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Jobs at Parkland Institute

Director, Parkland Institute
Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta

Applications are invited for the position of the director of Parkland Institute, an Alberta research network situated within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. Parkland is a highly respected institute that conducts peer-reviewed research on vital economic, social, cultural and political issues challenging Albertans and Canadians. The institute shares the results of its research widely in language the public can understand, and it promotes wide discussion and debate of the issues its research raises. It is non-partisan.

Using the perspective of Canadian political economy, Parkland’s researchers examine power and wealth differentials, social and class-based conflicts, and ways public policy and public choice shape and are shaped by these factors. This understanding identifies decisions that must be made if these forces are to be harnessed for social change and the public good. Parkland Institute includes those involved in interdisciplinary and socially engaged thinking. In the broader Alberta community, Parkland Institute works most closely with professionals, trade unionists, private-sector individuals, the arts community, religious and non-profit organizations, environmentalists, feminists and social movement activists. Parkland Institute’s board reflects these diverse publics and is actively instituting an EDI process throughout the organization. For more information about Parkland Institute, please consult the website at http://parklandinstitute.ca.

The director is responsible for the leadership of Parkland Institute. Ideally, candidates will be tenured professors from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta, though other academic affiliations will be considered. They must have a distinguished record of scholarly research. They will be committed to developing Parkland as an academic research network that disseminates publicly accessible research on vital issues challenging Albertans and Canadians. They must have a demonstrated capacity for engagement as a public intellectual, including being an effective communicator with a capacity to write for and speak to both scholarly and non-academic audiences. Candidates must also be prepared to articulate a broad vision for Parkland, chair the institute’s board, provide direction to key committees, serve as an effective public spokesperson for the institute, and provide operational and administrative leadership to Parkland staff.

The contract begins July 1, 2021 and will be appointed for an initial term not to exceed five years with renewal by review for (normally) no more than one additional term. Compensation will be negotiated with the Interim Dean of Arts.

For questions related to this position or the selection process, please contact:

Dr. Steve Patten, Interim Dean of Arts at [email protected].

Dr. Trevor Harrison, Director, Parkland Institute at [email protected]

Applications shall be submitted to the Office of the Dean of Arts at [email protected] by January 15, 2021.

Applications should include:

  1. A letter of application outlining the candidate’s interest in the position, the strengths they would bring to the role, and any information they wish to share about their priorities and vision for the Parkland Institute.
  2. The names of three referees.
  3. A current curriculum vitae.


The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

The Parkland Institute and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory, and are a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including the Métis Nation and the Papaschase.

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