Instructor (Contingent Term), African Studies, Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary

Position Description

The Faculty of Arts is seeking applications for a three-year, full-time contingent term Instructor appointment, with the anticipated start date of July 1, 2022. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. that focuses on African Studies (including the related fields of Africana Studies, Black Canadian Studies, Caribbean Studies, Black Diaspora Studies, and other related disciplines). Candidates who are near completion of their program will be considered; however, preference will be given to candidates with a completed degree.

This is an open discipline search, meaning any candidate from the social sciences or humanities with or near completion of a Ph.D. and with scholarship and teaching expertise in African Studies is encouraged to apply.

Candidates should demonstrate scholarship and teaching expertise that centres on the peoples of Africa, African Diaspora, and/or the African Canadian experience. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a spirit of advocacy, commitment to social justice, and service to the African/Black community. The candidate must have experience as an effective teacher of African Studies courses and will also be expected to teach courses on the African/Black Diaspora and anti-Black racism in North America. Candidates should outline their academic research, field work (if applicable), teaching experience, and partnership or engagement with Black communities.

The University of Calgary has made foundational commitments to inclusive excellence, to attracting and supporting talent, and to creating equitable pathways within the academy. Building on our commitment to the Scarborough Charter, our goal is to foster Black inclusion within the academy. This hiring initiative was developed in accordance with Section 10.1 of the Alberta Human Rights Act and is only open to qualified Black scholars.

The successful candidate must provide evidence of a record of, or clear potential for, excellence in:
• Teaching and student mentorship
• Engagement with, or connections to, African or African Diaspora communities

Excellent teaching can be demonstrated through course development, teaching effectiveness, pedagogical innovation, and measures used to create an inclusive learning environment.

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online via the ‘Apply Now’ link. Candidates must self-identify within the letter of interest to be considered for the position.

Please be aware that the application allows for only five attachments. Your application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents):

A letter of interest that details how you meet the requirements of the position and lists names and contact information of three academic referees
An up-to-date curriculum vitae
A teaching dossier (which must, at minimum, include a statement of teaching philosophy and pedagogical methods; two sample course syllabi, summaries of quantitative and qualitative results of two sets of course evaluations, and evidence of teaching experience with African content)
Equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI) statement identifying the applicant’s contributions or potential contributions to advancing a culture of equity and inclusion based on lived experience and understanding of Black peoples and cultures
Evidence of community engagement with Black communities or organizations
Two representative samples of scholarly publication (if available)
While all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Within your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

The selection committee will begin reviewing applications on February 15, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Interviews will be virtual.

For questions about the posting, please direct your inquiries to:

Dr. Gavin Cameron
Chair, Search Committee
Associate Dean, Internationalization and Global Initiatives
University of Calgary
Faculty of Arts
[email protected]

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning, and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We’re committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here.

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