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Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier) is a multi-campus university renowned for its extraordinary learning environment and highly personalized educational experience. As a comprehensive university with more than 19,000 students, Laurier has grown rapidly in research intensity while at the same time preserving our well-earned reputation for excellent undergraduate teaching and learning. With a multi-campus and multi-community culture, Laurier offers students an exceptional range of more than 100 academic programs. As a leader in higher education for more than a century, Laurier has offered students a transformative experience, an ethos that is offered in Laurier’s intention to inspire lives of leadership and purpose.
Laurier’s campuses and locations are on the Haldimand Tract, within the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. A short 2.5-hour drive of 18 First Nations communities, including the Six Nations of the Grand River— the most populous First Nation in Canada — and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Kitchener-Waterloo and Brantford both have large urban Indigenous populations. There are 12 Métis councils within a 3-hour radius. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their right to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming, research, and co-curricular activities. Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge through diverse ongoing initiatives, programs, funding events, and positions, including the university’s Indigenous Student Centres, its Centre for Indigegogy, the Indigenous Knowledge Fund, Indigenous Education Week and the annual Indigenous Research Symposium. Laurier welcomes a regular stream of Visiting Elders and has an Indigenous Curriculum Specialist, not to mention a growing number of Indigenous faculty, students, and staff.
Nestled around one city block, Laurier’s Waterloo campus is home to more than 15,500 students in undergraduate and graduate studies. Known for its small community feel, the campus is a welcoming environment for students and staff. The Waterloo Region, consisting of the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, as well as the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich, is home to Canada’s fastest-growing technology sector and is part of the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor. Neighbouring Laurier's Waterloo and Kitchener campuses are the Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region, the African Caribbean Black Network of Waterloo Region and the Waterloo Region Black Innovation Centre. Located approximately one- hour west of Toronto, the Waterloo Region offers a unique blend of modern, energetic urban centres and scenic, rural landscapes, and is easily accessible by road, rail and air. Waterloo Region is renowned for higher education and research. Internationally recognized research organizations also make their home in Waterloo: the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Institute for Quantum Computing, the Balsillie School for International Governance Innovation.
Kitchener-Waterloo (“K-W”) is in the heart of southwestern Ontario, about halfway between London and Toronto. This area has the fifth-largest per capita immigrant population of all urban areas in Canada. K-W has a healthy economy with thriving industrial, retail and commercial sectors and internationally recognized recreational, arts and cultural facilities. K-W offers the perfect lifestyle for faculty and students looking for a smaller, diverse and very active community in which to live, work, and learn. Laurier’s Kitchener location opened in 2006 as the new home of the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work. Both the campus and the social work program are based in downtown Kitchener and are located in the historic building, formerly St. Jerome’s high school. The building, which dates back to 1907, was completely renovated before reopening and is now the home to over 400 graduate students. Our facility houses classrooms, a library, student lounge, spiritual room and a Circle room explicitly designed for the Indigenous Field of Study program. Laurier’s Kitchener location has contributed to the revitalization of the city core while putting social work faculty and students closer to many social-service agencies. Laurier has experienced rapid growth, but something that has remained constant is our sense of community.
Faculty and department/area: Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work
Position location: Kitchener, with program courses offered in Kitchener
Area of specializations: Anti-Black racism, in particular in systems-change areas, such as social policy, community intervention, and organizational change and development.
Rank/s of the position: Open
Type of position: Tenure track
Faculty/department/program description: The Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work (FSW) offers professional social work programs at the bachelor’s and master’s levels, and a research-focused doctoral program. We are devoted to excellence in research, creative and critical thinking, and reflexive practice. Our students learn through traditional and innovative teaching strategies. The FSW has a long and rich commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, particularly with respect to racialized individuals and communities. These values are central to social work’s mission of promoting social justice, and thus are core to social work education and underpin the BSW, MSW, and PhD programs. We encourage students at all levels to become active citizens of an increasingly complex and interconnected world. We fulfill our mission by advancing multi-disciplinary and marginalized forms of knowledge. Our graduates are committed to constructively engaging and working toward transforming oppressive conditions and structures, and promoting well-being in individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
Position summary: We are seeking a colleague who would contribute to advancing FSW research strengths in anti-Black racism and innovative research and pedagogy regarding macro practice (e.g., community organization, social policy, organizational leadership and change, social change, and/or social movements). A scholar whose research and teaching experience addresses anti-Black racism related to critical child welfare, aging within racialized communities, substance use, and/or criminalized bodies would be an asset. Preference will be given to scholars who are able to reflect on personal and professional experiences engaging with racialized communities using wholistic perspectives, structural, organizational, and community practices, and decolonial practice.
Qualifications: The successful applicant will (1) hold a PhD or near completion, 2) hold at least one degree in social work or near completion, (3) have a minimum of five years practice experience working with marginalized communities, (4) have teaching experience in social work with demonstrated record of excellence, and 5) candidates should have a program of research as evidenced by a record of publication and funding appropriate for the rank.
The following is a list of the steps we anticipate in the recruitment process for this position. We would also like to bring to your attention several key issues we would recommend you consider as you navigate the search process.
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Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and values diversity. Laurier welcomes applications from qualified members of the equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships; however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:
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