Faculty Employment Opportunities

Position Information
Position Rank: Full Time Professorial Stream - Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: South Asian Cultures
Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Home Department/Area/Division: Humanities
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2021

The Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in South Asian Cultures at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2021. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

A PhD, or a PhD near completion, by the start of the appointment in South Asian Cultures with a demonstrated record of excellence or promise of excellence in research and in teaching. The successful candidate will demonstrate a breadth of coverage of appropriate cultural and historical areas from and about the region of South Asia and will be expected to teach South Asian religions in an introductory World Religion course. The successful candidate will demonstrate a variety of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of South Asia in the humanities, including religion, history, literature, history of art and architecture, film and media studies, and music. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of research and specialize in one or more of the following areas: religion and culture; race, gender, and body politics; visual culture and postcolonial media theory; varieties of colonialism and imperialism; religious nationalisms and ethnic politics; indigenous studies and critical caste studies; translation studies and world literature; and diaspora and transnational identities.

Full academic proficiency in at least one South Asian language such as Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Tamil, and/or Singhalese is required, and proficiency in a second language and literary tradition is highly desirable.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded research at the highest level, and will be eligible to join a nationally recognized interdisciplinary community of scholars working on Asia at the York Center for Asian Research (YCAR).

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence or promise of research excellence of a recognized international calibre as demonstrated in: the research statement; a record of publications (or forthcoming publications) with significant journals in the field; presentations at major conferences; awards and accolades; and strong recommendations from referees of high standing.

Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching will be provided through the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference.

The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision, as well as undergraduate teaching and the successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Through cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design, diverse experiential learning and a supportive community environment, our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni.

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 Alicia M. Turner, Chair of the Search Subcommittee, at turnera@yorku.ca (Subject line: South Asian Cultures).

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 http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/  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: http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/self-identification-form/.  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 http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/work-authorization-form.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is February 26, 2021.

Applications, including a cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research interest and teaching philosophy and pedagogy, and three confidential letters of reference, may be uploaded to https://apply.laps.yorku.ca/ beginning on January 18, 2021.

Questions may be directed to Professor Elicia Clements, Chair, Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.

Email: humachr@yorku.ca (Subject line: Position in South Asian Cultures).


Posting End Date: February 26, 2021