ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE POSITION - YORK UNIVERSITY - APPLICATION DEADLINE OCTOBER 31, 2011
Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream - Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: Children's Studies, Children's Literature
Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Home Department/Area/Division: Humanities
Chairperson: Professor Patrick Taylor
Position Start Date: July 1, 2012
Children’s Studies, Children’s Literature
Applications are invited for a tenure-stream position, at the rank of Assistant Professor, in Children’s Literature. Preference will be given to candidates with a PhD specifically in Children’s Literature. Candidates must have taught in the area of Children’s Literature. Candidates should demonstrate a broad and deep understanding of the historical development, international reach, and contemporary theories of Children’s Literature, as well as an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural approach to the role of literature in children’s lives. The successful candidate’s scholarship will be grounded in the intellectual traditions of the humanities, but it will bring to that tradition contemporary critical perspectives drawn from multidisciplinary approaches to childhood. The successful candidate will have a completed PhD in hand by the commencement of the appointment, will show evidence of a vigorous scholarly research agenda and promise of excellence in teaching, will teach in York’s first- and second-year interdisciplinary General Education Program, and will develop and teach upper-level undergraduate courses. The successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Salaries will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The start date is July 1, 2012. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.
York University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York's website at www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.
A letter of application, a curriculum vitae, three confidential letters of recommendation, and a sample of the applicant’s written work (no longer than 20 pages) should be sent, by October 31, 2011, to: Professor Doug Freake, Interim Chair, Department of Humanities, Room 206, Vanier, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3.
Contact Person: Professor Doug Freake
Posting End Date: October 31, 2011
[T]he crisis around children is really a crisis about ourselves. We slide from extolling childhood innocence to calling for the devils to be incarcerated in sin bins because that’s how we feel about ourselves. We are anxious about our capacity to keep our children “good” because we doubt our own ability to create and sustain a “good” society. (Rosalind Coward)
Dr. Peter E. Cumming
Associate Professor, Department of Humanities
Coordinator – Children’s Studies Program
Vanier College 212, 416-736-2100 ext. 60498
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
York University, Toronto, Canada M3J 1P3
President, Association for Research in Cultures of Young People (ARCYP)
ARCYP WEBSITE: http://arcyp.ca/
ACADEMIC WEBSITE: http://www.yorku.ca/cummingp/
CHILDREN'S STUDIES PROGRAM WEBSITE: http://www.yorku.ca/laps/huma/chst/
HUMANITIES WEBSITE: http://www.yorku.ca/laps/huma/
CHILDREN'S AUTHOR & PLAYWRIGHT WEBSITE: http://www3.sympatico.ca/peter.cumming/