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Assistant Professor

Department of Philosophy, Ryerson University

Job category Junior faculty / Tenure-track or similar
AOS Indigenous Philosophy
AOS categories Native American Philosophy
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Toronto, Onatrio, Canada
Start date July 1, 2022, subject to final budgetary approval.
Job description

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the  territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University invites applications for a tenure track position with an Area of Specialization in Indigenous Philosophy, broadly construed, at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2022, subject to final budgetary approval. 

This opportunity is only open to individuals who identify as Indigenous. Recognizing the underrepresentation of Indigenous faculty, this opportunity will support the University’s commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action and the University's Standing Strong Task Force Report and Recommendations

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, research and service duties, maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. Responsibilities will include: pursuing an original and independent research program that produces high-quality research; engaging in teaching duties (2+2 course load, which is the Department teaching standard) including teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; supervising graduate students and contributing to curriculum development as appropriate; and participating in the academic life of the Department of Philosophy, the Faculty of Arts, the Indigenous community on campus, and the University, through service activities.

Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in Philosophy or a closely related field by the appointment date. Candidates who are all-but-dissertation (ABD) and are able to demonstrate that they are close to completion will also be considered. In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of: 

  • a strong program of established or emerging scholarly research that is active, innovative, and impactful;
  • the ability, or potential, to be an excellent teacher and successfully supervise undergraduate and graduate students; 
  • a commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population; and 
  • a strong commitment to Indigenous knowledges and methodologies and to developing curriculum that supports Indigenous pedagogies and education more generally;
  • an ability and willingness to contribute to the life of the Philosophy Department, Indigenous community on campus, and the University through collegial service.  

Letters of reference should support and substantiate these commitments and achievements.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. 

We believe that diversity of knowledge, worldviews and experiences that come from membership in different groups, is fundamental to innovation, teaching and scholarship and that our students are best served by faculty who reflect their diversity. We therefore, strongly encourage applications from individuals who, in addition to identifying as First Nations, Métis or Inuit peoples, or Indigenous peoples of North America, also identify as Black or other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

Our committee recognizes that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions. 

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) (www.rfanet.ca). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found here.

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead at [email protected] 

Ryerson University

Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focussed curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, Ryerson is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture. 

Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy consists of twenty tenured or tenure-stream faculty members, and offers undergraduate and graduate (Master’s) programs. Our faculty prides itself on the excellence of its research, the quality of its teaching, the pluralism of its approaches to philosophy, and a collegial work environment. We are interested in candidates who will contribute to our Department through an active research program, a commitment to effective teaching, and dedicated service to the Department, the wider Ryerson community, and the profession.

Working at Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading, innovative and comprehensive university. At Ryerson and within our Department, we firmly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path; our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

The Faculty of Arts is home to a growing cohort of Indigenous scholars and students as well as the Yellowhead Institute and a twenty-year partnership with the First Nations Technical Institute. The Faculty is committed to supporting the continued growth of Indigenous education and research at the University. To learn more about Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services, see here .

Dedicated to a people first culture, Ryerson is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer. We invite you to explore the range of benefits and supports available to faculty and their families, including access to our diverse faculty and staff networks

Visit us on Twitter:  @RyersonU, @RyersonHR@RyersonVPFA and @RyersonECI and our LinkedIn company page.

Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. To find out more about legal and policy obligations please visit the accessibility and Human Rights websites.

How to apply
Application type Online
Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal (click on “Start Application Process” to begin) by January 1, 2022. The application must contain submissions in the following order as a single PDF document: a letter of application; a letter from a community reference on your work as an Indigenous scholar (community can be broadly defined here, i.e., First Nation, urban organization, etc.); a curriculum vitae; a statement of research interests (including plans for dissemination of results); one recent writing sample (shortlisted candidates might be asked for a second); and a teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, teaching evaluations, and evidence of any curriculum development experience). In addition to the community reference, applicants must arrange for at least two confidential academic letters of reference to be sent to the Department of Philosophy at [email protected] Names of further references may be requested at a later stage in the selection process. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.
Web address to apply https://hr.cf.ryerson.ca/ams/faculty/preview.cfm?p...
Hard deadline January 1, 2022, 11:59pm EST
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