Assistant Professor, Child & Youth Studies, ILTA

Brock University

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One of Canada’s leading comprehensive universities and a Top Employer in Hamilton-Niagara, and ranked #3 Canada’s Best Employers compiled by Forbes and Statista, Brock University is an inclusive, welcoming campus community that offers a wide range of unique career opportunities for those with passion, energy and expertise. We’re looking for team members who want to help us continue to deliver an exceptional student experience, perform impact-driven research and generate life-changing breakthroughs for our world. Ignite new possibilities for your career. Break through at Brock.

Post End Date:

Note to all candidates: This posting will close at 12:01 am on the date listed .

June 25, 2024

About Brock University 

With a student population of more than 19,000, Brock is renowned for its exceptional campus experience and high level of student satisfaction. Brock offers 150 undergraduate and graduate degrees in six academic faculties and is home to world-class instructors and researchers making breakthroughs of all kinds each and every day. Founded in 1964 by the Niagara community, Brock remains a proud partner committed to improving the vitality of the region even as it extends its global reach.

Our Geography 

The main campus is situated atop the Niagara Escarpment, within a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, overlooking the city of St. Catharines, in the heart of Niagara wine country. Brock University’s second campus is in Burlington, with ready access to the surrounding city and the QEW.

Brock University’s main campus is situated on land which is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, many of whom continue to live in work here today. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the land protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Agreement. The Niagara Region is dotted with landmarks that recognize Canada’s history and features breathtaking natural beauty and world-famous attractions. St. Catharines is home to vibrant arts and entertainment venues, and is a short drive from Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Buffalo, New York. With one of the warmest climates in Canada, the region offers clean and safe communities, and is an exceptional location to call home.

About the Faculty and Department

The Department of Child and Youth Studies is one of the largest and highest-ranked programs at Brock University and represents the largest/most comprehensive Child and Youth Studies department in Canada. The department offers undergraduate programs (BA Pass or Honours, BA with Major, BA/BEd) that provide a broadly based interdisciplinary approach that considers theoretical and applied approaches to children and youth within the multiple contexts of culture, the economy, the law, family, school, peer group, and community. With roots in criminology, cultural studies, education, psychology, and sociology, the academic focus provides an integration of approaches through which a comprehensive understanding of children and youth can evolve. In addition, the CHYS Graduate Program (MA, PhD) offers a unique multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach to the study of children and youth, providing a theoretical foundation and the application of social science research methods.

About the Position

Social Work with Children and Youth

The Department of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University invites applications for a one-year Instructional Limited Term Appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1, 2024. The position is subject to budgetary approval and will entail teaching 8 half-credit courses per year.

Brock University is committed to building inclusivity and equity through understanding and respect for diverse identities, and to reflecting this in our approaches to teaching and learning, research and creativity, administration and service provision, and community engagement. Our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is grounded in the recognition that the strongest research, scholarship, and creative activity and the best research training environment require engagement of scholars from diverse backgrounds.


A scholar with a completed PhD in a discipline within Social Sciences and an expertise in social work, with a focus on children and youth and a demonstrated record of effective teaching. Areas of interest might include: families and caregivers, children/youth mental health, youth justice, newcomer youth, gender and sexuality, Indigenous children/youth, disability, among others. Ideally, we are seeking candidates with social work practice and teaching expertise with racialized groups and communities. In addition to a demonstrated record of teaching, the successful candidate will have a potential or demonstrated record in interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, or transdisciplinary scholarship. Along with departmental service and undergraduate teaching and supervision, the successful candidate will be expected to support the graduate program in Child and Youth Studies.

What we Offer 

Brock University offers competitive salary and benefits and ample support for research. Research resources include; conference support, subscriptions to major databases and access to various research funding vehicles.  For candidates considering relocation, moving expenses will be administered according to the Brock University Faculty Association Collective Agreement.

Application Process

Please apply online using the “Apply” button. Within the online application system candidates must submit a letter of application, a teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of successful high-quality teaching; maximum 30 pages), a statement of research interests, selected reprints/preprints of publications, and a curriculum vitae (a single PDF document is preferred) via the online application system. (Note: file maximum of 5MB per upload). Supplemental application information beyond the 5MB limit can be sent to [email protected]. Applicants should also arrange for at least three letters of academic reference to be sent electronically to [email protected].

For additional information please contact:

Dr. Heather Chalmers

Chair of Child and Youth Studies

[email protected], 688-5550 x3191

The closing date for applications is June 25, 2024 at 12:01am. The final business day to apply is June 24, 2024. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

Our Commitment

Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) peoples, Black people, people with disabilities, members of visible minorities/racialized groups, and Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and additional sexually and gender diverse (2SLGBTQI+) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups should fill out the Self-Identification Form and include the completed form with their application.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the selection process, as outlined in the Employment Accommodation Policy Please advise: [email protected] to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 

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