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Contractually Limited Appointment in Political Theory

Université York

Contractually Limited Appointment, Department of Politics, York University

The Department of Politics, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a two-year contractually limited appointment in the Teaching Stream at the level of Sessional Assistant Professor in Political Theory – History of Political Thought to commence September 1, 2021. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Political Science and demonstrable excellence, or promise of excellence, in teaching and scholarly research. The candidate must be able to teach a variety of undergraduate courses in the field of Political Theory, including an introductory survey course on the History of Political Thought, and a selection of third- and fourth-year courses. Teaching at the intermediate and upper levels may include courses on toleration, sexual politics, psychology and politics, and modern/contemporary political thought. The appointment will carry a teaching load of 3.5 (FCE) full courses or equivalent.

The successful candidate will be required to apply to join the Graduate Program in Political Science, which will allow for supervising First and Second Reader for MA Major Research Papers. The successful applicant must have a record of recent relevant publications and conference presentations.

Evidence of excellence in teaching or promise of excellence as appropriate to career stage will be provided through: a teaching philosophy and pedagogy statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference.

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Through cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design, diverse experiential learning and a supportive community environment, our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact the Search Committee Chair at (Subject line: CLA – Political Theory).

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities, can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. Temporary entry for citizens of the U.S.A. and Mexico may apply per the provisions of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) or citizens of Chile may apply per the provisions of the Canada Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA). No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is August 9th, 2021.

Application, including a cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, teaching evaluations and three confidential letters of reference may be uploaded to beginning on July 20th, 2021.

Questions may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Department of Politics, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email: (Subject line: CLA Position – Political Theory).