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Faculty of Social Science
Feminist and Gender Studies
The Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa (APUO)

The Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa is located on the unceded territory of the Algonquin people.

The Institute is seeking to fill a regular faculty position that focuses on contemporary Indigenous issues, including those related to Indigenous resistance and/or resurgence, two-spirit and queer studies, decolonial and anti-colonial critiques, and transnational perspectives.

Preferential Hiring of Indigenous Candidates 

The hiring for this position will be done in accordance with the University’s initiatives to combat systemic racial discrimination as announced by the University President in January 2021, which aim among other things, to remedy the under-representation of racialized peoples and Indigenous peoples within the ranks of its faculty members. As such, only applications from Indigenous peoples will be considered and evaluated for the position. Those who wish to be considered as part of this group are asked to self-identify by completing the confidential questionnaire at the time of submitting an application.

Title of the Position: Assistant Professor or if applicable, Associate Professor

Duties: The responsibilities of this position include teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervision of graduate students, and a sustained commitment to research and community service. The successful candidate will be a key resource for the development of Indigenous knowledge in university education. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate a strong research program and/or potential, and a commitment to participating in the administrative activities of the unit and the Faculty. Given the nature of the position, preference will be given to Indigenous individuals who have verifiable ties to their Indigenous community.

Affirming that Indigenous peoples are knowledge creators in their own right, the successful candidate will be able to open up spaces for: key conversations on knowledge structures as they are expressed in their area of research; partnership and co-development of research projects within Indigenous communities and organizations, and nonacademic actors.

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.

Start date: July 1, 2023

Requirements: Tenure-track position.

Salary: The salary range for an Assistant Professor starts at $88,735 (as of May 1, 2022). The salary range for an Associate Professor starts at $98,019 (as of May 1, 2022).

Benefits: The University of Ottawa offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes long-term disability, group basic life insurance, extended health care, the University of Ottawa Pension Plan and optional life insurance as well as relocation expenses.

Location of work: Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa, 120 University Private, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Required Skills:

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • A PhD in Indigenous Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, or a related field. Exceptional candidates who do not have a PhD will be considered if they hold recognized Indigenous knowledge, have connections to Indigenous communities, use Indigenous research and teaching methods, or have outstanding scholarly work recognized by other Indigenous scholars.
  • Expertise in one (or more) of the following areas: food, land, kinship and/or Indigenous legal orders, the role of language in Indigenous knowledge and worldviews, Indigenous ways of knowing, social theory, research methodologies, social justice, social inequality, cultural studies, or different areas of interest such as Indigenous communities, decolonization, education, social movements, political anthropology.
  • Demonstration of an established and innovative research program, or one that demonstrates potential for excellence through a record of refereed publications or other forms of knowledge mobilization.
  • The ability, or potential, to raise external funds and/or to develop co-creative projects with non-academic communities, organizations or other stakeholders.

Application Deadline: Applications received by November 1, 2022, will be given full consideration, the position will remain open until filled.

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

Applications should include:

  1. a letter of application describing the applicant's qualifications for the position;
  2. a curriculum vitae
  3. a sample of publications;
  4. a sample of course outlines;
  5. Four confidential letters of recommendation sent directly by the referees (three academic references and one from a community member or organization with whom the candidate has worked in the past) attesting to the candidate's commitment to Indigenous protocols regarding research methods and praxis.

Reference letters and any questions should be sent directly to:

Jamie Liew

Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies
University of Ottawa

Successful candidates will be invited to present their research in front of faculty and students (this presentation will most likely be done using video-conferencing technology).

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In accordance with Immigration Canada requirements, all qualified individuals are invited to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University of Ottawa is committed to employment equity. If you are invited to continue with the selection process, please advise us of any need for special accommodation by contacting the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Affairs at All information provided will be treated with respect and confidentiality.

The University of Ottawa has a proud tradition of bilingualism dating back over 160 years. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University offers staff members and their spouses the means to become bilingual.