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Tenure-Track Position (Assistant/Associate Level Professor) in Micro-Level Practice

Wilfrid Laurier University

Tenure-Track Position in Micro-Level Practice for a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit (FNMI), Indigenous, and/or Racialized Scholar
(Assistant or Associate Professor Level)

The Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University invites applications for scholars with expertise in micro-level practice who self-identify as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit (FNMI), Indigenous, and/or racialized for a tenure-track faculty position (4-course teaching load) at the assistant or associate level commencing July 1, 2021, subject to budgetary approval. This position will be located at the Kitchener campus and have primary teaching responsibilities in the non-Indigenous Field of Study MSW and PhD programs.

We are seeking a colleague who will contribute to our teaching and research in the area of micro-level practice with individuals, families, and/or groups. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research and practice seeks social justice with FNMI, Indigenous, racialized, and/or other marginalized communities. Lived experience with these communities is an asset. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of three years of practice experience utilizing critical approaches to direct practice, including but not limited to anti-Black racism, anti-oppressive practices, decolonizing practices, feminist intersectional approaches, queer and trans approaches, wholistic approaches, social justice approaches, and sanism and critical disability theory. The candidate will provide evidence of their ability to teach micro-level practice courses, applying these contemporary approaches to current social work contexts. We are eager to welcome a colleague who understands the concept of wholistic/integrative practices. Integrative practices refer to an analysis of the ways lived experience of Indigenous identity, race, class, culture, gender identity and expression, (dis)ability, sexual identity, and other social locations are produced and shaped by systemic, cultural, and interpersonal experiences and inequalities. We anticipate that our new colleague will help to strengthen our curriculum related to critical approaches to micro-level practice. While the substantive area of the candidate’s research program is open, it is expected their research will contribute to the FSW’s commitment to community-engaged, reflexive, and decolonizing research practices.

Candidates must have a completed doctoral degree or, if applying at the assistant level, be near completion (ABD) with a confirmed defense date. They are to hold at least one social work degree and have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching appropriate for the rank (i.e., assistant or associate). Experience with teaching on-line is an asset. Candidates should have a program of research as evidenced by a record of publication and funding also appropriate for the rank.

Applicants are to submit a letter of application; curriculum vita; a 1‐2 page statement of research and teaching interests (including courses one might teach in the relevant programs); evidence of excellence in teaching (e.g., evaluations, teaching dossier); a one page statement about how the candidate’s personal identity(ies), commitment, and actions seeking to promote Indigeneity, equity, diversity and inclusion are reflected in their research, practice, pedagogy, and service; two recent publications; and, the names and contact information (address, telephone, and email) for three referees. Applications are to be submitted electronically to:

Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee
Faculty of Social Work
Wilfrid Laurier University
Kitchener, ON N2H 3W8

Electronic applications will be accepted until November 1, 2020. If you have any questions about the application process, they can be addressed to the Chair of the Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee via Anne Linkletter at

Applicants can learn more about the Faculty and our programs and some of our initiatives at the following links:

BSW Program:
MSW Program:
PhD Program:
IFS Program:
Centre for Indigegogy:

Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and values diversity. Laurier welcomes applications from qualified members of the equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships; however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:

Yes, I am a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
No, I am not a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Members of designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to: Dr. Dawn Buzza, Dean of the Faculty of Social Work at Further information on the equity policy can be found at

Applicants are encouraged to address any career interruptions or special circumstances that may have affected their record of research and teaching, in accordance with Tri-Council definitions and guidelines.

Laurier strives to make our application process accessible and provides accommodations for both applicants and employees as outlined in Policy 8.7. If you require assistance applying for this position, to obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, or would like to discuss accessibility and accommodations during the recruitment process please contact the Dean of Social Work Office at
Members of the Faculty Appointments and Promotion Committee will be reviewing applications. Depending on the extent of travel and social-distancing restrictions, interviews may be conducted by video conferencing or in-person.

The Faculty of Social Work wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. All applications shall be reviewed and considered under a set of criteria established by the Search Committee and a short list of candidates shall be interviewed. Only those applicants selected for the short list will be contacted.