Tenure Track Position in Sociology - Critical Research Methodologies

Arts, Sociology

Posted: December 3, 2021
Deadline to Apply: Monday, January 17, 2022

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 Department of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor  in critical research methodologies with a focus on community-oriented social justice research. Applications from scholars who are oriented primarily to qualitative research methods, to quantitative research methods, or to mixing methods are welcome. Reflecting on the priorities of the Sociology department, we seek a candidate who incorporates an equity lens into their scholarship and teaching. The appointment shall be effective July 1, 2022, subject to final budgetary approval.

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 will include: teaching and supervising at the undergraduate and graduate levels; contributing to the undergraduate and graduate programs; establishing and maintaining a strong, independent, research program; and participating in the academic life of the Department of Sociology, the Faculty and the University. 

The successful candidate will teach Sociology courses in at least one of the following areas: research design, qualitative methods, survey design, or social statistics, as well as in another area of specialization, such as food and eating, popular culture, or another area in the undergraduate curriculum. In addition to research methodology courses, the successful candidate will also have the opportunity to teach courses related to other area(s) of interest, such as food studies or popular culture. 

The successful candidate will have completed a PhD in Sociology or a related discipline (or expect to do so by July 2022). In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of:

  • a strong or emerging scholarly research that is active, innovative and impactful resulting in achievements such as peer reviewed and community-oriented publications, working papers, book chapters, public policy contributions, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, writings or creative productions disseminated by other suitable means and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline; 
  • potential for excellence in teaching through a teaching dossier that outlines the teaching philosophy, teaching accomplishments (including experience with course/curriculum review/development), excellent pedagogical practice, sample syllabi and teaching evaluations; 
  • a strong commitment to inclusive research that takes up feminist, anti-racist, Indigenous, queer, critical disability and/or critical ageism perspectives on the research process and the production of knowledge, as evidenced in a record of collaboration with diverse communities and/or organizations; 
  • strong communication skills and a demonstrated or potential ability to supervise undergraduate and graduate students; 
  • a 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 to contribute to the life of the Department, Faculty and the University through collegial service.

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. 

Department of Sociology

The Sociology Department, consisting of 26 full-time faculty members, has a solid and growing reputation for high-quality teaching and excellent, innovative, and socially-relevant research. The Department is strongly committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, interdisciplinarity, social activism, and community-engaged teaching, learning, and research. Our undergraduate degree program offers a curriculum that highlights the study and practical application of research methods, classical and contemporary social theory, and themes of diversity, inequality and social justice, popular culture, media, and contemporary urban experience.

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 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) by January 17, 2022. The application must contain the following: 

  • a letter of application and a curriculum vitae; 
  • three (3) recent research publications;
  • results of teaching evaluations (or equivalent evidence, such as a teaching dossier); 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, 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 DHC Chair Cheryl Teelucksingh at teeluck@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 identified 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, HR Advisor at renee.gordon@ryerson.ca.


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