Job Opportunities

Tenure-track appointment in The History of the Black Atlantic

The History of Black Atlantic, Department of History, York University

The Department of History, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in The History of the Black Atlantic at the Assistant level, to commence July 1, 2023. 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 supports the University’s Affirmative Action program and has been developed based on the special program provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code. To receive full consideration, candidates should complete and submit a self-identification form as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program (detailed below). The position is part of a cohort hire across a number of faculties and fields of study. 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. Read more about York’s investment in Advancing Black Research & Scholarship, including recipients of the inaugural York Black Research Seed Fund awards.

A PhD in History or a related discipline is required by July 1, 2023, 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 the History of the Black Atlantic. The search is open to all fields in the History of the Black Atlantic, but the Department is particularly interested in research dealing with the history of the Caribbean.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence or promise of research excellence as demonstrated by, for example, a strong record of publications (or forthcoming publications) evidenced in monographs with major presses or articles in significant journals in the field; presentations at major conferences; public history or community work; awards and accolades; a record of external funding from major funding bodies; and strong recommendations from referees of high standing. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding and innovative research. York particularly values scholarship that emphasizes new themes and methodologies in the History of the Black Atlantic and that will provide or lead to national and international research leadership.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach at all levels of our undergraduate curriculum. The successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching can be demonstrated through a statement of teaching interests; a record of teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning; 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 Deborah Neill, Chair of the Search Committee:

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 racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and those who self-identify as 2SLGBTQ+, 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 this voluntary self-identification form.

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.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 15 November 2022.

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 15 September 2022.

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: Position in The History of the Black Atlantic).

Posting End Date: 15 November 2022