Term Lecturer (T8): US History and Black History

ART History And Classics

Competition No.  -    A110544580
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of History and Classics (plus Religious Studies) at the University of Alberta invites applications for a Lecturer (rank TBD) in the US History and Black History/Studies, with a starting date of September 1, 2021. This is an eight-month full-time position for the 2021-22 academic year (September 2021 to April 2022), with a teaching load of three courses per semester.

Applicants must hold a PhD in US History or a related discipline, or be ABD with a firm expectation of completing the PhD before August 1, 2021. Demonstrated potential for effective university teaching is a requirement for the position. Self-identified Black applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities for the position include:

  • Teaching three undergraduate courses per semester. Subject to confirmation, and depending on the expertise and interests of the person hired, the teaching assignment is likely to consist of survey courses in US history (pre- and post-1865), specialized courses related to African-American history, women’s history, religion in the USA, or the history of sexuality in the Americas, and one seminar course for advanced undergraduates. 
  • Service responsibilities directly related to the teaching assignment (student advising, office hours) and participation in department meetings.

Edmonton and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory and are a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Dene, Métis, and Nakota Sioux. Established in 1908 as a board-governed, public institution, the University of Alberta has earned the reputation of being one of the best universities in Canada based on strengths in teaching, research, and service. The University’s main campus is located in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city. The Edmonton metropolitan area is the sixth largest in Canada, with a population of approximately one million and a rich and diverse cultural life. Black presence in Alberta has a long history dating back to the Fur Trade era, and Edmonton now has the fourth-largest Black population of any city in Canada. The University serves over 39,000 students in almost 400 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and is home to a Black Graduate Students Association, a Black Students Association (undergraduate), a Black Medical Students’ Association, a Black Faculty Collective, and the Michaëlle Jean Lectureship in Canadian Caribbean and African Diasporic Studies. The Faculty of Arts is the oldest and most diverse faculty on campus and is one of the largest research and teaching centres in Western Canada. The Department of History and Classics has a long record of research and teaching in US history.

This position is a limited-term Academic Teaching Staff appointment (T8) governed by the collective agreement between the University of Alberta and the Association of Academic Staff at the University of Alberta. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in accordance with this Agreement and the negotiated salary scales, and offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental coverage and a professional expense allowance.

Apply online by submitting:

  • cover letter, with the names of two referees (see below).
  • curriculum vitae.
  • teaching dossier that includes a brief teaching philosophy, diversity statement, evidence of (potential for) teaching effectiveness, and sample course outline(s) (submit as an attachment under “Statement of Teaching/Research Interests”).

Applicants are further expected to contact their referees and arrange to have them send their letters of reference via email to hcadmin1@ualberta.ca. Please enter “Reference Letter – US History Lecturer” in the subject line.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application (within your cover letter). If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application (within the cover letter).

Questions about this position may be addressed to Dr. Ryan Dunch, Chair of History and Classics, at hcchair@ualberta.ca. 

Review of applications will start on March 29, 2021. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. 

Any interviews scheduled will follow physical distancing guidelines as per Health Canada.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.