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Head of Economics, Philosophy and Political Science

University of British Columbia Okanagan

The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences (IKBSAS) at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus, invites applications for the position of Head - Department of Economics, Philosophy, and Political Science ( The appointment is for a renewable five-year term, beginning on July 1, 2018 or soon thereafter.

Applicants are required to have expertise in one or more of the program areas represented in the department (i.e., Economics, Philosophy, and Political Science) and must be eligible for appointment as a tenured Full Professor at the University of British Columbia. They must show evidence of sustained scholarly and teaching excellence, proven ability to attract external funding appropriate to career stage, as well as solid academic leadership, including administrative experience in a university setting.

The Head reports directly to the Dean, serves on the Faculty’s leadership team, and provides administrative and academic leadership for the department by facilitating the development of the unit’s strategic direction and overseeing its day-to-day operations. The individual has primary responsibility for: supervising, mentoring and evaluating faculty and staff; enabling a rich educational experience and success for students; planning and managing the department’s budget; facilitating program organization and delivery; undertaking unit reviews; serving on Faculty and University committees; fostering a collegial working environment; and representing, promoting, and enhancing the department and its programs within the Faculty, the University, and the external community. As a faculty member, the Head will be expected to maintain an active and productive research program, and to sustain a commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, learning, and mentoring.

Candidates must have a demonstrable commitment to both the disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarly and teaching ethos represented by the department and must exhibit strong interpersonal, intercultural, and organizational skills and competencies. They are expected to have an established record of mentoring colleagues; championing equity, diversity, and inclusion; supporting collegial and transparent governance; fostering a culture of collaboration and accountability; facilitating a congenial working and learning environment; and providing visionary intellectual direction. Intimate knowledge of, and direct experience with, the management of (re)appointment, tenure, and promotion processes will be valuable assets, as will familiarity with budget and strategic planning.

The Department of Economics, Philosophy, and Political Science, at UBC’s Okanagan campus, is housed in the vibrant 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, has over 9,000 students in seven faculties, with strong undergraduate and graduate programs. 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:

To apply for this position please visit the link and apply online: (Job Opening ID# 28418)

Applicants are asked to submit:

(i) A cover letter outlining qualification for the position and fit with the Department and the IKBSAS;
(ii) A curriculum vitae;
(iii) A two-page maximum statement outlining current research and a 5-year research program;
(iv) A two-page maximum statement on teaching philosophy and interests;
(v) Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching/course evaluations);
(vi) Up to three scholarly publications that demonstrate contributions to the field; and
(vii) The names of three referees who have agreed to submit letters of reference upon request.

Inquiries may be directed to Prof. Wisdom Tettey, Dean, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, at: All correspondence and inquiries must indicate the competition title (Head Search, Department of Economics, Philosophy and Political Science) in the subject line of the e-mail.

Deadline for applications is January 31, 2018. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.

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.