The J. S. Woodsworth Chair in Humanities
Simon Fraser University
The J. S. Woodsworth Chair in Humanities in the Department of Global Humanities at Simon Fraser University (SFU) was established to honour the legacy and spirit of James Shaver Woodsworth, a founder of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation in 1932, forerunner of today’s New Democratic Party. The Woodsworth legacy is tied not to specific projects or themes, but rather to moral courage, social sympathies, passion for truth, and intellectual pioneering in the pursuit of social progress, education, and empowerment. This academic appointment will involve teaching, research and, particularly, community engagement in close collaboration with the Institute for the Humanities. In this capacity, the Chair-holder will: a) be expected to include a community development dimension within the range of their activities; b) play an active role in public programming; and c) support activities that contribute to the quality of the educational environment at SFU.
The Department of Global Humanities is an interdisciplinary unit that includes specialists in Classics, Early Christianity, Byzantine and Renaissance Studies, East-Asian Religions, Chinese and European literature, and Critical Theory. The Department is increasingly interested in non-Western traditions of thought and culture, including Indigenous traditions.
The Department of Global Humanities is seeking a candidate for this appointment with expertise and publications in the field of critical and comparative approaches to some combination of economic, environmental, and social justice and social movements; labour history and movements; Western, Eastern, and Indigenous modes of spiritual and ethical philosophy.
The appointment shall be at the Associate or Full Professor rank, and applicants should have a doctorate or equivalent, a strong record of effective teaching, scholarly excellence as well as experience in addressing public audiences. The Chair-holder will typically teach three courses per year, including the J. S. Woodsworth seminar, and engage in other scholarly and public activities.
Simon Fraser University will appoint and, as applicable, renew the J. S. Woodsworth Chair appointment in accordance with current SFUFA/SFU Collective Agreement articles and university policies and procedures. Appointment to the Chair will be for a five (5) year term, renewable, or period prescribed by applicable SFUFA/SFU Collective Agreement articles and university policies.
Applicants should forward a curriculum vitae, a statement of interest and six letters of reference to email@example.com by August 31, 2022.
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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty staff and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, including Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
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