Assistant/Associate Professor in Indigenous Governance and Justice

York University
Markham, Ontario
November 13, 2021
December 13, 2021

Position Rank: Full Time Professorial Stream - Assistant/Associate Professor
Discipline/Field: Indigenous governance and justice in Canada - Markham
Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Home Department/Area/Division: Public Policy and Administration
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2022

Indigenous Governance and Justice in Canada, School of Public Policy and Administration, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University

The School of Public Policy and Administration, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, at York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in Indigenous governance and justice in Canada at the Assistant or Associate Professor level to commence July 1, 2022. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval. The successful applicant will be based at York University’s new Markham Campus when operational (expected in Fall 2023) and become a member of the first cohort of resident faculty members. Between July 1, 2022, and the opening of the new campus, the appointee will assume a combination of teaching responsibilities at York’s Keele campus and contribute to the development of academic and research programming planned for the new Markham Campus.

York University’s Markham Campus ( ) offers state-of-the-art facilities to provide innovative job-ready academic programming and research focussing on core themes of technology and entrepreneurship as applied in different contexts, disciplines and professional fields. Building on York University’s academic presence in the City of Markham, the new campus will help fulfil future labour market and civic leadership needs by providing transferable 21st century skills that are at the core of future economic competitiveness and community development in Markham, York Region, and across Ontario. Collaboration with York University’s existing research strengths in the core areas of the new campus, and dynamic engagement with the area’s businesses and industries, will create an innovative, cross-disciplinary research culture for solving complex problems that transcend traditional disciplines.

A PhD in law, public policy or related discipline or a PhD equivalent (typically a SJD or LLM/MPP/MPA/MA with a substantial record of professional experience in Canada in public or administrative law, public administration, Indigenous governance and justice, and equity and anti-racism policy) is required with a critical awareness of the ways in which administration and law have served as tools of colonization historically and in the present context, along with a demonstrated record of excellence or promise of excellence in research, teaching and service. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of research and publications/expertise in Indigenous governance and justice in Canada and one or more of the following areas: Canadian public law, Canadian administrative law, Indigenous urban issues and civic engagement in Canada, and/or anti-racism policy and governance related to Black, Indigenous and Persons of Colour (BIPOC) and equity and diversity more broadly in the Canadian context.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded research at the highest level.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence or promise of research excellence for a junior appointment of a recognized international calibre as demonstrated in: the research statement; a record of publications (or forthcoming publications) with significant journals in the field; and/or substantial professional experience in policy development or public/non-profit administration in Canada; presentations at major conferences; awards and accolades; and strong recommendations from referees of high standing.

The candidate will have the ability to enhance the reputation of the School of Public Policy and Administration. The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision in the executive-style Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL), as well as undergraduate teaching. The successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence for a junior appointment in teaching will be provided through the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference.

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 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 the Professor Joanne Magee, Chair of the Search Committee at (Subject line: Position in Indigenous governance and justice in Canada).

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 December 15, 2021.

A completed application is comprised of a signed cover letter outlining their professional experience and research interests, a writing sample (maximum 50 pp.), an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests, teaching evaluations if available, and three signed confidential letters of reference, and may be uploaded to beginning on October 22, 2021.

Questions may be directed to Professor Alena Kimakova, Director, School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA), Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email: (Subject line: Position in Indigenous governance and justice in Canada)

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