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Global Health and Development Assistant Professor Tenure Track Position: (Applications due: 26Sept2021)

Department of Global Development Studies
Queen’s University

Tenure-Track Position in Global Health and Development

The Department of Global Development Studies (DEVS) at Queen’s University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the field of Global Health and Development. We welcome applicants whose research examines the opportunities, hierarchies and social justice issues involved in the creation, validation and diffusion of health knowledge, practices and infrastructures across scales. To teach within the field of development studies, successful candidates would be able to address the relationship between health outcomes and contemporary political-economic and socio-cultural trends such as environmental change, urbanisation, new forms of agriculture and industry, migration patterns and shifts in public provisioning alongside the growing influence of the private and philanthropic sectors.

This position has an ideal start date of July 1, 2022. Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree completed at the start date of the appointment. The main criteria for selection are research excellence, and the promise of being an exceptional teacher/mentor. The successful candidate would have the ability to teach an introductory undergraduate course on Global Health and Development while also teaching upper-year and graduate courses on related themes. Methodological innovation and comfort with current and emergent teaching technologies will also be assets. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high-quality scholarly output and a promising independent research direction beyond their dissertation. Candidates must provide evidence of strong communicative and interpersonal skills combined with a flexible attitude and ability to work in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment. The successful candidate will also be expected to make substantive contributions through service to the department, to the Faculty, to the University, and/or to the broader community. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

People from across Canada and around the world come to learn, teach and carry out research at Queen’s University. Faculty and their dependents are eligible for an extensive benefits package including prescription drug coverage, vision care, dental care, long term disability insurance, life insurance and access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program. You will also participate in a pension plan. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying employees, their spouses and dependent children.  Queen’s values families and is pleased to provide a ‘top up’ to government parental leave benefits for eligible employees on maternity/parental leave.  In addition, Queen’s provides partial reimbursement for eligible daycare expenses for employees with dependent children in daycare. Details are set out in the Queen’s-QUFA Collective Agreement. For more information on employee benefits, see Queen’s Human Resources.

Additional information about Queen’s University can be found on the Faculty Recruitment and Support website. The University is situated on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe, in historic Kingston on the shores of Lake Ontario. Kingston’s residents enjoy an outstanding quality of life with a wide range of cultural, recreational, and creative opportunities. Visit Inclusive Queen’s for information on equity, diversity and inclusion resources and initiatives.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is strongly committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and encourages applications from Black, racialized/visible minority and Indigenous/Aboriginal people, women, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons.  The Department of Global Development Studies is enriched intellectually, socially and culturally by the presence and participation of people from diverse educational backgrounds, including from the Global South.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority.

To comply with Federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information about how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship, however, all applications must include one of the following statements:

“I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR,

“I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”.

Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

A complete application consists of:

  • a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship/ permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph);
  • a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications);
  • a sample of academic writing;
  • a statement of research interests and an outline of future research directions; and
  • a statement of teaching interests and experience or dossier (including teaching outlines and evaluations if available). Please address in statements how your research and teaching speaks to the field of global development studies.
  • If applicable, we encourage a statement explaining any career interruptions that have had an impact on your record.

Short-listed candidates will be further requested to provide three letters of reference.

The deadline for applications is September 26, 2021.

Applications should be addressed to Dr. Marcus Taylor, Department Head, Global Development Studies. We encourage applicants to send all documents in their application packages electronically (either as PDFs (preferred) or MS Word files) to Barbra Lalonde, although hard copy applications may be submitted to:

Department of Global Development Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, B411
Queen’s University
68 University Avenue
Kingston, Ontario CANADA K7L 3N6
Attn: Barbra Lalonde, Department Manager
Email: (preferred)

The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Barbra Lalonde at 613-533-6000 x 77210 or via email at

Academic staff at Queen’s University are governed by a Collective Agreement between the University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA), which is posted at and

Click here to view the position advertisement in PDF format.


