Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant Professor in Scottish History

College: College of Arts

Department: History

Date Posted: February 2, 2021
Deadline: March 2, 2021 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #21-06

Position Description:

The Department of History at the University of Guelph invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Scottish history. The preferred candidate will have a specialisation in Medieval/Early Modern History. Expertise in gender history and/or Digital Humanities will be an asset. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing on July 1, 2021.

This position is associated with the University of Guelph’s Centre for Scottish Studies, which has an international reputation and is the largest research centre of its kind outside Scotland. The Centre for Scottish Studies attracts high performing graduate students from across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, many of whom come to Guelph to study topics in Scottish History that relate to Medieval or Early Modern women, sexuality and Scottish culture. The Centre for Scottish Studies also publishes the International Review of Scottish Studies, a peer-reviewed, open access journal listed on EBSCO and other library databases, and the Guelph Series in Scottish Studies. The Centre has also been supported by the Scottish Studies Foundation Chair, founded in 2004 and the only such position in North America: the largest cluster of scholars, and a vibrant area of innovative scholarship over many decades, has been in the Medieval/Early Modern periods. The University of Guelph Library and Archives holds the largest collection of Scottish documents and print materials outside of the United Kingdom and is currently engaged in a major digitization initiative in Scottish Studies, including Medieval and Early Modern records of exceptional research value that have been acquired over many decades. The Centre for Scottish Studies also has a tradition of dedicated involvement in the community and hosts many events including yearly colloquia, all of which attract members of the general public as well as academics, adding to its dynamism and amplifying its unique place at the centre of knowledge mobilization and translation.

Candidates must have a PhD in a field of Scottish History at the time of appointment and a record of excellence in research and teaching as well as potential to attract graduate students. Excellence in teaching can be demonstrated by a strong teaching dossier. Evidence of excellence in research can be demonstrated by publications in refereed journals and books and presentations at scholarly conferences. The preferred candidate will contribute strongly to the work of the Centre, including the promotion of Scottish Studies both at the University of Guelph, in collaboration with the Archives and Special Collections in the library, and externally.

The History Department has 23 faculty members and is part of the Tri-U Graduate Program with the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.

The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

The University of Guelph is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs, supports diversity in its teaching, learning and work environments, and ensures that applications for members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered under its employment equity policy.

Application Process

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The deadline for applications is March 2, 2021 or until a suitable candidate is found. Please send a cover letter describing your background and how you will contribute to the Scottish Studies programme at Guelph, a complete curriculum vitae and have three letters of reference sent to the following address:

Dr. Sofie Lachapelle, Chair, Dept. of History
MacKinnon Extension, University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

Email: slachap@uoguelph.ca

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

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