About the Position

  • Field of Specialization: Politics of Development in the Global South with a Focus on Africa
  • Academic Unit: Political Science
  • Category of Appointment: Preliminary (Tenure-Track)
  • Rank/Position Title: Assistant Professor
  • Start Date: July 1, 2022
  • Closing Date: December 15, 2021

The Department of Political Science invites applications from qualified candidates for a tenure-track appointment specializing in the Politics of Development in the Global South with a Focus on Africa.

The position is designed to approach the politics of development, especially in the context of Africa, from a range of perspectives, which may include: alternatives to Western conceptualizations of development; post-colonial theories; race, ethnicity, and indigeneity; as well as the position of the Global South in broader economic and political structures.

About the Academic Unit

The Department of Political Science at Carleton University is one of the largest in Canada. It offers programs of study at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. Our faculty teach and research in all fields of the discipline.

We are part of the Faculty of Public Affairs, which brings together twelve departments and schools focused on preparing students to apply scholarly knowledge to the practical world. These include interdisciplinary units such as the Institute of African Studies and the Institute of Political Economy, both of which have strong programmatic links to the Department of Political Science.


Candidates must hold a PhD in Political Science or related discipline(s), or be very near to completion. They must have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and publishing, and demonstrate potential for outstanding future research output. They must demonstrate teaching excellence and dedication to pedagogical development. They must show a commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in Political Science.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach introductory and advanced courses on the comparative politics of the Global South, the politics of development, and African politics.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit their applications electronically in one single PDF file that includes the following: (1) a cover letter and CV; (2) a statement of research interests and samples of the candidate’s research, ideally including peer-reviewed publications; (3) a teaching portfolio with evidence of teaching experience; and (4) a statement that identifies the candidate’s strengths in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in their discipline and on campus as well as their future plans.

Candidates should arrange to have three referees send supporting letters electronically.

All application materials should be directed to: Ms. Amy Papineau, Department Administrator, Department of Political Science, Carleton University at amy.papineau@carleton.ca.

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

About Carleton University

Located in Ottawa, Carleton is an innovative teaching and research institution with a tradition of leading change. Internationally recognized academics, staff, and researchers engage more than 31,000 students in over 100 programs of study. Carleton has long been known for promoting research excellence and connectedness and is involved in partnerships around the globe. With strong leadership, it enjoys a healthy financial position and our proximity to government and cultural institutions, media, and a thriving knowledge economy make Carleton and Ottawa a great place to work, learn, and live. Our picturesque campus is fully accessible and, along with award-winning student services, Carleton’s Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities has been heralded as the gold standard for disability support services in Canada. Learn more about our university and the city of Ottawa.

Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Furthermore, Carleton understands that career paths vary and interruptions will not prejudice the assessment process. We invite you to review our revitalized Indigenous strategy, Kinàmàgawin and visit our Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities for information about our commitment to leadership in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Accessibility is a university strategic priority and applicants selected for an interview who require accommodations are invited to contact the Chair as soon as possible to ensure that appropriate arrangements may be made.

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