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Assistant Professor – Sociology of Engaged Research with Black Communities

Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Track – Assistant Professor

Discipline/Field: Sociology of Engaged Research with Black Communities

Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Home Department/Area/Division: Department of Sociology

Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2022

Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in Sociology of Engaged Research with Black Communities at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2022. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

We seek to strengthen our current teaching and research strengths through a scholar whose research is engaged with Black communities. We are interested in scholars whose fields of research are tied to one or more of the following areas:

  • Sociologies of health, with a critical orientation to the study of health, illness, and health care in Canada.
  • Environment and crisis, with a focus on the environment and the reciprocal interrelationships among social and natural processes.
  • Youth and education, with a critical and historically grounded approach that foregrounds social inequalities of race and class, especially in urban contexts.

Sociology at York has a long tradition of critically engaged, historically informed research and teaching which is responsive to both global and local structures and practices of oppression, marginalization and exclusion. We recognize that the strength of our program emanates from the diversity of our faculty and student body, and we seek a scholar who can further enhance our critical reach through innovative, theoretically, methodologically and experientially informed approaches. A record of engaged research with Black communities in both the creation and dissemination of knowledge, and lived experience related to engagement with Black communities will be considered assets.

A PhD or PhD near completion in Sociology or a related discipline by the start date is required, with a demonstrated record of excellence or promise of excellence in research and in teaching. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of research. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded research at the highest level. Applicants must provide evidence of research excellence or promise of research excellence appropriate to their stage of career as demonstrated in: the research statement; a record of publications (or forthcoming publications); presentations at conferences; awards and accolades; and strong letters of reference.

The position will involve undergraduate teaching as well as graduate teaching and supervision and the successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Applicants should provide evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching appropriate to their stage of career as demonstrated in: a teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference.

York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.

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 Mark Thomas, Chair of the Department of Sociology at (Subject line: Assistant Professor Sociology 2022).

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 to submit completed applications is December 15, 2021.

Applications, including a signed cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement describing the candidate’s research program (maximum 1000 words), a statement of teaching philosophy, experience, and interests (maximum 1000 words), a sample of scholarly writing (maximum 30 pages), a brief statement describing any contributions made or planned in relation to advancing equity, diversity and inclusive excellence in teaching, research or service within higher education, community-based or other professional settings, including lived experience related to Black communities (maximum 2 pages), and three confidential letters of reference, should be uploaded to beginning on October 25, 2021.

Questions may be directed to Professor Mark Thomas, Chair of the Department of Sociology at (Subject line: Assistant Professor Sociology 2022).

Posting End Date: December 15, 2021