Tenure Stream Position - Island Studies - Faculty of Arts *Amended*

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Island Studies Program - Faculty of Arts
Tenure Stream Position

The Island Studies program at the University of Prince Edward Island welcomes applications for a tenure-stream position in Island Studies. This position builds on the growth of the Island Studies constellation at UPEI, one of the leading global sites for Island Studies scholarship, teaching and public engagement. The academic interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program now has two options for students, a thesis track and a new course and work-study track with specializations in Island Tourism, Sustainable Island Communities and International Relations and Island Public Policy. When the MAIS program is combined with the Institute of Island Studies (IIS), the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, and Island Studies Press, it creates a synergy that lives up to its vision, “To be the leading centre of excellence on issues related to island studies scholarship, public policy and engagement.” Both the MAIS program and the IIS play a pivotal role in Prince Edward Island (PEI) public policy formation, bridging the University and the community. They also serve as a hub for a network of island studies scholars and teachers throughout the world. 

The Position: We are looking for someone who will lead a dedicated group of faculty across UPEI to take the Island Studies constellation to the next level locally, nationally and internationally. We are specifically looking for an individual who will be able to contribute to the scholarship and pedagogy associated with island sustainability as expressed through one or more of the following: climate change, governance, economy, and/or culture. Promoting the program, recruiting students, and then teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels is an important part of the position. This individual would assume a leadership role in the academic program and the Institute of Island Studies, and would be expected to speak for these units within the University, the Province, and at international forums.

The successful candidate will be appointed to a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Salary will be determined according to rank and experience, as outlined in the Collective Agreement. The successful candidate will be expected to teach graduate courses that match up with one or more areas associated with the MAIS program and the undergraduate Minor in Island Studies. This is a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to play a leadership role in Island Studies and Sustainability globally. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

Qualifications:  Applicants must have a completed doctoral degree in a cognate discipline with a focus on Island Studies, a record of successful teaching, scholarly research and publishing, and a proven ability to acquire research grants and contracts. As an interdisciplinary program, it is important that the successful candidate demonstrates the ability to strengthen collegial and collaborative relationships, and a capacity and interest to work across disciplines locally and globally. In alignment with the UPEI Strategic Plan, the successful candidate must be committed to providing programming and learning opportunities that enable our students to reach their full potential in both the classroom and the community. This includes the ability to provide strong mentorship and supervision for students in research.

Application Instructions: Interested candidates are invited to forward a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier, a description of scholarly endeavours, and the names and contact information of three references to:

Dr. Neb Kujundzic, Dean

c/o Cathy Hennessey

Faculty of Arts

University of Prince Edward Island

550 University Avenue

Charlottetown, PE C1A 4P3


(902) 566-0307

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

Review of applications will commence on March 20, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.