Academic Openings at the Faculty of Social Science

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Academic Openings in Social Science

Faculty Position (Open Rank) – Director of Indigenous Studies

Expressions of interest and applications are invited for the position of Director of the Indigenous Studies (IS) Program in the Faculty of Social Science at Western University. The IS Program at Western University was established in 2003. With degree offerings of minor, major and honours specialization, IS is an interdisciplinary program of study that examines the history, culture, languages and modern-day realities of Indigenous Peoples and communities on Turtle Island and around the world. Program curriculum emphasizes theories, concepts and methodologies related to legacies of colonialism, Indigenous Knowledge, resurgence and decolonization.

We seek an Indigenous leader who has demonstrated experience in Indigenous research and teaching, and whose leadership encompasses both academic and Indigenous community contexts. The Director will enliven, inspire and further grow the base of Indigenous scholarship in the Indigenous Studies Program, while working reciprocally and respectfully with colleagues and students across campus, and Indigenous Peoples, communities and organizations in local, national and international contexts.

The Search Committee is open to an appointment at any rank. The anticipated start date will be July 1, 2022, or as negotiated. As part of Western’s commitment to respond to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the hiring process for this position will be limited to Indigenous applicants as outlined in Section 14 of the Ontario Human Rights Code. Candidates must self-identify in their cover letter. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


One-year Postdoctoral Associate in Climate Change, Sustainable Livelihoods and Health

The Western Centre for Climate Change, Sustainable Livelihoods and Health (WeCLISH) is a new research Centre at Western University that seeks to consolidate and lead research aimed at i) generating climate change knowledge to improve resource governance; ii) working with local partners on climate change impacts and responses; and iii) generating research for large scale projects relating to climate change, sustainable food systems, and health.

Potential applicants should have a PhD in any discipline with dissertation related to climate change science, adaptation, sustainable livelihoods and related processes. Applicants must fulfil or have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD between July 1, 2019 and July 1, 2022 (inclusively). Application deadline is December 31, 2021. Review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is found.


Lecturer (Limited-Term) in Accounting - DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies

Applications are invited for a Limited-Term full-time appointment for a period of two years (negotiable and renewable) at the rank of Lecturer in the area of Accounting. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2022, although the start date can be negotiated.

Candidates for these positions must have a CPA designation and be prepared to teach to the standards required by an accredited program. Completion of a graduate degree, or current enrollment in a graduate degree program in a related area is preferred. Applicants must possess a strong record of excellence in teaching ability, or evidence of potential in this area. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate the ability to teach a broad cross-section of undergraduate courses in Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, and/or Taxation.

Lecturer or Assistant Professor (Limited-Term) in Commercial Aviation Management - DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies

Applications are invited for a Limited-Term full-time appointment for a period of two years (negotiable and renewable) at the rank of Lecturer or Assistant Professor in the area of Commercial and Aviation Management. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2022, although the start date can be negotiated.

Candidates for this position must have relevant skills, qualifications and expertise, including relevant recent teaching experience. Applicants must possess a record of excellence in teaching ability, and be able to assume a program administration role. The successful candidate should demonstrate the ability to teach a broad cross-section of undergraduate courses in Commercial and Aviation Management, and will be expected to engage students in a variety of different classroom settings with varying class sizes, and coordinate the delivery of the program as a whole.

Limited-Term Vacancies - Department of Economics

Applications are invited for up to two Limited-Term appointments for a period of three years in with a specialization in Development Economics, Econometrics, Financial Economics, Financial Econometrics, Industrial Organization, International Economics, Labor, Macroeconomics, Microeconomic Theory, or Public Economics, in the Department of Economics. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2022, although the start date can be negotiated.

For a limited term appointment, the candidate must have completed a Master’s Degree in Economics, PhD preferred, and demonstrate excellence or clear promise of excellence in teaching, including the ability to successfully teach undergraduate and graduate courses. Preference will be given to candidates who provide evidence of successful teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level such as positive teaching reviews, teaching awards, or development of new academic courses. Candidates must have excellent oral communication, written communication and interpersonal skills.


Assistant Professor (Limited-Term) - Department of Sociology

Applications are invited for a Limited-Term full-time appointment for a period of two years at the rank of Assistant Professor in the one of the areas of Health and the Life Course, Power and Justice, Social Demography and Migration, and Work and the Economy, in the Department of Sociology. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2022, although the start date can be negotiated.

