Faculty Position in Race and the Law

Ryerson University Faculty of Law


Open Rank Position in Race and the Law

Law, Faculty of Law

Posted: September 30, 2020

Deadline to Apply: Friday, October 30, 2020

The OpportunityOpen Rank Position in Race and the Law 

The Faculty of Law at invites applications for an Open Rank position at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level. The appointment shall be effective July 1, 2021, subject to final budgetary approval.

We are seeking candidates with a background primarily in Critical Race Theory or Race and the  Law. 

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada, Ryerson University is on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples. Ryerson is known for its culture of entrepreneurship and innovation and is recognized as a city builder, as it continues its growth through award-winning architecture and expansion of its campus. Our undergraduate and programs are distinguished by a professionally focused curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, scholarly research and creative activities. The University has undergone extraordinary growth and diversification over the past decade, now with over 45,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The Faculty of Law is contributing to this growth as it opened its doors for the first time in September 2020, offering a Juris Doctor program.

We are interested in candidates who will contribute to our Faculty’s emerging research and teaching strengths by bringing innovative and diverse perspectives and experiences aligned with our Juris Doctor program’s Four Pillars: 

  1. Increasing Access to Justice for Ontarians and Canadians; 
  2. Innovation and Entrepreneurship; 
  3. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; and 
  4. Sound Academic Grounding with Innovative Pedagogy. 

The Faculty aims to build an outstanding reputation for scholarly work and an innovative teaching culture. In the spring of 2019, the Law Society of Ontario approved the Integrated Practice Curriculum (IPC) designation for the program, given its thoroughgoing emphasis on the skills of legal practice. 

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) ().

The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found.


The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, research and service duties, maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. Responsibilities include: contributing to our Juris Doctor program through teaching, mentoring and supervision of students; participating in curriculum development/expansion as appropriate; establishing and maintaining a strong, community-engaged research agenda, including pursuing innovative, independent research that produces cutting-edge, high quality results; and participating in the academic life of the Faculty and the University.


Candidates must hold a Juris Doctor or LLB degree as well as either an LL.M. or a Master’s degree in a closely related field. Preference will be given to those with either (1) a doctoral degree in Law, a PhD in a closely related field, or who are all-but-dissertation (ABD) and are very close to completion; or (2) an established record of community work. In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of:

  • strong emerging scholarly research that is current, innovative and impactful as evidenced by, but not limited to, peer-reviewed publications, working papers, public policy contributions, presentations at academic conferences, community and professional work, grants, research related awards and other writing or creative production that contributes to the visibility and prominence of the discipline;
  • experience with or capacity for high-quality teaching and student engagement via a teaching dossier that outlines their teaching philosophy and teaching accomplishments, including experience with course/curriculum review/development, excellent pedagogical practice, sample syllabi and teaching evaluations; 
  • strong communication and a demonstrated ability to supervise students;
  • commitment to Ryerson’s values of equity, diversity, and inclusion as they pertain to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population; and 
  • an ability to contribute to the life of the Faculty and the University through collegial service. With the Faculty’s rapid growth in years to come, contributions to service and administration are valued and thus we look for candidates with the interest and capacity to contribute in this manner.

Our committee recognizes that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions. 

Working at Ryerson

Dedicated to a people first culture, Ryerson is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer. We invite you to explore the range of benefits and supports available to faculty and their family, including access to our diverse. 

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At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At Ryerson and in our Faculty, we firmly believe that integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Ryerson University responded to the Truth and Reconciliation Report by launching a community-wide consultation which led to the entitled Truth and Reconciliation at Ryerson: Building a New Foundation For Generations to Come

On July 17, 2019, building on the progress from the 2010 Anti-Racism Task Force report, Ryerson released the outlining a total of fourteen recommendations fundamental to supporting our Black community of faculty, staff and students.  Recognizing that the Report is a step in the journey and that important work lies ahead, President Lachemi has formed the Presidential Implementation Committee to lead the University towards the achievement of the recommended objectives. We especially invite Black candidates to further explore this opportunity with us as we embark on the important work ahead. 

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the (click on “Start Application Process” to begin). Applications received by October 30, 2020, are guaranteed consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. The application must contain the following: 

  • a letter of application; 
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of research interests;
  • a teaching dossier and results of teaching evaluations; and
  • three signed letters of reference to be sent directly by the referees via email to the Faculty Hiring Committee (LFHC) Chair, Professor Graham Hudson at

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.  


Any confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to the Law Faculty Hiring Committee (LFHC) Chair, Professor Graham Hudson at 

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead at t26king@ryerson.ca. 

Black candidats who wish to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Nikki Waheed, Co-Chair, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at . 

Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact Renee Gordon at . 

Only successful candidates will be notified and invited to an interview and research presentation. 

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