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Contractually Limited Appointment (1 years) in Canadian Politics/Public Law

McMaster University

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and, within the lands protected by the Dish with One Spoon wampum agreement.

Position Description
The Department of Political Science at McMaster University invites applications for a one-year Contractually Limited Appointment (CLA). Applicants must have an area of specialization in Canadian politics and/or public policy, with a focus on public law and judicial studies.

The successful applicant must have or be very near completion of a PhD in Political Science, or a related discipline, by the time of the appointment. The applicant must also demonstrate a record of excellence in teaching and research and a willingness and ability to contribute to the department’s collegial and collaborative intellectual community as well as university-wide inclusive excellence goals and priorities. The successful applicant will teach seven (7) courses per year, principally at the undergraduate level, and play a leadership role in the delivery of the Honours Specialization in Public Law & Judicial Studies. The specific courses taught would be subject to negotiation, but a suggestive list includes: Force and Fear, Crime and Punishment; Constitutional & Public Law in Canada; Federalism; Honours Issues in Canadian Politics and Canadian Public Policy; Topics in Law & Policy; Charter of Rights and Freedoms; Judicial Studies.

For more detailed course descriptions, and information on the Department, please consult our website.

McMaster University is a globally renowned institution of higher learning and a research community committed to advancing human and societal health and well-being. McMaster has a vision to achieve international distinction for creativity, innovation and excellence as a student-centred, research-intensive university. The Department of Political Science comprises 26 faculty members, making it among the largest of the 13 departments, schools and program areas situated within Faculty of Social Sciences. It offers an undergraduate curriculum that is both diverse in scope and high in quality; it also offers a PhD in Political Science, and M.A. degrees in both Political Science and Global Politics. Discover more about the Department of Political Science, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the City of Hamilton.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengths our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

We invite all applicants to complete a brief Diversity Survey as part of the application process. It takes approximately two minutes to complete. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer. All information collected is confidential and will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the applicant pool and to promote a fair, equitable and inclusive talent acquisition process. Inquiries about the Diversity Survey may be directed to

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Office of the Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences at 905-525-9140 ext. 26156 or to communicate accommodation needs.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials through the University’s electronic portal: [Job Opening #61794 by May 15, 2024 to:

Greg Flynn, Chair
Department of Political Science
McMaster University
1280 Main Street W.
Hamilton, ON L8S 4M4

• a letter of application together with a curriculum vitae describing the impact that career interruptions have had on research productivity, if applicable;
• a research statement including a selection of research publications;
• a statement on teaching interests and philosophy (including evidence of teaching effectiveness);
• a brief statement describing the any contributions you have made or planned in relation to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion or inclusive excellence in teaching, research, or service within higher education, community-based or other profession settings (2-page maximum);
• the names of at least three referees; letters of reference are not required and will not be reviewed at the application stage; the Department will request letters of recommendation from referees at later stages of the search process.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The effective date of appointment is negotiable, but will be no later than July 1, 2024. All applicants will receive an online confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University gathers information about applicants’ status as either a permanent resident of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements:

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

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