Assistant Professor - Indigenous and Aboriginal Law

Date Posted: 10/07/2021
Closing Date: 11/11/2021, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 17636
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Law
Department: Faculty of Law
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)



The Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto invites applications from outstanding scholars for a full-time tenure stream position in law at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position will commence July 1, 2022, or shortly thereafter. 


We seek candidates with a scholarly focus on Indigenous and Aboriginal Law.  We encourage diverse and interdisciplinary approaches to law, and we invite prospective candidates to peruse faculty profiles to learn about our various research and teaching specialties.


Candidates must hold a J.D. or equivalent degree. Applicants with a doctoral degree are preferred. Applicants must demonstrate excellence in research and teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program. 


Excellence in research is evidenced primarily by a record of publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, significant work in progress, presentations at conferences, academic awards and accolades, and strong letters of reference from referees of high standing. Excellence in teaching may be demonstrated by a record of strong teaching, teaching accomplishments, and the teaching dossier, including a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations, or other evidence of superior performance in teaching-related activities submitted as part of the application, as well as strong endorsements by referees. Other teaching-related activities can include performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, or excellent conference presentations or posters. A record of leading or organizing “learning on the land” and/or of engagement and collaboration with Indigenous communities, organizations, and institutions will be an asset. For those candidates invited for a campus visit, a presentation will be required that will demonstrate the candidate’s excellence in teaching. 


Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous. Recognizing that there are a variety of terms that potential candidates may use to self-identify, the University uses the term “Indigenous” in this search, which forms part of the U of T Response to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to encompass the people of Turtle Island, including those who identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuk (Inuit), Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian people. The Faculty of Law uses Aboriginal Law to refer to law about Indigenous people, and Indigenous Law to refer to the laws of Indigenous people themselves.


The University of Toronto is home to approximately 800 Indigenous students from across Turtle Island. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to research and teaching. The Faculty of Law offers exciting opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching, as well as for working with a diverse student population. The Faculty actively encourages innovative scholarship. The Greater Toronto Area offers great cultural and demographic diversity, including a vibrant Indigenous community.


Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. 


Applications will be accepted electronically until November 11, 2021.


Applications must include a detailed covering letter which identifies the applicant’s areas of interest in research and teaching, as well as a detailed research plan, a current C.V., copies of all law (and graduate, if applicable) transcripts, two sample publications, and a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations, or evidence of superior performance in other teaching-related activities as listed above.


We also require at least three signed letters of reference. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each once an application is submitted (this happens overnight). Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date. A letter of support commenting on Indigenous community engagement will be an asset.


References should be addressed to:

Appointments Committee

University of Toronto Faculty of Law

78 Queen’s Park

Toronto, ON M5S 2C5



Incomplete applications may not be accepted. All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by November 11, 2021.


If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact recruitment.law@utoronto.ca.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.


Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.


The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

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