Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice (Tier 2)
Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University seek to recruit and nominate a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice (Tier 2). The successful candidate will be cross-appointed between the two Faculties.
In making this appointment, we are seeking to further enrich the two Faculties’ strengths in the study of environmental justice, and Indigenous law and governance, and to deepen our appreciation of the interconnections between these fields of study. The Faculties embrace a broad definition of “environment”, and are open to a plurality of understandings of, and approaches to, the study of Indigenous environmental justice.
Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada's largest English-language law school, is committed to setting the standard for excellence in legal education and legal scholarship. Our innovative teaching program fosters a strong foundation in legal reasoning, diverse perspectives on law, and an understanding of law's transformative role in promoting a just society. Osgoode produces original and significant legal scholarship and prepares its graduates for leadership and service within the profession and beyond. Further information about Osgoode Hall Law School can be found at http://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/about/index.html
FES is a unique interdisciplinary Faculty that adopts a broad definition of environment including natural, built and social environments. The Faculty has a strong social and environmental justice orientation, and values applied and action-oriented research. More information about the Faculty of Environmental Studies is available at www.fes.yorku.ca
The successful candidate will have an active research agenda demonstrating:
• A critical, interdisciplinary approach;
• Community-engaged , participatory or action-research methods, including a knowledge of and commitment to Indigenous ways of knowing, and the implementation of research principles and protocols that achieve inclusive community participation under conditions that strive for mutual respect and equity; and,
• Intellectual leadership in the study of Indigenous environments, in/justice, Indigenous law and governance, and/or the study of resistance by Indigenous communities to environmental assaults on their territories.
The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate a practice of, and commitment to, establishing genuine and meaningful connections with Indigenous communities; leadership in Indigenous communities or organizations; and/or successful experience engaging in mutually productive research partnerships with Indigenous communities in Canada or elsewhere.
According to the terms of the CRC program, Tier 2 nominees should:
• Be excellent emerging world-class researchers who have demonstrated particular research creativity;
• Have demonstrated the potential to become an internationally recognized leader and to achieve international excellence in their fields in the next five to ten years;
• Be proposing an original, innovative research program of high quality; and
• As a chair holder, have the potential to attract excellent trainees, students and future researchers.
The successful candidate will be required to work with the Faculties and the Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation to prepare the formal CRC nomination. The Chair is subject to approval by the CRC program review process. Eligibility criteria and CRC program information can be found at the following website: http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca
Applicants should be Assistant or Associate Professors, or possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed at these levels. Absent exceptional circumstances, the successful candidate is expected to have a Ph.D. in law or legal studies, environmental studies, political science, geography, or another relevant discipline; and the candidate is expected to have received her/his highest degree no more than ten years prior to nomination for the Chair.
The Chair will help strengthen the existing relationship between the two faculties which is already evidenced through cross-listed courses, faculty research collaborations, co-sponsored events, and the joint MES/JD degree program.
Both Osgoode and FES are committed to experiential learning. The two faculties are also committed to ensuring that the successful candidate’s contributions to teaching at the University will possess the necessary flexibility to allow for meaningful engagement in the candidate’s home community and/or community of study. This will involve the exploration of opportunities to engage in experiential learning and teaching initiatives, including intensive teaching terms or exchange programs. Candidates should demonstrate excellence and/or the potential of excellence in teaching and the dissemination of their research activities.
In making this appointment, Osgoode and FES are seeking to make progress towards creating a more supportive learning environment for Indigenous students. Preference will be shown for candidates who demonstrate the potential to support and mentor Indigenous students from both faculties.
This position, subject to final budgetary approval, will commence July 1, 2014.
Interested individuals should send an application that includes a c.v., cover letter, graduate and/or law transcripts, three letters of reference, copies of relevant publications, and a statement of teaching philosophy (including a note about how the candidate would envision making teaching contributions to both faculties) to be received as soon as possible, and in any event no later than Friday, December 13, 2013 to: Nicole Salama, Secretary of the Faculty Recruitment Committee, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3, e-mail: email@example.com
. Please note that electronic applications are stronglypreferred, and hard copies will not be returned. Candidates are also required to submit a statement demonstrating that they meet the criteria to be appointed as a Tier 2 CRC.
Applicants are invited to contact Professor Dayna Scott, Chair of the CRC Subcommittee of the Faculty Recruitment Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Osgoode Hall Law School and FES are committed to equality and diversity. The Law School has an Employment Equity Plan, which aims to ensure that our faculty is reflective of the four designated societal groups identified in the federal Employment Equity Act: women, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities. We welcome applications from members of these groups and encourage candidates to self-identify in their initial applications. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with HRSDC regulations, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.