Academic Employment Opportunities

Position Information
Position Rank: Full Time Professorial Stream - Associate/Full Professor
Discipline/Field: Canadian Local Governance and Community Development
Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Home Department/Area/Division: Public Policy and Administration
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2021

School of Public Policy and Administration

The School of Public Policy and Administration, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in Canadian Local Governance and Community Development at the Associate/Full Professor level, to commence July 1, 2021. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval. The successful applicant will be based at the new York Markham Centre Campus, teaching in the School’s executive-style graduate program, when operational (expected in Fall 2023) and become a member of the first cohort of resident faculty members. Between July 1, 2021 and the opening of the campus, the appointee will assume a combination of teaching responsibilities at York’s Keele campus and downtown Toronto, and contribute to the development of academic and research programming planned for the new Markham Centre Campus.

York University’s Markham Centre Campus ( ) offers state-of-the-art facilities to provide innovative job-ready academic programming and research focussing on core themes of technology and entrepreneurship as applied in different contexts, disciplines and professional fields. Building on York University’s academic presence in the City of Markham, the new campus will help fulfil future labour market and civic leadership needs by providing transferable 21st century skills that are at the core of future economic competitiveness and community development in Markham, York Region and across Ontario. Collaboration with York University’s existing research strengths in the core areas of the new campus and dynamic engagement with the area’s businesses and industries will create an innovative, cross-disciplinary research culture for solving complex problems that transcend traditional disciplines.

A PhD in law, public policy or related discipline or PhD equivalent (typically an SJD or LLM/MPP/MPA/MA with a substantial record of professional experience in Canadian local governance and community development) is required, with a demonstrated record of excellence or promise of excellence in research, teaching and service. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of research and publications/expertise in one or more of the following areas: Canadian local governance, community development, Indigenous governance, and policy and governance related to anti-Black racism, and equity and diversity more broadly in the Canadian context.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and as appropriate, externally funded research at the highest level.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence or promise of research excellence with recognized professional expertise and calibre as demonstrated in: the research statement; a record of publications (or forthcoming publications) with significant journals in the field and/or substantial professional experience in local/municipal policy development or public/non-profit administration in Canada; 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 candidate will have the ability to enhance the reputation of the School of Public Policy and Administration. The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision in the executive-style Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL), 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 Professor Joanne Magee, Chair of the Hiring Committee at Email: (Subject line: Canadian Local Governance).

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 March 31, 2021.

A completed application is comprised of a signed cover letter outlining their professional experience and research interests, a writing sample (maximum 50 pp.), an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests, teaching evaluations if available, and three signed confidential letters of reference, and may be uploaded to beginning on February 12, 2021.

Questions may be directed to Professor Alena Kimakova, Director, School of Public Policy and Administration, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email: (Subject line: Position in Canadian Local Governance).


Posting End Date: March 31, 2021