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Job: Assistant Professor, tenure track appointment in writing (Lakehead; deadline: 2 July 2020)

 Lakehead University, Orillia Campus, invites applications for one tenure-track appointment in Writing at the rank of Assistant Professor, in the Department of English.  The position will commence on January 1, 2021.

The Department of English offers a mix of courses in creative writing, professional writing, and academic writing at the undergraduate level in Orillia, and the successful candidate will be expected to teach in one or more of those areas of writing instruction as well as contribute to curriculum and program development as we expand our writing program on the Orillia campus. A secondary interest in any area of literary and cultural studies is also desirable.

Applicants for this position should have a PhD in English, Writing Studies, Rhetoric or a related field, or an MFA (or the equivalent) in Creative Writing. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate:

  • Expertise in and a commitment to writing pedagogies;
  • Teaching experience and a commitment to teaching excellence and innovation at the undergraduate and graduate level; and
  • A strong track record of scholarly and/or creative publication and an ongoing commitment to research and/or creative practice.

 In addition, experience in curriculum and program development is an asset and applicants should demonstrate a commitment to the expansion of the writing program on the Orillia campus. Experience in and a commitment to social justice and/or community engagement pedagogies is highly desirable, as is experience with experiential learning and online or alternative modes of course delivery.

Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With campuses located in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Lakehead has approximately 10,000 students and 2,160 faculty and staff. With an emphasis on collaborative learning and independent critical thinking and a multidisciplinary teaching approach, Lakehead offers a variety of degree and diploma programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels through its ten faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Science and Environmental Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, Graduate Studies, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (West Campus) and Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law. For further information, please visit:

The Department of English is an innovative and dynamic Department with a strong commitment to teaching excellence, exciting research, and community engagement. With 13 tenured faculty members (2 in Orillia) and close to 200 majors (50 in Orillia), the English Department is one of the largest Departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. In Orillia, the English Department offers HBA and BA degrees, HBABEd and BABEd degrees in collaboration with the Faculty of Education, and an innovative interdisciplinary HBASc degree. The English Department also participates in programs offered by the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. Faculty members also have the opportunity to teach and supervise in the MA program in English.

For further information, please contact Dr. Douglas Ivison, Chair of the Department of English ( Detailed information on the English Department’s program is available on the Department’s website:

Review of applications will begin on July 2, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. The electronic application (in the form of one PDF document) must include: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness (including a statement of teaching philosophy, course outlines and teaching evaluations for previously-taught courses), samples of published scholarly and/or creative writing, and contact information of three references. A completed Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in Canada form must accompany your package. This form is available on our website at

Applicants should submit their electronic application to:

Dr. Elizabeth Birmingham

Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Lakehead University

955 Oliver Road

Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1


Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  This is in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements.

We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified. Lakehead University is committed to supporting an accessible environment. Applicants requiring accommodation during the interview process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (807) 343.8334or to make appropriate arrangements.

 This position is subject to budgetary approval.

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