Academic Employment Opportunities

Position Information
Position Rank: Full Time Professorial Stream - Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: Public Anthropology
Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Home Department/Area/Division: Anthropology
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2023

Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University

The Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in Public Anthropology at the Assistant level, to commence July 1, 2023. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

A PhD in Social-Cultural Anthropology by July 1, 2023 is required, with a demonstrated record of excellence or promise of excellence in research and teaching. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of research and ethnographic expertise in the areas of public anthropology, community engagement, public activism, and/or advocacy. Preference will be given to candidates who bring a critical perspective on issues of public interest and policy, which may include climate change, environment, food, human rights, labor and working conditions, among others.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded research and/or research creation at the highest level. Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence or promise of research excellence, as demonstrated in: the research statement; a record of publications (or forthcoming publications) in significant journals in the field; presentations at major conferences; awards and accolades; and strong recommendations from referees of high standing. In the cover letter, candidates must address how their research intersects with public anthropology.

The position will involve undergraduate and graduate teaching, and graduate supervision. The successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and is expected to teach courses that enhance the Public Anthropology curricula.

Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence will be provided through: statement of teaching philosophy; list of new or proposed courses relevant to public anthropology; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning.

York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.

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 Shubhra Gururani, Chair of the Search Committee at (Subject line: Position in Public Anthropology)

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 racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and those who self-identify as 2SLGBTQ+, 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 this voluntary 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.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is November 1, 2022.

Applications, including a signed cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research interest, a statement of teaching philosophy and pedagogy, a sample of scholarly writing (maximum 50 pp.) and names of three referees with their contact information must be uploaded to beginning on September 21, 2022. Letters of references will be solicited by the Hiring Committee for long-listed candidates and should not be submitted with the initial application.

Questions may be directed to Professor Othon Alexandrakis, Chair, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email: (Subject line: Position in Public Anthropology).


Posting End Date: November 1, 2022