Tenure Track Position in Early Childhood Studies

FCS, Sch Early Childhood Stdys

Posted: December 10, 2020
Deadline to Apply: Posted until filled

Tenure Track Position in Early Childhood Studies

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada, and on the  territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the School of Early Childhood Studies in the Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University welcomes applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor effective July 1, 2021, subject to final budgetary approval. As part of our commitment to act on the recommendations of Ryerson’s Anti-Black Racism Campus Climate Review, we especially invite applications from those who self-identify as Black peoples of African descent (Africans and African-heritage people from Latin America and the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe, etc.).

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, scholarly research and/or creative activity, and service duties, while maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. These duties will include pursuing a strong, innovative research program and teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including the supervision of students, and participation in curriculum development for the School. 

Candidates must hold a doctorate at the time of application; candidates who are all-but-dissertation (ABD) and are able to demonstrate that they are close to completion may also be considered. The candidate should have a focus on Black studies. In addition, candidates shall present evidence of the following: 

  • a commitment to the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion as they pertain to service, teaching, and scholarly, research, and creative activities. This commitment will include a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for our diverse student population, and the ability and willingness to contribute to the life of the School and the University through collegial service;  
  • a clear research and teaching focus on children and/or families with children from birth to eight years old. Areas might include the following: anti-Black racism and intersectionality; methodology; health; trauma-informed work; disability studies; immigrant and refugee children; children and families;  
  • a growing program of research and scholarship as demonstrated by, but not limited to research grants applied for and/or received, publications, presentations, and works in progress; 
  • potential for effective teaching at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curricula as evidenced by a teaching philosophy statement; experience with course and curriculum review and development; examples of best practices in pedagogy, including effective use of classroom technology and any experience with experiential learning; sample syllabi; strong teaching evaluations, teaching awards, and other relevant achievements in teaching.

Professional experience with young children and/or families and links to the community, broadly defined, are considered an asset. 

The hiring 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 career experience and/or career interruptions. 

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.

Ryerson University

Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focussed curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, Ryerson is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture. 

School of Early Childhood Studies

The School of Early Childhood Studies (ECS)  is the oldest school of its kind in Canada, led by 18 tenure-stream faculty from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. The school encompasses multiple perspectives in the study of childhood, in areas such as early education and care, learning, health, families, communities, society and policy. The school offers a 4-year B.A., a consecutive B.A./B.Ed. (with York University), and an M.A. in Early Childhood Studies to approximately 900 students in total. The School of ECS includes a laboratory school, the Early Learning Centre, and an EarlyOn program and an Every Child Belongs program connected to the school’s Gerrard Resource Centre. 

As part of our ongoing commitment to addressing Anti-Black racism, we at the Faculty of Community Services have recently launched a new position, Advisor to the Dean on Anti-Black Racism. Further information can be found here.

Working at Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At Ryerson and within our school, we firmly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path; our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do. We are also committed to increasing the representation of Indigenous and Black identified faculty as part of the recommendations of the Truth & Reconciliation Report and the Anti-Black Campus Climate Review, respectively.  

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 faculty and staff networks

Visit us on Twitter: @RyersonU, @RyersonHR, @RyersonVPFA, @RyersonECI and our LinkedIn company page.

Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. To find out more about legal and policy obligations please visit the accessibility and Human Rights websites.

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 Faculty Recruitment Portal (click on “Start Application Process” to begin). Review of the applications will begin after December 15th and will continue until the position is filled. The application must contain the following: 

  • a letter of application; 
  • a curriculum vitae; 
  • a statement of research interests; 
  • a teaching statement; and 
  • names of 3 individuals who may be contacted for reference letters. 

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.  

This position will remain "open until filled" Applicants who applied by the deadline of January 30th will be considered first. 


Any confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to the Departmental Hiring Committee Chair, Dr. Rachel Berman at rcberman@ryerson.ca

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University may contact: 

  • Dr. Lynn Lavallee [lavallee@ryerson.ca], Strategic Lead, Indigeous Resurgence and Professor, School of Social Work, Faculty of Community Services. 
  • Tracey King [t26king@ryerson.ca],  Indigenous Human Resources Lead. 

Black identified candidates who wish to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Shurla Charles-Forbes [bfscn@ryerson.ca],  Black Faculty & Staff Community Network.   

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 Michelle Gomes at michelle.gomes@ryerson.ca.  


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