Associate Professor

McGill University

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Faculty/Unit: School of Continuing Studies, Administration & Governance Domain

Position: Assistant/Associate Professor or Faculty lecturer (non-tenured, ranked contract academic staff, rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience) in Parliamentary Studies and Public Affairs


The McGill School of Continuing Studies is one of 11 faculties at McGill University, a public institution of advanced learning situated in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The School serves a diverse adult learner population of 8-10,000+ annually, from pre-collegiate to post-retirement age. Leveraging both face-to-face and online delivery formats, the School offers a combined total of 60+ credit and non-credit programs and courses of varying duration at undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. Particular emphasis is placed on serving the learning needs of Indigenous peoples and other equity-seeking groups as well as global communities and non-traditional adult learners. 

SCS’s pedagogic approach centers on the highest quality, interactive, experiential and peer learning combined with close collaboration with practitioners, employers, and professional organizations. A bridge between the University and the local community in and around Montreal, as well as other regions of Quebec, SCS operates in a predominantly bilingual (French and English) but multicultural environment. Through strategic partnerships with institutions in other parts of Canada and across the globe, SCS enjoys a vibrant mix of domestic and international students seeking the knowledge and skills to launch, advance, or change their careers. 

Position Description:

The McGill School of Continuing Studies invites applications for a three (3) year, renewable appointment as Assistant/Associate Professor or Faculty lecturer (non-tenured, ranked contract academic staff, rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience) in Parliamentary Studies and Public Affairs. We are interested in receiving applications from candidates who have a background in Parliamentary Studies, Public Administration or Public Policy, Political Science, International Relations, International Development, or a related field. Research-based teaching excellence, expertise in fostering active learning and inclusive environments, and experience in developing parliamentary networking partnerships are strongly sought qualities. 

This is a full-time, ranked academic, non-tenure-track (contract academic staff) position with an initial three (3) year appointment, renewable depending on performance and budget. The position includes teaching and administrative program oversight responsibilities, and other contributions (e.g., applied research). The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to an inclusive learning community. The desired start date is September 1, 2024. 

Job Duties:

Under the direct supervision of the Administration & Governance Director, the successful candidate’s primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Teach undergraduate and/or graduate level and/or professional development courses — actual course load will depend on the scope of academic administrative responsibilities/special projects as determined in consultation with the Director of the unit; 
  • Undertake academic research, in collaboration with national and international partners, and ensure that research results feed back into the Parliamentary or related programs; 
  • Oversee the academic content of the Parliamentary programs; 
  • Provide leadership and guidance to Course Lecturers in best practices in teaching, course design, and assessment for an Indigenous audience, including holding regular teaching-team meetings; Assume primary responsibility for maintaining the academic rigour of these courses, including ensuring that pedagogical methods are up to date;
  • Work productively with the Director of the unit and SCS administrative staff to schedule programming; 
  • Develop and maintain fruitful working relationships with the University’s Faculties and Schools and with key University service units; 
  • Liaise with the School’s Communication and Marketing department; Participate in A&G, SCS, and University orientation and promotional events. 
  • Serve on the academic departmental committee; Serve on SCS and University committees and work groups as needed and available; 
  • Contribute to the decolonization of the curriculum through best practices in equitable, diverse and inclusive content and expert resources development and integration of non-European/non-Western and/or Indigenous traditions and systems; Contribute to the School’s and University’s equity, diversity, and inclusivity initiatives both within and outside the classroom. 

Education/Experience Required 

  • Graduate degree (PhD preferred) in International Relations, Public Administration, Political Sciences, or a closely related field; 
  • Teaching experience in the field of parliamentary governance, or related fields. 
  • Demonstrated professional experience in a public administration and/or parliamentary strengthening organization; 
  • Experience in developing global parliamentary networking partnerships, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, and/or Asia or Latin America. 

Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities 

  • Experience with program or course development and delivery in a parliamentary setting. 
  • Experience supervising and mentoring instructional staff. 
  • Experience in online, blended, and hybrid course development and delivery. 
  • Demonstrated ability to use appropriate technologies to support student learning. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to keeping abreast of developments in the field. 
  • Publications and/or presentations in the field. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • Demonstrated experience of working in an international organization is an asset. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, time-management, and organizational skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead as well as participate in teams. 
  • Knowledge of French and English. McGill University is an English-language university where day-to-day duties may require English communication both verbally and in writing.
  • Fluency in other languages is an asset. 

Application Procedure:

Applications should be addressed to the Search Committee and submitted in Workday. Applications received by June 01, 2024, will receive priority consideration. Position remains open until filled. Applications should include the following materials in a single PDF:

  • Cover letter summarizing relevant educational background and work experience
  • Curriculum vitae tailored to this position
  • Name, affiliation, and contact information of three professional references (who will not be contacted without prior consent)
  • Statement of Teaching Approach
  • Diversity Statement
  • Teaching or training evaluations for at least one recent year.

Job Type:

Contract Academic Staff


Assistant/Associate Professor or Faculty lecturer (non-tenured, ranked contract academic staff, rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience)

Length of Appointment:

Three (3) years


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.

At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry.

McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, or that may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record.

McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving for the implementation of universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through accommodation policies and procedures. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, [email protected].

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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