Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

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Stuart Ramsay Tompkins Visiting Professorship

Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowships in Cultural Studies

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