Academic Employment Opportunities

Position Information
Position Rank: Full Time Professorial Stream - Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: Work and Labour Studies Program in Platform Labour and the Digital Workplace
Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Home Department/Area/Division: Social Science
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2023

Work and Labour Studies: Platform Labour and the Digital Workplace, Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University

The Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York University invites highly qualified applicants for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in the Work and Labour Studies Program in Platform Labour and the Digital Workplace at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2023.
• Information about the Work and Labour Studies Program can be found at

Candidate Qualifications:
• Degree: PhD in a relevant social science discipline or interdisciplinary degree program with a research focus on work and labour studies is required in hand by July 1, 2023.

Research/Scholarly Expertise:
We seek applications from scholars engaged in critical interdisciplinary research with a focus on how processes of digitization, virtualization, and informatization impact the conditions of work, workers and working-class communities. The successful candidate will be expected to further develop this program pathway through innovative and, as appropriate, externally funded research. We are particularly interested in scholars undertaking research in one or more of the following areas:
• Workplace automation, wearable computing, machine learning and robotization;
• Platform labour, the Internet of Things, Big Data, and the Smart Factory;
• Artificial intelligence, on-call/on-demand labour, and new information and communication systems;
• Impacts of digital technologies on everyday work practices, flexibilized labour and new labour and community-based organizing strategies

We seek to appoint an outstanding researcher as part of the university’s strategic commitment to accelerate York’s progress toward being recognized nationally and internationally as a top comprehensive, research-intensive university. The Dean is able to offer enhanced research support for the first three years of this appointment.

Candidates will demonstrate research excellence or the promise thereof, as evident in: the cover letter; a record of publications (or forthcoming publications); conference presentations; engaged scholarship and knowledge mobilization initiatives; labour union and community advocacy and/or research outcomes; awards and accolades; and strong letters of reference.

• The appointment will carry a teaching load of 2.5 courses or the equivalent and the successful candidate will be expected to develop and teach courses in their area of specialization, as well as teach core courses in the Work and Labour Studies Program, including one or more of the following: The Future of Work; Labour in the Communication and Cultural Industries; Labour Relations; Political Economy of Labour.
• Demonstrated ability to teach large interdisciplinary lecture courses and small seminar courses will be considered an asset.
• Demonstrated experience with experiential education, technology enhanced learning, and working with teaching assistants will be considered an asset.

Candidates will demonstrate teaching excellence or the promise thereof, as evident in: the teaching dossier, including institutional evaluations where available; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations; and strong letters of reference.

• The successful candidate is expected to provide evidence of service contributions or potential to contribute to collegial service.
• The successful candidate will be suitable to prompt appointment to the University’s Global Labour Research Centre.
• The successful candidate will be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
• Experience with labour unions and/or community-based groups will be considered an asset.

Hiring Policies:
• Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
• All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.
• All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority.
• 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 Amanda Glasbeek, Chair of the Department of Social Science (Position in Criminology: Critical Anti-Racist Methodologies).
• 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/.

Application Components:
• Due date for completed applications: November 25th, 2022
• Required components: 1) cover letter; 2) current CV; 3) a teaching dossier, including teaching evaluations where available; 4) a research dossier, including a statement of current and future projects, and a sample of writing no more than 35 pages, 5) three confidential letters of reference (to be uploaded directly by referee).
• Candidates must also complete and submit a Work Status Declaration form. This is a mandatory form and no application will be considered without it.
• Submit materials: Applications and letters of reference may be uploaded to beginning on September 26, 2022. Questions may be directed to Professor Amanda Glasbeek, Chair, Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email: (Subject line: Position in Work and Labour Studies: Platform Labour and the Digital Workplace).

University Context:
• 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 is located in Toronto, Canada’s largest city and one of the world’s most diverse. In 2022, Forbes named Toronto one of the Ten Best Cities to Live. York is accessible from Toronto by subway.


Posting End Date: November 25, 2022