Canadian Association of University Teacher, Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d'universit�

Canadian Association of University Teachers
Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d'université

CAUT’s online source for professionals looking for a job in higher education or trying to fill a position.

| Print

Assistant Professor - with a focus on Indigenous Studies

Ryerson University

Tenure Track Position

School of Early Childhood Studies - with a focus on Indigenous Studies

The Opportunity

The School of Early Childhood Studies (ECS) in the Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University in the city of Toronto on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and Wendat invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing July 1, 2019, subject to final budgetary approval. The area of specialization is Indigenous studies with a focus on children, youth, families, communities and related topics.

Ryerson’s Truth and Reconciliation Community Consultation Report (see below) has recommended immediate action be taken to increase the number of Indigenous scholars at the university. In this hiring process, the School of ECS invites applicants in the spirit of this recommendation.

Shortly after appointment, the successful candidate will commence a process resulting in a cross-appointment to the School of Child and Youth Care, the terms of which are described more fully below.

The School of Early Childhood Studies consists of 17 tenure-stream faculty members, and is the oldest school of its kind in Canada. Early Childhood Studies encompasses multiple perspectives in the study of childhood. Our undergraduate program focuses on young children’s learning and development from birth to eight years of age, in the context of families and communities, in areas of education, research and policy. Our Master of Arts program focuses on equity, diversity and inclusion in early childhood studies. Approximately 1000 full- and part-time students are enrolled in our programs. We have an on-campus laboratory school and a multi-service model family resource program.

The School of Child and Youth Care consists of 10 tenure-stream faculty members and approximately 800 undergraduate and graduate students. The school focuses on teaching emerging child and youth care practitioners and emerging scholars in the field of child and youth care. The curriculum is practice-oriented and focused on relational practice in child and youth care settings such as group homes, foster care, the community, hospitals and schools, with a very strong focus on the experiences of Black youth, Indigenous youth, young people identifying as 2SLGBTQ+ and young people with disabilities in systems such as child welfare, child and youth mental health, education, health care and community-based services. Pedagogically, the curriculum draws on professional practice experience in the role of child and youth care practitioner on the part of instructors and faculty members. The faculty in CYC prides itself on the excellence of its research and on the quality of its teaching.

Both of our schools are interested in candidates who will contribute to our existing research and teaching strengths by bringing innovative and diverse perspectives and experiences to the work.


With service responsibilities primarily based in ECS, the position will require teaching 50% in ECS and 50% in CYC. It will involve supervising at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels and developing a research program that is in keeping with the visions of the Schools of ECS and CYC. An overall commitment to collegiality and service to the schools, university and community are also essential.


Candidates will have a doctorate, or be very close to completion of a doctorate, with a clear research and/or teaching focus on children and youth in Indigenous contexts. Candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to Indigenous knowledges, an Indigenous framework, research practices and methodologies, developing curriculum, and will have a record of collaboration in Indigenous communities and organizations. As well, candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to our values of equity, diversity and inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate and graduate education in childhood and youth in any area of scholarship in keeping with the foci of the two programs, from an Indigenous perspective, evidence of effective teaching (i.e., cultural-based learning activities, learning in community, course evaluations, testimonials, and related documentation), and professional experience with children, youth, families and communities.

The successful candidate must present strong emerging scholarly research or creative projects or works that are active, innovative and impactful resulting in achievements such as peer reviewed publications, working papers, book chapters, public policy contributions, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, strong endorsements/recommendations by referees of top international stature, studies, writings or creative productions disseminated by other suitable means and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline.

Equity at Ryerson University

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

As an employer, we are working towards a people first culture and are proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for 2015, 2016 and 2017. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonECI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page.

How to apply

Applicants can upload their application online by clicking “Start Application process” via our Faculty Recruitment Portal . The application must contain the following:
1. A cover letter and curriculum vitae;
2. Statement of research interests (up to 2 pages);
3. Statement of teaching philosophy (up to 2 pages); short-listed candidates will be asked to submit a teaching dossier;
4. One sample of recent scholarly work;
5 The names of 3 individuals who may be contacted for references;
6. Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.

Any confidential inquiries can be directed to Departmental Hiring Committee Chair, Professor Kathleen Peets at

Any inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal can be sent to Michelle Gomes at Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Ms. Tracey King, M.Ed., Indigenous HR Consultant, Indigenous Recruitment and Retention Initiative, at

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) and relevant information can be found as follows:

RFA Website:

RFA Collective Agreement:

RFA Benefits:

Review of the applications will begin May 10, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Relevant websites for more information and to submit an application:
● Faculty Recruitment portal:
● Ryerson Academic Plan:
● School of Child and Youth Care:
● School of Early Childhood Studies:
● Faculty of Community Services:
● Ryerson Indigenous Student Services information:
● Ryerson Truth and Reconciliation Community Consultation Report: