Assistant Professor in Theories of Childhood and Youth

York University Department of Humanities



Full Time Teaching Stream - Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Discipline/Field: Theories of Childhood and Youth
Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Home Department/Area/Division: Humanities
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2023

Theories of Childhood and Youth, Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies, York University

The Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a teaching stream tenure-track appointment in Theories of Childhood and Youth at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream to commence July 1, 2023. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate courses and to provide creative educational leadership in enhancing teaching and learning through curricular and pedagogical innovation in the classroom and at the level of programs and to support aspects of curriculum delivery and development. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

A PhD, or a PhD by July 1, 2023, in Childhood Studies, Humanities, Social Sciences or a relevant discipline, with demonstrable excellence, or promise of excellence, in university-level teaching and service in critical Child and Youth studies is required.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence or clear potential for excellence for an appointment in teaching university-level courses through: the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education, technology enhanced learning and community-based learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a strong commitment to pedagogy and student success, the capacity to bring a theoretical and practical orientation to Critical Childhood and Youth (CCY) teaching, learning and program design, and demonstrate good judgment and a reflective approach to innovation in teaching. Experience with curriculum development and universal design approaches to teaching and assessment is preferred. The successful candidate is also expected to provide evidence of service contributions or potential to contribute to service in administrative and committee work.

We seek a candidate who will make substantial contributions to the first- and second-year experience by teaching the two core courses on the CCY curriculum (Introduction to Children, Childhood & Youth Studies; Global Cultures of Children & Youth), thus introducing students to the field and facilitating the transition of our students to university life. Applicants teaching will be informed by theoretical and methodological engagement with approaches that have governed and continue to govern the study of children, childhood, and youth. Applicants should be familiar with the study of the significant ways in which children and youth are constructed differently in various times, spaces, and cultures, and by means of a variety of cultural forms. Experience with anti-racist and/or decolonial research methodologies is preferred.

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 Professor Cheryl Cowdy, Chair of the Search Committee at

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 December 15, 2022.

Applications, including a cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae (highlighting conference papers and publications relating to pedagogy), a statement of teaching philosophy and pedagogy, and the names and contact information of three referees, may be uploaded to beginning on October 4, 2022.

Questions may be directed to Professor Elicia Clements, Chair of the Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at (Subject line: Position in Theories of Childhood and Youth).


Posting End Date: December 15, 2022

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