Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Employment Opportunities

Faculty Appointment(s)

Black Political Thought
Faculty of Arts and Science
Queen’s University, Canada

The Departments of Political Studies and Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University invites applications for a Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with specialization in the Black Political Thought. The preferred starting date is July 1, 2021.

This position is one of seven positions created in support of the interdisciplinary field of Black Studies at Queen’s and the planned BA Minor/General in Black Studies.

Applicants must self-identify as Black persons including those from Africa or of the African diaspora (e.g. African and Africa descended people from the Caribbean, North America, Europe, or Latin America).

The successful candidate will have demonstrated knowledge and experience in Black Political Thought. BPT is an inherently global and diverse field, which includes perspectives from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Canada and the United States, covers significant questions of political theory, including power, human nature, and just societies, while critically interrogating the meaning of race and practices of racist oppression such as colonialism and slavery, in all of its diversity, including, but not limited to perspectives from North American, European, Latin America, Caribbean, and/or African traditions and approaches. This scholar will assist the department in developing the breadth of analytical insight that Black political theory offers and in working toward the decentring of Western theoretical frameworks within our disciplines. By Western political theoretical frameworks, we refer not to geographical location, but to the canon of political thought that has arisen out of exclusionary disciplinary practices in Europe/North America and that centres whiteness.

Recognizing the underrepresentation of Black faculty at Queen’s, this candidate is expected to play a central role in the development of the Black Studies Minor degree at Queen’s, through advancing research and teaching in the analysis of race and racism, through providing a global scope of analysis, and through addressing such fundamental concerns as human freedom, historic injustice, and the impact of colonialism. Queen’s University and the Departments of Philosophy and Political Studies have vigorous commitments to anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion, and this exciting new position will enhance our aspirations and efforts.

The successful candidate must have a PhD or equivalent degree in Philosophy, Political Studies, or a related discipline completed by the appointment start date. ABDs will be considered only with scheduled defense dates. They are expected to play a major role in delivery of graduate and undergraduate programs in the Department of Philosophy or the Department of Political Studies (department to be chosen by the selected candidate) and the Black Studies undergraduate program at Queen’s and will be expected also to undertake a significant research program in this important field. Collaboration with scholars and students in both units and beyond would be welcome and would build on a longstanding successful record of cooperation.

The main criteria for selection are academic and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high-quality scholarly output that demonstrates a record for independent research leading to peer‐assessed publications. A commitment to seek to secure external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, dedication to academic and pedagogical excellence, and an ongoing commitment to fostering equity and diversity are requirements for this position. The successful candidate will be expected to make contributions through service to the Department, Faculty, University, and/or broader community. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Queen’s University is one of Canada’s leading research‐intensive universities with a global reputation and is a recognized leader in Canadian higher education. The Departments of Philosophy and Political Studies are both mid-sized units with strong undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral programs and outstanding global reputations. Queen’s historic campus is located in the heart of the vibrant Kingston community in the Thousand Islands region of South Eastern Ontario. Queen’s is positioned centrally with respect to three major metropolitan areas: Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa. Additional information about Queen’s University can be found at http://www.queensu.ca/facultyrecruitment. 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.

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.

Queen’s University has developed a special program, as described by the Ontario Human Rights Commission, in connection with the search to fill this position.

This opportunity is open only to qualified individuals who self-identify as Black persons including those from Africa or of the African diaspora (e.g. African and Africa descended people from the Caribbean, North America, Europe, or Latin America). Recognizing the intersectionality of identities within Black communities, applications from Black candidates who also, for example, identify as women, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons are welcome. 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.

In addition, the impact of certain circumstances that may legitimately affect a nominee’s record of research achievement will be given careful consideration when assessing the nominee’s research productivity. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions.

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 statement of experience in and commitment to facilitation and promotion of equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • a writing sample; and,
  • three letters of reference.

The application deadline is May 15, 2021. However, the selection process will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send all documents, in their application packages by email as a single PDF to Michelle Knapp-Hermer at knappm@queensu.ca although hard copy applications may be submitted to:

Department Manager
Michelle Knapp-Hermer
Department of Political Studies
Queen’s University
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room C321
68 University Ave
Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6

Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent by the closing date of May 15, 2021. Letters should be dated, and include the referee’s name, position, department, institution, email address and telephone number, the name of the nominee, and the period of time and the capacity in which the referee has known the nominee.

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 at knappm@queensu.ca.

Academic staff at Queen’s University are governed by a Collective Agreement between the University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA), posted at http://www.qufa.ca and at http://queensu.ca/facultyrelations/faculty‐librarians‐and‐archivists/collective‐agreement.

Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

PHIL POLS Black Political Thought (PDF, 116KB)

Posted: 13 April 2021
Closing: 15 May 2021

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunities

The Department offers three Post-Doctoral Fellowships:

  • The Buchanan Postdoctoral Fellowship in Canadian Democracy
  • The Peacock Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • The Skelton-Clark Postdoctoral Fellowship

For more information, click here. All available positions will be listed below.

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.


None currently available.

