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Tenure-Track Position in Irish Cultural Geography

Last updated: November 3, 2022, 1:31 p.m.

Job title: Assistant Professor, Irish Cultural Geography
Position code: 21_T_IRISH_O
Date posted: October 4, 2022
Application deadline: December 1, 2022
Advertised until: Position is filled

Position description

The School of Irish Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Geography of Ireland at the rank of Assistant Professor, with a specific focus on Irish Cultural Geography. The candidate will teach general courses in Irish physical geography, geomorphology, and Ordnance Survey analyses, as well as advanced courses in human, economic, and cultural geography. Candidates must be conversant with wider geographic debates in Irish Studies, (issues of identity, diversity, migration, diaspora, and decolonization), Ireland’s geographic development within the European Union, and in the broader world community. The candidate should be comfortable working in an interdisciplinary milieu and have a strong sense of the field as an interdisciplinary enterprise. Duties include research, teaching, and service to the School and to the university. 

Qualifications and assets 

Candidates must have completed their PhD degree or be near completion at the start date of the appointment. The main criteria for selection are scholarly and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high-quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates are encouraged to share any career interruptions, or personal circumstances that may have had an impact on their career goals in their letter of application. These will be carefully considered in the assessment process. The department values diversity among its faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups. Concordia University is an English-language institution of higher learning at which the primary language of instruction and research is English. Since this position supports academic functions of the university, proficiency in English is required. Working knowledge of French is an asset. 

How to Apply 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada, or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applicants must include one of the following statements: 

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada 


No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Electronic applications should be addressed to: Dr. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, Principal, School of Irish Studies All applications must be submitted as one PDF attachment and must include a cover letter clearly identifying the title and position code, a detailed curriculum, three samples of research publications, a teaching statement (that outlines the candidate’s teaching philosophy and research achievements), and evidence of teaching effectiveness (ex: course evaluations). Candidates must arrange to have the three letters of reference sent directly to to the attention of Dr. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, Principal, School of Irish Studies. 

Applications should be submitted by November 1, 2022 but will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. The appointment is expected to commence on August 1, 2023.

Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and research. As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next‐Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their background, as well as lived and professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society. 

Possible examples to demonstrate a diverse experience may include, but are not limited to: 

  • teaching about underrepresented populations 
  • mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds 
  • committee work 
  • offering or organizing educational programming
  • participation in training and workshops 

All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.

Adaptive Measures 

Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Anna Barrafato, Accessibility Change Lead: or by phone at 514.848.2424 extension 3511.


For over three decades Irish Studies has been a dynamic multidisciplinary area of teaching and research at Concordia University. Formally founded in 2009, the School of Irish Studies offers a Major, Minor, and Certificate in Irish Studies, and faculty members supervise MA and PhD Students working on Irish-related topics in various disciplines and departments (History, English, Theatre, Music, Film, etc.) as well as in interdisciplinary graduate programs. The School sponsors a prestigious public lecture series, hosts Visiting Scholars, provides scholarships to students, hosts annual undergraduate and graduate conferences, engages in community-outreach activities, and has held international conferences of the Canadian Association for Irish Studies (2011, 2019) and the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (2012).

The Faculty of Arts and Science was created in July 1977 through the merger of the former Loyola Faculty of Arts and Science, the former Sir George Williams Faculty of Arts, and the former Sir George Williams Faculty of Science. 

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