International Relations (Assistant Professor, tenure-track)

July 8, 2021

The Department of Political Science at The University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in International Relations. The area of specialization is open. We are particularly interested in candidates who would expand our capacity in international relations teaching and scholarship relating to the global South, especially the Asia-Pacific and/or Africa.

The successful candidate will have a completed Ph.D. in Political Science (or related field) or be able to demonstrate that all Ph.D. requirements are sufficiently close to completion. The successful candidate is expected to have a Ph.D. for the start of the appointment. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2022.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an active program of research leading to peer-reviewed publications and the securing of external research funding, and to contribute to the education and training of undergraduate as well as graduate students. We are particularly interested in candidates who will enhance the diversity of our department.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. While at this time we expect in-person campus interviews to take place, should pandemic conditions change, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely. Applicants should understand that, if travel or other restrictions apply, a successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer with a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply, applicants must upload online the following in order at

  • an application letter;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a statement (maximum 2 pages) of teaching philosophy, interests and accomplishments;
  • a description of current and future research interests (maximum 2 pages).
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness, e.g., summaries of teaching evaluations (official preferred), peer reviews of teaching, sample course material; and
  • a 1-page statement about the applicant’s experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion.
  • one electronic sample of research or publication similar in length to a journal article.

In addition, applicants should arrange for three confidential signed letters of recommendation to be sent separately to the Department of Political Science care of Jeff Yupitun, Assistant to the Department Head, at Review of applications begins on September 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before this date in order to ensure their application receives full consideration.

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 relating to Indigenous initiatives that are available at UBC, visit the UBC Vancouver Indigenous portal at: The Department of Political Science at UBC is committed to increasing Indigenous engagement within its curriculum.

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.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.