Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Employment Opportunities

Faculty Appointment(s)

Politics of Race & US Politics

The Department of Political Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor with a specialization in the politics of race and U.S. politics, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2019. 

Candidates must have a PhD in Political Studies or an equivalent degree completed at the start date of the appointment. The main criteria for selection are academic and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high-quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer-assessed publications and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the department’s programs. The successful candidate will be required to make substantive contributions through service to the department, the Faculty, the University, and/or the broader community. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  This position is subject to final budgetary approval by the University. 

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. 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.  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 as to 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 statement of research interests;
  • a statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching outlines and evaluations, if available);
  • a writing sample; and
  • three letters of reference.

The deadline for applications is December 15, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to send all documents in their application packages electronically as PDFs to Michelle Knapp-Hermer at, although hard copy applications may be submitted to: 

Michelle Knapp-Hermer 
Departmental Manager  
Department of Political Studies  
Room C316, Mackintosh-Corry Hall 
68 University Avenue 
Queen’s University 
Kingston, Ontario 

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 Michelle Knapp-Hermer  in the Department of Political Studies, at, phone number 613-533-6226.  

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 at

Politics of Race & US Politics Specialization Posting Advert (PDF, 235KB)

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunities

SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The Department welcomes inquiries from students who 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.

Teaching Fellowships and Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships

For the 2018-2019 academic year, the Department of Political Studies will be seeking Teaching Assistants for the below listed courses.

For course descriptions see: Political Studies Courses. The number of TAships available for each course depends on final enrollments.

Please see our website for further information regarding ‘Appointment of Teaching Assistants’ and Article 12.04 of the “Collective Agreement (CA) between the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) on behalf of Graduate Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows and Queen's University”.

Fall Term 2018
POLS 211: Canadian Government
POLS 241: Comparative Politics: Transformations
POLS 243: Comparative Politics: States, Ethnic Diversity, and Conflict
POLS 261: International Politics POLS 280: Introductions to Women, Gender and Politics
POLS 367: American Foreign Policy
POLS 384: Strategies of Political Research

Fall/Winter 2018-2019
POLS 110 A & B: Introduction to Politics and Government
POLS 250 A & B: Political Theory

Winter 2019
POLS 101: Contemporary Issues in Politics
POLS 212: Canadian Politics
POLS 242: Comparative Politics: Contemporary Regimes
POLS 262: International Political Economy
POLS 264: World Politics in Historical Perspective
POLS 385: Quantitative Approaches to Political Studies
POLS 465: The Politics of War

Term Adjunct Position(s)

None currently available.