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Webinar #7: The Academic Job Market

May 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Times listed in Eastern Time Zone

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Graduate programs provide students with the rigorous training they need to succeed on the job, but the process of applying to academic positions is often shrouded in mystery. A lack of information around how to navigate the job search process coupled with the competitive nature of the market has left many students wondering what to expect. This panel is intended to demystify the application process and provide students with information that can help improve their chances of success. Panellists will describe their pathways into academia, share advice on the essentials of the application process, instruct students on best and worst practices, and discuss their experiences on hiring committees.

This session is sponsored by the Canadian Sociological Association Student Concerns Subcommittee.


Dr. Wesley Crichlow, Professor, Associate Dean of Equity and Director for Engagement and Recruitment for Youth in Foster Care, Ontario Tech University

Dr. Crichlow is also currently Director, Equity and Diversity, for The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences; Dimensions Charter Expert Member. Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), Tri-Agency of Canada, (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Natural  Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council); Expert Member Public Health Agency of Canada National Working Group. Mental Health of Black Canadians and Expert Member City of Toronto Antiblackracism: Partnership and Accountability Circle.  He has contributed to the CSA as the Book Review Editor for the Canadian Review of Sociology, past Equity Director and Equity Committee member of the CSA.


Dr. Naomi Lightman, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Calgary

Naomi Lightman is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Calgary. Her areas of research expertise include migration, care work, gender, social policy and research methodology. To date, her academic work has been published in journals includingEuropean Sociological Review, Journal of European Social Policy, International Migration Review and the Journal of Aging and Social Policy. In addition, she is the co-author of the second edition of the textbook Social Policy in Canada. Dr. Lightman has collaborated on research with various social agencies and government bodies including Social Planning Toronto, the Wellesley Institute, and the Calgary Local Immigration Partnership.


Dr. Geraldina Polanco, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology | School of Labour Studies, McMaster University

Geraldina Polanco is an Assistant Professor at McMaster University, jointly appointed in the departments of Sociology and Labour Studies. Prior to joining McMaster, she was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Waterloo, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University Northridge, and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow at York University’s Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean. She received her doctoral degree in Sociology from the University of British Columbia in 2014. Professor Polanco is an ethnographer and global scholar whose work is situated at the intersection of work and migration.


Dr. Rima Wilkes, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia

Rima Wilkes works as a Professor of Sociology at UBC.  She was the President of the CSA in 2017 and the editor of the Canadian Review of Sociology/revue from 2013-2016. She is currently serving on the CSA Porter Prize and student mentor committees.




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May 27
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm