department of Political Studies offers training for new TAs.  This session normally takes place during the first week of September, prior to the beginning of classes. Information on this session will follow once finalized.

Note: The hours attended at all training sessions (university and department-specific) are to be included in your overall TAship hours.

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