Academic Employment Opportunities

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

Health and Society, Department of Social Science

The Health and Society Program in the Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, invites applications for a tenure-track professorial stream position at the Assistant Professor level in Gender, Social Justice and Health to commence July 1, 2020. Candidates are expected to have a record of accomplishment in the social study of health and medicine, broadly defined. Preference will be given to candidates with a research and teaching focus in empirically based health research projects, community advocacy, or participatory action research, and research on health inequities within historically oppressed or marginalized communities. Research specialization and area are open, although preference will be given to candidates whose research deals with gender or sexuality outside of Canada. The successful candidate will teach and develop undergraduate courses in the Health and Society Program and should be able to situate their research within transdisciplinary approaches to the social study of health and medicine. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

The successful candidate will have a completed PhD in one of the social sciences, humanities or a related interdisciplinary program (including social epidemiology or gender studies) and will demonstrate excellence or the promise of excellence in teaching, and research and publications.

There is a strong preference for candidates who teach from a critical, interdisciplinary perspective, with a particular focus on health inequities within historically excluded communities, such as: Social justice and human rights in health; or health and human rights bureaucracies (i.e. UN, WHO); or human rights law and health; or community-based health advocacy; or indigenous women’s health; or gender/trans/women health; or sexual or reproductive rights; AND extensive experience with the community-based research or participatory action research in health. The successful candidate will enhance our unit’s strengths in this area of research and take the lead in covering our program courses that address health inequities. The successful candidate will further develop our focus on community-based advocacy and human rights and take a lead in strengthening our required experiential education offerings. 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 Dr. Uwafiokun Idemudia, Chair of the Department 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 February 28, 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 three confidential letters of recommendation through the online application system at beginning on Friday January 17, 2020.

Questions may be addressed to Professor Uwa Idemudia, Chair, Department of Social Science, S754 Ross Building, York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3. Email: (subject line "HESO appt").


Posting End Date: February 28, 2020