Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Employment Opportunities

Faculty Appointment(s)

The Department of Political Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. We welcome all areas of specialization in Canadian Politics and particularly invite those with expertise in Canadian political institutions. French/English bilingualism will be considered an asset, as will competency or fluency in North American Indigenous languages, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2020.

Candidates must have a PhD or 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. Candidates must provide evidence of an ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centred environment. The successful candidate will also be expected to make contributions through service to the department, the Faculty, the University, and/or the broader community. Salary will be 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 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.
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); and,
 Names and complete contact information for three academic references;

The deadline for applications is November 18, 2019. 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
Department Manager, Queen’s University
The Department of Political Studies
Room C316, Mackintosh-Corry Hall
68 University Avenue, Kingston, Ontario CANADA K7L 3N6

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 .

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

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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

Available Teaching Assistantships: 

FALL 2019

POLS 101 - Contemporary Issues in Politics
POLS 110A – Introduction to Politics in Government
POLS 211 – Canadian Government
POLS 241 – Comparative Politics: Transformations
POLS 243 – States, Ethnic Diversity, Conflict
POLS 250A – Political Theory
POLS 261 – International Politics
POLS 384 – Strategies of Political Research


POLS 110B - Introduction to Politics in Government
POLS 212 – Canadian Politics
POLS 242 – Comparative Politics: Contemporary Regimes
POLS 250B - Political Theory
POLS 262 – International Political Economy
POLS 280 – Introduction to Women, Gender and Politics
POLS 367 – American Foreign Policy
POLS 385 - Introduction to Statistics/Quantitative Approaches to Political Studies

Term Adjunct Position(s)

None currently available.