University of Alberta

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Feminism and Intersectionality

Faculty of Arts

Competition No.  -    A107334984
Closing Date  -    Jul 01, 2018

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta invites applications for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Feminism and Intersectionality. Tier 1 CRCs are intended for outstanding scholars acknowledged as world leaders in their discipline and fields of research. The successful candidate will lead an excellent and innovative program of research that develops the theory and practice of intersectional gender scholarship. The Chair’s work will speak to multiple disciplines and contribute to building innovative disciplinary, multi- and interdisciplinary research collaborations, while mentoring and supervising graduate students and contributing to scholarly and public debate on feminism, gender, and Intersectionality.

Candidates must hold a PhD in a relevant discipline and have an exceptional and innovative record of research leadership, a track record in obtaining external research grants, and a history of attracting and mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. They must also be prepared to articulate an original and groundbreaking program of future research.

This opportunity is open to both Canadian and international scholars. In accordance with the CRC Program’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Practices and the University of Alberta’s related Action Plan, preference will be given to applications from women, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal Peoples, and visible minorities. Candidates who have experienced career interruptions will not be unfairly disadvantaged by such interruptions.

The successful applicant will be appointed as a regular senior faculty member and will be nominated by the Faculty for a Canada Research Chair. All Faculty nominations are subject to approval by UAlberta’s President’s Advisory Committee for Senior Academic Appointments, and University nominations are subject to the approval of the Canada Research Chair Program.

Tier 1 Chairs are tenable for seven years, with one competitive renewal that allows Chairholders the potential to hold their Chair for a second seven-year term.

The University of Alberta is one of Canada’s top five research-intensive universities. As one of UAlberta’s largest Faculties, the Faculty of Arts is home to 325 faculty members, 5,800 undergraduate students, and 750 graduate students. The Faculty of Arts is a diverse and inclusive institutional home for 15 academic Departments spanning the breadth of social sciences, humanities, and fine arts disciplines. Candidates’ disciplinary training and focus may correspond to any one or more of these Departments.

Responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate teaching, graduate supervision, and normal university administrative service, as well as maintaining an original and innovative research program. However, the teaching load for Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs is two one-term courses per year instead of the four one-term courses per year for regular faculty. The appointment will be with tenure, at the level of full Professor. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and, once the Canada Research Chair commences, carries a supplement that may be taken as a taxable salary or tax-free research grant, or a combination thereof. The university’s benefit package is comprehensive.

The closing date for receipt of applications is July 1, 2018. The position starting date is as early as July 1, 2019, but is negotiable.

To have your application considered, please:

  • select the Apply Online icon below and include a cover letter describing your interest in the position, your curriculum vitae, and a statement outlining your research plans to the attention of Dr. Lesley Cormack, Dean, Faculty of Arts
  • Applicants are further expected to contact three referees and arrange to have them send their letters of reference to the attention of Dr. Lesley Cormack, Dean, Faculty of Arts; these letters should be submitted via e-mail to  Please enter “Reference Letter – Professor and Tier 1 CRC in Feminism & Intersectionality" in the subject line
  • Complete the following questionnaire:

The University of Alberta recognizes that career interruptions (such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) can affect research achievements. Therefore, candidates are encouraged to explain in their application how career interruptions may have impacted them. In addition, the successful candidate's proposed research program should ideally conform to the University’s vision and "cornerstones" outlined in the UofA institutional plan “For the Public Good” document (

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number at the bottom of your cover letter. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your cover letter.

For questions related to this position or the Canada Research Chair (CRC) selection process, please contact Dr. Steve Patten, Associate Dean (Research), at

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.