Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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Friday, November 1, 2019

To Cultural Studies Faculty, Staff and Students:

The Cultural Studies Program is currently inviting applications from tenured, tenure-track, or adjunct faculty to fill the position of Cultural Studies Program Director. Applications should be submitted to by Monday, November 18, 2019.

The search committee will also accept nominations for the position of Cultural Studies Program Director. In order to nominate a faculty affiliate please write a short statement of support and forward it to by Friday, November 15, 2019.

The position will commence July 1, 2020 and the appointment is for a three-year term, with an option for an additional two-year renewal.

The Program Director is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the program and is accountable to the Steering Committee. The director reports regularly to the Steering Committee and plays a central role in imagining future directions and maintaining the intellectual environment of the program.

A teaching reduction of 6.0 credits or the equivalent will be provided to the Program Director. Administrative and organizational support is already in place.

The Program Director is expected to:

  • Maintain a clear and timely flow of information and consultation with the Steering Committee, other Standing and Ad Hoc committees, and staff.
  • Liaise with the School of Graduate Studies, the Faculty of Arts and Science, and any other relevant bodies at Queen’s where our program needs representation.
  • Attend university meetings such as Committee of Departments, Arts Council, and Arts & Science Faculty Board, or delegate attendance as necessary.
  • Act as a source of information and guidance for students, and a liaison for faculty members in their roles as teachers, supervisors, and administrators.
  • In consultation with Standing and Ad Hoc Committees, facilitate student recruitment, admissions, and progress through the program.
  • Chair the Admissions Committee.
  • Prepare funding packages for incoming and continuing students.
  • Coordinate or conduct the ranking of student awards, and prepare letters of recommendation.
  • Work with other departments and programs to allocate TAships, RAships and TFships to Cultural Studies students.
  • Work closely with the Program Coordinator to ensure that student needs are addressed within the University.
  • Manage the finances of the program and keep Steering Committee up to date on budgetary possibilities and constraints.
  • Maintain membership in the Constitution Committee.
  • Propose a budget each year for approval by the steering committee and report at the end of each term.

Preference will be given to applicants with the following qualities and skills:

  • Competence in areas of responsibility as outlined above.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the core values of the program, e.g. equity and inclusion, interdisciplinarity, consensus decision making, and valuing cultural production in the same way as theoretical-academic interventions.
  • A demonstrated commitment to maintaining collegial relations and acting in the best interests of the program.
  • A significant record of involvement in CS affairs and administration.

Applications should address how the candidate meets the above criteria.

This position is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated, innovative individual with an interest in interdisciplinarity and a commitment to fostering collegial relations.

A complete application consists of:

  • A cover letter
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A statement of research interests
  • A statement of administrative experience, committee memberships, involvement in academic initiatives and organizations

Any further questions can be sent to

Cultural Studies, in accordance with Queen’s, is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons.