Tenure-track position in the Irish Language and its Cultures
Date posted: September 23, 2019 2019
Revised: October 7, 2019
Application deadline: November 15, 2019
Position code: 19_T_IRISH_O
The School of Irish Studies at Concordia University invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Irish language and its cultures. The ideal candidate will teach courses in Modern Irish at the undergraduate and possibly graduate levels, as well as serve as a supervisor to Masters and PhD students in related fields. They will also be expected to play an integral administrative role in the ongoing development of the School.
The successful candidate will not only be fully fluent in the Irish language and have scholarly-level expertise in its literature, but also show evidence of a multidisciplinary approach to Irish-language studies and to Irish Studies as a whole, as well as a demonstrated interest in how that language is, in itself, both a pivotal generator as well as a conduit of Irish identities whether of nation, region, gender, class, etc., both historically and in the present. To that end, the candidate may have specialization in related disciplines (folklore, film, oral history, cultural studies, historical geography, etc.) provided that they are qualified to fulfill the core Irish-language teaching and research obligations. They will be expected to offer courses in English on the significance of the Irish language in the context of pertinent issues (for example: language politics, language policy, translation, diaspora studies, minority rights, etc.). Additionally, the candidate will be expected to devise creative strategies that promote community engagement with the language.
About the School
The School of Irish Studies currently offers an undergraduate Major in Irish Studies as well as a Minor and a Certificate in Irish Studies. Faculty members in the School also advise and/or supervise MA and PhD students in several cross-departmental and interdisciplinary graduate programs. Beyond our formal academic programs, the School sponsors a prestigious annual lecture series; hosts visiting scholars each year; provides generous financial support to undergraduate and graduate students; hosts annual undergraduate and graduate conferences in Irish Studies; organizes various community-outreach events; supports the publication of the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies; and organizes international conferences and symposia (e.g. CAIS in 2011 and 2019 and IASIL in 2012).
About the Faculty
The Faculty of Arts and Science was created in July 1977 through the merger of the former Loyola Faculty of Arts and Science, the former Sir George Williams Faculty of Arts, and the former Sir George Williams Faculty of Science.
The Faculty consists of 27 academic departments, colleges, institutes, and schools as well as more than 20 research centres. The Faculty is committed to responsible and innovative leadership in developing and disseminating knowledge and values and encouraging constructive social criticism. We achieve these objectives through inclusive and accessible academic programs which stress a broad-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning. We are dedicated to superior teaching and research supported by excellence in scholarship and creative activity, and a tradition of service to the community. The Faculty serves many interdependent academic communities in an urban environment where students and faculty can pursue their shared commitment to lifelong learning.
Concordia University is recognized as Canada’s top university under the age of 50 and one of the most international universities in the world. With more than 7,000 faculty and staff, and 47,000 students, Concordia enables individuals to grow, contribute and innovate. Located on two campuses in the heart of cosmopolitan Montreal, our faculty and students benefit from state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities and compelling program offerings in our four Faculties, Library, School of Graduate Studies and Centre for Continuing Education. Today’s challenges require new, collaborative, interdisciplinary thinking and action. We are designing a next-generation university that draws on the skills of our faculty and on the strengths of our external academic, private and public sector partnerships to prepare our students and society for what comes next. Our priority is to mobilize cross-sections of experts to translate novel scholarship into real-world applications. We aspire to ask big questions on health, well-being and social responsibility and to find creative solutions that transcend academic boundaries.
Ambitious, innovative, research- and community-engaged, our university is celebrated for its commitments to transformative learning, convergent thinking and public impact. Concordia supports teaching, learning and research by its commitment to sustaining excellence, inclusion and opportunity for the entire academic community. In 2019, Concordia was recognized as a top Montreal employer for the fourth year running. We made the list based on a number of criteria, including pension and benefits, training and development opportunities and the physical and social aspects of the workplace.
Montréal, our home, is exceptional. It is a truly unique city — safe and clean, vibrant and diverse, with new things to discover around every corner. Another reason people flock to Montreal is because it's an affordable city. With a diverse population of 1.7 million, it is home to four major universities and several clinical research centres, and has been named the best student city in the world. The city is home to over 170,000 university students, a thriving multicultural scene and the most affordable tuition in Canada. Bilingualism is a part of Montréal’s tradition and adds to its inspiring atmosphere. While supporting a significant Anglophone population, it is the second largest French-speaking city in the world. Montréal is famed for its innovative culinary scene and festivals that run throughout the year. As North America’s number one choice for international events and festivals, it was also the first metropolis to be designated a UNESCO City of Design by the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity. The city is recognized globally as an important centre for commerce, aerospace, transport, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, gaming, film and world affairs.
The candidate must have a completed PhD, a strong publication record, and evidence of teaching excellence. Administrative and community-outreach experience would be welcome assets.
The language of instruction at Concordia is English, however, knowledge of French is an asset.
How to Apply
Applications must contain the following elements:
- A cover letter identifying the title and position code (18_T_IRISH_O)
- Curriculum vitae that includes the names of three referees
- Copies of representative publications
- A statement of research achievements; and evidence of teaching effectiveness
- A statement of teaching philosophy/interests
Candidates must also arrange to have the three letters of reference sent directly to email@example.com to the attention of Dr. Michael Kenneally, Principal, School of Irish Studies.
Concordia strives to be an inclusive institution that is welcoming of diverse backgrounds and experiences in order to improve learning, advance research, inspire creativity, and drive productivity. We define diversity broadly to include both ethnic and socio-cultural background and diversity of perspectives, ideologies and traditions.
As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next-Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to conduct innovative research and to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society. These ongoing or anticipated examples can include but are not limited to:
- teaching about underrepresented populations
- mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
- conducting research with underrepresented and / or underserved communities
- committee work
- offering or organizing educational programming
- participation in training and workshops
All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.
Concordia University recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research excellence and will take them into careful consideration in assessing applications and throughout the selection process.
Applications should be submitted by November 15, 2019 and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until a suitable candidate has been identified. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. The appointment is expected to commence on July 1, 2020 or shortly thereafter.
Kindly forward your electronic application to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants who anticipate requiring accommodations throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at email@example.com or by phone at 514.848.2424 extension 4323.