The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Aboriginal engagement is a strategic priority.

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology

The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Aboriginal engagement is a strategic priority. In keeping with its ongoing commitment the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan is actively seeking outstanding First Nations, Metis and Inuit applicants for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, though other strong candidates will also be considered.

The position requires a person with specialization in the area of law, crime and justice. Candidates for this position are required to have extensive knowledge related to criminology and the Canadian criminal justice system with special emphasis on relationships between these systems and Indigenous peoples and communities. This position is dedicated to sustaining and enhancing the Department’s rich academic programming at both undergraduate and graduate levels as well as its research focus in these areas.

The successful candidate will engage in research and teaching activities related primarily to the Department’s programming and engagement in criminology, law, crime, and justice. Such activities include teaching advanced courses and supervising graduate students in the area of criminology, as well as support for the Department’s Aboriginal Criminology and Justice Program and its Certificate Program in Criminology and Addictions. We especially encourage applicants with the capacity to engage in research initiatives that involve community engagement, working closely with various agencies in the community and collaborating with members of cognate departments including Psychology and Indigenous Studies.

Requirements for the position include: a completed doctoral degree in Sociology (or closely related field appropriate to the area of specialization), a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, and a demonstrable potential to develop a strong program of research. Priority will be given to candidates who work with Indigenous knowledge and who have the capacity to complement department research and programming activities related to other substantive areas of department specialization.

The Department of Sociology is a vibrant academic department committed to excellence in teaching and research. It features a comprehensive range of undergraduate (B.A.) and graduate (M.A. and Ph.D.) degree programs, including dual degree programs offered in conjunction with universities in China. The Department houses the Social Research Unit and department members also work closely with the Social Sciences Research Laboratories. Department members are engaged with several specialized and interdisciplinary research endeavours. Faculty in the Department are committed to community engaged scholarship, and maintain collaborative partnerships with the Community-University Institute for Social Research, the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Sciences and Justice Studies, as well as with provincial, national and international health agencies.

The College of Arts and Science is at work implementing the calls to action outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada report. The University has committed to being the right and best place for our First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, staff and faculty. We are home to nearly half of all self-declared Aboriginal students on campus and recognize the critical role we play in creating an environment where all students, faculty and staff feel supported in pursuing their dreams and ambitions.

The College of Arts & Science offers a dynamic combination of programs in the humanities and fine arts, the social sciences and the sciences. There are over 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students in the College and 325 faculty, including 12 Canada Research Chairs. The College emphasizes student and faculty research, interdisciplinary programs, community outreach and international opportunities. The College is currently undertaking a faculty complement plan which includes proposals for future tenure-track hiring.

The University of Saskatchewan is situated in Treaty 6 territory and the Métis homeland in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of about 21,000.  The university is one of Canada's leading research-intensive universities.

Salary Bands (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017):

Assistant Professor          $93,293 (floor) to $112,109 (CDI ceiling)

This position comes with a comprehensive benefits package which includes pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefit, dental plan, extended health and vision care plan, employee assistance program and flexible health and wellness spending program.

Applications must include:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of interests including evidence of engaging culturally diverse learners;
  • a statement or cover letter describing current and projected research activities; and
  • a sample of recently published work, along with any available teaching evaluations;

and should be sent to:

Head, Department of Sociology                                
University of Saskatchewan                                       
1020 – 9 Campus Drive                                  
Saskatoon, SK   S7N 5A5
Phone (306) 966-6925
Fax (306) 966-6950


Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the same address or fax number. Review of applications will begin November 18, 2016 and will continue until the position has been filled. The appointment will commence July 1, 2017.

More information about the Department of Sociology and its programs can be found at


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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.