Full Time Tenure Track – Assistant Professor in Ethnography of Digital Futures

York University, Department of Anthropology
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Closing date
Nov 30, 2021

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Open Rank
Cultural Anthropology
Applied Anthropology, Visual Anthropology
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Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Track – Assistant Professor 

Discipline/Field: Ethnography of Digital Futures 

Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies 

Home Department/Area/Division: Department of Anthropology 

Affiliation/Union: YUFA 

Position Start Date: July 1, 2022  

The Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in Ethnography of Digital Futures at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing July 1, 2022. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.  

Applicants must have scholarly training and teaching experience in Anthropology. A Ph.D.  in Anthropology (or cognate fields) by July 1, 2022 is required by the start of the appointment. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, when appropriate, externally funded research at the highest level and contribute to the scholarly life at York University through collegial service. The successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The position will involve undergraduate teaching and may involve graduate teaching and supervision.  

Applicants must have a clearly articulated program of research and/or research creation and specialize in digital futures and virtual worlds, in digital technologies and/or new media. We are looking for an anthropologist whose research is informed by decolonizing perspectives. Possible interests may include: 1) the ethnographic study of online practices and virtual communities; 2) the socio-cultural study of social media and digital infrastructures with a focus on social change; and 3) virtual worlds and on-line technologies that may address race, equity, Indigeneity, health, disability, gender and sexuality, and the environment. The ability to teach digital research methodologies will be an asset. The successful candidate’s research program will contribute to our research strengths and reputation, with the expectation for national and international research leadership.  

A demonstrated record of excellence or promise of excellence in research and in teaching is required. Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence or promise of research excellence as demonstrated in: the research statement; a record of publications (or forthcoming publications); research creation; conference presentations; honours and awards. Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching will be provided through: the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning; teaching evaluations.  

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 the Professor Daphne Winland, the Chair of the Hiring Committee at jobsanth@yorku.ca (Subject line: Ethnography of Digital Futures) 

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 visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities, can be found at www.yorku.ca/acadjobs  or by calling the AA line at 416-736-
5713.  Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/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 which can be found at http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/work-authorization-form. 

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is November 30, 2021.   

Applications including a cover letter and an up-to-date curriculum vitae, may be uploaded to https://apply.laps.yorku.ca beginning October 22, 2021. Longlisted candidates will be invited to upload a statement of research, teaching statement, writing sample, teaching evaluations and contact information for three referees beginning December 10, 2021. 

Posting End Date: November 30, 2021


York University is a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is Canada's third-largest university, and it has approximately 55,700 students, 7,000 faculty and staff, and over 325,000 alumni worldwide.

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