Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Associate or Full Professor and Chair in Sociology and Anthropology (Open to Internal University of Guelph Applicants Only)

College: College of Social and Applied Human Sciences

Department: Sociology and Anthropology

Date Posted: February 9, 2023
Deadline: February 17, 2023
Please reference AD #22-74

Position Description:


Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Chair in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The appointment will be for five years, effective July 1, 2023, and is renewable for a second term of up to five years. An earlier start date may be considered by mutual agreement.

Candidates must be tenured faculty members at the University of Guelph and should have a some understanding of the department and the disciplinary sub-fields or ‘areas’ that comprise the teaching and research programs. The successful candidate will possess leadership and management capabilities that serve the needs of the department, college and university, as well as the ability to appreciate and provide balanced leadership across scholarly areas and stakeholder groups. An established record of teaching, scholarship and service is also a necessary condition of the appointment. A record of sustained successful involvement at college and university levels would be an asset. An understanding and commitment to principles of Indigeneity, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is vital.

In collaboration with departmental colleagues, the Chair will be expected to guide the future direction and positioning of the department. The Chair will be expected to maintain and communicate a sense of direction; support individual members of the department through mentoring and facilitation; to act as a responsible advocate for the department; to encourage collegiality and respect for a range of career paths and different forms and fields of scholarship; to foster values of fairness, excellence and collaboration; and to maintain a sense of pride, achievement and community among all members (students, staff and faculty) of the department. The Chair has overall responsibility that Department practices and processes are formulated, promulgated and followed, that resources are properly allocated, and that college and university policies and procedures are followed. The successful candidate will be able to appoint an Associate Chair from within the department to support their work.

Inquiries, applications, and nominations should be directed to Uwafiokun Idemudia, Dean, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences (csahsdean@uoguelph.ca), the chair of the search committee. Applications must be submitted by Friday, February 17, 2023, and include a curriculum vitae and a brief (2-3 page) self-assessment of the skills and experience that they would bring to the position.

*Note that appointment of an applicant from a department other than SOAN would be subject to provisions in Article 24.1 of the collective agreement, consideration of operational and budgetary considerations, and consent by the respective Dean(s) and Provost.

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 17, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file): (1) a cover letter; and (2) a curriculum vitae; a brief (2-3 page) self-assessment of the skills and experience that would bring to the position. Applications should be sent to the attention of:

Uwafiokun Idemudia
College of Social and Applied Human Sciences
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1


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.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion (https://uoguel.ph/ox2p9) is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

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