China Policy and Governance (Assistant Professor)

Aug 4, 2023

The School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) at The University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in China Policy and Governance to begin on July 1, 2024.


We seek a scholar who engages in applied research on policy and governance issues related to China. This may include expertise on issues of policy and governance within China, with regards to China’s global engagements, and/or comparative work between Chinese and other actors or institutions. We welcome and are committed to supporting candidates with critical perspectives, from a broad array of personal backgrounds and experiences, and across a range of potential disciplinary training. Evidence of experience in communicating to both academic and non-academic audiences and contributing to or influencing policy will be considered an asset.


Candidates should have demonstrated excellence or promise of excellence in research and have a strong commitment to teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and support a dynamic research program, including active policy engagements. The position is open to those specializing in quantitative as well as qualitative research. They are expected to contribute to teaching in the core curriculum of the professional Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) as well as elective courses on China.


Candidates for this position must have a completed Ph.D. from any disciplinary or interdisciplinary field within the social sciences. Those who have progressed to the point where completion of the PhD is imminent and who demonstrate clear and superior promise of excellent research and teaching will also be considered. The successful candidate is expected to have a Ph.D. for the start of the appointment. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024.


Applicants should be prepared to upload by the closing deadline of October 16, 2023 in the following order and in a single PDF file (maximum size 15MB):

  • Cover letter (up to 2 pages) that contains:
    • description of current and proposed research;
    • teaching interests and accomplishments;
    • experience of contributing to, or influencing, policy;
    • names and contact information for three scholars from whom confidential letters of assessment can be obtained.
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Description of current and proposed research (up to 2 pages);
  • Statement (300-500 words) identifying the applicant’s philosophy of working with a diverse student body, and contributions, or potential contributions, to advancing a culture of inclusion within the university and beyond;
  • Teaching statement and evidence of teaching ability and effectiveness, including sample syllabi (may include teaching evaluations, and teaching dossier);
  • One sample of research or publication similar in length to a journal article;
  • One sample of writing that aims at communicating the results of research to a policy audience.



Review of applications will begin on 16 October 2023, and will continue until the position has been filled. Applicants with questions about the position are welcome to contact the Administration Manager, Ian Taylor, at This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience.


Further Information:


UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) is an interdisciplinary and collaborative hub that contributes to developing policies and solutions to complex global and local issues. The School offers the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA), a 2-year professional global public policy program with particular expertise in Asia Pacific and sustainability. For more information on the SPPGA visit


UBC-Vancouver’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam people, with whom UBC shares a framework Memorandum of Affiliation. For information on Indigenous initiatives at UBC, visit: SPPGA is committed to increasing Indigenous engagement within its curriculum.


We are actively seeking to recruit from a diverse pool of applicants. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.


UBC welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for all candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. For requests, contact SPPGA Administration Manager, Ian Taylor ( The University committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable work environment for all members of its workforce, and in particular, for its employees with disabilities. An inclusive work environment for employees with disabilities presumes an environment where differences are accepted, recognized, and integrated into current structures, planning, and decision-making modes. For contact information regarding UBC’s accommodation and access policies and resources (for faculty and staff as well as students), please visit the Centre for Workplace Accessibility.