Tenure Track Position at the Rank of Assistant Professor in Transnational Feminist and Gender Studies

Art Women & Gender Studies

Competition No.  -    A107346921
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The University of Alberta has committed to diversifying the institution’s professoriate through an inclusive excellence initiative that includes hiring up to eleven Black scholars across a range of disciplines and faculties.

This cohort hire is designed to make an immediate and substantive contribution to advancing Black academic excellence at the University of Alberta. A commitment to recruiting and retaining an increasingly diverse group of excellent scholars is essential to addressing the cumulative impacts of biases and inequalities that have stood in the way of inclusive excellence. This is part of the University of Alberta’s ongoing commitment to equity, diversity and inclusivity. 

The scholars hired through this Black academic excellence cohort hire will be welcomed into academic Departments and Faculties committed to inclusivity and academic excellence and welcomed into a growing community of Black faculty members across the university.  

For this cohort hire, the University of Alberta seeks qualified individuals who self-identify as persons of Black African or Black Caribbean descent and lived experience. 

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor specializing in Transnational Feminist Studies and/or Transnational Gender Studies, with a starting date of July 1, 2022. Applicants must hold a PhD (or an equivalent degree) in Women’s and Gender Studies, or a closely related field; applicants who are ABD with a strong expectation of completing the degree before July 1, 2022 will also be considered. Ideal candidates will have expertise in one or more of the following areas: globalization and political economy; human rights, migration, and citizenship; critical race and/or anti-Black racism studies; transnational feminist, labour, anticapitalist, and/or environmentalist movements; Black diaspora studies; Black, decolonial, and/or intersectional feminist research methods; gender and transnational migration.

Ideal candidates must demonstrate potential for excellence in research and teaching, and the ability to engage with diverse feminist perspectives. The successful candidate will support the department in its effort to expand the curriculum in critical race, anti-racist, transnational, and intersectionality studies. Regular teaching load is 4 courses per year with expectations that the successful candidate will teach core courses in the department with an emphasis on transnational feminist theories, methods, and practices, and will develop courses at the senior and graduate level in their areas of expertise. An ability to teach feminist research methodologies is an asset. 

The Department currently has 10 full time academic faculty members, including a Landrex Professor and a Canada 150 Chair in Gender and Cultural Informatics. WGS serves a broad range of undergraduate students from across the University of Alberta, with close to 60 majors and 15 graduate students in a largely course-based MA program in Gender and Social Justice Studies. Faculty members in WGS maintain strong connections to research projects and scholarly initiatives in units across the University, and frequently supervise doctoral students outside the home department. The University has a large concentration of feminist and intersectional scholars across all Faculties, many of whom are involved in the Intersections of Gender Signature Area, a network of scholars which brings together 250 scholars from across 18 Faculties. Applicants interested to learn more about the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the research programs of our faculty members are invited to view our website or to contact the Department Chair, Dr. Michelle Meagher. 

WGS is housed in the Faculty of Arts, which is the oldest and most diverse faculty on campus and is one of the largest research and teaching centres in Western Canada (https://www.ualberta.ca/arts/index.html). A guiding principle of the Faculty of Arts is that we must work together to foster a welcoming, equitable, and antiracist working and learning environment. We acknowledge that diversity in Indigeneity, race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, language, and disability is key to our excellence in learning, teaching, research, service, and community engagement. We commit to taking deliberate action towards dismantling the conditions that allow for structural oppression and racism to persist. 

Edmonton and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory, homeland of the Métis, and traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Dene, and Nakota Sioux. Established in 1908 as a board-governed, public institution, the University of Alberta has earned the reputation of being one of the best universities in Canada based on strengths in teaching, research, and service. The University is home to a new Black Youth Mentorship and Leadership Program (Faculty of Nursing), a Black Graduate Students Association, a Black Students Association (undergraduate), a Black Medical Students’ Association, a Black Faculty Collective, and the Michaëlle Jean Lectureship in Canadian Caribbean and African Diasporic Studies. It is a recent signatory to the Scarborough Charter, which confirms a commitment to fostering Black flourishing and sustained commitment to redress anti-Black racism and to promote Black inclusion. The University’s main campus is located in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city. The Edmonton metropolitan area is the sixth largest in Canada, with a population of nearly 1.5 million people. It has the second largest Indigenous population and the fourth largest Black population of any city in Canada. The Canadian prairies are the second most densely populated Black region in Canada. Moreover, Black people as a demographic are growing faster in Alberta than in any other region, apart from central Canada.

How to Apply

To have your application considered, please select the Apply Online icon below and submit the following:

  • Cover letter that includes highlights of the candidate’s profile and the names of the three referees (see below for more information)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Research statement that outlines main areas of current and future research (submit under “Research Plan”). This research statement must include a list of publications and conference presentations.
  • Writing samples from recent research publications or presentations (submit under “List of Publications”)
  • Teaching dossier that includes a brief teaching philosophy, evidence of, or potential for, teaching effectiveness, and sample course outline(s) (submit as an attachment under "Statement of Teaching/Research Interests")

Letters of reference will be requested from applicants selected for interviews. Applicants will be expected to contact the three referees and arrange to have them submit their letters of reference via email attachment to Michelle Meagher (michelle.meagher@ualberta.ca). Please enter “A107346921" in the subject line. 

All applicants to this job posting are required to self-identify using the following questionnaire: https://ualberta.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bPGjlSRRVf76Em2?Competition=A107346921.

Review of applications will begin in January, 2022. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

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 at the bottom of your cover letter.

COVID-19 Vaccination: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in compliance with the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Directive is required. Fully Vaccinated means a status an individual achieves 14 days after having received the recommended number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, and requires the individual to maintain the recommended number and type of vaccine doses as updated and required by Health Canada thereafter.

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.


How to Apply

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