Monday, February 1, 2021

Socio-Legal Studies Job at York University (Toronto)

 [We share the following job ad, which may be of interest to LHB readers. Applications are due by March 22, 2021.]

Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream – Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream/Associate Professor, Teaching Stream/Professor, Teaching Stream

Discipline/Field: Law & Society, Socio-Legal Studies 

Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Home Department/Area/Division: Department of Social Science

Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2021

Department of Social Science

The Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a teaching stream tenure-track position in Law & Society at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream or Professor, Teaching Stream to commence July 1, 2021. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate courses and to provide creative educational leadership in enhancing teaching and learning through curricular and pedagogical innovation in the classroom and at the level of programs and support aspects of curriculum delivery and development. The successful candidate is expected to develop new courses to complement the program curriculum. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval. More information about the Department can be found at Information about the Law & Society Program can be found at

A PhD in Socio-Legal Studies, Law, or a closely related field in the humanities or social sciences is required by the start date. Qualified candidates will have an ability to teach and contribute to curriculum development in core program areas including socio-legal theory. A focus on environmental justice, anticolonialism, and global human rights would be welcome. Applicants must demonstrate excellence or the promise of excellence in critical interdisciplinary undergraduate teaching in the field of socio-legal studies. Experience with teaching large lecture-style classes, and in an interdisciplinary program, will be considered assets. Pedagogical innovation in high priority areas such as experiential education, technology enhanced learning, and community-based learning is an asset. Publications in socio-legal studies and related fields are also an asset.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence or clear potential for excellence in teaching university-level courses, as appropriate to career stage, through: the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a strong commitment to pedagogy and student success, the capacity to bring a theoretical and practical orientation to teaching, learning and program design, and demonstrate good judgment and a reflective approach to innovation in teaching. Experience with curriculum development and universal design approaches to teaching and assessment is preferred. The successful candidate is also expected to provide evidence of service contributions or potential to contribute to service in administrative and committee work.

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Through cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design, diverse experiential learning and a supportive community environment, our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni.

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 Uwafiokun Idemudia, Chair of the Department of Social Science at (Subject line: Law & Society)

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 March 22, 2021. 

Application, including a cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, teaching evaluations and three confidential letters of reference, may be uploaded to beginning on January 28, 2021.

Questions may be directed to Professor Uwafiokun Idemudia, Chair, Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email: (Subject line: Position in Law & Society).

Posting End Date: March 22, 2021

--Mitra Sharafi