Assistant Professor, Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies

University of Ottawa

Job Family:

Academic Leadership and Faculty

Union affiliation:



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Main Campus

Date Posted:

November 10, 2023

Closing Date:

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above

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 Anishinabeg Algonquin Nation.

The Institute is seeking to fill a regular faculty position that focuses on contemporary Indigenous issues, preferably related to one or more of the following: Indigenous resistance and/or resurgence; two-spirit and queer studies; decolonial and anti-colonial critiques; and/or transnational perspectives.

Invitation from the current Director of the Institute

Kwey! I am Phyllis L. F. Rippey the director of the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, a sociologist by training, and a settler-immigrant to Canada, born in the United States, where my ancestors were settlers from Western Europe. The University, the Faculty of Social Sciences, and the Institute are committed to supporting and honoring the needs of Indigenous professors as outlined in the Indigenous Action Plan for uOttawa, including recognition in our collective agreement of Indigenous ways of knowing and doing research, flexibility in working conditions to support community engagement, formal Decolonization and Indigenizing Committees, numerous Indigenous partnerships, supports from our Indigenous Education Advisors, and many informal relationships between and among Indigenous and settler members of our community. I invite you to apply and share with us who you are. 

Preferential Hiring of Indigenous Candidates 

The hiring for this position will be done in accordance with the University’s Indigenous Action Plan, which seeks to remedy the under-representation of Indigenous faculty members. As a restricted hiring opportunity, and as provided in the provisions for a special program described by the Ontario Human Rights Commission, applicants must demonstrate in their application materials that they are eligible to be included in the category of Indigenous persons and will be asked to complete a 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. 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. Research, as defined in Article 20 of the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa (APUO) Collective Agreement includes, among other activities, work carried out using traditional/Indigenous knowledge and the practical applications or dissemination of such research generally, or specifically through engagement with Indigenous communities.

Bilingualism: As the University of Ottawa offers programs in both English and French, all faculty members in the Faculty of Social Sciences must demonstrate bilingualism before being granted tenure. Potential candidates who are not bilingual (French-English) at time of application should not hesitate to apply: the University offers faculty members and their spouse the opportunity to take courses to improve their second official language competencies.

Start date: July 1, 2024

Salary: As of May 1, 2023, the salary range for a Lecturer starts at $73,316, an Assistant Professor at $89,622, and an Associate Professor at $98,999.

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. Candidates who are close to completing a Ph.D. will be considered.
  • Expertise in one (or more) of the following areas: Indigenous resistance and/or resurgence; two-spirit and queer studies; decolonial and anti-colonial critiques; and/or transnational perspectives
  • 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.
  • Preference will be given to applicants whose research and teaching praxes reflect an existing and ongoing relationship to legally recognized and inherent Indigenous nations, communities and/or organizations (non-profit, health and wellness, educational sectors, etc.), or artistic and heritage organizations (museums, galleries, theatre, etc.).

Application Deadline: Applications received by December 20, 2023, 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) one sample publication;

4) one or more sample(s) of course outlines;

5) evidence demonstrating eligibility to be included in the category of Indigenous persons;

6) four (4) confidential letters of recommendation sent directly by the referees to the Director :

a) Three (3) academic references

b) One (1) letter of recommendation from a member of a recognized community, a community or organization with whom the applicant has worked, attesting to their adherence to Indigenous protocols around research methods and praxes;


One (1) letter of recommendation from a traditional knowledge keeper or community leader/member with whom the candidate has worked attesting to the candidate’s experience of teaching and researching Indigenous education in partnership with the community.

Reference letters and any questions should be sent directly to:

Phyllis L. F. Rippey

Director, Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies

University of Ottawa

[email protected]

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

To learn more about us, please visit our website.

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 Peoples in Canada, visible minorities members (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, 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, to be completed at the time of application.

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 proceed 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 [email protected]. 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.

Prior to May 1, 2022, the University required all students, faculty, staff, and visitors (including contractors) to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as defined in Policy 129 – Covid-19 Vaccination. This policy was suspended effective May 1, 2022 but may be reinstated at any point in the future depending on public health guidelines and the recommendations of experts.

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