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Feb 23, 2021
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Migration and Democracy in a Settler-Colonial Context

Arts, Sociology

Posted: February 5, 2021

Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Migration and Democracy in a Settler-Colonial Context 

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 Department of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts at invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Migration and Democracy in a Settler-Colonial Context. Upon successful nomination to the CRC program, the candidate will be appointed to a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, effective July 1, 2022, subject to final budgetary approval. 

In collaboration with Ryerson University, the successful candidate will develop the CRC nomination for the October 19, 2021 deadline. The CRC appointment is tenable for five years and renewable once. All nominations are subject to review and final approval by the CRC Secretariat. Further details on the CRC eligibility criteria can be found . 

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of research, teaching and service duties, and maintain an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. The incumbent will be expected to develop and maintain a strong, independent, externally funded research program that will be internationally recognized in five to ten years, and will include the mentorship and support of students and colleagues. The incumbent will also teach undergraduate and graduate courses and engage in collegial service.

The CRC in Migration and Democracy in a Settler-Colonial Context would build on existing areas of strength in migration, democracy and Indigenous Studies in the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of Arts. The incumbent will be strongly encouraged to explore collaboration with the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration, the Jarislowsky Democracy Chair and the CRC in Biskaabiiyang and Indigenous Political Resurgence, as well as the Yellowhead Institute, the Masters’ Program in Immigration and Settlement, and the Democratic Engagement Exchange in the Faculty of Arts. The successful candidate will develop innovative research on migration in relation to settler colonialism and relevant concepts and practices of democratic governance.

The CRC will play a leading role in overcoming the conceptual barriers and separations in communities of practice that have tended to isolate studies of migration from those of settler colonial governance and democracy in the Canadian state and/or in other settler colonial contexts. The CRC will build on existing resources in knowledge production and community-engaged research around settler colonialism, migration, and democracy in the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of Arts to create new partnerships and enhance collaborative work towards an integrative framing through a critical equity lens. The goal will be to produce leading, cutting edge scholarly research and to contribute to community knowledge resources developed through models of collaboration and partnership.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Sociology or a terminal degree in a related discipline. Nominees for Tier 2 Chair positions should, at a minimum, be Assistant or Associate Professors, or possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed to these levels. Candidates must also: 

  • be excellent emerging world-class researchers who have demonstrated particular research creativity;
  • have demonstrated the potential to achieve international recognition in their fields in the next five to ten years;
  • as chairholders, have the potential to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers; 
  • propose an original, innovative research program of high quality utilizing diverse and innovative research techniques and methods;
  • demonstrate sound expertise in studies in democracy and migration in a settler-colonial context;
  • have established a strong emerging research profile that demonstrates evidence of impact, such as peer reviewed publications/contributions, authored or edited books, policy papers and other grey publications, as well as demonstrating through blogs or other forms their public engagement;
  • demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain an independent, externally funded research program, including Tri-Council funding, and including participation in research collaborations, group grants and/or ability to attract multi-center grants;
  • have the potential to attract diverse world-class collaborators; 
  • have a record of demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in leadership, teaching and research, including recommended practices of recruiting, mentoring and supporting diverse students and research trainees from underrepresented groups such as women, racialized people, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people, and 2SLGBTQ+ people; 
  • demonstrate an ability to effectively teach students with diverse backgrounds and experiences in courses related to migration and democracy in a settler colonial context in the undergraduate and graduate programs and have the potential to contribute to inclusive and accessible learning, course development and pedagogy; and
  • demonstrate the ability to participate in leadership activities in collegial internal and external service.

The Tier 2 CRC is intended for exceptional emerging scholars, i.e. candidates must have been active researchers in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination. The program is a federally-funded program that seeks to achieve excellence by attracting and retaining the most accomplished and promising researchers. Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process.

All eligible leaves (e.g., maternity, parental, medical, bereavement) are credited at twice the amount of time taken; part-time leaves will be taken into consideration, calculated according to the percentage of leave taken, and credited at twice the amount of time taken; professional leaves (e.g., sabbatical) are not credited, but certain training or administrative leaves may be considered. Other leaves that have had an impact on the nominee’s research career may be taken into account (e.g., mandatory military service, non-research-related positions, unemployment and training unrelated to the research career). This information must be supported by the information contained in the nominee’s CV. Research interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., closures) are recognized as, and may be counted as, an eligible delay (credited at twice the amount of time) beginning March 1, 2020. To follow up on matters of eligibility, please contact Dayle Levine, Manager Institutional Projects, Office of Vice-President, Research and Innovation by sending an email to with "Tier 2 Justification" in the subject line.

Ryerson 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 to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Search committee members have been instructed to give careful consideration to diverse experiences and knowledges, and to be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions in their assessments.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) ().

The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found.

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Department of Sociology

Our Department/School offers undergraduate programs and many faculty members participate in interdisciplinary graduate (Master’s and Doctoral) programs. Our faculty prides itself on the excellence of its research, the quality of its teaching and community engagement. We are interested in candidates who will contribute to our existing strengths in research/creative activity and teaching through academic, professional and diverse lived experiences and perspectives.

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Ryerson 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 (click on “Start Application Process” to begin) by March 30, 2021. Indigenous candidates are encouraged to provide aspects of their lived experience and cultural imperatives in all that they do, such as mindfulness to outcomes in respective communities. The application must contain the following: 

  1. letter of application that includes your interest in the position; what you would bring to the Department and Faculty; the impact on the field of migration and democracy in a settler colonial context that you foresee for your research (your 3-page research statement can elaborate on this); and what makes you a strong candidate overall as a researcher, educator, and community member;
  2. current curriculum vitae providing a clear sense of your scholarly and professional development via your education and your research activities and outcomes; your contributions to making democracy and migration in a settle colonial context a more equitable and inclusive discipline through committee work, community engagement, social media, and advocacy;
  3. research statement discussing the significance, originality, and potential impacts of your current and developing research program (up to 3 pages);
  4. recent examples of research activities and outcomes including, but not limited to: peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed publications, conference presentations, public talks, articles reaching specialist and non-specialist audiences, effective use of social media for research impact and networking;
  5. teaching statement (up to 3 pages) and a dossier of syllabi and other evidence, if available. These must demonstrate how you engage, encourage, and develop the learning capacity of students entering higher education from a diverse array of backgrounds, and how you embed practices and principles of equity, diversity and inclusion in your classroom, your assignments, and your classroom style;
  6. the names and email contact information of three academic referees who know you and your research well; and
  7. statement discussing record of demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

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 Department Hiring Committee (DHC) Chair Dr. Alan Sears at .

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead.

Black identified candidates who wish to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Shurla Charles-Forbes, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at . 

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 Renee Gordon, HR Advisor.