To be considered for this appointment, applicants must have a PhD in Sociology or related discipline completed by the start date of the appointment. It is expected that the successful candidate will effectively demonstrate an ability to contribute to an inclusive learning environment for our students. Candidates should provide evidence of research and teaching excellence and demonstrate the ability to teach effectively at the undergraduate level and have excellent oral and written communication skills. The candidate should demonstrate the ability to collaborate and contribute to the department teaching and service in a collegial manner.



Probationary (tenure-track) Assistant Professor - Department of Anthropology

Applications are invited for a probationary (tenure-track) appointment in the area of Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Science, Western University, at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2022, or as negotiated.

We are seeking an Anthropological Archaeologist with a community-engaged research program who can generate experiential field research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. While the geographic and research focus is open, we seek applicants whose work promotes social justice and the diversification of perspectives in archaeology. Applicants should demonstrate how their work engages with important orientations in contemporary practice. These could include, among others, decolonizing approaches, feminist theory, queer theory, critical race theory, Indigenous ways of knowing, or Indigenous research methods.

Probationary (Tenure-Track) Assistant Professor in Accounting - DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies

Applications are invited for a probationary (tenure-track) appointment in the area of Accounting in the DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies, at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2022, or as negotiated.

Candidates considered for a probationary (tenure-track) appointment must have a superior academic record and a demonstrated record of record of international standard scholarly research and publications in leading refereed journals, and evidence of excellent teaching ability. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a strong research program including publishing in leading journals accounting or big data, successfully competing for research funding, teaching courses in areas such as accounting, taxation, management information systems for accountants and cognate fields, and contributing to ongoing curriculum and program development. Involvement in professional associations, conference organization and track chairing, and service on editorial boards would all be considered recommendations, as would member/chartered/fellow status with a national professional body (e.g. CPA in Canada).


Probationary (Tenure-Track) Assistant Professor in Human Resource Management - DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies

Applications are invited for a probationary (tenure-track) appointment in the area of Human Resource Management in the DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies, at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2022, or as negotiated.

We are interested in receiving applications from candidates researching any aspect of human resource management, whether from a micro (psychological) or macro (sociological) perspective. We would be especially (but not exclusively) interested in candidates with a research interest in or relevant teaching experience related to equity, diversity and inclusion. Candidates must have a PhD in Human Resource Management, Occupational/Industrial Psychology, Organizational Behaviour, Employment and Labour Relations or any Social Science discipline in which the focus of their research program fits any of the topics in the HRM research group. Applicants must possess a strong record of scholarly research and publications in leading refereed journals, and evidence of excellent teaching ability, or evidence of potential in these areas.


Probationary (Tenure-Track) or Tenured Appointment - Department of Economics

Applications are invited for one probationary (tenure-track) appointment in with a specialization in Development Economics, Econometrics, Financial Economics, Financial Econometrics, Industrial Organization, International Economics, Labor, Macroeconomics, Microeconomic Theory, or Public Economics at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2022, although the start date can be negotiated.

For a probationary appointment, the candidate must have completed (or be very close to completion of) a doctoral degree in Economics. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence or clear promise of excellence in research, including ability to publish in the highest quality academic outlets, and in teaching, including the ability to successfully teach undergraduate and graduate courses.

For a tenured appointment, the candidate must have completed a doctoral degree in Economics. The successful candidate must provide evidence of top research and impact through publications in the highest quality academic outlets, and be an internationally recognized expert in his or her field of research evidenced through activities such as journal editorship, invited talks, and grant receipt.


Probationary (Tenure-Track) Assistant Professor - Department of Geography and Environment

Applications are invited for a probationary (tenure-track) appointment in the area of Urban Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment, at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2023, or as negotiated.

We seek a Geographer with expertise in sustainable urban development and/or resilient cities whose research program on urban environments recognizes the importance of cities within the global context. Research themes that address pressing and future development issues of cities and that fit with Departmental research themes such as: smart cities, urban environmental justice, and climate change in cities are encouraged. All applicants to this hiring opportunity must self-identify as a woman. This particular search process follows the provisions for a special program as described in Section 14 of the Ontario Human Rights Commission in order to address underrepresentation among our faculty complement.


