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Assistant Professor in Political Science and Law, Justice & Society Program

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Position Title Assistant Professor in Political Science and Law, Justice & Society Program
Posting Number F511P
Type of position Tenure Stream
Department/Unit Political Science
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
About the opportunity
The Program in Law, Justice & Society (LJS) and the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University invite applications for a Probationary Tenure-Track Appointment at the Assistant Professor level, effective 1 July 2024.

This cross-appointed position will cover courses in Law, Justice & Society and Political Science. Courses may include LJSO 3000: Processes of Justice; LJSO 3500: Legal Research & Writing; LJSO 3600: Critical Legal Studies; POLI 4505: Human Rights: Legal Issues; and POLI 3446: The Politics of Crime. The teaching load will typically be 2-2, with two courses taught in each of the Fall and Winter terms. There will be a course release in each of the first and second years to enable candidates to establish and develop their research programs.

The position will include participation in and assistance with the management and administration of the LJS program, including student advising, the supervision of honours students, and program coordination. The candidate must have a PhD in Political Science or a related field completed by the 1 July 2024 start date; if the PhD is not in Political Science, the candidate must otherwise demonstrate strong competence in Political Science. Candidates must have a record of excellence in teaching at the university level, and must show an ability to teach and develop classes in the politics of crime. Candidates should also demonstrate a strong record of research in the areas of politics of crime, legal studies, and /or human rights.

This position is subject to budgetary approval.

Established in 1818, Dalhousie is a leading research-intensive university offering more than 180 degree programs in 11 faculties. It is the largest university in Atlantic Canada and is located in the heart of Halifax, a scenic coastal city and capital of Nova Scotia, which is home to 13 Mi’kmaq First Nations, a deeply rooted African Nova Scotian community, and an increasingly diverse population. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is a dynamic body of students, faculty, and staff arranged in more than twenty programs and departments, many offering graduate degrees. The LJS program is a relatively new and rapidly expanding interdisciplinary program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The department of Political Science is one of four core contributing discipline-based departments to this program.

Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, and persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The deadline for completed applications online is 1 November 2023. Please submit completed applications, including: a cover letter; curriculum vitae (CV); statement of research interests; a writing sample (max. 25 pages); teaching statement and dossier addressing teaching effectiveness and interests (with student ratings of instruction); and contact information for three referees (shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide three letters of reference). To apply for this position, please visit Hard copies of the application will not be accepted.

Posting Detail Information

Open Date
Close Date 11/01/2023
Open Until Filled No
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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Teaching Statement
  4. Teaching Dossier
  5. Research Statement
  6. Sample Publication(s)
  7. List of referees
Optional Documents