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BC Notaries Chair in Legal Studies

Simon Fraser University

The School of Criminology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University invites applications for the BC Notaries Chair in Applied Legal Studies. The successful incumbent will hold a term (non-continuing) faculty appointment at the rank of Professor for a five year-term, and will serve as the Director of the Master of Arts in Applied Legal Studies, with attendant teaching, research and service responsibilities,. The preferred starting date is July 1, 2019. This position is currently housed in the School of Criminology.

DUTIES: The Chair will serve as Director of the Master of Arts in Applied Legal Studies Program. As Director, and in conjunction with the program steering committee, the Chair will oversee the hiring and management of instructors; develop and approve new courses; direct the 15-month applied legal studies graduate program (including the organization and implementation of the final examination process); and coordinate the online portion of the program in partnership with the Centre for Online and Distance Education. The Chair will promote community engagement (such as organizing and/or delivering public seminars, workshops and/or conferences on topics central to the role of Notaries Public). The Chair will also teach up to two courses in applied legal studies in each academic year; liaise with the Society of Notaries Public of BC and other relevant bodies as appropriate; and undertake research in the field of applied legal studies. The Chair holder will also be expected to fulfill service responsibilities to the School of Criminology, the university at large, and the wider academic community.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate must demonstrate excellence in research, teaching and program administration, and will preferably be a specialist in applied legal studies issues, such as the law affecting real and personal property, contracts, the provision of legal services by notaries, and incapacity and personal planning (e.g. wills and estates), and/or new issues of local and national importance. The successful candidate will hold a research-based graduate degree in law, preferably a PhD. The candidate will be expected to conduct research at the highest national level. All applicants must have a strong publication record, providing evidence of excellence in research of the highest national caliber, and strong endorsements by referees of high standing. Excellence in teaching can be demonstrated by teaching accomplishments highlighted as part of the application, highly positive teaching evaluations, strong endorsements from referees, and evidence of strong communication and expository skills. The successful candidate should have program administration experience. The successful candidate should also hold, or be eligible to hold the rank of Full Professor.

NOTE: 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.

This is a senior level position (expected to hold the rank of Full Professor). Only those holding or those eligible to be promoted to the rank will be considered. The position is subject to availability of funding.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Under the authority of the University Act personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see:

APPLICATIONS: Applications will be reviewed starting May 1 and accepted until June 1. E-mail applications and attachments will be treated in confidence and should be sent with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and contact information of six references, a teaching dossier, and a sample publication, to the Director of the School of Criminology at: Supplementary material too large to e-mail may be forwarded in hard copy to:

Professor David MacAlister
Director, School of Criminology
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6.