Tenure Track Position in Indigenous-focused Child & Youth Care Practice

FCS, Sch Early Childhood Stdys

Posted: November 15, 2019
Deadline to Apply: Posted until filled

The Opportunity

The School of Child and Youth Care (CYC) in the Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University in the city of Toronto on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and Huron invite applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing July 1, 2020, subject to final budgetary approval. The area of specialization is Indigenous-focused child & youth care practice.

Ryerson’s Truth and Reconciliation Community Consultation Report (see below) has recommended immediate action be taken to increase the number of Indigenous scholars at the University. In this hiring process, the School of CYC is therefore inviting applicants in the spirit of this recommendation.

The School of Child & Youth Care consists of 10.5 tenure-stream faculty members and approximately 800 undergraduate and graduate students. The School focuses on teaching emerging child and youth care practitioners and emerging scholars in the field of child and youth care. The curriculum provides for three streams of learning: a therapeutic practice stream that includes internship components, a research stream and a professional identity stream. There is a growing focus on the experiences of marginalization of Black Youth, Indigenous Youth, young people identifying as 2SLGBTQ+ and young people with disabilities in systems such as child welfare, child & youth mental health, education, health care and community-based services. Pedagogically, the curriculum draws on professional practice experience in the role of child and youth care practitioner on the part of instructors and faculty members on the one hand, and critical engagements with systems, structures and power on the other hand. The faculty in CYC prides itself on the excellence of its research and on the quality of its teaching. 

The School is interested in candidates who will contribute to our existing research, teaching and/or community service strengths by bringing innovative and diverse perspectives and experiences to the work.

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

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



The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, research and service duties, maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work and learning environment across all activities. Responsibilities will include teaching and student supervision at the undergraduate/graduate levels; developing a strong research program that is externally funded and contributes to community engagement and impact, the reputation of the School and quality of practices in the professional field of child & youth care; and engaging in the life of the School, Faculty and University through service activities.



Candidates must hold a doctorate with a clear research and/or teaching focus on Indigenous children and youth and the historic and ongoing impact of colonization on Indigenous Peoples. Candidates who are all-but-dissertation (ABD) and are very close to completion will also be considered. In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of: 


  • a strong commitment to Indigenous knowledges, teaching frameworks (e.g. seven sacred teachings, cultural safety, etc.), research practices and methodologies and developing curriculum;
  • a record of collaboration with Indigenous communities and organizations; 
  • demonstrated commitment to values and practices of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and decolonization as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population;
  • commitment to undergraduate and graduate education in child & youth care in any area of scholarship in keeping with the focus of the program, from an Indigenous perspective;
  • a record of effective teaching (i.e., cultural/land-based learning activities, learning in community, course evaluations, testimonials, and related documentation);
  • professional experience with Indigenous children, youth, families and communities, preferably using cultural safety practices;
  • strong emerging scholarly research, creative projects or Indigenous community engagements that are active, innovative and impactful resulting in achievements such as public policy contributions, presentations at significant conferences, community healing, peer reviewed and non peer reviewed publications, working papers, book chapters, and awards and accolades, and other noteworthy activities that contribute to Indigenous communities, truth and reconciliation and the visibility and prominence of the discipline; and
  • an ability to contribute to the life of the School, Faculty and the University through collegial service. 


Preference will be given to Indigenous scholars with lived experiences and a strong commitment to Indigenous knowledges and methodologies, and who have extensive experience in collaborating with Indigenous students, organizations and communities.


Equity at Ryerson 

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

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, racialized people, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 


How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal (click on “Start Application Process” to begin). Review of the applications will begin January 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.


The application must contain the following: 


  • a letter of application and a curriculum vitae; 
  • a statement of research interests and incorporation of Indigenous knowledges and research methodologies(up to 2 pages); 
  • a statement of teaching philosophy (up to 2 pages) and incorporation of Indigenous values and frameworks for teaching; short-listed candidates will be asked to submit a teaching dossier;
  • one sample of recent scholarly work; and
  • names of three individuals who may be contacted for references.


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

Any confidential inquiries can be directed to Departmental Hiring Committee Chair, Dr. Kiaras Gharabaghi at k.gharabaghi@ryerson.ca.

Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. For any confidential accommodation needs and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact Michelle Gomes, HR Advisor at michelle.gomes@ryerson.ca



About Ryerson


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 and is known for innovative programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning. Our undergraduate and graduate programs are distinguished by a professionally focused curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, scholarly research and creative activities. 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.


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 for every year since 2015. To learn more about our work environment, please visit us on Twitter:  @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonECI and our LinkedIn company page. We invite you to explore employment at Ryerson


Aboriginal 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. For additional information, please visit: Aboriginal Employment, Aboriginal Employee Services, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Community Group, Aboriginal Student Services and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJTKbxA2JxE.

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