Tier II Canada Research Chair in Social Justice in Child Studies and Education
Last updated: October 19, 2022, 1:41 p.m.
Job title: Canada Research Chair Tier II in Social Justice in Child Studies and Education
Position code: 21_C_EDUC_O
Date posted: October 4, 2022
Application deadline: November 30, 2022
Advertised until: Position is filled
The Department of Education in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Concordia University seeks to appoint a Tier II Canada Research Chair (CRC), a research-intensive tenure-track faculty position, in Social Justice in Child Studies and Education. The CRC Program, funded by the federal government, aims to promote world-class research in Canadian universities (for details, see chairs-chaires.gc.ca).
The successful candidate will conduct research in areas that could include (but are not limited to):
the role of educational and/or social policies in maintaining or challenging inequities based on language, ethnicity, religion, race, migratory status, (dis)ability, social class, or gender;
the perspectives, lived experiences, and access to resources of young children and families from marginalized groups;
pre- or in-service practitioners’ knowledge about and/or perspectives on social justice issues;
innovative pedagogical approaches to support learning by children from marginalized groups and/or
the impact of community-based initiatives to foster social justice in childhood.
Concordia University is strongly committed to achieving equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the institution and recognizes the value of achieving inclusive excellence in both teaching and research contexts. Concordia University is an English-language institution of higher learning at which the primary language of instruction and research is English. Since this position supports academic functions of the university, proficiency in English is required. Working knowledge of French is an asset.
Qualifications and assets
The successful candidate will have a PhD in Education or a related field. They are expected to have a strong research program in Social Justice in Child Studies and Education; excellent research productivity, including having leveraged funds from external research agencies; and the potential to develop successful partnerships in the community. The candidate should also show evidence of effectiveness in teaching, experience in mentoring student research, and a demonstrated commitment to supporting equitable and inclusive learning environments. Evidence of innovation and leadership in cross-disciplinary collaborations between researchers will be an asset.
Candidates eligible for Tier II chair positions must be excellent emerging scholars within 10 years of their highest degree at the time of nomination. Potential Tier II candidates who are more than 10 years from their highest degree but who have experienced career interruptions may still be eligible for nomination as a CRC, and are encouraged to submit a description of such interruptions by means of the Tier II Justification Assessment Form (to be sent either to the CRC or to Concordia University, along with the other application materials). Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website for the form, as well as further details on eligibility criteria, acceptable justifications for the extension of the eligibility term, and other information on the CRC program. Irrespective of submission of the formal justification form, candidates are encouraged to share any career interruptions or personal circumstances that may have had an impact on their career goals (such as the decision to have a family, eldercare, illness, and so forth) in their letter of application. These will be carefully considered in the assessment process.
How to apply
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applicants must include one of the following statements:
Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
Applications should be addressed to Dr. Saul Carliner (email@example.com) and must include:
- a cover letter clearly identifying the position title and code (21_C_EDUC_O) and including an equity, diversity, and inclusion statement (see details below in this section)
- a detailed curriculum vitae
- a teaching statement
- a research statement, including current work and plans in the area of Social Justice in Child Studies and Education
- a one-page description of the three most important research contributions to date
- three representative publications
- three letters of reference to be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
- evidence of teaching expertise and effectiveness (e.g., teaching evaluations)
Applications should be submitted to email@example.com by November 30, 2022 but will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. The appointment is expected to commence in August 2023.
Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and research. 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 background, as well as lived and professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.
Possible examples to demonstrate a diverse experience may include but are not limited to:
- teaching about underrepresented populations
- mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
- 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.
Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Anna Barrafato, Accessibility Change Lead: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 514.848.2424 extension 3511.
Concordia’s Department of Education, highly ranked internationally, offers programs in Adult Education, Educational Studies, Educational Technology, Teaching in Higher and Continuing Education, and Teaching English as a Second Language/Applied Linguistics in addition to Child Studies and Early Childhood and Elementary Education,. The department offers a PhD program, four master’s programs, three undergraduate degrees, and multiple diplomas, certificates, and minors.
The Child Studies and Early Childhood and Elementary Education (ECEE) group is recognized as a leader in Quebec, Canada and internationally in this field. Faculty members within the area and the Department are highly productive and well-funded by national and provincial agencies, both individually and as members of large and dynamic research teams and centres.
The CRC would have a unique opportunity to conduct research with preservice educators in two programs within the Department: one that prepares early childhood educators, accredited by the Ministry of the Family (MF), as well as paraprofessionals (e.g., integration aides) who work with children in inclusive and/or special needs settings, and the other that prepares early childhood and elementary teachers accredited by Quebec’s Ministry of Education. As such, the CRC will be well-positioned to strengthen preservice and in-service educators’ and teachers’ justice-oriented pedagogies and practices in educational settings, both in Quebec and beyond. Our Department also houses a bilingual Laboratory Preschool that serves a diverse population of families and privileges parent-teacher collaboration and emergent curriculum. In addition, the CRC would have the opportunity to teach and supervise graduate students in the MA in Child Studies and PhD in Education programs.
The investigation of social justice issues in child studies and education lends itself to interdisciplinary collaboration. Faculty members in the broader Department of Education have extensive expertise in areas that complement the research foci of the proposed CRC, which affords exciting opportunities for collaboration. At Concordia, the CRC would also find partners with related interests in Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, Art Education, First People’s Studies, Creative Arts Therapies, Applied Human Sciences, and Philosophy, among others.
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. For more about the Faculty of Arts and Science, please visit: www.concordia.ca/artsci.
Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, on the traditional lands and waters of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation, is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.
Building on the skills of our faculty and the strengths of Indigenous, local, and global partnerships, we set our sights further and more broadly than others and align the quality of learning opportunities to larger trends and substantial challenges facing society.
“Concordia is a young, forward-looking university. It’s a unique place where experimentation, innovation and creativity are truly valued. Our community of students, faculty, staff and alumni all contribute to our momentum as Canada’s next-gen university.” — Concordia President Graham Carr.
Profoundly global, Concordia is North America’s top university under the age of 50 and is recognized for attracting some of the most talented faculty and students from around the world. Driven by ambition, innovation and a commitment to reconciliation, research and community engagement, Concordia is celebrated for advancing transformative learning, convergent thinking and public impact.
Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, is exceptional; safe, vibrant and diverse, with new things to discover around every corner. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather and conduct our activities. With a population of 1.7 million, Tiohtià:ke/Montreal is home to four major universities and several clinical research centres and has been named the best student city in the world. It offers the most affordable tuition in Canada.
The city enjoys a thriving multicultural scene. Bilingualism is a part of Montreal’s tradition and adds to its inspiring atmosphere. While supporting a significant anglophone population, it is the one of the largest French-speaking cities in the world.
Montreal is famed for its innovative culinary scene 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 and film.
Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtià:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.
Concordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification; candidates are invited to self-identify in their applications.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applications must include one of the following statements:
Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.