Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant Professor in Black Canadian History

College: College of Arts

Department: History

Date Posted: January 14, 2022
Deadline: February 14, 2022 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #22-07

Position Description:

The Department of History at the University of Guelph invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Black Canadian History. The appointment will commence July 1, 2022.

The position will have History as their home department, and their responsibilities will be split evenly between History and the Black Canadian Studies Minor, a new program which is launching in Fall 2022. Responsibilities include maintaining a robust research and publishing agenda, teaching undergraduate and graduate students in core Black Studies and History courses and in their own areas of research, and service work in History and Black Canadian Studies.

Candidates must hold a PhD in History, or be close to completing their dissertation work. Applicants who have not yet completed their dissertation should indicate in their cover letter how close they are to completion and ask their referees to comment on this in their letters. The preferred candidate will have a specialization in Black Canadian History and/or Black History. The preferred candidate will ideally have a PhD in History, Black Studies, or a related field at the time of appointment, a record of excellence in research and teaching as well as potential to attract graduate students.

The successful candidate will provide leadership in the teaching of the core of the new Black Canadian Studies Minor and must be able to teach Black Canadian History (BLCK*2000). They will also be expected to teach courses in the Department of History. Applicants with the ability to teach history courses on themes and geographic areas connected to Canadian history, such as Black United States history, Black diasporic history, history of the Black Atlantic world, or Caribbean history, are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates are encouraged to include a short discussion of their teaching background and experience and how they envision teaching a Black Canadian History course in their cover letter.

The University of Guelph is a research-intensive university, ranked highly among comparable Canadian institutions. The History Department has 23 faculty members and offers both MA and PhD programs as part of the Tri-University Graduate Program with its partners, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.

The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process

Assessment of applications will begin on February 14, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file): a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) writing samples (this may include publications or a chapter of the dissertation). Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent under separate cover. Applications and reference letters should be sent to the attention of:

Kathryn Hughes
Administrative Assistant to the Chair
Department of History
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

Email: histadmin@uoguelph.ca

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

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

The University of Guelph is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs, supports diversity in its teaching, learning and work environments, and ensures that applications for members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered under its employment equity policy. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of our University community are encouraged to apply. At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion (https://uoguel.ph/ox2p9) is an institutional imperative. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply, particularly those from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in employment, including scholars who are Black, Indigenous, visible minorities, disabled, LGBTQ*, and women. Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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