Black Faculty Cohort Hiring Initiative
University of British Columbia
UBC’s campuses are located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Syilx (Okanagan) Peoples and of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations.
UBC’s vision is to inspire people, ideas and actions for a better world, and its purpose is to pursue excellence in research, learning and engagement to foster global citizenship and advance a sustainable and just society across British Columbia, Canada and the world. The University’s achieves its vision and purpose through five core values: excellence, integrity, respect, academic freedom, and accountability.
In support of its commitments to inclusive excellence in academia and research, the University of British Columbia has launched a Black Faculty Cohort Hiring Initiative to recruit up to 23 Black scholars over the next four years. Available positions are briefly described below with links to more details about the opportunities and application processes posted on relevant Faculty/School websites. Appointment ranks vary and, in some cases, consideration may be given to promising applicants who are very near completion of a doctorate degree by the time of the appointment.
Faculty of Applied Science:
• The Faculty of Applied Science comprises a unique constellation of disciplines, including engineering, architecture, nursing and planning, that span the entire human-centred built environment. As a Faculty, we are focused on developing innovative solutions that address complex and multifaceted global challenges, such as climate change, security, urbanization, resource management, housing, and social equality. The Faculty of Applied Science invites applications for three positions across areas of strategic focus that would take a multidisciplinary approach to address these urgent challenges.
• Click here for more information and application details: https://apsc.ubc.ca/faculty/career-opportunities
Faculty of Arts:
• The cluster in “Black Studies: Mobilities, Place-Making and Power” includes three positions across the Departments of Political Science, Geography, and Anthropology to support a Centre for Black Studies at UBC, which will be grounded in the principles of academic rigor, interdisciplinarity and community engagement. We are interested in recruiting faculty who, in their research, teaching, and community engagement, illuminate the myriad ways in which Black communities have borne the brunt of political, social and environmental injustices, challenged boundaries, sought to establish a sense of belonging, and laid claim to diverse political, cultural, social and place-based forms of power and ways of knowing.
• The cluster in “Black Informatics and Creative Arts” includes three positions in the School of Creative Writing, the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, and the Information School. We are interested in recruiting faculty whose scholarly expertise, innovation, and developments are guided by and situated in Black thought. The cluster harnesses the polydisciplinarity of Black creativity, imagination, and cultural production as a way to engender dynamic flow amongst creative, research-based and theoretical practices to address some of the most timely issues of our day including AI, information, and data, while cultivating speculative imaginaries to envision different collective futures.
• Click here for more information and application details: https://www.arts.ubc.ca/about/black-faculty-cohort-hiring-initiative/
Faculty of Education:
• Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or Associate Professor (tenured) in the area of Teacher Education; this appointment will be housed in one of the academic units in the Faculty of Education that is most closely aligned with the successful candidate’s research focus.
• Assistant Professor (tenure-track) situated in one of the following academic units: Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS) or Department of Language and Literacy Education (LLED).
• Additionally, although not part of the BFCHI, the Faculty of Education also invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Black Experiences in and through Education, with an academic appointment as an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) or Associate Professor (tenured).
• Click here for more information and application details: https://educ.ubc.ca/education-careers/
Faculty of Forestry and Faculty of Land and Food Systems:
• There is an urgent global need to address questions about how to sustainably and equitably meet future demands for food, manufactured wood products, and energy, while maintaining biodiversity and ecological functions of forests and farmlands. A cluster of three new positions in Food, Forests and (Bio)Fuels would take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding these complex socio-ecological challenges and the future of bio-based systems.
• Click here for more information and applications details: https://forestry.ubc.ca/news/black-faculty-cohort-in-food-forests-and-biofuels/ and https://www.landfood.ubc.ca/black-faculty-cohort-in-food-forests-and-biofuels/
Allard School of Law:
• The Allard School of Law invites applications to join a dynamic and internationally diverse community of scholars and teachers. The law school seeks a senior research faculty member (with tenure), to be appointed at the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor in any area of law.
• Click here for more information and application details: https://allard.ubc.ca/about-us/our-people/careers-allard-law
Faculty of Science:
• In the face of mounting global environmental challenges, including climate change and aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity loss, there is an attendant need for robust and interdisciplinary scholarship to understand, manage, and protect complex socio-environmental systems. A cluster of five new positions in Quantitative and Environmental Science aims to meet these pressing needs by contributing powerful science policy insights.
• Click here for more information and applications details: https://science.ubc.ca/blackscholars
Faculty of Medicine:
• The Faculty of Medicine is appointing a scholar in the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) to work in the area of global population health. The candidate’s research addressed both disease cause and prevention in the area of tropical diseases, communicable diseases, and infectious diseases. Their program of research fosters the evaluation of new population-based practices that address health challenges and inequities globally and informs healthy decision-making policies.
• Please note that this appointment is closed to applications and is provided for information.
Scholars will have the opportunity to engage with an expanding Black excellence ecosystem at UBC, including the African Studies Minor; emerging Black Studies Program; Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice; Beyond Tomorrow Scholars Program; Black Mental Wellness Project; Black Postdoctoral Fellow and PhD Bridging Program; Maximizing Impact – Early Career Researcher Development Program; IBPOC Connections Employee Resource Group; the Africa-UBC Ocean and Fisheries Visiting Fellows Program, and more.
Commitment to Equity, Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence
At UBC, we believe that a diverse campus community, inclusive learning and working environments, and equitable opportunities for community members to fully participate in the life and work of the university are foundational to cultivating a culture of respect and essential to fostering academic and research excellence.
In support of UBC’s vision and values, its Strategic Equity & Anti-Racism (StEAR) priorities, and its Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence (ARIE) Task Force recommendations, and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, this search will be limited to qualified Black scholars. We welcome applications from Black scholars who may also identify as Indigenous Peoples (First Nation, Métis, Inuit), multi-racial persons, persons with disabilities, women, and/or members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.
Commitment to Accessibility and Accommodations
The University is committed to creating and maintaining an accessible work environment for all members of its workforce. Within this hiring process we will make efforts to create an accessible process for all candidates (including but not limited to disabled people). Confidential accommodations are available on request – please email the listed Faculty/Departmental contact conducting the search process.
If you have any questions regarding accommodations or accessibility during the recruitment and hiring process or for more information and support, please visit UBC’s Centre For Workplace Accessibility website at https://hr.ubc.ca/health-and-wellbeing/working-injury-illness-or-disability/centre-workplace-accessibility or contact the Centre at email@example.com.
Refer to the relevant Faculty/School links above for information and how to submit your application.