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Wilfrid Laurier University Black Faculty Cohort Hire: Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors

Wilfrid Laurier University


Wilfrid Laurier University is pleased to announce the commencement of its Inclusive Excellence initiative to hire at least six Black full-time tenured and tenure-track scholars. We are truly passionate about this initiative, and our efforts to intentionally build a thriving community. As a multi-campus, multi-community university, Laurier is known for offering unique programs that make each campus its own, while retaining the essence of Laurier's strong community culture that binds us together. We are excited to engage with scholars and further enhance the university's diverse ways of engaging community, teaching, research and scholarship. The available positions align with the inclusive community and Indigeneity themes in and as part of the university’s broader efforts to advance strategic academic and research goals and enhance academic excellence and student experience.

Successful candidates must belong to one or more of the ethno-cultural groups across the African diaspora and have lived experiences of being racialized/Black. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to join and benefit from the support of the newly established Black Academic and Staff Caucus. Successful candidates will be part of a growing number of Black faculty across Laurier’s campuses and will be supported in their careers by their home departments, faculties, and central administration. Black scholars joining Laurier through this Inclusive Excellence cohort program will be warmly welcomed by departments and colleagues that are committed to EDI and have in place a supportive onboarding and retention strategy.

Positions are open to scholars from all ranks and from the following disciplines:

- Faculty of Arts - Faculty of Human and Social Sciences
- Faculty of Liberal Arts
- Faculty of Music
- Faculty of Science
- Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work
- Lazaridis School of Business & Economics

Please visit https://www.wlu.ca/about/governance/senior-leadership/vice-president-academic/assets/resources/black-faculty-hires.html for more detailed information about open positions.

Successful candidates will be emerging or respected scholars and teachers in all career stages who hold a PhD (or ABD), including those who are suitable for appointment at the rank of assistant, associate, and full professor. Successful candidates’ research should support and enhance at least one area of priority listed above. Laurier prides itself on the student experience and encourages interest from candidates who have a commitment to teaching undergraduate and graduate students, effective pedagogy and enhancing the student experience. Laurier is particularly interested in scholars who will enhance the academic standing and culture of the university as it continues to evolve rapidly into a more research-intensive, comprehensive university. Evidence of potential for or history of a strong research program is strongly desired.

HOW TO APPLY

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by including the following in their application. Please note that additional materials may be requested through the review process as required by the home department.

- a letter of interest including the candidate’s research and teaching interest and where this best aligns with Laurier’s academic programs;
- a curriculum vitae;
- a statement on teaching philosophy, and any evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as a course syllabus, a peer teaching review, or student feedback);
- sample publication, report or other scholarly output;
- the names and contact information of three referees; and
- candidate statement: - A statement that includes their lived experience of being racialized/Black (can be included in the statement of interest or cover letter).
Applications can be addressed to Mike Young, executive search associate, and submitted electronically to myoung@boyden.com. Review of applications will begin on Oct. 29 and will continue to be collected and evaluated until all the Inclusive Excellence cohort positions are filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply early as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and diversity. Laurier welcomes applications from qualified members of equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the university is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either permanent residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships; however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:

- Yes, I am a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada
- No, I am not a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Applicants are encouraged to address any career interruptions or special circumstances that may have affected their record of research and teaching, in accordance with Tri-Council definitions and guidelines.

Laurier strives to make our application process accessible and provides accommodations for both applicants and employees as outlined in Policy 8.7. If you require assistance applying for this position, would like a copy of this job description in an accessible format, or would like to discuss accessibility and accommodations during the recruitment process, please email equity@wlu.ca.

https://www.wlu.ca/about/governance/senior-leadership/vice-president-academic/assets/resources/black-faculty-hires.html