The Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, invites applications from individuals interested in nomination for a Canada 150 Research Chair in Black Diaspora thought and culture, to commence July 1, 2018. Applicants should have a research record in interdisciplinary Black Diaspora thought and cultures grounded in the humanities; including philosophical and theoretical approaches, sexuality studies, visual culture, and literature.

The position is a tenure stream open rank appointment conditional on the successful nomination of the applicant as a Canada 150 Research Chair. To be eligible for this award, nominees must be internationally based at the time of the application (both working and residing outside of Canada), including Canadian expatriates.

The individual sought will be nominated for a Canada 150 Research Chair. Appointments to Canada 150 Chairs are for 7 years and are accompanied by a full-time tenure-stream faculty position. Further information about the Canada 150 Research Chair program is available at

The successful candidate will have PhD in Humanities or a related field, a record of excellence in scholarly research including publications appropriate to their stage of career, and will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching at all levels. The successful candidate will be prepared to participate actively in the Graduate Program in Humanities and be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

For this nomination, York is particularly interested in candidates with diverse backgrounds and especially encourages candidates in equity, diversity and inclusion categories. York acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement and encourages applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions may have had on their record of research achievement. 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 Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at or by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713.

Applicants should submit a signed letter of application outlining their professional experience and research interests, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, and a sample of their scholarly writing, and arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Dr. Andrea Davis, Chair Department of Humanities, 206 Vanier College, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3 or by e-mail to (subject line: “Diaspora Thought and Culture”).

The deadline for applications is July 26, 2017. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

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