Tenure Track Position in Indigenous Traditions in a Business Context

TRSM Law and Business

Posted:March 1, 2022
Deadline to Apply:Friday, April 1, 2022


Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the Department of Law and Business in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor effective July 1, 2022, subject to final budgetary approval.

We especially welcome applications from candidates who self-identify as First Nations, Inuit or Métis Peoples, or Indigenous Peoples of North America, with a strong commitment to Indigenous knowledges and methodologies, community-engaged scholarship, and experience in collaborating with Indigenous students, organizations and communities. Candidates should be able to provide details of how their lived and diverse experiences inform their work. We are seeking candidates with a background in Indigenous law, traditions, cultures, values, or principles in a business context, economic development, or sustainability, all broadly defined.

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, scholarly research or creative activity and service duties while maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. Teaching duties will entail teaching at the undergraduate level, supervision of students and curriculum development. The successful candidate will further pursue a strong, innovative research program or creative activity and  contribute to our Department’s strengths in research/creative activity and teaching through academic, professional and diverse lived experiences and perspectives.

Candidates must hold a graduate degree in law (preferably Indigenous law) or in a closely related field. Preference will be given to those with either (1) an established record of community work; or (2) a doctoral degree in law, a PhD in a closely related field, or who are all-but-dissertation (ABD) and are very close to completion.

In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of:

  • a strong emerging scholarly research and/or creative activity that is current, innovative and impactful as evidenced by, but not limited to, community-based/community-engaged activities and professional work, peer-reviewed publications, working papers, public policy contributions, presentations at academic conferences or community-related settings, grants, research related awards and other writing or creative production that contributes to the visibility and prominence of the discipline; and/or the ability to establish and maintain a community-based/community-engaged research program with a demonstrated commitment to knowledges and methodologies grounded in Indigenous worldviews;
  • a demonstrated potential for teaching excellence at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum as evidenced by a teaching dossier that includes a teaching philosophy statement, experience with course and curriculum review and/or development, examples of best practices in pedagogy, including effective use of classroom technology and any experience with experiential learning, sample syllabi, strong teaching evaluations, teaching awards, and other relevant achievements in teaching;
  • a commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including an understanding (either demonstrated or planned) to create an inclusive and accessible learning environment for a diverse student population; and
  • an ability and willingness to contribute to the life of the Law and Business Department and the University through collegial service and/or to participate in or service Indigenous organizations.


We recognize that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) (www.rfanet.ca). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found here.

Ryerson University 

Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focused curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, Ryerson is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture. In August 2021, the University announced that it adopted the recommendations of the Standing Strong (Mash Koh Wee Kah Pooh Win) Task Force Report and would begin a renaming process to address the legacy of Egerton Ryerson.

Department of Law and Business at TRSM 

Our Department offers undergraduate programming to students of diverse backgrounds. Our faculty prides itself on the excellence of its research, the quality of its teaching and community engagement. The department is home to the Law & Business major in the B.Comm. program and includes a strong research and teaching focus on business law and business ethics. We have embarked on the work of indigenizing the Program’s curriculum as part of our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation.

The Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University is developing collaborative, creative leaders who will drive 21st century business forward while making a positive impact on society. Home to 12,000+ students and more than 250 industry-connected faculty, the Ted Rogers School is Canada’s leading diverse, entrepreneurial business school centred in an urban learning environment. We offer 12 Bachelor of Commerce degrees, a Bachelor of Health Administration degree, four graduate programs, including the Ted Rogers MBA and a PhD in Management, and Executive Education courses. The Ted Rogers School is also home to 15 innovative research centres, institutes and labs. www.ryerson.ca/tedrogersschool.

The Ted Rogers School of Management aims to respond to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Call to Action #92 by committing to meaningful partnerships with Indigenous communities to promote economic empowerment and wellbeing.

The social and economic challenges faced by Inuit, Métis and First Nations peoples in Canada are well known and business education plays a critical role in empowering Indigenous peoples and communities to overcome many of these challenges. As Canada’s largest business school, we have a duty to help address the alienation of Indigenous peoples from the education system.

Working at Ryerson 

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At Ryerson, we firmly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path; our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Dedicated to a people first culture, Ryerson is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer. We invite you to explore the range of benefits and supports available to faculty and their families, including access to our diverse faculty and staff networks.

Visit us on Twitter:  @RyersonU, @RyersonHR@RyersonVPFA and @RyersonECI and our LinkedIn company page.

Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. To find out more about legal and policy obligations please visit the accessibility and Human Rights websites.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

How to Apply 

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal [https://hr.cf.ryerson.ca/ams/faculty/] by clicking on “Start Application Process” to begin. Candidates who apply by April 1, 2022 will be guaranteed consideration. The position will remain open until filled. The application must contain the following:

  • a letter of application;
  •  a curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of research interests;
  • a teaching dossier and results of teaching evaluations; and
  • names of three individuals who may be contacted for references.

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.


Any confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to the DHC Chair Peter Halewood at peter.halewood@ryerson.ca.

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Miigis Kwe, the Indigenous Human Resources Lead and the Founding Co-Chair of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Community Group at t26king@ryerson.ca.

Black identified candidates who wish to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Shurla Charles-Forbes, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at shurla.charlesforbes@ryerson.ca.

For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please contact Jennifer Tejay at jennifer.tejay@ryerson.ca