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Assistant Professor in Law and Society, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts

Job ID: 21979

Updated: January 4, 2021

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The Faculty of Arts, Department of Sociology invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position specializing in socio-legal studies. Hosted in the Department of Sociology, the position is part of the Law and Society undergraduate program. The research speciality is open.We especially encourage applicants who employ perspectives of critical legal studies to analyzing the law or legal topics. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021. 

The Department of Sociology is a research-intensive department with high standards in teaching. We offer undergraduate, MA and PhD degrees in Sociology and an undergraduate degree in Law and Society. The Law and Society Program has over 600 undergraduate majors and offers 8 core courses in an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree. Applicants may find out more about the program at

We value transdisciplinary approaches to research and training, and strongly encourage collaboration both within the academy and with community partners. For more information about the Department of Sociology, please visit:

The successful candidate will establish and maintain an active research program in socio-legal studies or critical legal studies, teach undergraduate courses in the Law and Society program (and potentially in the Sociology graduate program), engage in graduate supervision in Sociology, participate in the affairs of the department and Faculty of Arts, and engage with the wider community. 

The position requires a PhD in an area closely related to the interdisciplinary framework of the Law and Society program, which may include legal studies, history, sociology, political science, or law. All But Dissertation (ABD) applicants will be considered if the candidate is close to completion. 

The candidate should also demonstrate a capacity for successfully securing research grants. Evidence of excellence in teaching should be demonstrated via a teaching dossier (see below). Applicants should also identify potential Law and Society courses that they could teach. Candidates who have experience in advancing projects with Indigenous communities are encouraged to apply. 

All applications must be received by March 5, 2021.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the 'Apply Now' link. Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents):

  • Letter of interest detailing why you meet the requirements of the position
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A teaching dossier including evidence of teaching experience, a summary of the candidate’s approach to student mentorship and graduate supervision, teaching evaluations if available, and two sample syllabi. 
  • A statement of research interests
  • A separate one-page statement identifying the applicant’s contributions, or potential contributions, to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) along with their ability to work with a culturally diverse and international student body
  • Two samples of scholarly work
  • Names and contact information for three referees, along with the written permission of the applicant for the Chair of the Selection Committee to contact the referees for letters of reference which will be shared with the members of the hiring committee.

These materials should be addressed to:

Dr. Fiona Nelson, Department Head
Department of Sociology
Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Questions regarding this opportunity should be addressed to Kate Williams by email ([email protected])


The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
The University of Calgary is engaged in a consultative process with knowledge keepers, Elders, and leaders of the Treaty #7 peoples, the Métis Nation, academics and university administrators. This ongoing process has resulted in the development of an Indigenous Strategy, ii' taa'poh'to'p - Together in a Good Way,  intended to guide the university's relationship with the Indigenous peoples in whose territory the university resides.  

The University of Calgary is situated on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First nations, including Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nation. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 


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