SOCIOLOGY–– Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology and Anthropology––invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment in Sociology at the rank of Assistant Professor, to commence July 15, 2023. We acknowledge the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Tsleil-Waututh (səlilwətaɬ), Katzie, and Kwikwetlem peoples, on whose traditional territories Simon Fraser University's three campuses stand. By recognizing the Unceded Traditional Coast Salish territories, we aspire to create space for reconciliation through dialogue and decolonizing practices.

The department is seeking an emergent scholar with expertise in any area of Sociology, broadly defined, including Canadian sociology, Cultural studies, and Black studies. We will give preference to candidates with a PhD in Sociology, however, sociologists with doctoral degrees in closely related disciplines will be considered. Applicants should indicate how their active research programs enhance the areas of specialization in our unit (see: The successful applicant will teach a range of sociology courses (in person and online), including in the core curriculum (introduction to sociology, research methods, classical and/or contemporary theory). The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated history of engagement with Black communities, experience teaching a diverse student body, experience teaching in multi-modal formats, and use innovative approaches to student assessment.

Applicants must have earned their PhD by the appointment start date or shortly thereafter.

Pursuant to Section 42 of the B.C. Human Rights Code, preference will be given to Black candidates who will bring to their research and teaching the perspective that comes from lived Black experience and connections to and engagement with Black communities, organizations, and/or institutions, particularly with an emphasis in Canada. Such candidates who wish to qualify for preferential consideration are requested to self-identify in their application.

Applicants will submit electronically:

1)     a cover letter that describes their relationship to Black communities and their vision for contributing to SFU’s mission to:

… contribute to the public good by preparing educated, engaged citizens with innovative experiential and interdisciplinary engaged learning opportunities; . . .by working to strengthen community capacity and civic responsibility through dialogue and engagement; and by seeking opportunities to have direct and meaningful impact.

2)    a full curriculum vitae
3)    a statement of teaching philosophy that includes the applicant’s perspective on teaching a diverse student body; approach to teaching in multi-modal formats (faculty must prepare courses in various formats, including online courses); approach to student assessment; teaching evaluations; one full syllabus from a past course; examples of new courses they could develop for our joint department.
4)    Research statement, including writing sample (no more than 2), one of which should be solely authored;
5)    the names and contact details of three referees.

Please submit this application package as one consolidated PDF.

All material should be sent to:

Dr. Wendy Chan, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology
c/o Ms Jeanne Persoon, Secretary to the Chair

Review of complete applications will begin October 15, 2022. Preference will be given to applications received by December 1, 2022.

This is a junior faculty position; only those eligible for appointment or promotion to the rank will be considered. The position is subject to availability of funding.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty staff and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, including Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Under the authority of the University Act personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see:

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