The Edward Sonshine Chair in Race and the Law

Law, Lincoln Alexander Sch Law

Posted: October 19, 2022
Deadline to Apply: Posted until filled

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 Lincoln Alexander  School of Law at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) invites  applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor,  effective July 1, 2023, subject to final budgetary approval. 

The Edward Sonshine Chair in Race and the Law (the “Sonshine Chair”) is a four-year, renewable  Chair, that will support the School in the development of its Racial Justice Initiative through  research and curricular development and multidisciplinary collaboration, including coordination  with the Chancellor Janice Fukakusa Racial Justice Scholars-in-Residence, convening  prestigious public lectures at the forefront of legal developments in race and the law, and  collaborating with community organizations in the promotion of both local and global racial justice.  The Sonshine Chair will convene a diverse range of voices with subject-matter expertise and lived  experience, and encourage our students to critically examine the law’s role in both perpetuating and ameliorating racism and discrimination. By leading public engagement and knowledge  dissemination activities beyond our student body and School, the Sonshine Chair will engage the  public in conversations about anti-racism in all its forms. 

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

1. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; 

2. Access to Justice; 

3. Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and 

4. Academic Excellence. 

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  Integrated Practice Curriculum (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 licensed as lawyers without articling. 

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, research, and service duties,  while 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 demonstrate that they have made and will continue to make exceptional and  path-breaking contributions in the area of race and the law. The successful candidate shall hold a J.D., LL.M. [or a master’s degree in a closely-related field] and a Ph.D. [or a doctoral degree in a closely related field] or an equivalent combination of academic credentials, demonstrated production of leading scholarship and participation in community-based advocacy. 

 In addition, candidates shall present evidence of the following: 

  • a research agenda 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; 
  • strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to supervise 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 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.  


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. 

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) ( The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found here.

Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) 

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, TMU is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture. 

Lincoln Alexander School of Law 

Our School offers a Juris Doctor program to students of diverse backgrounds. Our faculty prides  itself on the excellence of its research, the quality of its teaching, and community engagement.  We are interested in candidates who will contribute to our existing strengths in research/creative activity and teaching through academic, professional, and diverse lived experiences and  perspectives.  

Working at TMU 

At the intersection of mind and action, Toronto Metropolitan University is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At TMU and within our department/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. 

Dedicated to a people first culture, TMU 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: @torontomet, @VPFAtorontomet and @TorontoMetHR, and our LinkedIn page.

TMU 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.

Toronto Metropolitan 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 [] by clicking on “Start Application Process” to begin. Applications received by November 20, 2022 are guaranteed consideration, but the position 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 only short-listed candidates will be asked  to provide a writing sample); 
  • a teaching dossier with teaching philosophy and teaching accomplishments, including  experience with course/curriculum review/development, excellent pedagogical practice,  sample syllabi, and teaching evaluations (where available); and 
  • the names and contact information of three references (note that only 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, Avner Levin, at


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 School Hiring Committee  Chair Avner Levin at

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Toronto Metropolitan  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   

Black identified candidates who wish to learn more about working at Toronto Metropolitan  University are welcome to contact Shurla Charles-Forbes, Black Faculty & Staff Community  Network at  

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  Christine Danielewski, Senior HR Partner at


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