Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

Employment Opportunities

Professor in Digital Humanities and Game Studies

Stuart Ramsay Tompkins Visiting Professorship

Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowships in Cultural Studies

Professor in Digital Humanities and Game Studies

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta invites applications for a tenured position at the rank of Full Professor in Digital Humanities and Game Studies. This is a joint position between the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies and the graduate program in Humanities Computing.

We are seeking an innovative academic leader and exceptional scholar in digital humanities, game studies, interactive literature, and language studies and ideologies. Applicants must have a completed PhD in digital humanities, media studies, game studies, or related humanities discipline. Applicants should have a strong cultural orientation to their professional activities and be open to collaboration with other disciplines. The successful candidate will:

  • be a senior scholar with a stellar international reputation and distinguished publishing record that includes multiple peer-reviewed, discipline-relevant books
  • have a robust research agenda and a strong track record of securing external research grants
  • have experience offering graduate and undergraduate courses in digital humanities; specifically in topics related to media and cultural studies, narrative studies, language ideologies, game studies, and interactive fiction
  • be able to conduct teaching and research in a language in addition to English, including undergraduate language courses in another language
  • have significant administrative experience building excellent teaching programs and supporting a broad range of university activities

In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, the successful candidate will supervise graduate students in both academic units at the masters and doctoral level on topics in the area of the candidate’s expertise. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, supervise graduate students, and conduct research in both English and an additional language. The normal teaching load is four courses per academic year. 

Established in 1908 as a board-governed, public institution, the University of Alberta has earned the reputation as being one of the best universities in Canada, based on our strength in teaching, research, and service. Home to 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the university has an annual budget of $1.84 billion and attracts nearly $450 million in sponsored research revenue. The U of A offers close to 400 rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties on five campuses—including one rural and one francophone campus. The Faculty of Arts is the oldest and most diverse faculty on campus and one of the largest research and teaching centres in Western Canada. The University’s main campus is located in Edmonton, the vibrant, cosmopolitan capital of the province of Alberta. The Edmonton metropolitan area is the sixth largest in the country with a population of approximately one million. Edmonton is located only a few hours’ drive from Banff and Jasper National Parks, which offer skiing in winter and excellent hiking and sightseeing in summer.

For more information on the University of Alberta and Edmonton, please visit and

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications in accordance with the Faculty Agreement as per the negotiated salary scales.

To have your application considered, please select the Apply Online icon below and submit the following:

  • cover letter that includes the names and contact information of three references who have agreed to write for you
  • curriculum vitae (CV)
  • evidence of excellence in teaching (teaching philosophy statement, student evaluations, etc.)
  • statement of research

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act R203(3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application (with your cover letter). If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application (within the cover letter).

Applicants are expected to contact their referees and arrange to have them submit their letters of reference via e-mail to the Executive Assistant in Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, Lisa Brick, ( Referees should enter “DIG HUM POS REFERENCE" in the subject line.

All applications and letters of reference can be addressed to the attention of Dr. Laura Beard, Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies ( Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Business Address:
Department of Modern Languages & Cultural Studies
University of Alberta
200 Arts Building
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E6

Link to online application

Stuart Ramsay Tompkins Visiting Professorship

Applications are invited for the position of Stuart Ramsay Tompkins Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This is a nine-month appointment to be held jointly in the Departments of History and Classics, and Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (MLCS, home department for the appointee). The Visiting Professor will be expected to be in residence from August 28, 2017 to May 25, 2018, and will also be expected to participate in the intellectual life of the sponsoring departments. The successful candidate will teach two one-term courses during the year in the area of expertise (available to students in either department), and give a minimum of two public lectures throughout the year. It is anticipated that the appointee will hold regular consultations with graduate students in related fields throughout the stay.

The successful candidate should hold a doctorate or a candidate's degree in Russian/East European history, or in a related field. Visiting Professors must have a permanent position at an academic institute outside Canada, to which they will return following their visit. The sponsoring departments are seeking a candidate who can teach courses in a range of history, politics, and culture. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach courses in Soviet history.

Since all teaching and communication will be in English, it is imperative that candidates possess near native fluency in spoken and written English. This is a precondition to employment. Please note that this position is restricted to current citizens of Soviet successor states by the terms of the endowment.

Return airfare will be covered by the Stuart Ramsay Tompkins endowment. Compensation is $60,000 CDN for the nine-month period.

Qualified individuals are invited to submit a letter of application, a complete CV, and sample publications. Suggestions of possible survey courses in the area of expertise and senior research seminars are welcome. For information please consult the websites of History and Classics and MLCS as well as the University of Alberta. Applications should also include the names and contact coordinates of three individuals qualified to act as referees. E-mail submissions are accepted.

Applications should be submitted to:
Tompkins Professorship Committee
Department of Modem Languages and Cultural Studies
University of Alberta, Arts 200
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E6

E-mail applications and inquiries can be addressed to the MLCS Executive Assistant to the Chair, Paola Bravo at telephone: (780) 492-1997, fax: (780) 492-9106.

Closing date for this competition is February 10, 2017.


Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowships in Cultural Studies

Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded to outstanding individuals who have recently completed a doctoral program. Appointments are for a period of two years and are tenable only at the University of Alberta. MLCS is particularly interested in hosting postdoctoral scholars in Cultural Studies, including in Latin American Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, New Media and Cultural Studies.
Each Fellowship includes a stipend of $44,000 per year and a one-time research allowance of $4,000.
Honorary Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded to excellent scholars who will receive significant income from another major fellowship. Honorary Fellows qualify for all the benefits afforded to Killam Postdoctoral Fellows. These benefits include the travel allowance, the research allowance and, if applicable, a top-up to the stipend of their other award to bring it to the current level of a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship.
The University of Alberta Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee, chaired by the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, adjudicates and selects applicants for Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships. The committee forwards its recommendations to the Killam Scholarship Committee for ratification.

For more information, please visit the Postdoctoral Fellows Office website.

  • Deadline for prospective postdocs to submit all documents to departments is November 28, 2016.
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Awards will be announced in May 2017