Job: Children and Youth and Their Physical Bodies

Youth and Children’s Studies at the Brantford Campus of Wilfrid Laurier University invites applications for a tenure-track/tenured position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level beginning July 1, 2013, subject to budgetary approval. The applicant’s research expertise and teaching abilities should centre on the performance and experiences of children and youth and their physical bodies. Preference will be given to applicants who conduct quantitative or qualitative research with young people, and whose research focuses on disability, health, play, or body image. A PhD in a related social sciences discipline (e.g., sociology, psychology, public health, kinesiology, etc.), is required.

The ideal applicant should be able to deliver YC100 (Studying Youth & Children: An Introduction) and YC400 (Senior Seminar in Youth & Children’s Studies), and must be committed to curriculum development within the Honours Youth and Children’s Studies program, which would include developing new courses in their area of speciality and could also encompass other areas of the program (e.g., research methods). In addition to teaching in the Youth and Children’s Studies program, the successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active research agenda, and engage in academic service. Evidence of leadership ability is essential.
Applicants can learn more about Youth and Children’s Studies at

Interested candidates should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and a teaching dossier which includes teaching evaluations and sample course outlines. Candidates should also provide contact information (address, telephone and e-mail address) for at least three referees. All materials should be sent electronically or in hard copy to:

Dr. Chris Alksnis
c/o Kristina Huff-Malecki
Youth and Children Studies,
Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford Campus,
73 George Street, Brantford, Ontario, Canada, N3T 2Y3

The deadline for receipts of all material is Friday May 3rd, 2013.

Please Note: Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including persons of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons, and persons of a visible minority. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In accordance with the requirements of Human Resources Skills Development Canada and Citizenship and Immigration Canada the successful applicant will be required to prove they are legally able to work in Canada.
Members of the designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to the Acting Dean of the Brantford Campus, John McCutcheon. Further information on the equity policy can be found at:

Applicants are encouraged to address any career interruptions or special circumstances that may have affected their record of research and teaching, in accordance with SSHRC and NSERC definitions and guidelines. To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact Nancy Lambert at or by phone at 519-756-8228 ext. 5778.