Tenure Track Position in the History of the African Diaspora

Competitive Salary
Sep 05, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada, Ryerson University, is on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples and is known for innovative programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning. Our undergraduate and graduate programs are distinguished by a professionally focused curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, scholarly research and creative activities. Ryerson is known for its culture of entrepreneurship and innovation and is recognized as a city builder, as it continues its growth through award-winning architecture and expansion of its campus.


The Opportunity

The Department of History in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the history of the African Diaspora, with a preference for Caribbean and/or Latin American history. The appointment shall be effective July 1, 2021, subject to final budgetary approval.

The Department of History consists of 19 tenured/tenure-stream faculty members. The Department offers an undergraduate program and the faculty pride themselves on the excellence of their research, the quality of their teaching, and the impacts of their community engagement. We are interested in candidates who will contribute to our existing research and teaching strengths by bringing innovative and diverse perspectives and experiences to the work. We seek a faculty member whose expertise in the history of the African diaspora will fill important gaps in our curriculum while complementing our existing scholarship in Modern and Ancient Africa and the Atlantic world.

Toronto is home to dynamic African, Caribbean, and African Canadian communities. We believe that increased representation of and by these communities will be a positive contribution to our university and student body. We are committed to acting on the recommendations of Ryerson’s Anti-Black Racism Campus Climate Review to address historical imbalances in Black faculty, student, and staff representation at Ryerson. The Department of History has also committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment to recruit, retain, engage, and support Black faculty: https://www.ryerson.ca/content/dam/history/images/history-documents/antiblackstatement.pdf. To that end, we particularly welcome applications from scholars who identify as Black.


This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) (www.rfanet.ca).

The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found here.



The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, research and service duties, maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. Responsibilities include: teaching and supervising at the undergraduate level; contributing to the undergraduate and graduate programs in the Faculty of Arts, including taking a lead role in curriculum development/expansion as appropriate; establishing and maintaining a strong, independent, externally-funded research agenda; and participating in the academic life of the Department of History, the Faculty of Arts and the University. The successful candidate will also have opportunities to contribute to Ryerson’s interdisciplinary programs, including the BA in Arts and Contemporary Studies, and graduate programs such as Immigration and Settlement Studies and Policy Studies.



Candidates will have a Ph.D. in the History of the African diaspora or related discipline (for example, a PhD in African Studies, Africana Studies, Caribbean Studies, or Latin American Studies). Candidates who are all-but-dissertation [ABD] and are demonstrably very close to completion of their PhD may also be considered.


The successful candidate must also present evidence of:

  • an ability to contribute to both our undergraduate and graduate programs through evidence of high-quality teaching, including experience with course/curriculum review/development;
  • a strong, emerging research profile and scholarly record that demonstrates creativity and evidence of impact, such as peer reviewed publications, working papers, book chapters, presentations at significant conferences and other similar contributions;
  • an ability to establish and maintain an independent, externally-funded research program;
  • commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as they pertain to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population; and
  • an ability to contribute to the life of the Department, the Faculty and the University through collegial service.

Our committee recognizes that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions.


Working at Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.


Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including Black-identified persons,  First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. We therefore encourage candidates to voluntarily complete Ryerson’s Diversity Self-ID Questionnaire, which will be sent by separate communication to all applicants. The information collected will remain confidential, but will not be anonymous. The communication will provide details on who will have access to the data and how it will be used.


Dedicated to a people first culture, Ryerson is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer. Our faculty have access to generous benefits and supports including professional development, paid leaves, health and education benefits including for family members, enrolment in the University’s defined benefit pension plan, and access to various faculty and staff networks, including the Black Faculty and Staff Community Network.  We are also pleased to offer relocation support to our new faculty for their individual and family needs.  We invite you to explore employment with us.


To learn more about our work environment, please visit us on Twitter:  @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonECI and our LinkedIn company page. We invite you to explore employment at Ryerson.


Aboriginal candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead at t26king@ryerson.ca. Black-identified candidates interested in connecting with the Black Faculty and Staff Community Network may contact Crystal Mark at crystalmark@ryerson.ca.


How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal (click on “Start Application Process” to begin). All applications received by October 2, 2020 will be assured of consideration. The application must contain the following:


  • a letter of application;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • two samples of recent scholarly production;
  • the names of three individuals who may be contacted for references


Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.  


Confidential inquiries can be directed to the Department Chair, Dr. Catherine Ellis (cellis@ryerson.ca).


Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact Renee Gordon at renee.gordon@ryerson.ca