Chair in Finnish Studies at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada 2022-23

Chair in Finnish Studies at Lakehead University
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

The Lakehead University Chair in Finnish Studies committee has opened a competition to bring a distinguished Finnish scholar to its Thunder Bay Campus for a period of 6 to 12 months from 1 September 2022 to 30 April 2023. The Finnish Chair will conduct research, develop partnerships and lecture at the undergraduate level. In addition, the Chair in Finnish Studies is expected to deliver public lectures, give seminar presentations, participate in conferences and related research, and otherwise contribute to the intellectual life of Lakehead University and the Finnish community in Thunder Bay and surroundings.

Lakehead University is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With campuses located in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Lakehead has over 8,600 students and 2,100 faculty and staff. With an emphasis on collaborative learning and independent critical thinking and a multidisciplinary teaching approach, Lakehead offers a variety of degree and diploma programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels through its ten faculties. A complete list can be found at: https://www.lakeheadu.ca/programs/faculties

Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Science and Environmental Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, Graduate Studies, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (West Campus) and Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law. For further information, please visit: www.lakeheadu.ca.

The Chair in Finnish Studies at Lakehead University is open to scholars with a PhD in any discipline that can be accommodated at the university. The successful candidate is expected to be an established scholar with a solid publication record, teaching experience and an ongoing program of research. The Chair will be attached to an appropriate academic unit at the university, be provided with an office, and where he or she is expected to interact with members of the unit and its students.

The stipend for the position depends on the nature of the application, a budget provided by the applicant, and any conditions of leave from the visiting professor’s home university. Funding is available for reasonable accommodation at a subsidized cost and reasonable research funding. Return travel costs for the Chair and immediate family are also covered by the Chair Fund, as are appropriate library and travel costs associated with the Chair’s activities.

The position is subject to final budgetary approval. The successful applicate must also meet Lakehead University’s Mandatory Vaccine Policy and any provincial and federal regulations regarding Covid-19.
More information can be found at https://www.lakeheadu.ca/about/coronavirus/mandatory-vaccine-policy


– cover letter
– a curriculum vitae
– summary of research, teaching and outreach plans while at Lakehead University – five pages maximum
– budget (including expected salary)
– three academic letters of reference – References should be from established scholars who are qualified to provide detailed comments on your research, scholarship and the merits of your project in relation to the mandate of the Chair in Finnish Studies. Applicants are responsible for ensuring the letters reach the committee by the deadline.

Please send complete applications in hard copy or in PDF format to
Dr. Ronald Harpelle
Finnish Chair Advisory Committee
Department of History
Lakehead University

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed starting on 15 January 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. More information about the Chair in Finnish studies can be found at:

Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. This is in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements.