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Assistant Professor, Sociology and Labour Studies

Simon Fraser University


Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Labour Studies Program–– invite applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment, at the rank of Assistant Professor, to commence July 1, 2020. Simon Fraser University is located in unceded Coast Salish Territory - the traditional territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, and Kwikwetlem First Nations.

The position is administratively housed in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology with a workload split evenly between the Department and the Labour Studies Program. It is an entry-level position: only those holding or those eligible to be promoted to the advertised rank will be considered. The position is subject to availability of funding.

We will give preference to candidates with a PhD in Sociology and active research and teaching programs in Canadian/global labour migration issues, with a particular focus on Africa and/or African diasporas. Applicants must have earned their PhD or have it in hand by the appointment start date or shortly thereafter.

Candidates should also have experience teaching, or demonstrate the potential to teach, a range of Sociology courses (including core courses such as Introduction to Sociology and Classical and/or Contemporary Social Theory) and a range of Labour Studies courses (including core courses such as Introducing Labour Studies, Workers in the Global Economy and Labour Movements). Applicants should also provide examples of new courses they could develop for the Labour Studies Program. Experience with online and flexible learning environments is preferred.

Applicants should demonstrate how they will contribute to and shape the expansion of the Labour Studies Program and the SFU Morgan Centre for Labour Research through their future research plans and through participation in administrative and committee work. Applicants must be comfortable working with representatives of trade unions and other organizations in outreach initiatives, and with the Program’s advisory and steering committees.

Applicants will submit electronically a cover letter and full curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy that addresses the challenges of a diverse student body, evaluations and one course syllabus; a statement of research interests; samples of written work (no more than 2), one of which should be solely authored; and the names and contact details of three referees. Please submit this application package as one consolidated PDF.

All materials should be sent to:
Dr Kendra Strauss, Director of Labour Studies and Dr Dany Lacombe, Chair of Sociology and Anthropology
c/o Jeanne Persoon, Secretary to the Director and Chair
Review of complete applications will begin November 15, 2019. Applications will be accepted until December 15, 2019.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

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