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Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor – Africa since 1900

Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream – Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor

Discipline/Field: Africa since 1900

Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Home Department/Area/Division: Department of History

Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2021

Department of History

The Department of History, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in Africa since 1900 at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level, to commence July 1, 2021.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

This opportunity is open to qualified individuals who self-identify as Black peoples of African descent (for example Africans and African heritage people from the Caribbean, Americas, or Europe). Recognizing the underrepresentation of Black faculty, this opportunity supports the University’s Affirmative Action program and has been developed based on the special program provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code. The position is part of a cohort hire of sixteen new colleagues at York University, including hires across a number of faculties and a wide range of areas and fields. The successful candidate will be joining a vibrant scholarly community at York, where we aspire to achieve equity and diversity in all areas, including race equity.

A PhD in History (or a related discipline) with a specialization in the History of Africa since 1900 by the start of the appointment is the minimum required for this position, with a demonstrated record of excellence, or promise of excellence as appropriate to career stage, in research and in teaching. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of research, research creation, and/or professional practice in the History of Africa since 1900.

The successful candidate will be expected to: engage in outstanding, innovative, and, when appropriate, externally funded research at the highest level; and contribute to the scholarly life at York University through strong collegial service.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence, or promise of research excellence, of a recognized international calibre as demonstrated in: the research statement; a record of publications (or forthcoming publications) in significant journals in the field; presentations at major conferences; awards and accolades; community engaged scholarship, digital humanities, or public history contributions; and strong recommendations from 3 referees of high standing.

Evidence of excellence, or promise of excellence, in teaching will be provided through: the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning.

The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision, as well as undergraduate teaching. Preferably, the successful candidate will be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Through cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design, diverse experiential learning and a supportive community environment, our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities.  Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Professor Stephen Brooke, Chair of the Department of History at

This selection will be limited to individuals who self-identify as Black. York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. York University encourages Black peoples to self-identify as a member of one or more of the four designated groups: women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities.  The Affirmative Action program can be found at  or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713.  Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so as part of the application process ( The form can also be found at:  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which is available through the application process and can also be found at

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is February 15, 2021.

Application, including a cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, and three confidential letters of reference, may be uploaded to beginning on January 15, 2021.

Questions may be directed to Professor Stephen Brooke, Chair, Chair of the Department of History, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email: (Subject line: “Africa since 1900”).

Posting End Date: February 15, 2021