Public Policy & Global Affairs (Associate Professor) and Editor of Pacific Affairs

September 23, 2022

Associate Professor of Public Policy & Global Affairs and Editor of Pacific Affairs

The School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Global Affairs to begin on July 1, 2023. The successful candidate will serve as Editor of the academic journal Pacific Affairs for a five-year term, which may be renewed for a second term upon successful review. As a faculty member in SPPGA, they will be expected to maintain an active program of research, scholarly activity, and student supervision, and they will also have teaching and service responsibilities in the SPPGA’s flagship program, the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA). Pacific Affairs is a leading peer-reviewed scholarly journal that focuses on important current political, economic, and social issues throughout Asia and the Pacific. It has been published continuously since 1928 and is situated within SPPGA and UBC’s Institute of Asian Research. The Editor is responsible for overseeing the journal’s operations, including staff management, relationship with the press, and the timely publication of four issues per year. As this is a core component of the position, experience working with a scholarly journal is an important criterion for the search.

We seek a scholar who engages contemporary issues under a broadly defined public policy and global affairs umbrella, with a regional focus on Asia. We are especially interested in expertise on foreign affairs, international relations, or security, though we are open to other areas. We are also open to disciplinary background; however, experience in an interdisciplinary environment is an asset. Moreover, as the SPPGA is an applied professional school, policy engagement experience is a strong asset.

Candidates for this position must hold a PhD and have a record of research and teaching excellence necessary to meet the criteria to be appointed with tenure at the Associate Professor rank at UBC. Assistant Professors nearing tenure may apply, though priority will be given to mid-career scholars. Applicants should upload by the closing date of October 28, 2022 the following documents in a single PDF:

  • A cover letter (up to 3 pages) that addresses:
    • experience with editorial work for a scholarly journal and evidence of the requisite skills
    • a description of research trajectory and current research agenda
    • teaching interests and accomplishments
    • experience with policy engagement
  • A curriculum vitae that provides:
    • full overview of publication, teaching, and service record
    • names and contact information for at least four potential referees from whom confidential letters of assessment can be obtained
  • A statement (up to one page) about the applicant’s experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to advancing a culture of equity and inclusion
  • Evidence of teaching ability and effectiveness, including a sample syllabus, teaching evaluations, a teaching statement, or a teaching dossier may also be included
  • A sample of published research (journal article length) in electronic format

Applicants will be asked to complete an equity survey. The survey information will not be used to determine eligibility for employment, but will be collated to provide data that can assist us in understanding the diversity of our applicant pool and identifying potential barriers to the employment of designated equity group members. Your participation in the survey is voluntary and confidential. This survey takes only a minute to complete. You may self-identify in one or more of the designated equity groups. You may also decline to self-identify in response to any or all of the questions by choosing “not disclosed.”

Questions may be directed to Ian Taylor (, Manager of Administration for the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

Further Information:

UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs 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. The successful candidate will also teach in the MPPGA program. For more information on the SPPGA and MPPGA, visit

Pacific Affairs is a peer-reviewed, independent, and interdisciplinary scholarly journal that focuses on important current political, economic, and social issues throughout Asia and the Pacific. It publishes four issues per year, which contain research articles, review articles, perspectives on current issues, and book reviews. It is committed to providing high quality research to the scholarly community, practitioners, and the engaged public. It has been published continuously since 1928 and is currently housed in UBC’s Institute of Asian Research and SPPGA. Pacific Affairs is widely indexed and appears in the top quartile of Area Studies journals by impact factor.

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. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous scholars and from minority groups underrepresented in post-secondary institutions in North America. 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, Canadian 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 Manager of Administration, Ian Taylor ( The University is 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), please visit the Centre for Workplace Accessibility:

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. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.