Teaching Fellowships, Assistantships and Other Opportunities

Anti-Racism Advisor

The Department of Political Studies is seeking applicants for an individual with expertise in Anti-Racism. This position will pay $4000 over four months. The purpose of this position is to continue to advance anti-racism work within the department.

The responsibilities of this role will include the following:

  • Advise on long-term curriculum and program development 
  • Consult with instructors of 384 and 385 and other courses, as requested by the instructor, about BIPOC and anti-racism materials that could be added to these courses 
  • Consult with field convenors and Undergraduate Chair about curriculum development in one or more of these fields
  • Recommend speakers to the Colloquium Committee who have expertise on race/racism [learning outcomes are public education, coordination and consultation] 
  • Continue to develop resource bank on BIPOC for department use.  [learning outcomes are demonstration of a mastery of research material and demonstration of linking of knowledge to social issues] and advise course instructors on use of the resource bank
  • Liaise with FAS Black Graduate Student Caucus
  • Participate in (or advise) Equity Issues Committee
  • Prepare a final brief report on activities for September’s departmental meeting 

The Anti-Racism Advisor will report to the Chair of the EIC as well as to the Department Head.

If you would like to be considered for this role, please submit a letter of interest and CV to Michelle at knappm@queensu.ca by Friday May 14th.

If you have questions about the position, please contact Eleanor MacDonald at e.macdonald@queensu.ca .

Anti-Racism Advisor Posting (PDF, 104KB)

Posted: 29 April 2021

Term Adjunct Position(s)

TEACHING POSITIONS AVAILABLE – 2021-2022 (Fall Term)
Department of Political Studies

Queen’s University, Kingston, ON CAN K7L 3N6

The Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University invites applications from suitably qualified candidates interested in teaching a course in:

  • Comparative Politics/Contemporary Regimes (POLS 242*). This is an on-campus (possible remote delivery), lecture course with an expected enrolment of ~200 students.
  • Canadian Constitution (POLS 310*). This is an on-campus (possible remote delivery), lecture course with an expected enrolment of ~60 students.
  • Mass Media and Politics and Canada (POLS 313*). This is an on-campus (possible remote delivery), lecture course with an expected enrolment of ~60 students.
  • Canadian Welfare State (POLS 318*). This is an on-campus (possible remote delivery), lecture course with an expected enrolment of ~60 students.
  • Comparative Politics (POLS 327*). This is an on-campus (possible remote delivery), lecture course with an expected enrolment of ~60 students.  
  • Canadian Politics (POLS 392*). This is an on-campus (possible remote delivery), lecture course with an expected enrolment of ~60 students.

Candidates should have a M.A. or M.Sc. or Ph.D, and teaching experience at the University level. This is a fall term appointment for the period September 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021, with classes in session from September 7, 2021 to December 3, 2021.

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. 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.

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 this process, please contact: Department Manager, Michelle Knapp-Hermer at knappm@queensu.ca

The academic staff at Queen's University are governed by the Collective Agreement between the Queen's University Faculty Association (QUFA) and the University, which is posted at http://www.queensu.ca/facultyrelations/faculty-librarians-and-archivists....

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.

Applications should be addressed to Dr. Eleanor MacDonald, Department Head, Political Studies and should include a complete and current curriculum vitae, letters of reference from two (2) referees, and any other relevant materials the candidate wishes to submit for consideration such as a letter of intent, teaching dossier, etc. We encourage applicants to send all documents in their application packages electronically (either as PDFs or MS Word files) to Michelle Knapp-Hermer at knappm@queensu.ca . If you must submit a hard copy application, please reach out to Michelle Knapp-Hermer at knappm@queensu.ca so arrangements can be made.

Applications will be received until May 20, 2021.  Review of applications will commence shortly thereafter, and the final appointment is subject to budgetary approval.  Additional information about the Department of Political Studies can be found at https://www.queensu.ca/politics

Course Descriptions:

  • POLS 242/3.0 Comparative Politics: Contemporary Regimes - The nature of political regimes in advanced industrial countries and the developing world. Offered annually. PREREQUISITE POLS 110/6.0.
  • POLS 310/3.0 Principles of the Canadian Constitution - An examination of the evolution of constitutional principles in Canada. Topics include developments in federal-provincial relations, the role of the courts in federal-provincial disputes, and the nexus between the community values of federalism and the individual rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P) PREREQUISITE (12 units in POLS at the 200 level or above) and (a GPA of 2.0 on all units in POLS), or permission of the Department
  • POLS 313/3.0 Mass Media and Politics in Canada - A critical examination of the relationship between the mass media and politics, focusing on the functions of the media in modern liberal democracies and the ways in which news stories are created and packaged. LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P) PREREQUISITE (12 units in POLS at the 200 level or above) and (a GPA of 2.0 on all units in POLS), or permission of the Department.
  • POLS 318/3.0 The Canadian Welfare State - An examination of the character and functions of the Canadian welfare state. Theoretical explanations of the welfare state. The historical development of the Canadian welfare state. Proposals for social policy reform and their implications. Offered in alternate years. LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P) PREREQUISITE (12 units in POLS at the 200 level or above) and (a GPA of 2.0 on all units in POLS), or permission of the Department. EXCLUSION(S) GNDS 421/6.0
  • POLS 327/3.0 Topics in Comparative Politics - An examination of key issues in comparative politics. Topics will vary from year to year; consult department homepage. LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P) PREREQUISITE (12 units in POLS at the 200 level or above) and (a GPA of 2.0 on all units in POLS), or permission of the Department
  • POLS 392/3.0 Topics in Canadian Politics - An examination of selected aspects of Canadian politics and government, including institutions and behavioural approaches. The focus of this course will vary from year to year; consult the departmental website for further details. LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P) PREREQUISITE (12 units in POLS at the 200 level or above) and (a GPA of 2.0 on all units in POLS), or permission of the Department

