Assistant Professor - Black Studies in Education

Sep 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition Title: Assistant Professor - Black Studies in Education - 1701682

The Department of Social Justice Education (SJE) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor with a specialization in Black Studies in Education. The appointment will commence on July 1, 2018.

Candidates must have a doctoral degree in Education, or a related social sciences or humanities discipline with a focus on Black Studies in Education, by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. We seek candidates with experience and an intellectual focus related to Black Studies in Education in Canadian and global contexts, with capacity to mentor students in the MA, MEd, PhD and EdD degree streams in SJE. The successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in the specificities of Black people's experiences, in part or in full in regard to Canada, from a variety of perspectives related to education, broadly defined. These may include, but are not limited to: intersections of race, Indigeneity, gender, sexuality, class, location and disability; theorizations of Blackness and interrogations of anti-Blackness; Black social movements, resistance and community organizing; race, racism and anti-racism; colonialism and decolonization; contemporary and historical realities of people of African descent in relation to education; equity, access and schooling.

The successful candidate will provide evidence of a robust agenda of current and future research, and preparedness to teach compelling courses in Black Studies in Education in our all-graduate program. Candidates are expected to have an emerging record of excellence in research, as demonstrated by a high quality research pipeline and/or impactful publications in venues important to the field, strong endorsements from referees, and a demonstrated ability to carry out an independent research program of sufficient quality to attract external funding. Evidence of excellence in university teaching is also required, as demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, teaching evaluations, strong letters of reference, and the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application.

Responsibilities of the position will include: developing and maintaining an active research and publishing agenda in relevant fields; seeking external research funding; teaching/developing courses to address needs of a diverse student body including students enrolled in SJE graduate degree programs and in the Master of Teaching (MT) program; supervising graduate student research; departmental service; working collaboratively with related units across OISE and the University of Toronto. Capacity in French or other languages is an asset. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified applicants are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applications must include a cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier (including a teaching statement and teaching evaluations), a statement outlining current and future research interests, three recent research publications, and three confidential letters of reference. Letters of reference must be sent directly by the referee (on letterhead, signed and scanned) to Professor Abigail Bakan, Chair, Department of Social Justice Education at: All other application materials must be submitted through the University of Toronto's online application system by the closing date. Please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF or MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found at:

The closing date for applications is November 1, 2017. If you have any questions about this position, please contact the department at:

Social justice education has long been a banner for expansive conversations in critical education, taking place across the globe. Our department meaningfully contributes to these broader conversations while also maintaining a distinctive place in the field through our interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary focus in the Humanities and Social Sciences. SJE supports knowledge, skills, and approaches that are commonly at the edges of mainstream disciplinary educational research and pedagogy. For more information, please visit the SJE web page at:

The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education has, for more than a century, made major contributions to advancing education, human development and professional practice around the world. In the most recent QS rankings by subject, Education at OISE was ranked within the top 10 in the world, and first among Canadian universities. With approximately 100,000 alumni, over 3,000 students and 19 research centres, ours is an intellectually rich and supportive community, guided by the highest standards of scholarship and a commitment to equity and social justice. For more information, please visit OISE's homepage at

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada's largest and most research-intensive university and the only Canadian university to be named in the top 25 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Located in and around Toronto, one of the world's most diverse cities, the University of Toronto's vibrant academic life is enhanced by the cultural diversity in its community. Among other diversity initiatives, the University of Toronto recently established three Black Faculty Working Groups to specifically address the areas of Black Faculty Recruitment and Retention, Black Student Recruitment and Success, and Curriculum and Academic Programming. OISE and SJE faculty are active participants in this initiative, and we welcome candidates who are ready to assume a leadership role in this area.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority

Job Field: Tenure Stream
Faculty / Division: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
Department: Social Justice Education
Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)
Job Posting: Sep 19, 2017
Job Closing: Novermber 1, 2017, 11:59pm EST