Assistant Professor, Department of Social Justice and Community Studies
Saint Mary's University
The Department of Social Justice and Community Studies (SJCS) at Saint Mary’s University, on the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people, invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.
We seek a critically engaged scholar in the area of Indigenous Studies and/or Black Diaspora Studies with a demonstrated research commitment to knowledges and methodologies grounded in Indigenous worldviews and/or actively engaged with critiques of anti-Blackness. The successful candidate will have experience with anti-colonial/decolonizing community- or grassroots-based social change movements and will be able to teach undergraduate courses in community studies. They will either hold a PhD, or be ABD and complete their PhD by the position start date of July 1, 2019. The Department of SJCS is committed to equity and diversity as essential to academic excellence, and lived experience at the intersections of racialization, colonization, and/or Indigeneity will be considered an asset.
The Department of SJCS houses a broad range of scholarly interests in Social Justice and Community Studies. Central to the Department’s work is an emphasis on social justice and community engagement, and a commitment to advancing rigorous scholarly understandings of how local and global social realities are shaped by unequal power relations. As a new Department, the successful candidate will play a key role in building teaching capacity in the Department’s new Major and Honours programs.
Saint Mary’s University is committed to serving the local, regional, national, and international communities, and integrating such activity as part of the learning environment for undergraduate and graduate students. The Faculty of Arts is particularly interested in scholars whose teaching in the Department can also contribute to the Arts interdisciplinary programs.
Saint Mary’s University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity. Saint Mary’s University encourages applications from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.
Apply for this opportunity online by visiting www.smu.ca/employment and use our online application system through Career Beacon. Select the position you are interested in and apply by clicking the “Apply Online Now” button. Applicants should submit an application package consisting of the following five items only, merged into one file:
1) a letter of application, including how the applicant’s academic qualifications, expertise, and lived experience will enrich a) the Department’s teaching needs, b) the intellectual culture of the Department, and c) the University and wider community;
2) a curriculum vitae;
3) a teaching dossier including evidence of teaching effectiveness, syllabi of courses taught, and one sample syllabus on community studies;
4) examples of recent scholarly writing;
5) graduate school transcripts.
Applicants should also arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation sent to Dr. Val Marie Johnson, Chairperson, Department of Social Justice & Community Studies, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H3C3. SJCS will begin considering applications September 28, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.