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Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II in Black Digital Geographies

Last updated: October 30, 2023, 9:03 a.m.

Job title: Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II in Black Digital Geographies Position code: 23_C_GEOG_M  Date posted: October 27, 2023 Application deadline: January 6, 2024 Advertised until: Position is filled

Position description

The Department of Geography, Planning and Environment in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Concordia University invites applications for a Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II in Black Digital Geographies, a research-intensive tenure-track faculty position.

We are seeking candidates who are dedicated to critical and creative scholarship and mentoring at the interface of Black studies and digital technologies, who work diasporically and across regions. Areas of expertise may include one or more of the following: artificial intelligence (AI), mis/use of algorithms, ethical and socio-legal implications of digital technologies, biometric technologies, monetization of personal data, digital policing, and data applications associated with criminal justice, border enforcement, militarization, public health, sustainability, and community-based development. The successful candidate will bring to this department a Black geographies perspective that will expand our understanding of the sociopolitical consequences—including risks and opportunities—associated with advances in digital technologies. Over the last eight years, a recognition of the importance of Black Studies has grown rapidly at Concordia. The successful candidate will have opportunities to build connections at the university level between present and future scholars interested in digital technologies and race/racism and collaborate with the interdisciplinary Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute which has a particular interest in the social dimensions of AI.

Qualifications and assets

Candidates must have completed their PhD in Geography or a related field. The successful candidate will provide evidence of an outstanding record of research and peer-reviewed publications and a demonstrated ability to attract substantial external funding for an evolving research program, taking into full consideration career stage, career breaks and special circumstances. The candidate will also have strong potential to attract high quality research students and trainees, for leadership, to achieve international recognition as required by the CRC Tier II program, and for excellent teaching and mentoring contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Candidates eligible for Tier II chair positions must be excellent emerging scholars within ten years of their highest degree at the time of nomination (exclusive of career interruptions). Potential Tier II candidates who are more than ten years from their highest degree should take note that certain career interruptions may still make them eligible for nomination. Potential candidates are encouraged to submit a formal justification by means of the Tier II Justification Assessment Form, which will be considered in the review of applications. Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria and acceptable justifications to the extension of the eligibility term.

Notwithstanding the above and irrespective of their submission of a formal justification, candidates are encouraged to share any career interruptions or personal circumstances that may have had an impact on their career goals (such as the decision to have a family, eldercare, illness, and so forth) in their letter of application. These will be carefully considered in the assessment process. The Department values diversity among its faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups. Concordia University is an English-language institution of higher learning at which the primary language of instruction and research is English. Since this position supports academic functions of the university, proficiency in English is required. Working knowledge of French, including reading and grading student work in French, is an asset.

How to apply

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applicants must include one of the following statements:

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

or

No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Application packages should be addressed to, Dr. Craig Townsend, Chair, Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, and must include a cover letter clearly identifying the title and position code (23_C_GEOG_M), a detailed curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, a research statement, an EDI statement, up to three publications, and the names and contact details of three referees. Applications should be submitted electronically to chair.gpe@concordia.ca, with the subject heading CRC Application, by December 1, 2023, but will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. The appointment is expected to commence in August 2024.

Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and research. As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next‐Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their EDI statement how their background, as well as lived and professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.

Possible examples to demonstrate a diverse experience may include, but are not limited to:

• teaching about underrepresented populations

• mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds

• relevant community work and/or organizing work

• offering or organizing educational programming

• participation in training and workshops

All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.

Adaptive measures

Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Anna Barrafato, Accessibility Change Lead: anna.barrafato@concordia.ca or by phone at 514-848-2424 extension 3511.

The full job posting is available here: https://www.concordia.ca/artsci/about/jobs/canada-research-chairs/crc-black-digital-geographies.html

-- Ted Rutland Associate Professor, Concordia University Visiting Fellow, University of Toronto (fall 2023) www.tedrutland.com

-- Ted Rutland Associate Professor, Concordia University Visiting Fellow, University of Toronto (fall 2023) www.tedrutland.com


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