Indigenous Tenure Track Position in Child and Youth Care Practice

FCS, Child and Youth Care

Posted: February 23, 2023
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 School of Child and Youth Care in the Faculty of Community Services at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the areas of Child and Youth Care Practice. The appointment shall be effective July 1, 2023, subject to final budgetary approval. 

We welcome and strongly encourage applicants who self identify as First-Nations, Métis, Inuit peoples or Indigenous peoples to apply. 

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, scholarly research and/or creative activity (SRC) and service duties while maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. Teaching duties will entail teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, supervision of students and/or curriculum development. The successful candidate will further pursue a strong, innovative research program and/or creative activity that may in part be demonstrated through Indigenous community-based/community-engaged SRC, Indigenous-specific creative projects, and the dissemination of SRC through mechanisms that include writing for Indigenous audiences, Indigenous peer review processes and recognition of Indigenous protocols when presenting research findings (Indigenous feasts, newsletters, oral presentations, and reports to the Indigenous community) that recognize the ethics of and responsibilities to collaborate with Indigenous communities. Service to external bodies may also include participation in or service to Indigenous organizations that might not be considered learned societies and/or professional associations.

Candidates must hold an earned Ph. D in Child and Youth Care or a closely related field by the appointment date or alternatively, be very close to completion of a Ph.D

In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of: 

  • A strong emerging scholarly, research and creative activity in the field of Child and Youth Care, that is conducted by, grounded in or engaged with First Nations, Inuit, Métis or other Indigenous nations, communities, societies or individuals, and their wisdom, cultures, experiences or knowledge systems, as expressed in their dynamic forms, past and present. Indigenous research can embrace the intellectual, physical, emotional and/or spiritual dimensions of knowledge in creative and interconnected relationships with people, places, and the natural environment. 
  • Demonstrated potential for teaching excellence at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum, as evidenced by a teaching dossier that includes 
    • a teaching philosophy statement
    • demonstrated experience with course and curriculum review and/or development
    • examples of best practices in pedagogy, including effective use of classroom technology  
    • demonstrated experience with experiential learning, sample syllabi, strong teaching evaluations, teaching awards, and other relevant achievements in teaching
  • Commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research and/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 School of Child and Youth Care and the University through collegial service.  

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. 


We welcome applications from individuals 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. We believe that diversity of knowledge, worldviews and experiences that come from membership in different groups, is fundamental to innovation, teaching and scholarship and that our students are best served by faculty who reflect their diversity. We, therefore, strongly encourage applications from individuals who, in addition to identifying as First Nations, Métis or Inuit peoples, or Indigenous peoples of North America, also identify as Black or other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Toronto Metropolitan Faculty Association (TFA) ( The TFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of TFA 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. 


The School of Child and Youth Care

The School of Child & Youth Care in the Faculty of Community Services focuses on teaching emerging child and youth care practitioners and emerging scholars in the field of child and youth care. The curriculum is practice-oriented and focused on relational practice in child and youth care settings such as group homes, foster care, the community, hospitals and schools, with a very strong focus on the experiences of Black Youth, Indigenous youth, young people identifying as 2SLGBTQ+, and young people with disabilities in systems such as child welfare, child & youth mental health, education, health care and community-based services. Pedagogically, the curriculum draws on professional practice experience in the role of child and youth care practitioner on the part of instructors and faculty members. The School offers undergraduate and graduate (Master’s) programs. Our faculty prides itself on the excellence of its research and on the quality of its teaching. We are interested in candidates that will contribute to our existing research and teaching strengths by bringing innovative and diverse perspectives and experiences to the work.


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, 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 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. In addition, Indigenous faculty who are in pursuit of their terminal degree and are hired as Acting Assistant Professors will have access to tuition reimbursement for the duration of their appointment as Acting Assistant Professors, subject to the applicable Collective Agreement provisions, policies and procedures. 

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Toronto Metropolitan University 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.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal by clicking on “Start Application Process” to begin. Applications, consisting of the following, must be received by April 30, 2024

  • a letter of application
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a statement of research interests
  • a teaching dossier and results of teaching evaluations 
  • 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 Departmental Hiring Committee Chair Dr. Julie James, Director and Associate Professor, at

Candidates who belong to one or more of the equity-deserving groups recognized at TMU (women, racialized people, First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Peoples, persons with disabilities and 2SLGBTQ+ people) are welcome to connect with Debbie Thompson (, Executive Director, Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion []

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Toronto Metropolitan University are welcome to contact Hayden King (, Advisor to the Dean of Arts, Indigenous Education. They may also contact James Mckay, TMU’s Indigenous Human Resources Lead (

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