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Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies (Precarity in Work and Labour)

Carleton University

Field of Specialization: Human Rights and Social Justice – Precarity in Work and Labour
Academic Unit: Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies – Human Rights and Social Justice
Category of Appointment: Preliminary (Tenure Track)
Rank/Position Title: Assistant Professor
Start Date: July 1, 2021
Closing Date: November 15, 2020

About the Position:

The Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies’ (IIS) Program in Human Rights and Social Justice (HRSJ) invites applications from qualified candidates for a tenure-track appointment in the area of Precarity in Work and Labour at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2021. More specifically, we are seeking a candidate whose research and teaching expertise focuses on precarity in work and labour in relation to Indigeneity and/or Blackness.

The candidate must demonstrate a strong record of teaching and research in the human rights and social justice dimensions of the political economy of precarity. Preference will be given to applicants who take an anti-colonial/decolonial and anti-racist approach, in which the logics of race, gender and class are woven together to clarify human rights and social justice issues pertaining to precariousness. Applicants should show evidence of teaching and research expertise focusing on economic sectors that disproportionately rely on BIPOC work and labour. The successful candidate will support the ongoing effort to develop a graduate program in Human Rights and Social Justice which will include precarity as one of its major streams.


The position requires a candidate with a Ph.D. in the social sciences or humanities including in Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies, History, Cultural Studies, Geography, Critical Black Studies, Indigenous Studies or a closely related field with a strong emphasis on human rights and/or social justice. Preferred candidates will possess evidence of excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level, a commitment to engaged pedagogy, and the ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment. The candidate will have strong track record of high-quality research output that demonstrates potential for independent research scholarly research. Lived experience in racialized, Indigenous, or Black communities will be a major asset.

About the Academic Unit:

IIS is the home of two interdisciplinary programs of study: HRSJ; and Childhood and Youth Studies. IIS brings together faculty and students from across the campus who share research interests that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries in the arts, social and natural sciences.

The HRSJ at Carleton University provides an overview of historical and contemporary human rights issues and their impact on human lives in different cultural contexts. The program offers students an opportunity to critically examine the various strategies and mechanisms that have been used nationally and internationally to address these issues, including social movements, domestic legislation, international statutes, and human rights declarations and conventions.

To learn more about IIS and HRSJ program, visit:

Application Instructions:

Applicants should send electronically the following in one combined PDF file: a cover letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and a teaching portfolio, including evidence of teaching performance and sample course outlines. Applicants should also arrange to have three references sent directly to the search committee. All materials, including letters of reference, should be directed to Dr. Paul Mkandawire, Co-Director of IIS, and must be submitted electronically to

Please also identify any past experiences in supporting equity, diversity and inclusion in your previous institutional environment such as in curriculum development and support for diverse students.

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

To see the full posting for this position, please visit

About Carleton University:

Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance.

To learn more about our university and the City of Ottawa, please visit

Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited, to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Carleton understands that career paths vary. Legitimate career interruptions will in no way prejudice the assessment process and their impact will be carefully considered.

Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact the Chair as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.