Academic Employment Opportunities

Position Information
Position Rank: Full Time Professorial Stream - Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: Digital Sociology: Big Data & Public Sociology
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, York University, invites applications for a tenure-track Professorial Stream position at the Assistant Professor level in Big Data and Public Sociology to commence July 1st, 2020. Candidates must demonstrate excellence or promise of excellence in teaching, service and in scholarly research, and have produced original scholarly research appropriate to their stage of career. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

A PhD in Sociology or a related field is required. We are seeking a sociologist specializing in digital sociology, notably as it relates to the social implications of digital technologies and platforms. Secondary areas of specialization are open but we are particularly interested in the critical study of big data, algorithms, digital networks, organizations, and actors as they relate to health, social media platforms and corporations, surveillance, and digital culture. Candidates with methodological skills pertinent to the collection and analysis of digital data, such as computational social science, social network analysis, natural language processing, digital ethnographies, and/or data visualization, are preferred.

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. Pedagogical innovation in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning is preferred.

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 Lesley Wood, Chair of the Search Committee at

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 women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities, 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

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is January 25, 2020. Applicants should submit a signed letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier, and a sample of their scholarly writing (no longer than 20 pages) and arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Lesley Wood, Chair, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3; or by email to (subject line: Digital Sociology Search).


Posting End Date: January 25, 2020