Faculty Employment Opportunities

Position Information
Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream - Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: Indigenous Literature / Creative Writing
Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Home Department/Area/Division: English
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2019

The Department of English, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies invites applications for a tenure-track professorial-stream appointment in Indigenous Literature / Creative Writing at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2019.

A PhD, or a PhD near completion, by June 30, 2019 in English, Indigenous Studies, Creative Writing, or a - related field is required. Candidates must demonstrate excellence or promise of excellence in teaching and in scholarly research, and to have produced publications appropriate to their stage of career.

We are seeking a colleague who can contribute to teaching and research in Indigenous Literatures and Creative Writing with a strong focus on Indigenous literary practices and literary studies (in North America and/or elsewhere) and on Indigenous pedagogies and ways of knowing, as well as with an interest in collaborative engagement with Indigenous communities.

The successful candidate will have:
• a demonstrated record of creative work
• a demonstrated capacity for scholarship using Indigenous methodologies in the study and the teaching of Indigenous Literatures (in North America and/or elsewhere);
• evidence of excellent teaching or potential with a commitment to diverse and creative pedagogical approaches;
• a demonstrated capacity to draw on experiential knowledge in research and teaching;
• a capacity to supervise and mentor students;
• a commitment to program development and curricular innovation, as well as to advocacy;
• and, an interest in ethical engagement and collaboration with Indigenous communities, organizations, and institutions.

York University supports Indigenous research and education through its Indigenous Framework for York University, the Centre for Aboriginal Student Services, the York Aboriginal Council, and Skennen'kσ:wa Gamig, or the House of Great Peace, a space for Indigenous faculty, staff, and students. In addition, the Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation offers two funding opportunities: the York Indigenous Incentive Grant and the York Indigenous Events Funding.

The successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision as well as undergraduate teaching in creative writing. Pedagogical innovation in such priority areas as experiential education and technology-enhanced learning is preferred.

York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Huron-Wendat, and the Mιtis. It is now home to many Indigenous Peoples. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region. York is committed to fostering understanding of, 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.

This selection will be limited to Aboriginal (Indigenous) peoples. York University values diversity and encourages candidates from Aboriginal (Indigenous) communities to self-identify as a member of one or more of the four designated groups: Aboriginal (Indigenous) Peoples, women, visible minorities (members of racialized groups) and persons with disabilities. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. Applicants wishing to self-identify can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the forms found at: http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/ . Please select the "Affirmative Action" tab under which forms pertaining to Citizenship and Affirmative Action can be found.

Applicants should submit a signed letter of application outlining their professional experience and research interests, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a sample of their scholarly writing (maximum 30 pp.), and a teaching dossier, and contact information for three referees to be sent to: Professor Lily Cho, Chair, Dept of English, 208 Stong College, York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3. Email: englchr@yorku.ca – (Subject line: Indigenous Literature/ Creative Writing application)

Referees will be contacted for letters for candidates who have been selected for the long list.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is November 12, 2018. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.


Posting End Date: November 12, 2018