Field of Specialization : African History
Academic Unit : History
Category of Appointment: Term (18-month)
Rank/Position Title: Instructor I
Start Date: July 1, 2021
Closing Date: April 1, 2021

About the Position

The Department of History invites applications from qualified candidates for an eighteen-month term appointment in African History since 1900 at the rank of Instructor (level I), beginning on July 1, 2021.

The primary duty of the successful candidate will be to teach a 3.0 credit course load in core courses related to the field. The successful candidate will teach a range of courses, from large lecture classes to small seminars in their area of expertise.

For 2021-22 this may include:

  • HIST 1707 : World History (1.0 credit)
  • HIST 2706: Ancient and Pre-Colonial Africa (0.5) HIST 2707: Modern Africa (0.5)


At the time of appointment, applicants should hold a Ph.D. in African History. The successful candidate will have a record of excellent teaching, a thorough understanding of discipline-specific pedagogy, and the capability to engage and inspire students in their academic work. A demonstrated commitment to pedagogical innovation, especially in the area of experiential learning, would be an advantage. We are especially interested in applicants who are able to work effectively with students from diverse backgrounds.

The successful candidate will be qualified to teach broadly in African History and will be able to situate the history of the continent in a global and transnational context. The department will consider candidates with all geographic specializations in Africa; however, it is particularly interested in applicants who specialize in the period since 1900. Those candidates who can demonstrate a high level of expertise in themes such as anti-colonialism, decolonization, Pan­ Africanism, and radical Black politics may be at an advantage. The successful candidate will also be expected to undertake administrative duties commensurate with the average administrative load for full-time members of the department.

About the Academic Unit

Carleton’s Department of History is home to about 400 undergraduate and 50 MA and PhD students, and is committed to teaching and research on a variety of geographical, temporal, theoretical, applied, and interdisciplinary fields. Our faculty members participate in many interdisciplinary undergraduate programs, including African Studies, Digital Humanities, Migration and Diaspora Studies, and Indigenous and Canadian Studies. The Department benefits from its proximity to embassies, Library and Archives Canada, national museums, heritage agencies, federal government historians, and local and transnational organizations based in Ottawa. For more information, please visit our website:

Application Instructions

Applications are to include a letter of application and a curriculum vitae, combined in a single PDF and sent as an email attachment to the Committee Chair, Dr. Audra Diptee, at

In your letter of application, please identify any experiences in supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion in your previous institutional environments, such as in curriculum development and in supporting diverse students.

Two letters of reference must be sent directly to the same address. All materials should be sent by April 1, 2021. No other application materials will be accepted at this stage. Further materials may be requested later.

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

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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 31,000 students in more than 100 programs of study, we encourage creative risk-taking, discovery, and the generation of transformative knowledge.

Carleton’s location in Ottawa, Ontario provides many opportunities for scholarship and research with diverse groups and institutions. 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.