Academic Employment Opportunities

Position Information
Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream - Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: Professional Writing
Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Home Department/Area/Division: Writing Department
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2018

The Writing Department in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, invites applications from qualified candidates in the area of Writing in Digital Cultures for a tenure-track, professorial-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor to commence 1 July 2018. Applicants must have, by the time of the appointment's commencement, a PhD in a writing-related discipline, with demonstrable excellence, or promise of excellence, in scholarly research and teaching. Although the Writing Department is not directly affiliated with any graduate program, the successful applicant should be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and be prepared to participate actively in one or more of York's related graduate programs: Communication & Culture; Information Technology; Social & Political Thought; Gender, Feminist, and Women's Studies; &c.

The Writing Department houses the honours program in Professional Writing, the pan-University Writing Centre, and its ESL-centred adjunct, the Open Learning Centre. Recently appraised as "nearly unique in Canada," Professional Writing "is an unusually forward-looking program that has the potential to offer students an education particularly suited to the complex world of the twenty-first century". The addition of a scholar in Digital Writing will do much to realize that potential.

The successful candidate will immediately, or very soon, serve as the lead in the Department's Writing in Digital Cultures area, and should have research and teaching interests focusing on the transformations wrought upon the practice of writing by the transition to the digital era. The candidate will be expected to range broadly in this new and rapidly transforming field, and to bring demonstrable theoretical breadth to teaching and research. Experience in university-level writing teaching is a considerable asset as is recent practical experience in digital communications. Pedagogical innovation in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning is an asset.

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA program, which applies to Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at or by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Applicants should submit a signed letter of application, up-to-date curriculum vitae, a sample of their scholarly writing (maximum 30 pp.), and a teaching dossier in a single pdf document, and arrange for three signed confidential letters of recommendation to be sent to Professor Kim Michasiw, Chair, Writing Department, S311 Ross Building, York University, 4700 Keele St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3. Email: (Subject line: "Writing in Digital Cultures Appointment")

Applicants wishing to self-identify can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the forms found at: Please select the "Affirmative Action" tab under which forms pertaining to Citizenship and AA can be found.

The deadline for applications is November 15, 2017. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.


Posting End Date: November 15, 2017