Sessional Instructors, Faculty of Arts, Department of Political Science, Spring/Summer 2023

University of Calgary

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Position Description

Sessional Instructors, Spring & Summer 2023, Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science invites applications for sessional instructors to teach the following courses in Spring/Summer 2023 terms:

Spring 2023 (May 4, 2023 – June 24, 2023):

  • POLI 201 (LEC 01) – Introduction to Government & Politics: TR 9:00-11:45 (In person)
  • POLI 359 (LEC 01) – Introduction to Comparative Politics: MW 9:00-11:45 (In person)
  • POLI 379 (LEC 01) – The Politics of Development: TR 16:00-18:45 (In person)
  • POLI 487 (LEC 01) – International Organizations: MW 12:00-14:45 (In person)

Summer 2023 (June 27, 2023-August 26, 2023):

  • POLI 283 (LEC 01) – Issues & Trends in World Politics: MW 9:00-11:45 (In person)
  • POLI 326 (LEC 01) – Western Political Thought I: Ancient: MW 12:00-14:45 (In person)
  • POLI 371 (LEC 01) – Government & Politics of Africa: TR 12:00-14:45 (In person)
  • POLI 381 (LEC 01) – Introduction to International Relations: MW 16:00-18:45 (In person)
  • POLI 483 (LEC 01) – International Law: TR 9:00-11:45 (In person)

Position Requirements:

  • PhD in Political Science or a field related to the course curriculum; strong candidates with an MA may also be considered
  • Experience teaching undergraduate courses at a university level 

For course descriptions, please refer to the University Calendar.

Please note that the courses are tentative, pending sufficient enrollments.

For salary information, please refer to TUCFA’s Collective Agreement, Schedule B. As per the Collective Agreement, the Faculty of Arts adheres to the right of first refusal terms (Section 23.12.1 and 23.12.2) for Sessional Appointments.

Application Process:
All applicants must provide a letter specifying the course(s) and session(s) of interest (in order of preference), outlining their qualifications to teach each course. Applicants who have taught in the Department within the past two years need not provide anything further, although more information may be requested later in the selection process.

New applicants must submit: 

  • A current CV containing relevant teaching experience (e.g., courses taught, textbooks used, where and when taught). 
  • Names and contact information for 3 potential referees; and
  • Teaching evaluations (if available)

Doctoral students must have successfully completed their candidacy exams prior to the beginning of the term in question for their applications to be given consideration. They should also have discussed their application with their supervisor and include a letter of support from their supervisors with their application. Those who have completed the Instructional Skills Workshop at the Teaching and Learning Centre will also be given special consideration.

Please submit your letter and any required application documents online (in pdf form) using the “Apply Now” link. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Please submit your application online via the ‘Apply Now’ link. Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. The four attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents):

Application Deadline: Febraury 10, 2023

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High , committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected] ) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected] ).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website . For more information visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit .
About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world’s cleanest cities and has been named one of the world’s most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 

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