Assistant Professor in Critical Development Studies

York University Department of Social Science

Full Time Professorial Stream - Assistant Professor

Discipline/Field: Critical Development Studies
Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Home Department/Area/Division: Social Science
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2023

Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University

The Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in Critical Development Studies at the Assistant level, to commence July 1, 2023. Information about the Department can be found at; information about the International Development Studies Program can be found at; information about the MA program in Development Studies can be found at Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

A PhD, or a PhD in hand by July 1, 2023 in a relevant social science discipline or interdisciplinary degree program is required, with a demonstrated record of excellence or promise of excellence in research, and teaching. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of interdisciplinary research and specialize in food security and sovereignty and/or climate change and its impact on agriculture. We are particularly interested in critical development scholars with a focus on addressing gender-related vulnerabilities; and/or community resilience and responses; and/or risks assessment and vulnerabilities, and/or adaptation and mitigation options. Candidates must also possess a solid command of development theory and the intellectual history of development as a field of enquiry; and first-hand experience conducting fieldwork in the Global South. Preference will be given to candidates with a familiarity with mixed-methods approaches to research.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and as appropriate, externally funded research.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence or promise of research excellence to be demonstrated through a combination of the following elements: the research statement; a record of publications (or forthcoming publications) appropriate to career stage; presentations at major conferences; awards; and letters of recommendation.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and teach courses in their area of specialization, as well as teach core courses in the International Development Studies (IDS) and Development Studies Programs (DVST), including one or more of the following: Conceptual Foundations of Development; Historical and Institutional Foundations of Development; Introduction to International Development Studies; and Development Studies Research Methods. The successful candidate will undertake responsibility for graduate supervision and therefore must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Demonstrated ability to teach large interdisciplinary lecture courses and small seminar courses will be considered an asset.

Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching will be provided through: the research and teaching statements; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning; presentations at major conferences; awards; teaching evaluations; and letters of reference.

York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Amanda Glasbeek, Chair, Department of Social Science at (subject line: Position in Critical Development Studies).

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and those who self-identify as 2SLGBTQ+, can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York Universitys Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting this voluntary self-identification form/.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is November 28, 2022.

Required components of the application must include: a) a cover letter, b) an up-to-date curriculum vitae, c) a statement of research and teaching interests, and teaching philosophy, including teaching evaluations where available; d) a sample of writing no more than 35 pages; e) three confidential letters of reference (to be uploaded directly by referees). Full applications may be uploaded to beginning on September 30, 2022.

Questions may be directed to Professor Amanda Glasbeek, Chair, Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email: (Subject line: Position in Critical Development Studies).

Posting End Date: November 28, 2022