• Field of Specialization: Migration and Social Justice
  • Academic Unit: Law and Legal Studies
  • Category of Appointment: Preliminary (Tenure-Track)
  • Rank/Position Title: Assistant Professor
  • Start Date: July 1, 2022
  • Closing Date: Consideration of complete applications will begin on January 5, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Law and Legal Studies invites applications from qualified candidates for a preliminary (tenure-track) appointment in Migration and Social Justice at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2022.

The Department invites applications from qualified candidates with a demonstrated interest and interdisciplinary research agenda in Migration and Social Justice. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct theoretically informed research, teach, and supervise in this area broadly understood to include: immigration and refugee law, migrant justice, the surveillance and regulation of migrants; and the construction of borders as a site of political, legal and economic struggle. We welcome research on a variety of topics including, but not limited to: voluntary or involuntary migration; forced displacement and/or statelessness; imperialism, borders and diaspora; space, movement and detention; the raced, gendered, ableist, and classed criminalization and regulation of migration; migrant labour and capitalism; xenophobia and anti-immigrant social movements; and migrants’ rights and/or migrant advocacy, solidarity movements or alternatives. The Department welcomes a wide range of methodological and community-based approaches. The candidate is expected to have a desire to promote interest in our students, particularly those in underrepresented groups, in a Migration and Social Justice career.

About the Academic Unit

The Department of Law and Legal Studies (www.carleton.ca/law) 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 criminology, history, law, legal anthropology, political economy, political theory, communications 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 its equivalent, in legal studies, law or a related discipline and demonstrate a capacity for theoretically informed, interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to conduct a high quality, externally funded, research program, will be committed to effective undergraduate and graduate teaching, and will contribute effectively to the academic life of the Department, Faculty and University. Demonstrated excellence in teaching is an asset.

Application Instructions

Applications must be sent electronically in one single PDF file which includes the following: a cover letter of application; a curriculum vitae; a teaching portfolio, including evidence of teaching performance and sample course outlines; a statement of research interests and a statement that identifies your strengths in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in your discipline and on campus as well as your future plans. Applicants should also arrange to have three referees forward supporting letters electronically. Submissions must be made electronically to: Dr. Betina Appel Kuzmarov, Chair, Department of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University, at lawhire@carleton.ca.

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

About Carleton University

Located in Ottawa, Carleton is an innovative teaching and research institution with a tradition of leading change. Internationally recognized academics, staff, and researchers engage more than 31,000 students in over 100 programs of study. Carleton has long been known for promoting research excellence and connectedness and is involved in partnerships around the globe. With strong leadership, it enjoys a healthy financial position and our proximity to government and cultural institutions, media, and a thriving knowledge economy make Carleton and Ottawa a great place to work, learn, and live. Our picturesque campus is fully accessible and, along with award-winning student services, Carleton’s Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities has been heralded as the gold standard for disability support services in Canada. Learn more about our university and the city of Ottawa.

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. Furthermore, Carleton understands that career paths vary and interruptions will not prejudice the assessment process. We invite you to review our revitalized Indigenous strategy, Kinàmàgawin and visit our Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities for information about our commitment to leadership in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Accessibility is a university strategic priority and applicants selected for an interview who require accommodations are invited to contact the Chair as soon as possible to ensure that appropriate arrangements may be made.

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