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Assistant Professor – Literatures of the African Diaspora in North America

Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream – Assistant Professor

Discipline/Field: Literatures of the African Diaspora in North America

Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Home Department/Area/Division: Department of English

Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2021

Department of English

The Department of English, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in Literatures of the African Diaspora in North America at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2021. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

The successful candidate will have a PhD by the position start date of 1 July 2021, in English Literature or a related field, with a specialization in any of the North American literatures of the African Diaspora in English, including African-American, Black Canadian, and Black Caribbean literature; a demonstrated record of excellence in research and in university teaching; and a clearly articulated program of ongoing research activity. Applications from specialists in any historical period are welcome. We are particularly interested in candidates who have demonstrated expertise in critical race theory, Postcolonial theory, and/or World Literature, and those whose research is interdisciplinary, intermedial, and/or transhistorical in focus.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative research at the highest level and to pursue external funding opportunities. Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence of a recognized international calibre as demonstrated in the research statement; a record of significant publications or forthcoming publications in the field; presentations at major conferences; and strong recommendations from referees. The successful candidate will be invited to contribute to York University’s Black Canadian Studies Certificate Program, where they will join a dynamic community of faculty and students with shared interests in the study of Black cultures across North America, and to participate in the shaping of a Black Studies major.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through a teaching dossier, which may include a statement of teaching philosophy, copies of teaching evaluations, and sample syllabi. The position will involve curricular development in the area of specialization, graduate teaching and supervision, as well as undergraduate teaching. The successful candidate will be eligible for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Pedagogical innovation in such priority areas as experiential education and technology-enhanced learning would be an asset.

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 Professor Arthur Redding, the Chair of the Search Committee at (Subject line: Literatures of the African Diaspora in North America).

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities, 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 by downloading, completing and submitting the form 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 can be found at

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 19 February 2021.

Applications should include a cover letter outlining the applicant’s professional experience and research interests, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a sample of the applicant’s scholarly writing (maximum 30 pages), a teaching dossier, and a statement (maximum 600 words) describing the applicant’s contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusiveness in teaching, research, and service, which may be informed by lived experiences and understandings of Black/African Diasporic cultures. Complete applications may be uploaded to beginning on 14 January 2021. Letters of reference will be requested of long-listed applicants.

Questions may be directed to Professor Tina Choi, Chair, Department of English, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email: (Subject line: Position in Literatures of the African Diaspora in North America).

Posting End Date:  19 February 2021