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Sociology Assistant Professor (Critical Studies)

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Job Title Sociology Assistant Professor (Critical Studies)
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We are one of Canada’s top universities and leading research institutions. With more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, two campuses (Lethbridge and Calgary), seven faculties and schools, and more than 2,500 employees, ULethbridge is Lethbridge’s second largest employer. Faculty and staff come together to contribute, each in their own way, to establishing ULethbridge as Canada’s destination university. In 2022, Lethbridge was recognized as one of Canada’s top small cities.
Rank Assistant Professor
Tenure Information Tenure Track
Position Details
The Department of Sociology invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. The appointment will commence January 1, 2024 or July 1, 2024, subject to budgetary approval.

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Sociology or related field and have relevant teaching and research experience. We are seeking a candidate who can engage and inspire undergraduate and graduate students in their academic work, and who will show initiative in contributing to the department’s programs, scholarship, and curriculum development. A demonstrated ability to provide expertise, support, and advice on inclusive curriculum and pedagogy are encouraged. We welcome applications from scholars whose research and teaching critically interrogates power, inequalities, and settler colonialism. We seek candidates with research interests and teaching experience in Indigenous ways of knowing, Black studies, critical disability studies, and/or critical health studies. The successful applicant will be expected to teach existing courses offered by the Department, while also developing new courses that extend the department’s curriculum in new directions. The ability to establish an active, externally funded research program is also an important criterion for all applicants. We encourage applications from equity deserving groups that have historically been underrepresented in academia, including Indigenous, Black, and racialized scholars, disabled scholars, 2SLGBTQ+ scholars, scholars from working class backgrounds, and women scholars.

Hiring salary will be in the range of $78,000-$92,000 per year, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Our Team:
Our department is committed to contributing to the anti-racist and anti-colonial work being undertaken in the Department of Sociology, the University of Lethbridge, and in the community more broadly. The Department of Sociology offers a B.A. and M.A. in Sociology. Faculty members may also supervise M.A. or Ph.D. students in the interdisciplinary Cultural, Social, and Political Thought (CSPT) program.

Our University:
The University of Lethbridge (uLethbridge) is a comprehensive and research-intensive university founded on the principles of liberal education where inspired scholars integrate research and creative activity with teaching. Our University’s Blackfoot name is Iniskim, meaning Sacred Buffalo Stone. Founded in 1967 on traditional Blackfoot land, it is a place where student engagement in learning, creative activities, and research takes place every day. With campuses in Lethbridge and Calgary, uLethbridge offers more than 150 undergraduate and 60 graduate programs in the faculties of Arts & Science, Education, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, the Schools of Liberal Education and Graduate Studies, and the Dhillon School of Business, to more than 8,500 students.

Our Values:
The University of Lethbridge recognizes that diversity enriches our campus and our community and is fundamental to excellence in teaching, learning, and research. The university as a whole embraces equity as a core value to be truly inclusive of the communities of which we are a part, and this requires ongoing intentional and systemic action. Through recruitment and support of individuals who further enhance our diversity, the University strives to create a diverse and inclusive community where students, faculty and staff feel welcome, are treated equitably, and can thrive.

Our commitment as an institution to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging is about creating safe and inclusive spaces for all experiences, stories and identities. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) are key strategic priorities for the University of Lethbridge. It is important that all members of the University community feel a true sense of belonging. Additionally, as a signatory to the Scarborough Charter, we have committed to eliminating anti-Black racism and to advance Black inclusion in Canada’s post-secondary sector. We are committed to responding to the 94 calls for Truth and Reconciliation, and as the first post-secondary signatory of the Buffalo Treaty, we take our responsibilities in education and research (Articles V and VI respectively) very seriously. To further these values, commitments, and strategic priorities of the University of Lethbridge, preference will be given to Indigenous and Black candidates who have established connections with Indigenous and Black ways of knowing, students, and communities. We ask applicants to self-identify in their applications.

Our City:
Living and benefiting from Blackfoot Confederacy’s traditional territory, Iniskim (uLethbridge) is direct neighbours with Kainai Nation, the largest reservation in Canada. We acknowledge and deeply appreciate the Siksikaitsitapi peoples’ connection to their traditional territory and honour the traditions of people who have cared for this land since time immemorial. Home to more than 100,000 people, Lethbridge is a place where ideas grow. It is a culturally vibrant city with a flourishing arts scene and active social calendar. We boast stunning scenery, four distinct seasons, spectacular sunrises and glowing sunsets that illuminate Alberta’s big sky. Lethbridge is only two hours from Calgary’s International Airport and a short drive to both Waterton Lakes National Park and the United States border.

Our Application Process:
All applications must be submitted online, and should include a letter of application, a curriculum-vitae, a statement of research interests, and a teaching dossier (which should include a statement of teaching interests, a teaching philosophy, and a sample classroom assignment). References are not required at this stage; however, short-listed applicants will be asked to provide three references. Academic and community-based references are welcome, and a minimum of two of the three references must be academic. For details on how to submit your application, please visit our Human Resources website at and choose this position under the Academic postings option.

Review of applications will begin on July 17, 2023 and will continue until an applicant is selected for the position.

Our Contact Information:
For enquiries about the position, please contact Tom Perks, Chair, Department of Sociology, Tel: (403) 329-2450, Email:
Faculty Faculty of Arts & Science
Campus Lethbridge
Posting Detail Information

Open Date 05/18/2023
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Desired Start Date 01/01/2024
Position End Date (if temporary)
Special Instructions to Applicants
Employment Equity
The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.

The University of Lethbridge invites applications from all qualified candidates; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given preference.

The University of Lethbridge is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, including through all aspects of the hiring process. If you require support during the hiring process, please contact Human Resources at so that accommodations can be put in place to support you. All private information received in relation to your request for support will be kept confidential, only information required to facilitate the accommodation will be shared with the selection committee.

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application
  3. Statement of Research Interest
  4. Portfolio of Teaching
Optional Documents
  1. Additional Documents

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