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Assistant Professor, Black Canadian Literature, Department of English, Faculty of Arts

Job ID: 22628
Location: Main Campus
Updated June 21, 2021

This job posting is no longer active.

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.

Position Description

The Department of English in the Faculty of Arts is seeking applicants for a tenure-track appointment in Black Canadian Literature at the rank of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021. 

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in English or a closely related discipline with a specialization in Black Canadian Literature. Candidates who are near completion of their program will be considered; however, preference will be given to a candidate with a completed degree. The successful applicant will be expected to establish and/or maintain an active research program with the ability to secure external research funding; produce high impact research and scholarship in the area of specialization; teach graduate and undergraduate courses, and supervise graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of English; and engage in meaningful service activities within the department, faculty, university and community.
Applicants must provide evidence of a record of excellence in:

  • Research that centers Black Canadian literature 
  • Teaching and student mentorship

Excellence will be demonstrated in research through such measures as peer-reviewed publications and a track-record of (or potential for) successful grant applications. Evidence of excellent teaching can be demonstrated through course development, teaching effectiveness and pedagogical innovation, and measures used to create an inclusive learning environment.

The Department of English is a research-intensive department with high standards in teaching. We value interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to research and training, and strongly encourage collaboration. Our department has thriving MA and PhD programs, and significant expertise and recognized strengths in Canadian and global English literature, creative writing, new media and digital humanities, popular genre fiction, among other areas including traditional anglophone and historical literary studies. For more information about the Department of English, please visit

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online via the 'Apply Now' link. Equity seeking candidates are invited to self-identify. Please be aware that the application allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents):

  • A letter of interest that details how you meet the requirements of the position
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • No more than two samples of scholarly publication
  • A statement of teaching philosophy and a teaching dossier (which must, at minimum, include two sample syllabi and summaries of the quantitative and qualitative results of two sets of course evaluations, if available)
  • An EDI statement identifying the applicant’s contributions or potential contributions to advancing a culture of equity and inclusion and ability to work with a culturally diverse and international student body
  • Names and contact information for three referees

For questions about the posting, please direct your inquiries to:

Greta Heathcote
Manager, Department Operations
University of Calgary
Faculty of Arts
[email protected] 

Dr. Suzette Mayr
Chair, Search Committee
Associate Head, Department of English 
University of Calgary
Faculty of Arts
[email protected] 

The selection committee will begin reviewing applications on May 16th, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Interviews will be virtual. 

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
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