Academic Employment Opportunities

Position Information
Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream - Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: Indigenous Health Inequities and Human Rights
Home Faculty: Health
Home Department/Area/Division: School of Health Policy and Management
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2018

Applications are invited for a tenure-track appointment in Indigenous Health Inequities and Human Rights at the rank of Assistant Professor, to commence July 1, 2018. We seek an Aboriginal (Indigenous) candidate with expertise in health equity or critical disability studies focused on Indigenous populations, to help support cutting-edge research and teaching and to enhance the ability to address the health needs of population groups facing significant disparities, as well as bring an understanding of the transdisciplinary nature of the intersections of indigeneity, human rights, health equity, social determinants of health, and disability. The successful candidate will be an Indigenous scholar and have a PhD in one of a number of different disciplines (e.g., Sociology, Law, Indigenous Studies, Public Policy, Political Science, Heath Policy, International Human Rights, Law and Society) so long as their work is focused on health or disability studies and is informed by Indigenous approaches, intersectionality, national and international human rights, social determinants of health, political economy, feminism, critical disability studies, or critical and social justice frameworks. Additionally, a research program focused on one of more of the following would be considered an asset: the relationships between Indigenous self-determination, health outcomes, policies and systems; policies and histories that impact and connect Indigenous peoples and their experiences of health and disability; differing cultural interpretations of indigeneity, health and disability, and diverse understandings of health; critical and Indigenous research methods and health and/or disability advocacy; the UN human rights frameworks for Indigenous people and people with disabilities.

In addition, the qualified candidate will be able to teach across the two graduate programmes of Health - with its stream in Health Policy and Equity - and Critical Disability Studies, as well as at the undergraduate level in the Health Studies Program; expose our students to epistemological debates about knowledge systems and practices; highlight intersectional research methods and methodology; and advance the School's knowledge exchange and community connections with Indigenous communities. The candidate would be in a strong position to develop new undergraduate courses on Health Inequalities and Social Determinants of Indigenous Peoples' Health and on Indigenous Health and Human Rights.

Applicants must show excellence or promise of excellence in teaching and scholarly research and be eligible for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Excellence in scholarly research should be supported by a proven track record of publication in peer reviewed journals and promise of acquiring external funding. Pedagogical innovation in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning is an asset.

Further information about the School can be obtained at

York University is situated on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation; the University also acknowledges other Indigenous nations who have longstanding relationships with this territory, such as the Huron-Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Métis nations. York is committed to fostering understanding and respect for and connections with Indigenous communities; and the University is working to support the recruitment and success of Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students, the integration of Indigenous cultures, approaches and perspectives into curricular offerings and research, collaboration with indigenous communities, and recruitment and retention of Indigenous faculty and staff.

All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval. 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.

Consistent with its fundamental commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion, and to promote the recruitment and appointment of Indigenous faculty members and librarians to tenure stream positions, the University invites applications from qualified Indigenous candidates for this position.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and others legally entitled to work in Canada for York University will be given priority.

A Self Identification Form, a letter of application with an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, a teaching dossier inclusive of teaching evaluations, as well as three three signed letters of reference should be sent to the School (c/o Domenica Lam) by email at, Subject line: "Indigenous Health Inequities and Human Rights Application". 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 application deadline has been extended to March 9, 2018.


Posting End Date: March 9, 2018