Assistant or Associate Professor in Legal and Political Philosophy

Kingston, Ontario (CA)
17 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
31 Mar 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Queen’s National Scholar in Legal and Political Philosophy 

Application deadline: January 2, 2018. The Committee may still consider applications after this date.

The Faculty of Law at Queen’s University invites applications for a Tenured/Tenure-track position as a Queen’s National Scholar in the area of legal and political philosophy at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The preferred starting date is July 1, 2018. Candidates holding an existing tenuretrack or continuing-adjunct position at Queen’s are not eligible.  

The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in general jurisprudence, constitutional theory, private law theory, or political philosophy. Without limiting the call for applications, the Faculty particularly seeks a candidate with research and teaching interests in legal pluralism, non-Western legal or political philosophies, or postcolonial legal theory, or who could enrich the Faculty’s course offerings and research relating to the position of Indigenous peoples in Canada and elsewhere.  

Save in exceptional circumstances, the successful candidate will have a JD/LLB or equivalent and a doctorate in law or a cognate discipline completed at the start date of the appointment. The main criteria for selection are academic and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the Faculty’s programs. In addition to traditional forms of scholarly output, the Faculty will also consider law reform activities and other contributions to policy and practice. 

Candidates must also provide evidence of an ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centred environment, and to participate actively in the activities of Queen’s collaborative Program in Political and Legal Thought. 

The successful candidate will be required to make substantive contributions through service to the Faculty, the University, and/or the broader community. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience. All positions are subject to final budgetary approval by the University, and all appointments are subject to review and final approval by the Principal.
Nationally and internationally recognized as a leading law school, Queen’s Law has a distinguished record of outstanding teaching and research. Queen’s University is located in historic Kingston, Ontario, on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory. Queen’s Law has a proud history of faculty and student engagement. Queen’s Law has a curriculum and research profile that includes Canada’s largest international law program, operated at the Queen’s University Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle in the UK. The Faculty leads Canadian law schools in interdisciplinary study opportunities, including programs that combine JD studies with Business, Economics, Public Administration, and Industrial Relations. The Faculty is also home to vibrant LLM and PhD programs that draw students from around the world, leading research groups such as the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace and Feminist Legal Studies at Queen’s, the interdisciplinary Colloquium in Legal and Political Philosophy, and five clinical programs in Poverty Law, Prison Law, Business Law, Elder Law, and Family Law.  

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen's is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  

To comply with Federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information about how many applicants for each vacancy are citizens/permanent residents of Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship, but all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen/permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen/permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete. 

A complete application consists of:

  • Cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship/permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph);
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications);  
  • Copies of all university transcripts;  
  • Copies of sample publications;  
  • Statement of teaching interests and experience, including teaching experience and supervision at both the J.D. and graduate levels (include course outlines and evaluations if available);
  • Statement of current and prospective research interests.  
  • Letters from at least three referees sent directly by the referee to the address below. 

Electronic applications in PDF format are strongly preferred. Applicants should also supply information concerning any interruptions in their academic career. Writing samples will not be returned and incomplete applications will not be considered.  

Referees should also submit letters of support directly to the same email address below by January 2, 2018. However, if letters from referees are not available by this date, they should be submitted as soon thereafter as is possible. The Committee may still consider applications after this date.  
Applications should be emailed to lawappointments@queensu.ca