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Full Time Tenure Stream – Assistant/Associate Professor in Black Politics

Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream – Assistant/Associate Professor

Discipline/Field: Black Politics

Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Home Department/Area/Division: Department of Politics

Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2021

Department of Politics

The Department of Politics, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in Black Politics at the Assistant/Associate 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, Europe). Recognizing the underrepresentation of Black faculty, this opportunity is to support 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 fourteen 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.

The Department of Politics is internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading sites of political scholarship informed by a diverse range of critical intellectual approaches and is seeking a dynamic intellectual leader to help advance that reputation and the scholarly excellence on which it is based.  The successful candidate will be establishing, or already have established, an international reputation for the excellence of their contribution to the critical study of Black Politics, broadly defined and grounded in critical race theoretical or equity seeking approaches. Applicants should have an independent record of research that fits within at least one (or bridges two or more) of the Department’s five fields: Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, Gender/Women and Politics, International Politics, and Political Theory.  Their research should complement the present scholarly profile of the Department and develop it in new and innovative ways.  Theoretical or empirical contributions are welcomed, as are any geographical foci or transnational orientations, including global perspectives on Canada.

A PhD or near completion in Political Science or a related area is required, with a demonstrated record of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching, scholarly research and publication and service. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of research in Black Politics.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded research.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence or promise of research excellence of a recognized international calibre as demonstrated in: a research statement; a record of publications (or forthcoming publications) as appropriate to their stage of career; presentations at major conferences or public fora; awards and accolades; related community-engaged activities; and strong recommendations from referees of high standing.

Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching will be provided through a teaching philosophy and pedagogy 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.

The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision, as well as undergraduate teaching and the successful candidate must 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 Karen Murray, Chair of the Recruitment Committee, 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

Application, including cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae; research statement; teaching philosophy and pedagogy statement; scholarly writing sample (maximum 50 pages); sample course outline or reading list (optional); three confidential letters of recommendation; Work Status Declaration Form; and, York University Affirmative Action Program Confidential Self-identification Form may be uploaded to beginning on October 15, 2020.

Completed applications will begin to be reviewed after December 15, 2020 (deadline extended).

Questions may be directed to Professor Karen Murray, Chair, Department of Politics, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email:

Posting End Date (extended): December 15, 2020.