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Dr. A.H. Somjee and Dr. Geeta Somjee Professorship in Indian Political Development

Simon Fraser University
Salary Not specified
Start date
Jul 13, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Political Science & International Relations
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University (SFU) invites applications for the inaugural holder of the Dr. A.H. Somjee and Dr. Geeta Somjee Professorship in Indian Political Development (Somjee Professorship). The successful candidate will be appointed as a continuing faculty member at the rank of Associate Professor, commencing on or after 1 January 2022, in the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Only those eligible to be appointed to the rank of Associate Professor will be considered. Appointment with tenure is possible. Appointment to the Somjee Professorship will be for an initial five-year term, renewable. The successful candidate will have launched a promising career with a strong track record of research publications on development in India. The candidate is expected to have experience conducting field research in India, collaborating on research grants, and mentoring graduate students. 

The Department will consider all specializations within the field of Indian development, broadly construed, including rural development. More than half of India’s population lives in rural areas. Understanding these areas remains a significant challenge that is key to deepening democracy in India. Groups delineated by socio-economic status, caste, religion, gender, language and culture, as well as urban-rural divides, remain central to the study of India’s democratic pluralism.

The expectation is that the holder of the Somjee Professorship will train graduate students to conduct field work in India as well as help to support and enable research cooperation arrangements with universities and NGOs in India and across the world. As a continuing faculty member in the Department of Political Science, the holder of the Somjee professorship is expected to make teaching contributions to the graduate and undergraduate programs, contribute to the Department’s supportive and collegial working environment, and to make substantive contributions through service to the Department, the Faculty, the University, and/or the broader community. 

Applicants must have a completed PhD and have a strong publication record commensurate with their career stage. In parallel, a strong record in teaching, including in graduate supervision, is an essential part of the position.

Complete applications will consist of the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of research interests
  • Evidence of teaching excellence
  • Academic writing sample
  • Three current letters of reference, sent separately by the respective referees, upon our request.

 Preference will be given to applications received by 21 October 2021.

 All materials should be sent electronically in one PDF document to All questions regarding this position should be directed to Alex Moens at

SFU is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty, staff, and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, specifically Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

SFU is consistently ranked among the top comprehensive universities in Canada and was recently ranked in the top 50 in the world for engaged research. The Department of Political Science at SFU has a growing number of faculty in diverse fields and is strongly supportive of faculty members’ strengths, interests, and career progress. The department strongly believes in methodological pluralism.  More information about the department and the university can be found on our website: . The campus is located on Burnaby Mountain in Greater Vancouver. Vancouver is a scenic waterfront city located minutes from the mountains and a wide range of outdoor activities. It has a reputation as a clean, safe, multicultural and ethnically diverse city and is one of the very top cities in the world in which to live and work.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. This position is subject to the availability of funding.

Under the authority of the University Act personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see:

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