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Tenure-Track Position in the School of Community and Public Affairs – Principal

Last updated: November 27, 2020, 2:47 p.m.

Job title: Principal, School of Community and Public Affairs
Position code: 20_T_SCPA_M
Date posted: October 2, 2020
Revised: November 27, 2020
Application deadline: January 15, 2021
Advertised until: Position is filled

Position description

Concordia University invites applications from established scholars to fill the position of Principal of the School of Community and Public Affairs (SCPA). The Principal reports directly to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science and is responsible for implementing the School’s academic and intellectual mission, the day-to-day management of the unit, and the supervision of its staff. The ideal candidate is an active, interdisciplinary researcher with a strong track record as an innovative pedagogue who will enhance the School’s research profile and contribute to fulfill its teaching needs. The SCPA will consider applicants from a variety of fields related to policy studies. Expertise and recognized scholarship with a focus on one or a combination of the following areas of study will be regarded as an asset: social economy, social innovation, community development and advocacy, critical political economy, state-community relations, environmental responsibility. The successful candidate will teach in the undergraduate Major in Community, Public Affairs and Policy Studies and in the graduate program in Community Economic Development

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. Commensurate with their rank, candidates will be assessed on their demonstrated potential to attract diverse students and collaborators to Concordia University, conduct internationally recognized research, secure research funds, as well as teach and drive curricular development within their respective area.

Qualifications and assets

The successful candidate holds a PhD in a relevant discipline and has demonstrated leadership abilities, ideally with previous experience heading an academic program or chairing a department in a university setting. The next principal of the School is committed to addressing issues of equity, diversity and inclusion, and has experience working with a diversity of urban and/or rural communities in their efforts to improve their livelihoods. The ideal candidate is willing to take an active part in university life and in the broader community through engagement in outreach activities and ideally can communicate effectively in both English and French.

How to apply

Applications should be addressed to: Dr. Daniel Salée, Interim Principal, School of Community and Public Affairs at: and must include a cover letter clearly identifying the title and position code 20_T_SCPA_M, a detailed curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, and the names and contact information of three referees. Electronic applications should be submitted by January 15, 2021 but will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. The appointment is expected to commence on August 1, 2021.

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 background, as well as lived and 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

Concordia University recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research and will take them into careful consideration in assessing applications and throughout the selection process.

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.

Adaptive measures

Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at or by phone at 514-848-2424, extension 4323.

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