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Instructor (Part-time) Contemporary Studies Program

Instructor (Part-time) Contemporary Studies Program

Established in 1789, King’s College is Canada’s oldest chartered university and is associated with Dalhousie University. A small and extraordinarily lively academic community located in Halifax (Kjipuktuk), Nova Scotia, King’s is known nationally and internationally for its highly acclaimed interdisciplinary programs in the humanities, including its renowned Foundation Year Program, its professional programs in journalism and its fine arts program in creative writing. King’s is a community where students, faculty, alumni and staff work to bring greater understanding, creativity and compassion to the world.

The University of King’s College’s Contemporary Studies Program invites applications for a part-time instructor who would be responsible for teaching the following course in the Winter term (January-April 2025):

CTMP 2115.03   The Idea of Race in Philosophy, Literature, and Art
What is race? How does racism impact our sense of self and the communities in which we live? The first part of this class examines the emergence of the modern idea of race, in relation to European expansionism and colonialism, philosophical ideas of the time, and the development of science. The second part of the class focuses on contemporary conceptions of race and their relations to culture, history, ideology, science and everyday lived experience. We will consider contemporary debates on race and racism in the works of thinkers, writers, artists and social activists, reflecting on the concept of white privilege and on the intersections of race, class and gender.

For 2024-25, the class is scheduled in the Winter term on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:05-5:25 p.m.

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching 3 hours of classes per week, evaluating assignments, attending staff meetings and holding office hours. If eligible, the candidate may be required to supervise a teaching assistant(s). This position reports to the Director of the Program.

Qualifications and Experience:

Applicants should possess, as a minimum requirement, a Master’s degree in interdisciplinary humanities or a relevant discipline or field of research, although a Ph.D. is preferred. Expertise in critical race theory will be an asset. Prior experience teaching at the university level is required.

Pay Rate: Remuneration is based upon qualifications and experience.

To apply: Applicants must submit a cover letter stating their qualifications for, and interest in, teaching the class and a curriculum vitae by Friday, August 23, 2024 to:

Sharon Brown
Contemporary Studies Program
Email: sharon.brown@ukings.ca  (cc Dr. Stephen Boos, at stephen.boos@ukings.ca)

Short-listed candidates will be asked to provide two confidential letters of reference and evidence of teaching effectiveness.

All offers of employment as a part-time academic are conditional upon sufficient enrolment in the course and approval by the University.

Applications sent through Indeed.com or other website which post job advertisements without permission will not be considered.


The University of King’s College is committed to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. We encourage and welcome applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons with a disability, racialized persons, including persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversification of our community.