Acad. Job: Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Ukrainian and Russian Comparative Politics (University of Manitoba)

Deadline: November 28, 2019

Department of Political Studies & Department of German and Slavic Studies

Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba

Position Number 28177

Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Ukrainian and Russian Comparative Politics

The Departments of Political Studies and German and Slavic Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba invite applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position is located 50% in Political Science and 50% in Slavic Studies. The ideal candidate will have a PhD, or be very near completion, in Political Science, Slavic Studies, or a related field; a specialization in contemporary Eastern European politics, society, and culture, with an emphasis on Russia and Ukraine; expertise in the evolution of political structures, systems, and ideas in the region; and expertise in international relations between Russia, Ukraine, and the Western world. Expertise in the political effects of new information and communication technologies would be an asset.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a productive research program, teach courses in Political Studies and Slavic Studies from first-year to the Master’s level, and to engage in the advising of honours and M.A. students. Preference will be given to candidates who have strong potential for research and teaching related to Ukraine. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching; potential to teach and develop a range of courses at all levels of instruction in both units, including cross-listed courses between both units, and a demonstrated commitment to university and department service including community outreach. Excellent language skills in Ukrainian and Russian would be an important asset; excellent reading skills in both languages are required.

The starting salary will reflect the qualifications and experience of the chosen candidate. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2020.

The University is located in Winnipeg, a city of over 800,000, the largest city in the province of Manitoba. The city has a rich cultural environment, including a vibrant arts community, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre, and one of Canada’s largest and most vibrant Canadian-Ukrainian communities, as well as other substantial Canadian-Eastern-European communities. The University of Manitoba is the province’s largest, most comprehensive post-secondary educational institution. More than 28,000 students from all over the world currently study in a wide range of programs in the liberal arts and sciences, the creative arts, and the professions. Research is a priority at the University of Manitoba and the success of its faculty in securing substantial research support in national and international competitions attests to this fact. The university is home to the Centre of Ukrainian-Canadian Studies, the Archives of the Ukrainian-Canadian Experience, the Slavic Collection at Elizabeth Dafoe Library, and the Centre for Defence and Security Studies.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Applications for this position must include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample of up to 30 pages, a teaching philosophy, and further evidence of effective teaching, such as teaching evaluations and sample course outlines. As well, three confidential letters of reference must be received directly from the applicant’s referees.

Further information about the departments is available via and Inquiries about the position can be sent to Dr. Stephan Jaeger, Chair of the Hiring Committee (

Electronic (preferred) or hard copy applications and letters of reference should be sent to Dr. Stephan Jaeger (, Department of German and Slavic Studies, 328 Fletcher Argue Building, 15 Chancellor’s Circle, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 5V5.

All materials should arrive no later than November 28, 2019.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba). Please note that curricula vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.