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Social Justice & Community Studies - Assistant Professor

Saint Mary's University

Location: Nova Scotia
Date posted: 2021-02-08
Advertised until: 2021-03-11

The Department of Social Justice & Community Studies (SJCS) at Saint Mary’s University, on unceded Mi’kmaq territory, invites applications for an eight-month contractually limited-term appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective 1 September 2021. We seek a critically engaged scholar with a substantive research and teaching focus on anti-racism and/or decolonization, and a demonstrated capacity to teach courses such as Canadian Society and Social Justice; Race, Racism, Colonialism; and Racialization and Social Control. Applicants should hold a completed PhD or be near completion. The Department is committed to equity and diversity as essential to academic excellence, and lived experience at the intersections of racialization, colonization, Indigeneity will be considered a scholarly asset.

The Department of SJCS, with four full-time faculty, houses a broad range of scholarly interests in Social Justice & Community Studies. Central to the Department’s work is an emphasis on social justice and community engagement, and a commitment to advancing rigorous scholarly understandings of how local and global social realities are shaped by unequal power relations. The successful candidate will play a role in the pedagogical, administrative, and (ideally) community- engaged life of the Department.

Saint Mary’s University is located in the historic port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, a vibrant, urban community of over 430,000. Halifax is a major educational center for Atlantic Canada and is home to five universities. It is conveniently located near recreational areas and within a short flight of a number of other major urban centers in Canada and the Northeastern United States. For information about the University, visit

At Saint Mary’s University equity and diversity are integral to excellence and enrich our community. As an institution committed to fostering an environment of inclusion and respect, we welcome applications from women, Indigenous peoples, racialized persons/visible minorities, persons with disabilities and others who might contribute to the growth and enrichment of our community.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. If you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources at

Applicants should submit an application package consisting of the following six items only, merged into 1 file: 1) a letter of application addressing the criteria laid out above; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a teaching dossier including evidence of teaching effectiveness and relevant sample syllabi (ideally in the advertised areas); 4) one example of recent scholarly writing; 5) graduate school transcripts; and 6) the names and contact information for three referees. Applicants should submit their application file via email to: Dr. Val Marie Johnson, Chair (, Department of Social Justice & Community Studies, Saint Mary’s University.

SJCS will begin considering applications April 16, 2021.

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