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Queen’s National Scholar (QNS) tenured or tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor with specialization in political philosophy and critical prison studies (deadline: January 15th, 2017)

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For inquiries only, not for application submissions:

Graduate Program Assistant, Ms. Danielle Gugler Tel  +1 613 533 3432

The Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University invites applications for a Queen’s National Scholar (QNS) position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor with specialization in political philosophy and critical prison studies.  This is a tenured or tenure-track position with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2017.  Further information on the Queen’s National Scholar Program can be found on the website of the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic).

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree completed at the start date of the appointment. The main criteria for selection are demonstrated academic and teaching excellence. This appointment will be held jointly between the Department of Philosophy and the graduate program in Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Critical Prison Studies is located at the intersection of political and legal thought, cultural studies, and critical theory. It is motivated and informed by post-colonial, critical race, and Indigenous scholarship and activism. Consistent with the interdisciplinary and global initiatives of the Queen’s Strategic Research Plan and the Academic Plan, the QNS in Political Philosophy and Prisons will take a leadership role in a national and international research network, bridging between academic and community partners. The successful candidate will have a research program engaged with the implications of the carceral state in Canada paying particular attention to disproportionate incarceration of Indigenous peoples and people of colour.

The QNS recipient will demonstrate strong competence in such relevant intellectual traditions as continental European philosophy, legal and political philosophy or Indigenous ways of knowing. The candidate will be well versed in Indigenous, critical race, feminist, queer, psychoanalytic, or other contemporary critical perspectives on state violence and carceral logics. The scholar’s work will be informed by attention to the particular forms taken by state-sanctioned and tolerated violence in Canada. The successful candidate will have a commitment to interdisciplinary research that is accountable to the subjects of research.  This position offers many rich opportunities for community engagement.

The successful candidate will contribute to the undergraduate program in the Faculty of Arts and Science through new curriculum development and teaching in the Department of Philosophy, and to graduate education in Philosophy and Cultural Studies. The successful candidate will supervise graduate students from Cultural Studies and Philosophy in relevant areas of specialization. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the department’s programs. Candidates must provide evidence of an ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centred environment. The successful candidate will be required to make substantive contributions through service to the department, the Faculty, the University, and/or the broader community. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  This position is subject to final budgetary approval by the University.

The Queen’s National Scholar Program requires that the successful candidate will provide a rich and rewarding learning experience to all their students, and will develop a research program that aligns with the University’s priorities.  Information on teaching and research priorities at Queen’s may be found in the Queen’s Academic Plan, and the Queen’s Strategic Research Plan.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

To comply with federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information as to how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada.  Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

A complete application consists of:

  • a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph);
  • a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications, awards and grants received);
  • a statement of current and prospective research interests;
  • a statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching philosophy, as well as teaching outlines and evaluations if available); and,
  • a writing sample of article or chapter length;
  • Three letters of reference to be sent directly to Professor Jane Tolmie, Chair of the Appointments Committee, at  At least one of the letters of reference must be at arm’s length, and the letters should preferably be from more than one university or other appropriate institutions. Reference letters should be dated, and include the referee’s name, position, department, institution, email address and telephone number, the name of the nominee, and the period of time and the capacity in which the referee has known the nominee. Please use a clear subject line header in all email correspondence, indicating the position applied for and the name of the candidate.

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2017.

Applicants are encouraged to send all documents in their application package electronically as PDFs to Professor Jane Tolmie at although hard-copy applications may be submitted to:

Jane Tolmie
Chair, Appointments Committee
The Faculty of Arts and Science
Graduate Program in Cultural Studies
Queen’s University
Cultural Studies
B176 Mackintosh-Corry Hall
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

For other inquiries only, not for application submissions:

Graduate Program Assistant, Ms. Danielle Gugler Tel  +1 613 533 3432

The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs.  If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Ms. Danielle Gugler  in Cultural Studies, Tel +1 613 533 3432, Email:

Academic staff at Queen’s University are governed by a Collective Agreement between the University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA), which is posted at and at

Appointments are subject to review and final approval by the Principal. Candidates holding an existing tenure-track or continuing-adjunct appointment at Queen’s will not be considered.

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