Academic Unit: African Studies
Category of Appointment: Preliminary (Tenure-Track)
Rank/Position Title: Assistant Professor
Start Date: July 1, 2021
Closing Date: Consideration of complete applications will begin September 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled

About the Position:

The Institute of African Studies (IAS) invites applications from qualified candidates in any of the Social Sciences or History for a tenure-track appointment in African Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1st, 2021. We are particularly – though not exclusively – interested in candidates with expertise in North Africa, East Africa or the Great Lakes Region. We also seek applications from candidates whose work engages with cutting-edge debates in historiography and political thought on the continent.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including large foundational courses. We seek a dynamic and creative colleague to contribute to the development of a collaborative doctoral program. Preferred candidates will complement and/or expand our existing teaching and research strengths, and will contribute to the development of the Institute’s intellectual mission as a national and international intellectual hub for the study of Africa. The candidate will also be encouraged to develop opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students to engage in experiential learning (through a study abroad course, for example). The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute effectively to graduate supervision, undergraduate and graduate teaching, and academic self-governance in the Institute. The ideal candidate will bring energy to the development of the Institute’s various activities that extend beyond the classroom, such as engagement with community organizations, the diplomatic corps, governmental and non-governmental agencies.

 About the Academic Unit:

The Institute of African Studies at Carleton University is the only standalone, degree granting African Studies department in Canada. Housed in both the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences and Public Affairs, IAS offers BA programs and an MA, the latter in collaboration with seventeen other units including English, Political Science, History, International Affairs and Anthropology. We also deliver a specialization in “Africa and Globalizations” through Carleton’s Bachelor of Global and International Studies. For more information, see


The position requires a Ph.D. in any of the Social Sciences or History. Evidence of an active commitment to research and the potential to develop an externally funded, high-quality research program is essential. Evidence of excellent teaching potential is required, and interest in developing outstanding teaching in an interdisciplinary context is highly desirable. The ability to work in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment is crucial.

Application Instructions:

Applications must be sent electronically in a single PDF file addressed to the Director, Dr. Christine Duff, and sent to: June Payne, Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, at by September 1st, 2020. Applications should include: 1) a letter of application 2) curriculum vitae; 3) a teaching portfolio that contains a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness; 4) two scholarly writing samples. The candidate should also include the names of three referees who will be contacted for letters of reference should the candidate be long-listed.

Please also identify any past experiences in supporting equity, diversity and inclusion in your previous institutional environment such as in curriculum development and in supporting diverse students.

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

About Carleton University:

Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. With over 30,000 students in more than 100 programs of study, we encourage creative risk-taking, discovery, and the generation of transformative knowledge. We are proud to be one of the most accessible campuses in North America. Carleton’s Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities has been heralded as the gold standard for disability support services in Canada.

Carleton’s location in Ottawa, Ontario provides many opportunities for scholarship and research with numerous and diverse groups and institutions. Canada’s capital has a population of almost one million and reflects the country’s bilingual and multicultural character. To learn more about our university and the City of Ottawa, please visit

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. Carleton understands that career paths vary.  Legitimate career interruptions will in no way prejudice the assessment process and their impact will be carefully considered.

Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact the Chair as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made in a timely manner.

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