A Canadian university will only accept applicants who self-identify as “black” for economics teaching positions.
Toronto Metropolitan University posted a Nov. 21 job listing for applied microeconomics, or economics, and says on its website that the school is “committed to addressing the underrepresentation of black faculty.”
“Successful candidates identify themselves as Black Africans (e.g., Africans of Caribbean, American, European, and African heritage) and are engaged in teaching, research, or creative activities and service, including all activities “to maintain an inclusive, fair and collegial work environment,” the job announcement reads.
The job description also states, “Applicants for this opportunity must self-identify as Black.”
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Candidates must also hold a PhD in economics or a closely related field.
According to the job description, applications for the position must be sent by December 21.
At least one American university has tried to implement a similar recruitment practice.
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In February 2021, Tulane University stated that “Priority is given to BIPOC applicants,” referring to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, in a job description for Assistant Professor of Arts and Social Impact. Campus reform.
After contacting the university, the racial preference was removed from the job description.
“We have removed the wording from the teaching assistant position advertisement linked below,” a spokesperson said. “As an equal opportunity employer, Tulane University does not discriminate on the basis of protected classifications (such as race, color, or other classification protected by applicable law) in its programs, activities, or employment.”
Toronto Metropolitan University did not respond to a request for comment.