Nordic Studies (Assistant Professor, tenure-track)

September 23, 2021

Assistant Professor of Nordic Studies

The Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies (CENES) invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Nordic Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor, to commence on July 1, 2022. The successful applicant’s tenure line will be housed in CENES and contribute to the Department’s interdisciplinary and Scandinavian Studies programs, while substantively supporting the “Climate Emergency” PAEI cluster within the Faculty of Arts.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in Nordic or Scandinavian Studies or a related field. Native or near-native fluency in a Nordic language is required. Applicants’ primary research focus must be the Nordic region (including Denmark, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sápmi, and Sweden). Priority areas of specialization include environmental humanities and circumpolar studies. We particularly welcome scholars whose research or teaching interests intersect with work in Indigenous, gender, queer, sexuality, migration, disability, and/or critical race studies.

Candidates will have demonstrated potential for peer-reviewed scholarly research, involvement in professional scholarly activity, and successful teaching at various university levels.

How to apply: Apply online by November 1, 2021, at  Applicants must be prepared to upload a single PDF file containing the following items in the order listed: a letter of application; a CV; and the following three statements, each no more than one page long (research program; curricular development and teaching interests; experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion). At a later stage of the search process, longlisted applicants will be asked to provide three confidential letters of recommendation and evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Informal enquiries may be made to the Head of the Department, Prof. David Gramling at Review of applications will begin November 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. The position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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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, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Given 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 with a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus should travel or other restrictions apply.