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Assistant Professor, Book Publishing

York University, Writing Department Published: November 11, 2021
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York University's Writing Department has a tenure track position for an Assistant Professor in Book Publishing.

Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Track – Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

Discipline/Field: Book Publishing

Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Home Department/Area/Division: Writing Department

Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2022

Writing Department

The Writing Department, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a teaching stream tenure-track appointment in Book Publishing, the practices of editing and book production in both print and digital modes, at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream to commence July 1, 2022. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate courses and to provide creative educational leadership in enhancing teaching and learning through curricular and pedagogical innovation in the classroom and at the level of programs. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

Applicants must have an MA, MFA or other post-graduate degree and at least three years of recent in-house editing/publishing experience, with demonstrable excellence, or promise of excellence, in university-level teaching and service.

We seek a practicing editor with current or recent in-house experience of both copy and developmental editing, and demonstrable expertise in all phases of the development and production of book-length texts in the various media through which these are disseminated.  Experience as a Managing or Executive Editor would be a considerable asset, as would be demonstrable ties to various sectors of the Canadian publishing industry.  The successful candidate will be expected to be capable of assuming a leadership role in the Book Publishing area of concentration. Our programs emphasize the meeting points of the theoretical and the applied, so practitioners who are fluent in the history and technology of the book, and the transformations wrought upon that technology by the advent of the digital age will be preferred. Potential contributions to high priority areas such as experiential education, especially work-integrated learning, and technology-enhanced learning are also preferred qualifications.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence (potential or achieved) in teaching university-level courses through a teaching statement, teaching portfolio, sample syllabi, teaching evaluations, and strong letters of reference. We are especially interested in seeing pedagogical accomplishments and innovations in high priority areas such as experiential education, technology enhanced learning, and community-based learning in the teaching portfolio. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a strong commitment to high-impact pedagogical practices and student success; the capacity to bring a theoretical and practical orientation to editing and book production teaching, learning and curriculum design; and good judgment and a reflective approach to innovation in teaching. Experience with curriculum development and program design is preferred. The successful candidate is also expected to provide evidence of service contributions or potential to contribute to service in administrative and committee work.

The Writing Department houses the honours programs in Professional Writing and English & Professional Writing, the pan-University Writing Centre, and its ESL-centred adjunct, the Open Learning Centre. Our Professional Writing Program was recently appraised as “an unusually forward-looking program that has the potential to offer students an education particularly suited to the complex world of the twenty-first century.”

York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities.  Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Professor Andrea McKenzie, Chair of the Writing Department at writchr@yorku.ca (Subject line: Book Publishing).

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Indigenous people and persons with disabilities, can be found at www.yorku.ca/acadjobs  or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713.  Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/self-identification-form.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous Peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/work-authorization-form.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is December 7, 2021.

Applications, including a cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio that includes a statement of teaching philosophy and pedagogy, a diversity statement, and three confidential letters of reference, may be uploaded to https://apply.laps.yorku.ca beginning on October 22, 2021. Referees should provide strong letters of reference and be advised to address the candidate’s qualifications and experience in relation to the position.

 Questions may be directed to Professor Andrea McKenzie, Chair, Writing Department, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email: writchr@yorku.ca (Subject line: Position in Book Publishing).

Posting End Date: December 7, 2021