Faculty Position in Sociology
Ryerson University Department of Sociology
Canada

Tenure Track Position in Sociology - Equity, Work and Careers

Arts, Sociology

Posted: November 12, 2020

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, December 13, 2020

Tenure Track Position in Sociology - Equity, Work and Careers

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the  territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the Department of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts at welcomes applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor effective July 1, 2021 subject to final budgetary approval. The area of specialization is equity, work and careers, with a focus on understanding and overcoming systemic barriers facing racialized and first-generation students in the labour market, as well as members of other equity-seeking groups. 

Responsibilities will include: teaching and supervising at the undergraduate and graduate levels [the successful candidate should be prepared to teach in at least one of the following additional areas: introductory Sociology, gender and sexuality and/or social inequalities]; contributing to the undergraduate and graduate programs including taking a lead role in curriculum development/expansion as appropriate; establishing and maintaining a strong, independent, externally-funded research agenda; and participating in the academic life of the Department of Sociology, the Faculty and the University. 

The successful candidate will have completed [or expect to do so by July 2021] a PhD in Sociology or a related field and will present evidence of the following: 

  • strong emerging scholarly research and/or creative activity that is current, innovative and impactful as evidenced by, but not limited to, peer-reviewed publications, working papers, public policy contributions, presentations at academic conferences, community and professional work, grants, research related awards and other writing or creative production that contributes to the visibility and prominence of the discipline; 
  • a strong commitment to research that integrates critical race theory and the analysis of anti-Black racism with feminist, Indigenous, queer, critical disability, critical social class analyses and/or critical ageism perspectives; 
  • research/experience in the relationship between liberal arts education, career trajectories, configurations of social power, and current developments in the job market;
  • demonstrated potential for teaching excellence at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curricula, as evidenced by a teaching dossier that includes a teaching philosophy statement, experience with course and curriculum review and/or development, examples of best practices in pedagogy, including effective use of classroom technology and any experience with experiential learning, sample syllabi, strong teaching evaluations, teaching awards, and other relevant achievements in teaching;
  • an ability to teach issues related to work/labour, jobs and careers through a critical equity lens;
  • an ability to work on educational aspects of student experiential learning, focused on community engagement and/or career; 
  • an ability to apply research and scholarship on equity, work and careers in order to teach in the Sociology Program and Liberal Studies courses at the undergraduate level;
  • an in-depth understanding of community-engaged learning and the connection between formal education and life skills, more specifically as it pertains to racialized and/or otherwise marginalized communities; 
  • commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population; and 
  • an ability and willingness to contribute to the life of the Department, Faculty and the University through collegial service.  

Preference will be given to candidates with a record of collaboration with racialized, Indigenous and/or economically disadvantaged communities and organizations. 

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) (www.rfanet.ca). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found.

Ryerson University

Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focussed curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture. 

Department of Sociology

The Sociology Department consisting of 22 full-time faculty members, has a solid and growing reputation for high-quality teaching and excellent, innovative, and socially-relevant research. The Department is strongly committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, interdisciplinarity, social activism, and community-engaged teaching, learning, and research. Our undergraduate degree program offers a curriculum that highlights the study and practical application of research methods, classical and contemporary social theory, and themes of diversity, inequality and social justice, popular culture, media, and contemporary urban experience.

Working at Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At Ryerson and within our department/school, we firmly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path; our current outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do. 

Dedicated to a people first culture, Ryerson is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer. We invite you to explore the range of benefits and supports available to faculty and their family, including access to our diverse. 

Visit us on Twitter:  @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonECI and our.

Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. To find out more about legal and policy obligations please visit the accessibility and websites.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the (click on “Start Application Process” to begin). The review of applications will begin December 13, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. The application must contain the following: 

  • A letter of application and curriculum vitae
  • Three  (3) recent research publications
  • Results of teaching evaluations (or equivalent evidence, such as a teaching dossier)
  • The names of at least 3 individuals who may be contacted for reference letters.

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.

Contacts

Any confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to the Department Hiring Committee Chair, Dr. Alan Sears at  

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead at t26king@ryerson.ca. 

Black identified candidates who wish to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Shurla Charles-Forbes, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at .  

For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact Renee Gordon.


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