DEVS Professor Dr. David McDonald announces new website for the Municipal Services Project

DEVS Professor Dr. David McDonald announces new website for his ongoing research project, the Municipal Services Project

We are delighted to announce a new website for the Municipal Services Project (MSP) - 

This is the third version of our website since the MSP’s inception in 2000. Since that time more than 300 people have been involved in MSP-related activities in over 50 countries. The results (thus far) are 18 books, dozens of journal articles and policy papers, numerous conferences, and a variety of multimedia material, much of which is available in multiple languages and most of which is free for downloading.

Our goal is to explore progressive forms of public services around the world, with a focus on equity, sustainability and democratic engagement. We connect with policy makers, activists, community groups, labour unions and academics with the aim of expanding global action and dialogue on ‘pro-public’ service delivery options.

Please take a moment to explore the website and let us know if you see any errors or missing information. We’d love to hear what you think.


Cuban Culture and Society course instructor Olguita Rodríquez Pedroso - A Memorial

Cuban Culture and Society course instructor Olguita Rodríquez Pedroso - A Memorial

Olguita Rodríquez Pedroso (Photo submitted by Karen Dubinsky)

Olga (Olguita) Rodríquez Pedroso was a teacher.  A historian who taught at the University of Havana for most of her life, she began her career as a volunteer literacy teacher in rural Cuba in 1961.  She never stopped teaching.  She was a popular member of the Havana teaching team for the Queen’s University Cuban Culture and Society course.  She, along with her beloved sister Ines, and colleague Ramon Torriera, spoke annually to Queen's students about their experiences teaching literacy. She kept them spellbound.   It’s hard to find a photo of Olguita in the classroom on her own when we were there, because our students always wanted to be photographed with her.   

 She also received her Canadian friends, students, and colleagues regularly at the house in Cerro she shared with her sister Ines and her husband Jorge, who preceded her in 2018.  Olguita was a spectacular cook.  And just as important, she understood that friendships, teaching moments and even university exchange agreements were enriched by good food and good company. When Queen’s University and the University of Havana renewed their exchange agreement in May, 2018, the class was accompanied by two senior Queen’s administrators.  Olguita started planning the menu for the meal in December 2017.  When we told her that December that one of our party was a vegetarian, she said, “don’t worry, I’ll start growing the vegetables now.”   We thank her for her commitment to students and for her friendship. 

Ines Rodríquez, Olguita, Queen’s student Bushra Afreen, Ramon Torriera (Photo submitted by Karen Dubinsky)


Dr. Karen Dubinsky talks about protests in Cuba

Dr. Karen Dubinsky talks about the protests taking place in Cuba and the US economic blockade.

CBC Online: Cubans protest ongoing poverty, demand more freedom

Poverty and the pandemic have converged in Cuba, to create unbearable circumstances that people were protesting in the capital over the weekend. They're demanding more freedom, while their president blames the situation on U.S. sanctions.

CBC's The Current with Matt Galloway: The Current for July 13, 2021

Cubans are protesting in the streets over food shortages, high prices and the handling of the coronavirus crisis. Guest host Mark Kelley talks to Tania Bruguera, an artist and dissident in Havana; Karen Dubinsky, a professor in the global development and history departments at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont.; and Mark Entwistle, Canada's former ambassador to Cuba. 

Then, do you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines and fertility? Dr. Tali Bogler has answers, and joins us to separate fact from fiction.

Plus, journalist Andy Martino joins us to discuss the long history of cheating in baseball, and his new book, Cheated: The Inside Story of the Astros Scandal and a Colourful History of Sign Stealing. 

And this summer, we're bringing you a few of the best original CBC podcasts. We start today with A Death in Cryptoland, in which host Takara Small explores the cataclysmic chain of events that come after the young CEO of Canada's biggest cryptocurrency exchange is reported dead.

En Paz Descansa/Rest In Peace Lourdes Pérez Montalvo

En Paz Descansa/Rest In Peace Lourdes Pérez Montalvo

Lourdes Pérez Montalvo, professor and Vice Dean of Research, Graduate Studies and International Relations at the University of Havana’s Faculty of Philosophy and History passed away April 15 in Havana. Generations of Faculty of Arts and Science students will know Professor Pérez as the Havana coordinator of the Queen’s University/University of Havana exchange program, and the FAS course Cuban Culture and Society (DEVS 305).