Campus & Community
Limited Term Appointment Contemporary Studies Program/Foundation Year Program

Limited Term Appointment Contemporary Studies Program/Foundation Year Program

Application Deadline: April 21, 2023

Established in 1789, the University of 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 programs 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 invites applications for a three-year, Limited Term Appointment in Contemporary Studies and Foundation Year Program, commencing 1 July 2023.

This full-time appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will be expected to teach four classes per year (two each semester) in the Contemporary Studies Program, and to lead three tutorial groups in the Foundation Year Program. A Ph.D. degree in a Humanities discipline is required by the date of appointment.

The Contemporary Studies Program is an interdisciplinary, combined honours program offered jointly by the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University. It focuses on ideas, thinkers and movements that have contributed to new understandings of the world in the period between the beginning of the 19th century and the present day. The Contemporary Studies portion (two/thirds) of the appointment will require the successful candidate to teach four courses: Courses may include CTMP 2150 “Society, Politics, and Literature,” CTMP 2301.03 “Pain,” CTMP 2115.03 “The idea of race” and CTMP 2203.03 “Biopolitics.” Experience and/or expertise to teach our CTMP 3001/3002 core course doublet in “Science and Culture” will be considered an asset. In the second or third year of the appointment, the successful candidate may be invited to construct a new class related to the area of their expertise.

The Foundation Year Program is an integrated core-texts study of seminal works in the Western tradition. It includes works from across the traditional disciplines – works of philosophy, history, science, literature, theatre, political theory – and it ranges from the ancient world to the present day. This component of the position will require the successful candidate to attend lectures and conduct tutorials for our large freshman cohort. The candidate may also be invited to lecture once or twice annually in the program.

Contemporary Studies and the Foundation Year Programs are interested in candidates who could help enhance its ongoing curricular diversity initiatives. Some previous experience in one or both of the programs will be considered an asset.

The University of King’s College is a small, teaching-intensive, liberal arts university with a lively and accomplished scholarly community, offering joint programs and degrees with Dalhousie University, Canada’s largest research university east of Montreal.

The University of King’s College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We encourage and welcome those who would contribute to the diversification of our staff and faculty including, but not limited to women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Although in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority of consideration will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, non-Canadians are encouraged to apply.

A complete application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief teaching dossier, one sample of scholarly work, and three letters of reference.

Applications should be sent in electronic form to:

Dr. Stephen Boos, Director of Contemporary Studies Program
c/o Sharon Brown at sharon.brown@ukings.ca

Copied to: Dr. Daniel Brandes, Director of Foundation Year Program c/o FYP Office at fypoffice@ukings.ca

Program websites:


For further information please contact Dr. Stephen Boos, Director of the Contemporary Studies Program (Stephen.Boos@ukings.ca), and Dr. Daniel Brandes, Director of the Foundation Year Program (daniel.brandes@ukings.ca).