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Osgoode Hall Law School

York University

Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Canada’s largest English-language law school, is committed to setting the standard for excellence in legal education and legal scholarship. In the coming year, Osgoode expects to make two faculty appointments (one to be designated at the rank of Assistant Professor and one open as to rank) that will further enrich the faculty’s strong and innovative teaching and research program, as well as its diversity. Subject to final budgetary and Osgoode Faculty Council approval, this appointment will be effective July 1, 2014.

In making these appointments, Osgoode Hall Law School wishes to sustain its commitment to a broad and innovative curriculum that responds to the changes in Canada’s social, economic, political, and intellectual environments and to enhance its long-standing involvement in interdisciplinary and theoretical teaching and scholarship. The Law School also encourages applicants with diverse methodological approaches to law, including both quantitative and qualitative approaches. To these ends, the Law School will consider all individuals with exceptional records of academic accomplishment in the following areas of priority:

(1) Indigenous Scholar – Osgoode is committed to deepening its institutional leadership on indigenous legal issues and education by seeking indigenous scholars with strong academic records and a demonstrated commitment to legal teaching and research. In addition to continuing its scholarly engagement with indigenous legal issues, the Law School hopes to engage further with indigenous communities and other schools and also improve the student experience by creating a supportive learning environment for indigenous students.

2) Quantitative Methods and Empirical Legal Scholarship – Osgoode would like to appoint a member of faculty with expertise in all kinds of empirical research, both quantitative and qualitative, including but not limited to law & economics. This priority area reflects the related but distinct recruitment needs in quantitative methods and empirical legal scholarship.

(3) Private Law – Applications are encouraged from candidates who approach their private-law specialty or specialties, as well as private law as a whole, from a wide range of theoretical frameworks.

(4) Environmental Justice and Sustainability – Osgoode wishes to build upon its existing strength in environmental law by hiring a faculty member who addresses the intersections among ecology, law, justice, social equity, business and sustainable development (examples might range from toxic torts to green energy). We also plan to enhance the experiential dimension of the environmental law curriculum and welcome candidates with interests in this area.

(5) Special Distinction – The category of “Special Distinction” refers to “candidates who are nationally recognized as one of the top scholars in their selected field(s),” where the field or fields need not be one of the above-listed priorities.

Osgoode Hall Law School is committed to equality and diversity. The Law School has an Employment Equity Plan, which aims to ensure that our faculty is reflective of the four designated societal groups identified in the federal Employment Equity Act: women, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities. The Law School welcomes applications from members of these groups and encourages candidates to self-identify in their initial applications (e.g. in cover letters). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with HRSDC regulations, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Interested individuals should send an application with a cover letter identifying their areas of specialization and areas of interest in research and teaching, together with a detailed research plan, curriculum vitae, copies of law and graduate transcripts, copies of sample publications, a teaching dossier, and three signed confidential letters of academic reference to be received as soon as possible, and in any event no later than Friday, September 27, 2013 to: Amanda Wassermuhl, Secretary of the Faculty Recruitment Committee, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3, e-mail:facultyrecruitment@osgoode.yorku.ca. Please note that electronic applications are strongly preferred, and hard copies will not be returned.

The teaching dossier should be no more than 15-20 pages and should include a statement of teaching philosophy, an account of teaching experiences and related responsibilities (list of courses taught/course outlines; examples of print and digital teaching materials and how they are used), a summary of commitment to professional development (participation in teaching workshops; supervision of masters and doctoral students; mentoring new faculty), and evidence of teaching effectiveness (student evaluations; student letters of support; teaching awards).

Applicants who currently hold faculty positions are invited to contact Professor Allan Hutchinson, Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee at hutch@yorku.ca (416) 736-5048 or Lorne Sossin, Dean at lawdean@osgoode.yorku.ca (416) 736-5199.