Six (6) Tenure Track Positions in Law

Law, Lincoln Alexander Sch Law

Posted: November 4, 2021
Deadline to Apply: Monday, December 6, 2021



The Lincoln Alexander School of Law at Ryerson University invites applications for six (6) tenure track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor. The appointment shall be effective July 1, 2022, subject to final budgetary approval.

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, Ryerson University is known for its culture of entrepreneurship and innovation and is recognized as a city builder. Ryerson has undergone extraordinary growth and diversification over the past decade through award-winning architecture and expansion of its campus that welcomes over 45,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. In August 2021, the University also announced that it would begin a renaming process to respond to the history and legacy of Egerton Ryerson and build a more inclusive future. Lincoln Alexander Law is contributing to this growth as it opened its doors for the first time in September 2020, offering a Juris Doctor program including an Integrated Practice Curriculum (IPC) with a strong emphasis on teaching lawyering skills and on excellence in scholarly research.

We welcome applications from 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. 

We believe that diversity of knowledge, worldviews and experiences that come from membership in different groups, is fundamental to innovation, teaching and scholarship and that our students are best served by faculty who reflect their diversity. We therefore, strongly encourage applications from individuals who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black or other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

In addition, we are interested in candidates who will contribute to our Law School’s emerging research and teaching strengths primarily in the areas of Corporate and/or Commercial Law, Tax Law, Aboriginal and Indigenous Law and Law and Technology. Candidates with a strong research and teaching record in other areas are also encouraged to apply. 

The successful candidate will bring innovative and diverse perspectives and experiences aligned with our Juris Doctor program’s Four Pillars: 

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

Lincoln Alexander Law 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 (IPC) designation for the law school making Lincoln Alexander Law one of only two such programs in Canada that integrates lawyering skills in each year of the program which allows our graduates to be licenced as lawyers without articling.

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 Law School 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 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. For candidates interested in law and technology, preference will be given to candidates with relevant experience and/or education in science and technology.

In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of:

  • a 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/potential 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 skills and a demonstrated ability to supervise students;
  • commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 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; and 
  • an ability and willingness to contribute to the life of the Law School and the University through collegial service. With the School’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.  

 

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.

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

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At Ryerson, 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. 

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 families, including access to our diverse faculty and staff networks

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

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

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal (click on “Start Application Process” to begin). Applications received by December 6, 2021, are guaranteed consideration, but the positions will remain open until filled. The application must contain the following: 

  • a letter of application; 
  • a curriculum vitae; 
  • a statement of research interests; note that short-listed candidates will be asked to provide a writing sample;
  • a teaching dossier and results of teaching evaluations; and
  • the names and contact information of three references; short-listed candidates will be asked to arrange for three reference letters to be sent directly by the referees via email to the Law School Hiring Committee Chair, Professor Asher Alkoby at law.recruitment@ryerson.ca.

 

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.  

Contacts

Any confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to the School Hiring Committee Chair, Professor Asher Alkoby at law.recruitment@ryerson.ca. 

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Miigis Kwe, the Indigenous Human Resources Lead and the Founding Co-Chair of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Community Group at t26king@ryerson.ca. 

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

For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please contact Renee Gordon at renee.gordon@ryerson.ca.  

 

Please note that only successful candidates will be notified and invited to an interview and research presentation.

 



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