Osgoode Hall Law School
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 one faculty appointment 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, 2013.
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. Appointment rank (assistant professor to full professor) is open. To these ends, the Law School will consider all individuals with exceptional records of academic accomplishment in the following areas of priority:
(1) Dispute Resolution – This recruitment priority includes Legal Process, Civil Procedure, Alternative Dispute Resolution, the Administration of Justice and Legal Ethics. We are seeking candidates whose focus is the critical interrogation of a range of mechanisms to address and resolve disputes, as well as innovative and interrogative pedagogy at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
(2) 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 general theoretical framework such as law and economics, critical legal studies and / or feminist legal studies.
(3) Environmental Law – Osgoode has traditionally been a leader in environmental law studies, including through the pioneering joint Juris Doctor / Master in Environmental Studies degree established in 1974. We are seeking candidates who will further strengthen the JD/MES and interdisciplinary research in this field, and whose own research is on one or more of the great global challenges, such as climate change, water scarcity, food systems challenges, and oceanic fisheries collapse.
(4) 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 28, 2012 to: Michelle Berman, Secretary of the Faculty Recruitment Committee, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Paul Emond, Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee at email@example.com (416) 736-5549 or Lorne Sossin, Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org (416) 736-5199.