Tenure Track Position in Anti-Black Racism, Black/African Diaspora, and Practice w/Black Populations/Communities

FCS, Social Work

Posted: November 30, 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 Social Work in the Faculty of Community Services [FCS] at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2024, subject to final budgetary approval.  

The School of Social Work acknowledges the contributions, lived experiences and remarkable resilience of Indigenous and Black-identified peoples who continue to seek liberation within the colonial project of Canada. We strive to be a leader in critical social work education, research, and practice that works against anti-Black racism and anti-Indigenous racism and advances anti-oppression, anti-racism, anti-colonialism/decolonization, feminism, anti-capitalism, queer and trans liberation struggles, issues in disability and madness, among other social justice struggles. 

Toronto is home to dynamic African Canadian, African, Caribbean, and African American communities. We believe that increased representation of and by these communities will positively contribute to our University and student body. TMU’s Anti-Black Racism Campus Climate Review recommendations have been established to address historical imbalances in Black faculty, student, and staff representation at TMU and the Presidential Implementation Committee to Confront Anti-Black Racism (PICCABR) is working to create an action plan to implement these recommendations. The School of Social Work recognizes the importance of contributing to these efforts and strongly encourages applications from scholars who identify as Black and who focus on Black scholarship and anti-Black racism. 

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, scholarly research or creative activity and service duties while maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. Responsibilities will include teaching and contributing scholarship addressing resistance to anti-Black racism and social work practice with Black populations and communities; assisting in the review and development of new courses; enhancing relationships with Black-centred communities and agencies; and engaging in collegial service that contributes to the continuing success of the School of Social Work, the Faculty and the University.

Candidates must have an earned doctorate degree or be close to completion (within two years of employment start date), with at least one degree being in social work degree (MSW and/or BSW). Candidates must demonstrate:

  • social work practice experience; 
  • evidence of an emerging program of research; 
  • high-quality teaching; and,
  • a commitment to the following: community engagement; collegial work environment; making learning accessible, inclusive and equitable for a diverse student population; field education and practice; and service that enhances the collegial governance of the School. 

Candidates’ scholarship should focus on addressing anti-Black racism, African/Black Diaspora, and/or social work practice with Black populations and communities. Familiarity with online/hybrid learning and teaching is an asset.

We are particularly interested in scholars with lived experience and whose research addresses anti-Black racism, Blackness, and social work practice with Black populations/communities broadly as well as intersectional areas including, but not limited to health equity; education equity; aging; racing and gendering queer and trans liberation; Black resistance and social movements; Critical (Dis)ability in Black communities; Misogynoir and mental health; Black children and child welfare; field education and experiential learning, etc. 

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 Toronto Metropolitan Faculty Association (TFA) [www.tfanet.ca]. Visit us at www.torontomu.ca/faculty-affairs to view the TFA collective agreement and a  summary of benefits [https://www.torontomu.ca/human-resources/working-at-tmu/].

Toronto Metropolitan University 

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 focused 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.  

School of Social Work 

The TMU School of Social Work prides itself both on the quality of its teaching and the breadth and excellence of its research. Currently, the School offers a four-year BSW program, advanced standing BSW programs to students with prior education and experience, a BSW program for Indigenous students offered in collaboration with First Nations Technical Institute, and a Master of Social Work program. The School is located within the Faculty of Community Services, which offers a range of programs that provide rich opportunities for collaborative and international initiatives in teaching and research.  

Working at Toronto Metropolitan University

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 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 rank number one on the Forbes list of Canada’s Best Employers for Diversity. 

We invite you to explore the range of benefits and supports available to faculty, including access to our diverse faculty and staff networks

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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 [https://hr.cf.torontomu.ca/ams/faculty/] by clicking on “Start Application Process” to begin. Please note that applications by fax or email will not be accepted. To ensure full consideration, candidates must apply by January 30, 2024; however, late applications may be considered until the position is filled.  

The application must contain the following:  

  • a letter of application describing their teaching, community engagements and research interests, discussing how, and in what area(s), they will contribute to the ongoing success of the school  
  • a detailed curriculum vitae;  
  • two recent writing samples; 
  • results of teaching evaluations or equivalent evidence such as a teaching dossier; 
  • names and contact information for three 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 Dr. Esther Ignagni, Acting Director of the School of Social Work and Chair of the Department Hiring Committee, by email at eignagni@torontomu.ca prior to the closing date.

Candidates who belong to one or more of the equity-deserving groups recognized at TMU are welcome to connect with Ahmed Ahmed [a.ahmed@torontomu.ca], Interim Executive Director, Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion [www.torontomu.ca/equity].  

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 vpfa@torontomu.ca

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