Faculty of Law

Limited Term Faculty Positions
Thunder Bay
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, December 31, 2023 - 11:59pm

Application Deadline: December 31, 2023

Bora Laskin Faculty of Law

Reference # LAW-2024-25-01

Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Campus, invites applications for three (3) three-year limited term appointments, typically at the rank of Assistant Professor at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. The academic rank of the appointment will be commensurate with the qualifications of the successful candidate.

The Faculty of Law is expanding its first-year cohort to include one section of online intensive learners. To support this expansion, we are seeking applications from outstanding established and emerging scholars with a J.D./LL.B., and a graduate degree in law or a cognate discipline. The ability to teach subjects taught in the first-year curriculum is required. Teaching interests and expertise related to the mandate areas of the Faculty of Law will be looked upon very favorably, and experience with experiential learning and online or alternative modes of delivery is highly desired.Willingness to teach both in person and online (no hybrid) is required. Candidates must be eligible for licensing with any Canadian Law Society.

The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law is known for its innovative curriculum with mandatory courses in Aboriginal and Indigenous Law implemented in 2013. At the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, practice skills learning is integrated into the curriculum of substantive courses.  The Law Society of Ontario approved the Integrated Practice Curriculum (IPC) in 2013 for the law school to serve as a leader and model in providing legal practice skills as part of the J.D. program.

Beginning in the 2024/25 academic year, in addition to offering the first-year curriculum to two sections in person, the Faculty will also offer one section through an online intensive program comprised of online and land-based learning. For more information on the online intensive program, please visit:  https://www.lakeheadu.ca/programs/departments/law/curriculum/1l-online-intensive

Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. Our campuses are located in Thunder Bay on the traditional lands of the Fort William First Nation, Signatory to the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850 and in Orillia on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, and Rama First Nation. Lakehead University acknowledges the history that many nations hold in the areas around our campuses and is committed to a relationship with Métis and Inuit and First Nations peoples. Lakehead has approximately 10,000 students and 2,160 faculty and staff. With an emphasis on collaborative learning and independent critical thinking and a multidisciplinary teaching approach, Lakehead offers a variety of degree and diploma programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels through its nine faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health and Behavioural Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Science and Environmental Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, Graduate Studies, and Faculty of Law. For further information, please visit: http://www.lakeheadu.ca.

For further information, please contact Professor Joan Braun, Chair, Appointments Committee. Detailed information on the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law and our programs is available at: https://www.lakeheadu.ca/programs/departments/law

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2023 and continue until the positions are filled. The electronic application (in the form of one PDF document) quoting Reference # LAW-2024-25-01should include: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, which includes teaching philosophy, teaching experience and interests (3 pages maximum), evidence of teaching effectiveness attached to the teaching statement, such as course outlines and evaluations from previous courses taught, a statement of a research plan, current and future interests (3 pages maximum), up to three  publications or writing samples, and the names and contact information of three references. A completed Confirmation of Eligibility to Work in Canada.pdf form must accompany your package. 

Where three publications are not available the applicant may supplement publications with other writing samples such as a chapter of a dissertation.

The letter of application should indicate teaching interests in the first-year curriculum (incl. Tort Law, Criminal Law, Contract Law, Constitutional Law, Property Law, Indigenous Law, Foundations of Canadian Law, and Legal Research and Writing) should confirm willingness to teach in person as required (in Thunder Bay) and online.

Applicants should submit their electronic application to:

Professor Joan Braun, Chair, Appointments Committee
Bora Laskin Faculty of Law
Lakehead University
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Email: mainoffice.law@lakeheadu.ca

Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. This is in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements.

Lakehead University has an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan 2019-2024 with a goal to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as measured by increasing representation of under-represented groups among applicants, candidates and hires. We encourage candidates to self-identify, if you are from an under-represented group, and prefer candidates with the knowledge, competencies and relationships derived from lived experience. Experience working with Indigenous or racialized communities, and/or members of other equity-deserving groups is a strong asset. A lived experience or worked experience of any of these issues is preferred.

We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified. Lakehead University is committed to supporting an accessible environment. Applicants requiring accommodation during the interview process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (807) 343.8010 ext. 8334 orhuman.resources@lakeheadu.cato make appropriate arrangements.

This position is subject to budgetary approval.