Chair, Department of History and Classics

The Department of History & Classics is one of the largest and most diverse in Canada. We have 49 faculty members in History, Classics and Religious Studies. The department is committed to excellence in teaching and research. It is a leader in areas such as East European History, Western Canadian History, History of Science and Medicine, Roman Archaeology and History, British History and Late Antique and Medieval History, and it continues to innovate and advance in many more areas. In addition, the department and many of its members contribute much to interdisciplinary programs such as Science, Technology and Society, Humanities Computing, Middle Eastern and African Studies and Religious Studies. Members of the department are closely linked to a number of research centers and institutes (e.g., Material Culture Institute, the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies), and scholarly organizations. The department operates the Hardy Museum, which houses one of the largest collections of Near Eastern and Classical Antiquities in Canada. See for further information.

The next chair will be an internationally recognized historian or classicist with a strong research program, superior teaching record and strong strategic-planning, organizational and management skills. The chair must appreciate and encourage the diversity of scholarship in the department and implement a supportive, collegial and open administrative style. The chair must be able to articulate a broad vision of History and Classics and have a clear operational sense of how all areas of the department can be promoted and their activities supported. Candidates with demonstrated administrative experience will be preferred. The successful candidate will have a scholarly record suitable for appointment at the rank of tenured full professor. Salary is negotiable and will be commensurate with experience.

The University of Alberta, one of Canada's largest and most accomplished research universities, is situated in Edmonton, a metropolitan area of over one million with a vibrant artistic community and excellent standard of living. Established in 1908 as a board-governed public institution, the University of Alberta has earned the reputation of being one of the best universities in Canada based on its strengths in teaching, research and service. The University of Alberta serves over 36,000 students in more than 200 undergraduate and 170 graduate programs ( The Faculty of Arts is the oldest and most diverse faculty on campus, and one of the largest research and teaching centres in western Canada (

This competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. The selection committee will begin consideration of candidates after January 15, 2008. To receive consideration, applications (including an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a summary of leadership experience, thoughts on academic leadership of the Department of History and Classics and the names of at least three referees), nominations or expressions of interest should be submitted in confidence to:

Dr Gurston Dacks
Acting Dean, Faculty of Arts
6-33 Humanities Centre
University of Alberta
T6G 2E5

Or email to: artsdean AT

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.