Posted: 30 April 2021


TEACHING POSITIONS AVAILABLE – 2021-2022 (Winter Term)
Department of Political Studies

Queen’s University, Kingston, ON CAN K7L 3N6

The Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University invites applications from suitably qualified candidates interested in teaching a course in:

  • Charter Politics (POLS 317*). This is an on-campus (possible remote delivery), lecture course with an expected enrolment of ~60 students.
  • Gender and Politics (POLS 397*). This is an on-campus (possible remote delivery), lecture course with an expected enrolment of ~60 students.
  • Modern Welfare State (POLS 432*). This is an on-campus (possible remote delivery), seminar course with an expected enrolment of ~24 students.
  • Multiculturalism (POLS 434*). This is an on-campus (possible remote delivery), seminar course with an expected enrolment of ~24 students.
  • Justice and Gender (POLS 483*). This is an on-campus (possible remote delivery), seminar course with an expected enrolment of ~24 students.  

Candidates should have a M.A. or M.Sc. or Ph.D, and teaching experience at the University level. This is a winter term appointment for the period January 1, 2022 to April 30, 2022, with classes in session from January 10, 2022 to April 8, 2022.

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. 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.

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 this process, please contact: Department Manager, Michelle Knapp-Hermer at knappm@queensu.ca

The academic staff at Queen's University are governed by the Collective Agreement between the Queen's University Faculty Association (QUFA) and the University, which is posted at http://www.queensu.ca/facultyrelations/faculty-librarians-and-archivists....

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.

Applications should be addressed to Dr. Eleanor MacDonald, Department Head, Political Studies and should include a complete and current curriculum vitae, letters of reference from two (2) referees, and any other relevant materials the candidate wishes to submit for consideration such as a letter of intent, teaching dossier, etc. We encourage applicants to send all documents in their application packages electronically (either as PDFs or MS Word files) to Michelle Knapp-Hermer at knappm@queensu.ca . If you must submit a hard copy application, please reach out to Michelle Knapp-Hermer at knappm@queensu.ca so arrangements can be made.

Applications will be received until May 20, 2021.  Review of applications will commence shortly thereafter, and the final appointment is subject to budgetary approval.  Additional information about the Department of Political Studies can be found at https://www.queensu.ca/politics

Course Descriptions:

  • POLS 317/3.0 Charter Politics - How courts are responding to their responsibility to review legislative and executive decisions in terms of their impact on citizens; the impact of the Charter on the way government is viewed. LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P) PREREQUISITE (12 units in POLS at the 200 level or above) and (a GPA of 2.0 on all units in POLS), or permission of the Department.
  • POLS 397/3.0 Topics in Gender and Politics - An investigation of selected problems in feminist and gender analysis, examining the different authors and issues. The focus of this course will vary from year to year; consult the departmental website for further details. LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P) PREREQUISITE (12 units in POLS at the 200 level or above) and (a GPA of 2.0 on all units in POLS), or permission of the Department
  • POLS 432/3.0 The Modern Welfare State - An exploration of the emergence and functioning of the modern welfare state in comparative perspective. LEARNING HOURS (Lecture) 120 (36L;84P) LEARNING HOURS (Seminar) 120 (36S;12G;72P) PREREQUISITE Level 4 and (registration in a POLS Major or Medial Plan) and POLS 250/6.0 and (a GPA of 2.5 on all units in POLS)
  • POLS 434/3.0 Multiculturalism - This course explores the political implications of multiculturalism from a variety of perspectives, including theory, policy, and historical meaning. Issues include: history and policy of multiculturalism in the Canadian, US and global contexts; the construction of ‘race’ and anti-racism; and the role of multiculturalism in citizenship inclusion and exclusion. LEARNING HOURS (Lecture) 120 (36L;84P) LEARNING HOURS (Seminar) 120 (36S;12G;72P) PREREQUISITE Level 4 and (registration in a POLS Major or Medial Plan) and POLS 250/6.0 and (a GPA of 2.5 on all units in POLS).
  • POLS 483/3.0 Justice and Gender - An examination of how contemporary theories of justice fare from the standpoint of gender (specifically inequalities in gender relations) and what a just, non-gendered society might look like. LEARNING HOURS (Lecture) 120 (36L;84P) LEARNING HOURS (Seminar) 120 (36S;12G;72P) PREREQUISITE Level 4 and (registration in a POLS Major or Medial Plan) and POLS 250/6.0 and (a GPA of 2.5 on all units in POLS)

Posted: 30 April 2021