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Tenured or Tenure Track position in Socio-Legal Studies

Ryerson University
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Oct 27, 2020

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the  territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the Department of Criminology in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University welcomes applications for a tenured or tenure track position in Socio-Legal Studies at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor effective 1 July 2021, subject to final budgetary approval. 

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: contributing to our undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA) programs through teaching, mentoring and supervision of students; participating in curriculum development/expansion as appropriate; establishing and maintaining a strong and independent research program that is externally funded and that produces cutting-edge, high quality results in Socio-Legal Studies; and participating in the academic life of the Department of Criminology, the Faculty and the University.

Candidates must hold a PhD in Criminology or in a field related to social justice by the appointment date. Candidates who are all-but-dissertation (ABD) in Criminology or a related field and are very close to completion, may also be considered. 

Preference will be given to candidates who have both research expertise and lived experience in the realities of colonialism, systemic racism, or other forms of discrimination. In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of:

  • a developed research profile in the area of  Socio-Legal Studies, which may include, but is not limited to, research with communities disproportionately impacted by policing and state violence; the over-representation of Black and Indigenous peoples in criminal justice and carceral systems; the ongoing effects of settler colonialism and racial capitalism; the role of Islamophobia, anti-Asian, and anti-Latinx racism in various socio-legal contexts; and activist, policy, and legislative responses to these issues within Canada or at international levels; 
  • a scholarly record that demonstrates creativity and evidence of impact, through peer reviewed publications, book chapters and other similar contributions;
  • demonstrated capacity for teaching excellence as evidenced by a teaching dossier, which may include a teaching philosophy statement, examples of best practices in pedagogy, sample syllabi, teaching evaluations, and/or other relevant achievements in teaching;
  • commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains 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 and willingness to contribute to the life of the Department, Faculty and the University through collegial service. With the Department’s rapid growth, contributions to service and administration are valued and thus we look for candidates with the interest and capacity to contribute in this manner.

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. 

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At Ryerson and within our department/school, we firmly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path; 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 First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) ( The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found here.

Ryerson University

Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focussed curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, Ryerson is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture. 

Department of Criminology

The Department of Criminology consists of 17 tenured/tenure-stream faculty members. The Department offers a BA in Criminology and an MA in Criminology and Social Justice. Our faculty prides itself on the excellence of its research and on the quality of its teaching. We are interested in candidates that will contribute to our existing research and teaching strengths by bringing innovative and diverse perspectives and experiences to complement the work in the department. The Department of Criminology has built an outstanding reputation for scholarly work in the field of social justice, criminology, and law. The faculty are interdisciplinary with backgrounds in sociology, history, women’s studies, law, political science, geography, social and political thought, and criminology. We are housed in the Faculty of Arts, a vibrant and inclusive contributor to the education of over 39,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Working at Ryerson

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. We invite you to explore the range of benefits and supports available to faculty and their family, including access to our diverse faculty and staff networks

Visit our Twitter:  @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonECI and our LinkedIn company page.

Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. To find out more about legal and policy obligations please visit the accessibility and Human Rights websites.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal (click on “Start Application Process” to begin) by the end of day on Monday November 16, 2020. The application must contain the following:

  • a letter of application; 
  • a curriculum vitae; 
  • a statement of research interests; 
  • a teaching dossier; and
  • names of three individuals who will be contacted for references, if selected for an interview. 

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.


Any confidential inquiries can be directed to the DHC Chair Dan Horner at

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead at 

Black candidates who wish to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Nikki Waheed, Co-Chair, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at

For any confidential accommodation needs and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact Renee Gordon, HR Advisor at


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