Visiting Professorship: University of Alberta

Stuart Ramsay Tompkins Visiting Professorship
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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 25, 2015 to May 25, 2016, 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 three 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 in a comparative context. 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, preferably as electronic files. 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.