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Tenure Track Position in Black Politics at the Assistant Professor level

Position Rank: Full Time Professorial Stream – Assistant Professor

Discipline/Field: Black Politics

Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Home Department/Area/Division: Politics

Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2023

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 Professor 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 Politics or related field by July 1, 2023 is required. The successful candidate will establish or hold promise to develop an international reputation for the excellence of their contribution to the critical study of Black Politics, broadly defined to encompass any facet of Black political studies. 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. Applicants should have a clearly articulated research program as well as a demonstrated capacity for teaching contributions at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

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

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence or promise of research excellence for junior appointment of a recognized international calibre as demonstrated in: the research statement; a record of publications (or forthcoming publications) with significant journals in the field; presentations at major conferences; awards and accolades; and strong recommendations from referees of high standing.

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.

Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence for junior appointment 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; 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 Anna M. Agathangelou, Chair of the Search Committee 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.

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.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications has been extended to February 10th, 2023.

Applications, including a cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, teaching evaluations, and three confidential letters of reference, may be uploaded to beginning on October 27th, 2022.

Questions may be directed to Professors Anna M. Agathangelou, Chair of the Committee, and Karen Murray, Chair, Department of Politics, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at (Subject line: Position in Black Politics).

Posting End Date: February 10, 2023