Academic Employment Opportunities

Position Information
Position Rank: Contractually Limited Appointment
Discipline/Field: Black Cultures in the Americas
Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Home Department/Area/Division: Humanities
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2022
Position End Date: June 30, 2023

Contractually Limited Appointment, Black Cultures in the Americas, Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University

The Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a one-year teaching stream contractually limited appointment at the level of Sessional Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in Black Cultures in the Americas to commence July 1, 2022. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

The Department seeks a candidate who is qualified to teach broadly in Black Cultures of the Americas within the Black Canadian Studies Certificate. A PhD, or PhD near completion, in Humanities or a related field is required by the start of the appointment. Candidates must demonstrate excellence or promise of excellence in teaching courses on Black experiences and Black cultures in the Americas from the time of slavery to the present day, with a focus on Black Canadian, African American, and Caribbean literatures, histories, and cultures. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a large, General Education course, which consists of lecturing, leading two tutorial groups, and managing a team of Teaching Assistants. Applicants must demonstrate an interdisciplinary humanities focus that combines a wide range of disciplines and fields, including literature, music, history, film, visual art, gender and women’s studies, and theoretical debates in Black Studies. In addition, the candidate will be expected to teach upper-level courses in Black Literatures and Cultures in Canada and Imagining Slavery and Freedom.

Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching will be provided through: the teaching statement; the teaching dossier; 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.

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 Leslie Sanders, 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 February 28, 2022.

Application, including a cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier that includes a teaching statement, teaching interests, and teaching evaluations; and the names and contact information for three referees, may be uploaded to beginning on December 23, 2021.

Questions may be directed to Professor Elicia Clements, Chair of the Department of Humanities, at (Subject: CLA: Black Cultures in the Americas Position).


Posting End Date: February 28, 2022