Visiting Professorship of post-Soviet states (any period) -- University of Alberta


ART Mod Lang & Cultural Stud

Competition No.  -   


Closing Date  -   

Dec 01, 2021


Applications are invited for the position of Stuart Ramsay Tompkins Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  The Stuart Ramsay Tompkins endowment provides for the University to invite scholars from the successor states of the Soviet Union to visit the Departments of History, Classics, and Religion and Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, so that “the body of the University and Canadians generally shall have the benefit of scholarship” from this region.

This is a ten-month appointment to be held jointly in the History, Classics, and Religion (HCR), and Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (MLCS, home department for the appointee). The Visiting Professor will be expected to be in residence from August 20, 2022 to June 20, 2023, and will 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 and serve as an ambassador for the program upon returning home. We expect appointees to remain on campus for the bulk of their stay here.

In accordance with the terms of the endowment, the successful candidate should hold a doctorate or a candidate's degree in the history of the Soviet successor states (any period), or in a related field. Visiting Professors must have a permanent position at an academic institution in one of the Soviet successor states, to which they will return following their visit. The sponsoring departments are seeking candidates with a range of interests in history and culture. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach courses in the histories of the Soviet successor states; we are particularly interested in courses dealing with cultural aspects that would complement course offerings in MLCS as well as HCR.

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 $89,000 CDN for the ten-month period. The successful candidate will also receive a research and travel allowance for use during the tenure of the professorship.

Qualified individuals are invited to submit:

  • Letter of application/cover letter (no longer than one page)
  • CV
  • Copies of 1-2 representative publications (attach electronic copies)
  • Brief descriptions of possible survey courses in the area of expertise and senior research seminars (2-3 courses/attach under 'Statement of teaching/Research interests').
  • Names and contact coordinates of three individuals qualified to act as referees (to be contacted if shortlisted).

For information please consult the websites of HCR 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.

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

E-mail inquiries can be addressed to the MLCS Executive Assistant to the Chair at

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How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.