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Assistant or Associate Professor, Women's and Gender Studies

Mount Royal University


Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s and became a mid-sized university in 2009. Mount Royal has carved out a distinct niche by offering smaller class sizes, a robust liberal education and unique undergraduate programs. Currently, more than 15,000 credit students choose from 13 bachelor degrees and 38 majors.

Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut'ina and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is "Mohkinstsis," which we now call the city of Calgary. The city of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.

Mount Royal University is committed to removing barriers and fostering the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented or discouraged in our society. In support of our belief that diversity in our faculty and staff enriches the work, learning and research experiences for the entire campus community, we strongly encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply and self-identify.


The Faculty of Arts is home to six academic departments: Economics, Justice & Policy Studies; English, Languages & Cultures; Humanities; Interior Design; Psychology; and Sociology & Anthropology. Arts currently offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts with six majors, Bachelor of Arts—Criminal Justice, and Bachelor of Interior Design.

The successful candidate will be a member of the Department of Humanities. The Department of Humanities currently offers a BA in History and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, as well as minors in Ancient and Medieval Studies, Art History, Canadian Studies, Humanities, Indigenous Studies, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.


Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) at MRU is committed to intersectional, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive pedagogies and to providing a brave learning space for students where they are encouraged to think critically, creatively, and self-reflexively in the pursuit of a more just world. We offer approximately 25 WGST courses each year to more than 850 undergraduate students registered in programs across campus. MRU offers a minor in WGST, and Women's and Gender Studies makes an important contribution to the university’s general education curriculum.


We invite applications for one position, subject to final budgetary approval, at the rank of either Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (hired with tenure is a possibility) with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2022 (negotiable). The successful candidate will be a teacher-scholar broadly trained in gender, women’s, sexuality, and/or feminist studies with expertise in field(s) that complement but do not duplicate those already represented. Fields of specialty are open, and the position will remain open until filled. We especially invite candidates who will strengthen our program’s commitment to social justice, anti-racist scholarship, and feminist technology, science, and/or health studies. We are also interested in:

-- Environmental justice, including queer and gendered approaches

-- Expertise in the areas of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and/or other Women-of-Colour feminisms, including Indigeneity and critiques of settler colonialism

-- The politics of the body, including health inequalities, transfeminism, and disability studies

WGST faculty value interdisciplinary teaching, scholarship, and experiential learning that further MRU’s commitment to diversity, equity, justice, and inclusive excellence. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate intersectional, innovative, community-engaged, and cross-disciplinary approaches to research and teaching within a liberal education context, and who value mentoring students who are first-generation, limited-income, and from historically underrepresented groups in post-secondary education.

New faculty at MRU are hired into one of two work patterns. The teaching/service pattern (TS) has a focus on teaching and service, and comes with a 4/4 teaching load. The teaching/scholarship/service pattern (TSS) has a focus on teaching and service, with the requirement that the faculty member also be involved in a research program, and comes with a 3/3 teaching load. Please indicate in your cover letter which of the two work patterns you would prefer; there is no preference for one over the other, and there is an option to change work patterns after tenure.


-- Ph.D. in Women's and Gender Studies. Applications may also be considered from candidates with a Ph.D. in a related discipline in the humanities or social sciences with a research focus on issues relevant to women’s, gender, and/or sexuality. Ph.D. must be completed by the date of appointment (July 1, 2022).

-- Evidence of successful teaching at the university level that includes feminist, intersectional, and decolonizing pedagogical approaches.

-- For TS: Ability and commitment to mentor students in community-based learning, undergraduate research, and preparation for professional experiences.

-- For TSS: Evidence of success in scholarly productivity, which can include public intellectual engagement.

-- Demonstrated intercultural competence with diverse groups in teaching, research, and/or service.

-- Ability and commitment to teach core and elective courses in WGST, including courses in the candidate's primary areas of expertise as well as upper division electives as needed.

-- Demonstrated administrative experience, interest, and vision is crucial; we seek a scholar who would play a leadership role in the near future.

For information on the job search, contact Dr. Scott Murray, Chair of the Search Committee and Chair, Department of Humanities.

For more information on Women’s and Gender Studies, contact Dr. Kimberly A. Williams, WGST Program Coordinator, For a list of WGST courses currently offered at Mount Royal University, visit the Academic Calendar.


Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. We strive to be an employer of choice among Canadian post-secondary institutions.

At Mount Royal University, we recognize that people are a combination of many intersecting identities; we work to cultivate an environment that welcomes the whole person, and harnesses the strength that is available in our diversity, creating a rich and inclusive workplace.

Investing in the learning and development of our employees benefits the individual and the University. A variety of services, resources and programs encourage a healthy, productive workplace. Mount Royal University offers a competitive total compensation package including health and dental benefits, pension, health and personal spending accounts, paid vacation, winter holiday closure, personal days and a free membership in our fully equipped recreation centre.

Our campus offers the convenience of a full medical clinic, dentist and pharmacy, as well as a variety of wellness services such as physiotherapists and massage therapists. Campus Recreation offers many activities, including personal training, climbing, aquatics, sports and certifications for students, employees and the public.

Due to changing Covid-19 precautions, this role may possibly require the incumbent to temporarily work from home. Access to a secure personal computer and stable internet connection is required.

All employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to access campus. This is a condition of employment.


The selection committee will begin reviewing applications on March 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request.

The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to complete applications submitted by February 28, 2022.

All applications will be reviewed and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as required by Canadian immigration laws, Indigenous peoples (First Nation, Inuit, and Métis), Canadian citizens, and permanent residents will be given priority.

Required Application Materials
Interested applicants should submit the following materials using the “Apply to the Job” link below:

A two or three page cover letter that specifically addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications for the position as described above (including whether you’d like to be considered for the TS or TSS work pattern);

Current curriculum vitae; and

A one-page narrative statement addressing past and/or future contributions to DEI, social justice, decolonization, and anti-racism through scholarship and/or creative activity, teaching, and service.