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Sessional Assistant Professor in International Relations Specialization in International Security

The Department of Politics, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a two-year professorial stream contractually limited appointment at the level of Sessional Assistant Professor in International Relations, Specialization in International Security to commence July 1, 2022. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

The successful candidate is required to have a PhD in Political Science and a demonstrated record of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching, scholarly research and publication and service, all as appropriate to career stage. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of research in the area of International Security. Ability to teach international relations theory, foreign policy, and global governance is an asset. Strong preference will be given to applicants who can contribute to teaching the mandatory courses in the Global Political Studies Undergraduate Program. The successful candidate will also be expected to actively participate in the Graduate Program in Political Science by serving as first and second reader for MA Major research papers. As such, the successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence or promise of research excellence of a recognized international calibre as demonstrated in: the statement of research and teaching interests; a record of publications (or forthcoming publications) with significant journals in the field; presentations at major conferences; awards and accolades; and strong recommendations from referees of high standing.

Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching will be provided through: the statement of research and teaching interests; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference.

York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities.  Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Professor Heather MacRae, Search Committee Chair, Department of Politics, at (Subject: CLA – International Relations).

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) Peoples and persons with disabilities, can be found at  or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713.  Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at:

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous Peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at

The deadline for receipt of completed applications has been extended to March 18, 2022.

Applications, including a cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, teaching evaluations and three confidential letters of reference, may be uploaded to beginning on February 1, 2022.

Questions may be directed to Professor Heather MacRae, Search Committee Chair, Department of Politics, at (Subject: CLA – International Relations).