Academic Employment Opportunities

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

Critical Disability and Writing, Writing Department, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University

The Writing Department, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York University invites highly qualified applicants for a teaching stream tenure-track appointment in Critical Disability and Writing at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, to commence July 1, 2023.

The successful candidate will be expected to act as the York Writing Centre’s Accessibility Specialist by offering one-to-one Writing Centre appointments, teaching undergraduate courses, and providing creative educational leadership in enhancing teaching and learning through curricular and pedagogical innovation within the Writing Centre.

As the Accessibility Specialist, the successful applicant will be expected to prioritize working in the Writing Centre with students who have registered with the University’s Student Accessibility Services. They will also lead in the professional development of other Instructors in the Writing Centre, and teach a first-year General Education course that foregrounds the theory and practice of composing accessible texts in a variety of media.

Candidate Qualifications:
• Masters in Writing or a related discipline required.
• At least three years of (recent) excellence in Writing Centre teaching with students who identify as having disabilities, and excellence in teaching university-level writing courses, as evident in: the letter of application; a statement of teaching philosophy; a teaching portfolio that illustrates teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education, technology enhanced learning and community-based learning; teaching evaluations; evidence of teaching excellence in one-on-one appointments, which may be provided through the letters of reference in the absence of formal means of one-on-one session evaluations; evidence of teaching excellence of writing courses; and three letters of reference.
• A post-secondary degree or equivalent experience teaching in Critical Disability Studies would be an additional asset, as would evidence of professional development in teaching writing to students with disabilities.
• Strong commitment to pedagogy and student success, the capacity to bring a theoretical and practical orientation to Writing/Critical Disability teaching, learning and program design, workshop design, and evidence of good judgment and a reflective approach to innovation in teaching.
• Clear record of (or potential for) service contributions through administrative and committee work.

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 Professor Andrea McKenzie, Chair, Writing Department, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email: (Subject line: Position in Critical Disability and Writing).
• 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 15th, 2022
• Required components: 1) letter of application outlining professional experience; 2) current CV; 3) a statement of teaching philosophy 4) a teaching dossier that illustrates teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations, especially in a Writing Centre context 5) three letters of reference.

• 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 may be uploaded to beginning on September 23rd, 2022. Questions may be directed to Professor Andrea McKenzie, Chair, Writing Department, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email: (Subject line: Position in Critical Disability and Writing).

University Context:
• The Writing Department houses the honours programs in Professional Writing and English & Professional Writing, and the pan-University Writing Centre, which is now approaching its sixth decade of operations. The York University Writing Centre’s mandate is to improve student writing York-wide, and it functions as an academic unit within the Writing Department, a home to teaching and research excellence in the discipline of Writing.
• 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 15, 2022