Acting Assistant Dean (Admissions and Recruitment)
McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.
At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry.
McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, or that may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record.
McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving for the implementation of universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through accommodation policies and procedures. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, email accessibilityrequest.hr [at] mcgill.ca or phone at 514-398-2477.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Currently recruiting: entry-level academic positions - 1. Indigenous legal traditions and decolonization. 2. Slavery and the law, critical race theory, and Black life.
McGill University’s Faculty of Law invites applications from energetic candidates with a strong commitment to innovation and excellence in teaching and research who will contribute creatively to Faculty and University governance. The Faculty proposes to make up to two appointments as detailed below, effective 1 August 2021. While the preference is for candidates seeking appointment at the rank of assistant professor, applications from associate professors and full professors will also be considered.
The research programs, teaching initiatives, and academic priorities in Canada’s most globally oriented law school embody a central commitment to legal traditions, comparative law, dispute resolution, and transnational law. Faculty members typically teach and research in several substantive fields of law, from a variety of theoretical, critical, and methodological perspectives. The Faculty maintains a dynamic, welcoming research environment, which fosters the ongoing intellectual and professional development of all professors. It is home to a vibrant trans-disciplinary research community of institutes, centres, and research groups.
Our undergraduate curriculum represents an international benchmark for contemporary legal education and leads to the joint award of the Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) and Juris Doctor (J.D.) degrees. The core of the undergraduate curriculum is taught in a pluralist, integrated, transsystemic manner, across borders shaped by legal traditions, such as those of the common and the civil law. Our graduate program comprises research-intensive degrees at the Master’s and Doctoral levels, as well as a non-thesis LL.M. that culminates in a supervised project.
One position will go to a candidate poised to increase our transsystemic capacity respecting Indigenous legal traditions and decolonization, be it by researching and teaching directly in these areas or by bringing related insights to other substantive areas of law. This position is part of a broader provostial initiative to strengthen Indigenous Studies and Education at McGill. The successful candidate will join a growing network of faculty committed to building Indigenous research and teaching capacity, and to community outreach.
The other position will go to a candidate poised to increase our transsystemic capacity respecting slavery and the law, critical race theory, and Black life, be it by researching and teaching directly in these areas or by bringing related insights to other substantive areas of law. This position is in keeping with McGill University’s developing Plan for Addressing Anti-Black Racism. The successful candidate will join a growing network of faculty committed to building research and teaching capacity in these areas, and to community outreach.
The committee invites candidates to identify their teaching and research fields and to explain their anticipated contributions to the Faculty, including how their contributions might complement or constructively challenge our scholarly community as we grow. For all teaching and research fields, the committee encourages applications from candidates whose critical perspectives engage with questions of diverse and intersecting identities. The committee invites candidates to include information about how their research and teaching engage with equity, where such is the case. As our students come from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and backgrounds, we invite candidates to address their ability to teach, supervise, and mentor in this context.
Applicants should have a graduate degree in law. Preference will go to candidates who have completed a doctoral degree. In addition, the bilingual environment of the Faculty of Law at McGill requires that, by the time they start teaching, candidates should be able to evaluate written and oral work presented in both English and French. Support may be available to increase the language capacity of selected candidates.
Complete applications will consist of the following:
- a cover letter
- a curriculum vitae
- a two-page research statement
- a three-page teaching statement, including a summary and discussion of teaching evaluations
- full copies of teaching evaluations may be annexed
- university transcripts
- three samples of research, published or forthcoming
- please indicate which text will serve as a job talk paper
- for candidates who have recently completed or are completing a doctorate, and have not yet published it, a copy of the thesis or a selection of completed thesis chapters/ sections may replace one of the three sample publications
- three reference letters, addressed to the Chair of the Staff Appointments Committee, and sent directly by the referee to staffappointments.law [at] mcgill.ca.
Review of files will begin after 15 September 2020. Please address applications and reference letters to Professor Adelle Blackett, F.R.S.C., Ad. E., Chair, Staff Appointments Committee, Faculty of Law, McGill University, and email them to staffappointments.law [at] mcgill.ca. You may send inquiries to this address.
Reporting to: Dean of Law
Salary range: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Duration: Parental leave replacement (1 year)
Responsible for the admissions process and student recruitment activities for the Faculty of Law’s bilingual BCL/JD program. Manages the Faculty’s Admissions Office and employees. Areas of responsibility include the implementation of admissions policies and procedures and the administration of an efficient and transparent process. Supports the Faculty’s Office of Graduate Studies regarding graduate admissions and recruitment.
Oversee the receipt and processing of admissions applications. Ensure timely review of applications by the Faculty’s Admissions Committee in accordance with relevant policies and procedures. Render final admissions decisions. Administer Faculty-based entrance scholarships. Oversee the Admissions office staff and ensure the efficient administration of the admissions process and in its relations with candidates, faculty members, students, and the public.
In consultation with the Admissions Committee and the Dean of Law, review and refine admissions policies and practices.
Provide information on the law program and the admissions process and policies - in English and French - to individuals, groups, and educational counselors. Manage the Student Ambassador Program and the Alumni Ambassador Program for the purposes of recruitment and yield. Assess trends in applications and admissions to determine recruitment priorities, develop recruitment strategies, and implement programs and activities accordingly. Maintain good relations with a range of educational institutions. Liaise with admissions and recruitment professionals in other law faculties, as well as other professional programs, to remain abreast of trends and best practices. Report regularly to Faculty and University administrative bodies and to professional associations.
Work closely with the Dean of Law and the Equity Committee in advancing priorities relating to equity and inclusion, including especially recruitment of Indigenous candidates.
Education and experience
Preference for a law degree
Experience: Two (2) years’ related experience
Other qualifying skills and/or abilities
English and French, spoken and written. Excellent judgment, discretion, and professionalism. Experience in project/process management. Experience in a university setting; experience in a professional program setting an asset. Excellent communications skills (written, electronic, interpersonal); experience in public speaking. Excellent organizational and planning skills. Experience working with diverse constituencies. Ability to prioritize and manage time. Ability to solve problems and achieve consensus. Composed under pressure and ability to meet deadlines. Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate and supervise staff. Demonstrated ability to work in a computerized environment.
How to apply
To apply, kindly submit your CV, presentation letter, and other documents to: hr.law [at] mcgill.ca.
Deadline to apply: 20 November 2020.
August 2020: Please note that we are not seeking applications for this fellowship at the moment.
The Boulton Fund was established in 1983 under the terms of a bequest of the late A. Maxwell Boulton, QC (1909-1981), BA 1930, BCL 1933. Its purpose is to enable the Faculty to invite one or more junior scholars, Boulton Fellows, in each academic year, in order to assist them in carrying out a research project of significance while gaining some teaching experience in the Faculty.
To find out more, please see the Faculty Fellowships section of our site's Research section. We accept applications between December 1 and January 31, for terms starting the next university year.
There are no postings at the present.
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