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Assistant Professor, Indigenous Gender Diversity and Sexuality Studies

York University

The School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in Indigenous Gender Diversity and Sexuality Studies at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2023. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

Recognizing the underrepresentation of Indigenous faculty, this opportunity is part of the University’s Affirmative Action program that has been developed based on the special program provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code. Selection will be limited to individuals who self-identify as Indigenous peoples of Canada. To receive full consideration, candidates should complete and submit a self-identification form as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program (detailed below).

York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat. It is now home to many First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region. York University is committed to providing an inviting, rich and supportive work, study and research environment to its Indigenous students and faculty members, not just through the allyship of its current faculty members, but also through structures such as: York University's Centre for Aboriginal Student Services (CASS) and the newly formed Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Languages, which are guided by the Indigenous Framework for York University; the York Indigenous Council; and Skennen'kó:wa Gamig, or the House of Great Peace, a space for Indigenous faculty, staff, and students. York is committed to cultivating understanding of, respect for, and connections with, Indigenous communities. The University is working to support the recruitment and success of Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students, the integration of Indigenous cultures, approaches and perspectives into curricular offerings and research, collaboration with Indigenous communities, and recruitment and retention of Indigenous faculty and staff.

A PhD by July 1, 2023 in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies or Indigenous Studies or related interdisciplinary fields or PhD equivalent (e.g., Masters with a substantial record of creative, professional and/or research experience) is required, with a demonstrated record of excellence or promise of excellence in research and in teaching. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of research or research creation, and specialize in one or more of the following areas: Indigenous critiques of gender and sexuality; decolonial gender and sexuality; Indigenous cultural production and knowledges; Indigenous sexual health; Indigenous gender expression; revitalizing Indigenous sexualities; gender, sexuality, and Indigeneity; Indigenous feminisms; gender Indigeneity. Applicants must have experiential knowledges, and on-going relationships and connections with Indigenous communities in their teaching and research. These may include on-reserve, rural, urban, queer, or activist Indigenous communities, among others.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded research or research creation at the highest level. Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence or promise of research excellence of a recognized international caliber as demonstrated in: the research statement; a record of publications (or forthcoming publications), presentations at major conferences, or other forms of knowledge dissemination; evidence of sustained community engagement; awards and accolades; and strong recommendations from referees.

The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision, as well as undergraduate teaching and the successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching will be provided through: the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments, mentorship, and pedagogical innovations, including experience in non-institutional contexts; 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 is located in Toronto, Canada’s largest city and one of the world’s most diverse. In 2022, Forbes named Toronto one of the Ten Best Cities to Live. York is accessible from Toronto by subway.
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 Professor Chloë Brushwood Rose, Chair of the Search Committee, at

This position is open only to candidates who self-identify as members of the Indigenous peoples of 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 racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and those who self-identify as 2SLGBTQ+, 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 this voluntary self-identification form.

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.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is January 16, 2023.
Applications, including a cover letter with the names of three referees, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, and teaching evaluations may be uploaded to beginning on November 17, 2022.
Questions may be directed to Professor Frances Latchford, Chair, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at (Subject line: Position in Indigenous Gender/Sexual Diversity).