TT Environment Humanities job at York University, Canada

The Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in Environmental Humanities at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2022. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

The Humanities major brings interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives to questions of historical and contemporary significance. It is seeking an appointment in Environmental Humanities to address a primary cultural, intellectual and environmental challenge facing the contemporary world. Humanistic perspectives on environmental issues are fundamental to reframing our relationships and responsibilities to the natural world in this time of rapid change. The deepening present environmental and social crises are entangled with the ways in which diverse human cultures have made themselves at home in the natural world. The radical alterations of the world in which we live as a result of climate change and other anthropogenic factors require us to rethink many of the concepts and practices that have been central to the understandings and aspirations of (post)colonial cultures. The perspectives of land-based cultures, such as local and global Indigenous peoples, may provide some alternative models for relationships between humans, other life forms, and the land itself.

The Department of Humanities is seeking highly qualified candidates with a PhD or PhD by July 1, 2022 in Environmental Humanities or a related degree; Humanities-based methods should be centred in the candidate’s research. We are interested in candidates whose work critically engages current environmental issues from perspectives that complement and extend existing faculty strengths including interdisciplinary animal studies, Indigenous studies, equity studies, history of science and technology, philosophies of nature and the anthropocene, as well as digital and acoustic culture. Candidates should be able to teach across disciplines and across cultural and medial forms.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded research at the highest level.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence or promise of research excellence of a recognized international calibre as demonstrated in: the research statement; a record of publications (or forthcoming publications) with significant journals in the field; presentations at major conferences; awards and accolades; and strong recommendations from referees of high standing.

The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision, as well as undergraduate teaching, and the successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching will be provided by: the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference.

York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Professor David Cecchetto, Chair of the Search Committee at (Subject: Environmental Humanities).

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities, can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at:

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is February 15, 2022.

Application, including a cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, and a statement of research and teaching interests, may be uploaded to beginning on December 21, 2021. Letters of reference and a teaching dossier and/or selected evaluations will only be requested from those candidates moving forward in the hiring process.

Questions may be directed to Professor Elicia Clements, Chair of the Department of Humanities, at (Subject: Environmental Humanities).