Tenure Track Position in Comparative Politics

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Ryerson University
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Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada, Ryerson University, is on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples and is known for innovative programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning. Our undergraduate and graduate programs are distinguished by a professionally focused curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, scholarly research and creative activities. Ryerson is known for its culture of entrepreneurship and innovation and is recognized as a city builder, as it continues its growth through award-winning architecture and expansion of its campus.


Dedicated to a people first culture, Ryerson is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for every year since 2015. To learn more about our work environment, please visit us on Twitter:  @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonECI and our LinkedIn company page. We invite you to explore employment at Ryerson. Aboriginal candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead at t26king@ryerson.ca.


The Opportunity

The Department of Politics and Public Administration in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics. While the position is open with respect to substantive focus, the Department is particularly interested in candidates studying Latin America. The appointment shall be effective July 1, 2020, subject to final budgetary approval. 


The candidate will be able to immediately contribute to the Department’s undergraduate programs in Politics and Governance (BA); Public Administration and Governance (BA) ; and graduate program in Public Policy and Administration (MA). The candidate will also have the opportunity to be involved with other interdisciplinary graduate programs in the Faculty of Arts and the University. Indigenous Scholars, depending on programme needs and subject to the approval of the Chair and Dean, may also participate in the collaborative public administration and governance program (BA) delivered in partnership with the First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI).


This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) (www.rfanet.ca). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found here.



Responsibilities will include research, teaching and supervision at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and taking an active role in the life of the Department.  The new faculty member will be expected to: establish and maintain a strong, active, externally-funded research program; take an active role in teaching and mentoring students; collaborate with colleagues and other university departments, partners, and the community; and be committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. 



Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Political Science or a closely related field by the appointment date, July 1, 2020.  Candidates must have a strong research profile (e.g., evidence of an emerging scholarly record, ability to establish and maintain an independent, externally funded research program); evidence of potential for high-quality teaching, and a commitment to collegial service. The Department is committed to strengthening the diversity of its faculty.  Candidates who are Indigenous are strongly encouraged to apply.  


Equity at Ryerson 

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.


Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 


How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal (click on “Start Application Process” to begin) by November 18, 2019. The application must contain the following: 


  • a letter of application and a curriculum vitae;
  • a research statement and two (2) recent writing samples that exemplify the candidate’s scholarly activity; 
  • a teaching dossier, which includes a statement of teaching philosophy and a sample syllabus for an introductory course in comparative politics (either a past course or a course proposal); and
  • names of three (3) individuals who may be contacted for reference letters.

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.  


Any confidential inquiries can be directed to the Department Hiring Committee Chair Dr. Christopher Gore (chris.gore@ryerson.ca)


Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. For any confidential accommodation needs and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact Renee Gordon, HR Advisor at renee.gordon@ryerson.ca.

Ryerson University is fully committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you require accommodation to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise the Human Resources representative when you are contacted. All requests for accommodation will be treated with confidentiality.