Field of Specialization: Environment, Law and Social Justice
Academic Unit:  Law and Legal Studies
Category of Appointment:  Preliminary (Tenure-Track)
Rank/Position Title:  Assistant Professor
Start Date: July 1, 2021
Closing Date: Consideration of complete applications will begin on October 10, 2020 and continue until the position is filled

About the Position:

The Department of Law and Legal Studies invites applications from highly qualified candidates for a preliminary (tenure-track) appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2021.

The Department invites applications from candidates with a demonstrated interest and interdisciplinary research agenda in the area of environment, law and social justice. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct theoretically informed research, teach, and supervise in this area broadly understood to include a critical legal approach, informed by race, class, gender and other vectors of social location, to: the political economies of environmental catastrophe and climate breakdown; Anthropocene/capitalocene; law’s relation to the role and constitution of (non-human) nature; political ecology. The Department welcomes a wide range of methodological and community- based approaches.

About the Academic Unit:

The Department of Law and Legal Studies ( is the home of the oldest and largest undergraduate and graduate programs in Legal Studies in Canada. The Department is committed to interdisciplinary legal inquiry and is composed of scholars engaged in interdisciplinary teaching and research from a range of disciplines including communications, criminology, cultural studies, history, law, legal anthropology, political economy, political theory, and sociology.

The Department offers a B.A. and B.A. (Honours) in Law as well as a specialization in the Bachelor of Global and International Studies to over 1,300 students within the Faculty of Public Affairs, and includes concentrations in Human Rights and Transnational Law, Business Law, and Law, Policy and Government among its undergraduate programs. The Department also offers an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Legal Studies.


Candidates should hold (or expect to hold by the time of appointment) a doctoral degree, or the equivalent, in legal studies, law or a related discipline and demonstrate a capacity for theoretically- informed, interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching. The successful candidate will have the ability to develop an externally-funded, high quality research program; will be committed to effective teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level; and will contribute effectively to the academic life of the Department, the Faculty and the University. A demonstrated record of excellence in teaching is an asset.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should send electronically the following in four (4) separate files: a cover letter of application; a curriculum vitae; a teaching portfolio, including evidence of teaching performance and sample course outlines; and a statement of research interests. Please also identify any past experiences in supporting equity, diversity and inclusion in your previous institutional environment such as in curriculum development and in supporting diverse students.  Applicants should also arrange to have three referees forward supporting letters electronically. Submissions must be made electronically to: Dr. Vincent Kazmierski, Chair, c/o Siobhan MacLean, Department of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University, at  Please include “LLS Assistant Professor ‘Environment’ – (CANDIDATE’S LAST NAME, FIRST NAME)” in the subject line of all emails, including emails from references.

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

About Carleton University:

Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. With over 31,000 students in more than 100 programs of study, we encourage creative risk-taking, discovery, and the generation of transformative knowledge. We are proud to be one of the most accessible campuses in North America.

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Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Carleton understands that career paths vary. Legitimate career interruptions will in no way prejudice the assessment process and their impact will be carefully considered.

Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact the Chair as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made in a timely manner.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.