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Faculty of Social Science
Public and International Affairs
The Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa (APUO)

The University of Ottawa is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the best universities in the country and the largest bilingual university (French and English) in the world. Located on the unceded territory of Anishinàbe-Algonquin people, in the heart of downtown Ottawa, it contributes significantly to the economy, culture and quality of life of Canada's Capital. The Faculty of Social Sciences comprises nine departments, schools and institutes, which offer undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral programs in both English and French. With its 10,000 students, 260 full-time professors, and wide array of programs and research centres, the Faculty of Social Sciences plays a key role at the heart of the University of Ottawa. Its graduate students are supervised by excellent researchers and undertake cutting-edge research in the Faculty’s Master’s and Ph.D. programs.

The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) is a bilingual School consisting of 29 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members trained in numerous disciplines. It is located in downtown Ottawa, a multicultural city with lively neighbourhoods, easy access to outdoor enjoyment, ample cultural amenities of the national capital, and excellent public schools.

The GSPIA at the University of Ottawa is accepting applications for one (1) tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position in the Legal Aspects of Human Rights.


Hold a Ph.D. in closely related field. For candidates in the field of Law, the minimum requirements are: (1) a Master of Law, (2) professional recognition from a duly authorized accrediting or professional recognition body, and (3) at least three years of full-time practice in this profession after obtaining such professional recognition.

The successful candidate will be an excellent researcher and teacher who examines the legal aspects of human rights in Canada or at the international level. Candidates trained in law or in other disciplines are welcome to apply. Substantive areas of research may include international law and institutions; conflict and human rights; Indigenous rights; race, ethnicity and law; or related subjects.

To meet the School’s teaching needs, we will only consider candidates who are able to teach in French immediately upon appointment. The successful candidate will also have opportunities to teach in English.

The successful candidate will teach in both the undergraduate Conflict and Human Rights BA degree and in the graduate Public and International Affairs MA degree. The latter program prepares MA students for future careers as policy analysts and practitioners. We therefore welcome applications from candidates with policy experience.

BILINGUALISM: As the University of Ottawa is a bilingual institution, all faculty members in the Faculty of Social Sciences must demonstrate active bilingualism before being granted tenure. The University offers faculty members and their spouse the opportunity to take courses to improve their second language.

TERMS: Tenure-track position.

WAGE:  Salary scale for an Assistant Professor ranges from $88,735 to $122,724 (as of May 1, 2022). For an Associate Professor, the range is from $98,019 to $170,215 (as of May 1, 2022).

STARTING DATE: July 1, 2023

BENEFITS PACKAGE: The University of Ottawa provides a complete benefits package which includes long-term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan and optional life insurance, as well as relocation expenses.

LOCATION OF WORK:  Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, 120 University Private, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5, Canada.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Roland Paris, Director, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, 120 University Private, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5, Canada. Telephone: 613-562-5689.


Applications should be submitted electronically through the University of Ottawa Academic Careers website.

Applicants must submit their curriculum vitae, a letter describing their teaching and research experience and interests, an example of their current research, an indication of their French and English language abilities, and submit copies of their main publications and teaching evaluations. Applicants must also request that three referees send letters of recommendation under separate cover.

Three confidential letters of reference should be sent directly to:

Roland Paris, Director
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from Indigenous persons, visible minorities (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse and inclusive communities. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups are asked to complete the confidential Self-Identification Questionnaire at the time of application.

According to government policy, all qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadians and permanent residents. When submitting your application, please indicate if you are legally entitled to work in Canada.

The University of Ottawa provides accommodations for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you are invited to continue in the selection process, please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations by email at Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and to their spouses in their second official language.