Academic Employment Opportunities

Position Information
Position Rank: Full Time Professorial Stream - Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: Indigeneity and Decolonization
Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Home Department/Area/Division: Sociology
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2020

The Department of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies invites applications for a tenure-track professorial-stream appointment in Indigeneity and Decolonization at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2020.

A PhD in hand or near completion in Sociology or a related field is required by the start of the appointment. Candidates must demonstrate excellence or promise of excellence in scholarly research, teaching and service, and to have produced publications appropriate to their career stage.

Sociology at York has a long tradition of critically informed, community-engaged and public sociological research and teaching driven by efforts to challenge social inequalities. We recognize that the strength of our program emanates from the diversity of our faculty and student body and we seek a candidate who can enhance our critical reach in the area of Indigeneity and Decolonization.

We seek applicants whose research is grounded in Indigenous sociological perspectives attentive to one or more of the following areas: processes of de/colonization in Canada; indigenous survival, resistance, resurgence, refusal, futurity; the colonizing potential of the practices of research itself. The substantive area of research specialization is open and may include Indigenous governance and sovereignty; land, knowledges, and extraction; urban Indigeneity; Indigenous cultural production; digitalization and Indigenous worlds; Indigenous activism and/or futurity; Indigenous research paradigms; and processes of decolonization. A record of engaged collaboration with, and commitment to, working with Indigenous communities and organizations in Canada is strongly desired.

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. We seek a candidate who can develop new courses in the department that mobilize critical Indigenous content, theories, ontologies and/or methodologies. Pedagogical innovation in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning is preferred.

York University is situated on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation; the University also acknowledges other Indigenous nations who have longstanding relationships with this territory, such as the Huron-Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and the Métis nations. York University supports Indigenous research and education through its Indigenous Framework for York University, the Centre for Aboriginal Student Services, Indigenous Council for York, and Skennen'kó:wa Gamig, a space for Indigenous faculty, staff, and students. 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 knowledges, approaches and perspectives into curricular offerings and research, collaboration with indigenous communities, and recruitment and retention of Indigenous faculty and staff.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Professor Lesley Wood at

This selection will be limited to candidates who self-identify as Aboriginal (Indigenous) peoples. York University values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA program applies to women, visible minorities (members of racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people, and persons with disabilities. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify in all categories that are applicable. The AA Program can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at

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.), a teaching dossier, and arrange for three signed confidential letters of recommendation (one letter may speak to the candidate’s work with Indigenous communities or organizations) to be sent to: Professor Lesley Wood, Chair, Department of Sociology, 2060 Vari Hall, York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3. Email: (Subject line: Position in Indigeneity and Decolonization).

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is October 11, 2019. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.


Posting End Date: October 11, 2019