Assistant Professor
The University of British Columbia
Kelowna, BC
The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences (IKBSAS) at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Political Science at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position will be held in the Department of Economics, Philosophy, and Political Science ( and is expected to start on July 1, 2019.

We are seeking candidates with scholarly interest and expertise in Asian Politics. Preference will be given to a specialist in Chinese politics, with the ability to teach additional courses in Asian politics (especially the Koreas, Japan, and Indo-Asia). Candidates must have a PhD in Political Science or related field, a strong record of research productivity, and proven ability to attract external funding. They must demonstrate a commitment to student mentoring and supervision; an established record of excellence in undergraduate teaching and learning; and evidence of, or interest in, effective graduate teaching appropriate to career stage. They are also expected to show evidence of commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful, collegial, and conducive learning and working environment.

The successful candidate is expected to develop and maintain an outstanding research program that enhances existing expertise in the department, complements established and emerging research strengths within the Faculty, and is well-integrated into the campus’ areas of strategic research focus. Teaching duties will normally include two courses per term, enthusiasm for teaching in an interdisciplinary Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) program is expected. Service expectations will be commensurate with rank.

Supported by over 20 active researchers, the Department of Economics, Philosophy, and Political Science, at UBC’s Okanagan campus, offers a vibrant and interdisciplinary learning environment for students wanting to understand today’s complex world from a variety of perspectives. Faculty in Political Science provide the lead for 3 undergraduate majors: Political Science, International Relations, and PPE. It is also the lead Department for the new Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Global Studies (MA and PhD).

The Department is housed in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. The Faculty offers both discipline-based and interdisciplinary programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The collegial learning environment in the Faculty focuses on effective teaching, critical and creative scholarship, and the integration of scholarship and teaching. We are committed to an ethos of local involvement, global engagement, and intercultural awareness, and we provide a positive, inclusive, and mutually supportive working and learning environment for all our students, faculty, and staff. To learn about the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Science, go to

UBC is one of the world’s leading universities, and is consistently ranked in the top 40. The university has two distinct campuses, one in Vancouver and one in Kelowna. UBC’s Okanagan campus, located in the city of Kelowna on unceded Syilx Okanagan territory, has strong undergraduate and graduate programs, with over 9,000 students in seven faculties. Situated in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, one of the most scenic regions in Canada, it offers an intimate learning environment and excellent opportunities for regional, national, and international scholarly activities. For more information about UBC resources and opportunities, please visit Information about the surrounding community can be found at:

How to Apply:
Applications are to be submitted online at (see appropriate Job Opening ID# 31436) and should include:

a cover letter,

a curriculum vitae,

a research statement,

a statement of teaching philosophy,

evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. teaching/course evaluations), and

the names of three referees who have been asked to submit letters of reference.

Applicants should also arrange to have their referees submit letters of recommendation directly to Tiffany Clarke by the deadline, at:

Please direct any inquiries regarding the posting to Department Head, at All correspondence, including referees’ letters, must indicate the competition title (Political Science Assistant Professor) in the subject line of the e-mail.

The deadline for applications is November 22, 2018. All appointments are subject to budgetary approval. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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.

In support of our commitment to equity and diversity, all candidates will be invited to participate in an online Equity Survey as part of the appointment process.