Posted on:
December 26, 2022

The Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, invites applications for a

probationary tenure-track, tenure-track or tenured appointment at the rank of

Assistant, Associate, or full Professor in the areas of African Nova Scotians and the

Law and Critical Race Theory. The successful candidate will teach in these and

related subject areas in the Law School and will also contribute to teaching in the

new Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Black and African Diaspora Studies

Program (BAFD). This hire is aimed at recruiting African Nova Scotian academics to

the Law School and the university.

As a signatory of the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black

Inclusion, Dalhousie has committed to taking decisive action to recruit Black

scholars to the university and to employ best practices to support their retention

and advancement. This commitment is expressed in our Strategic Plan’s second

pillar, Inclusive Excellence. In keeping with these commitments and our institutional

drive and obligation to enrich our research, teaching, and learning environment and

community engagement, Dalhousie University invites applications for this position.

This opportunity is part of a cluster hiring initiative supported by the Dalhousie

Diversity Faculty Award (DDFA) program. In keeping with the principles of

employment equity, the DDFA program aims to correct historic

underrepresentation. This initiative will support inclusive excellence by appointing

five Black scholars to the university across multiple disciplines. Cluster hires

promote interdisciplinary collaboration, while creating communities of support for

scholars from underrepresented groups. These new scholars will find opportunities

for scholarly contributions, collaboration, and support as Fellows of the newly

established Black Studies Research Institute and will contribute to our emerging

transdisciplinary program in Black and African Diaspora Studies (BAFD).

This position is designated to candidates who self-identify as African Nova Scotian.

All such qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and

permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie recognizes that candidates

may self-identify in more than one equity-deserving group, and in this spirit, we

encourage applications from candidates who (in addition to being African Nova

Scotian) also identify as Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), members of other

racialized groups, women, persons with a disability, and/or members of 2SLGBTQ+

communities. See

equity-deserving-groups.html for definitions of equity-deserving groups.

Applicants should have an outstanding academic record, a record of scholarly

engagement, and demonstrated (or potential) teaching and research excellence. At

the time of appointment, the successful candidate will hold an LL.B. or J.D. degree.

They will also have a relevant Master’s degree or have or be working towards a


Applications received before January 31, 2023 will be given fullest consideration.

About the Schulich School of Law

The Schulich School of Law plays an extraordinary role in the fabric of Canadian

legal education. We are a national law school, with our students coming from and

returning to every region. We graduate leaders. Our alumni hold every form of

government office, teach in Canadian law schools, innovate in the provision of

private and public sector legal services and in business, advance policy in the

executive branch of government, render decisions on courts across the country, and

offer service to non-governmental bodies and non-profit and community

organizations. We have always been known for and proud of our commitment to

unselfish public service, in the Weldon tradition.

We embrace the interdisciplinary opportunity of working in a university, we value

the creation and dissemination of new knowledge, and we are firmly committed to

students and to teaching and learning excellence. We are conscious of the

difference we make to law reform, adjudication, legal service, and community

engagement at home and around the world. We value the contributions of the

founding communities in this province, the Mi’kmaq Nation, Acadians, African Nova

Scotians, and British, and we open our doors to the world.

For more information, see the Schulich School of Law Strategic Plan


About Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University is located in Nova Scotia, Canada (Mi’kma’ki) with four

campuses in Halifax and Truro, and satellite locations in Yarmouth and Saint John,

New Brunswick. As Atlantic Canada’s primary research-intensive university and a

member of the U15 Group of Canadian Universities, our 13 academic Faculties

expand understanding through teaching excellence and a drive for discovery that

results in more than $214 million in research funding each year.

Dalhousie is Canada’s national university, with a greater proportion of out of

province students than any other. Correspondingly, a diverse population of Black

students call Dalhousie home, including those from African Nova Scotian,

Black/African Canadian, and international communities. The United Nations

recognized African Canadians as a distinct group and Dalhousie acknowledges

African Nova Scotians as a distinct people who have shaped the province and the

university for centuries. Dalhousie has a strong history of introducing ground-

breaking initiatives that have created many opportunities for Black students

including the Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq Initiative at the Schulich School of

Law and Promoting Leadership in Health for African Nova Scotians program. The

university has also developed strong ties to several organizations serving that

community, for example to the African Canadian Services Branch of the

Department of Education – the only such branch in Canada serving Black students

in K-12, to the Delmore Buddy Daye Learning Institute, and to the Afrocentric Math

cohort at Auburn High school.

In 1970, Dalhousie established the Transition year Program (TYP), which provides

opportunities for individuals who may face barriers to post-secondary education to

prepare for all aspects of academic life and gain access to the university. Nearly

two decades ago, Imhotep’s Legacy Academy was established, an innovative

university-community partnership designed to create pathways into STEM for

students of African descent.

Dalhousie established the James R. Johnston (JRJ) Chair in Black Canadian

Studies in 1991 which was at the time, the only endowed Black Studies Chair at a

Canadian university. The current Chair, Dr. OmiSoore Dryden, recently established

the Black Studies Research Institute (BSRI), a pan-university institute centering

transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research in Black studies. The BSRI will

intersect closely with the university’s minor in Black and African Diaspora Studies,

developed by former JRJ Chair Dr. Afua Cooper, and the university is now working

on a proposal for a full degree program, the development of which is being

championed by members of Dalhousie’s Black Faculty and Staff Caucus and

supported by senior leaders across the university.

Dalhousie was also the first in Canada to join the Universities Studying Slavery

group of institutions, out of which the Lord Dalhousie Report was published.

Recommendations led to the Sankofa scholarships, renaming of streets to reflect

the Black contribution to Canada and a concerted plan in our international strategy

to form even more meaningful educational partnerships with the Caribbean.

Dalhousie’s African Nova Scotian Strategy and Advisory Council aim to ensure

sustainable initiatives that support African Nova Scotian students, staff and faculty


As a signatory of the Scarborough Charter, and in keeping with these long-standing

institutional commitments to recruiting and supporting Black faculty, staff, and

students across the university, Dalhousie is now in an excellent position to support

this cluster hiring initiative and candidates will enter a Faculty and university that

has demonstrated outstanding and unique support for Black faculty and students.

More information about Dalhousie may be found here:

How to Apply

Applications should include a brief (maximum two pages) cover letter, university

transcripts, teaching and research statements (maximum five pages total), and the

names of three referees, at least one of whom must be academic referees. If a

candidate’s graduate degree is in progress, then in their cover letter they should

indicate their stage of completion. Applications should be submitted online at:

Dalhousie’s vaccine mandate has been suspended at this time, and employees no

longer need to provide proof of full vaccination. However, health and safety risks

will continue to be monitored, and a vaccine mandate may be reinstated if


Dalhousie University recognizes its obligation to accommodate candidates to

ensure full, fair, and equitable participation in the hiring process. Our complete

Accommodation Policy can be viewed online at: To request

accommodation at any stage in the hiring process, please contact Elizabeth

Sanford (

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