Probationary (Tenure-Track) Assistant Professor - Departments of Geography and Environment, and Biology

Applications are invited for a probationary (tenure-track) appointment in the area of Global Environmental Change: Land Surface and Biosphere Modeling in the Departments of Geography and Environment and Biology, at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2022, or as negotiated.

We seek applicants whose research engages in earth surface environmental change in the ‘Anthropocene’ using the tools of land surface and earth system models and remote sensing to monitor, model and evaluate land cover change in relation to terrestrial biosphere, hydrosphere and biogeochemical systems. The ideal candidate will focus on ecosystem change, especially as  it relates to vegetation dynamics and the global carbon cycle in response to climate change. The successful applicant will strengthen existing areas of research in both Departments and collaborate in interdisciplinary teams to address significant real-world problems.


Probationary (tenure-track) Assistant Professor - Department of History

The Department of History, The University of Western Ontario (Western) invites applications for a full-time probationary (tenure-track) faculty position in the area of Africa at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2022, or as negotiated.

We seek applicants whose research explores the History of Africa (Time Period Open and Specialization Open). Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in a related field, or be very close to completion. The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of a strong research record in any area of Africa, with a preference for research that complements the strengths of the Department. Historical training is required, and we prefer candidates whose scholarship uses African language sources.


Probationary (Tenure-Track) or Tenured Appointment - Department of Political Science

Applications are invited for a full-time Probationary (tenure-track) appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor or a Tenured appointment at the rank of Associate or Professor. Rank to be determined based on qualifications and experience. The search will add to our strengths in the quantitative study of Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, or International Relations and have a starting date of July 1, 2022.

We seek outstanding individuals with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and service. Candidates should be capable of publishing in highly respected peer-reviewed outlets, supervising graduate student research, teaching graduate and undergraduate students, and securing external research grants. The ability to teach quantitative methods at the undergraduate or graduate level would be considered an asset, as would contributing to our strengths in political behaviour.


Probationary (Tenure-Track) Assistant Professor - Department of Psychology

Applications are invited for a probationary (tenure-track) appointment in the area of Clinical Psychology, focusing on psychological intervention science in the Department of Psychology, at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2022, or as negotiated. We will consider exceptional candidates at the rank of Associate Professor.

The successful candidate will have an active research program on the mechanisms, translation, and implementation of psychological interventions that speak to the etiology and maintenance of psychopathology. Candidates with research experience with young adults and/or substance use disorders are preferred. A Ph.D. in psychology with a background in clinical science is required. The successful candidate must have an outstanding record of publishing rigorous and high-quality research, evidence of potential to obtain external research funding, and clear potential for excellence in supervision of undergraduate and/or graduate students. Finally, successful candidates will be expected to become registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario as part of their involvement in the clinic and in Clinical Psychology graduate training.


Canada Research Chair Positions

Western University in invites applications for Canada Research Chairs (CRC) in the research disciplines related to the mandates of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Western recognizes that our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is central to the University’s mandate as a research-intensive institution of higher learning and a community leader and understands that our pursuit of research excellence and our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion are mutually supporting. As such, Western is committed to achieving and maintaining an equitable representation amongst our Canada Research Chair holders, as well as within Western’s broader research enterprise.

It is anticipated that up to 10 candidates will be selected for Tier 1 and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair positions: up to 3 candidates will be selected for CIHR chairs at a combination of Tier 1 and Tier 2 levels, with a preferred focus around bio-informatics, synthetic biology, translational research, equity, mobility and/or digital e-health; up to 5 candidates will be selected for NSERC chairs at the Tier 2 level, with a preferred focus around AI, data analytics, communications technology, advanced manufacturing, energy and/or climate change, sustainability and resilience; and up to 2 candidates will be selected for SSHRC chairs at the Tier 2 level, with a preferred focus around big data/AI, race and racism, health and equity,child and youth, and/or resilience and recovery. Successful candidates will be required to submit a CRC nomination by a date to be determined. External applicants will be considered for a full-time academic appointment at a rank and appointment type commensurate with qualifications and experience in the appropriate academic unit; such an appointment may be conditional upon the successful award of the CRC to the candidate.