Faculty Position in Public History and Colonialism

University of Ottawa Department of History

The Department of History at the University of Ottawa invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of Public history and colonialism (with an expertise in digital humanities)

Title of the position: Assistant Professor level, but higher ranks will be considered under exceptional circumstances.

Duties: The functions of a member of the academic staff include, in varying proportions: a) teaching activities; b) scholarly activities revealed by research; c) academic service activities, d) supervision of graduate students.

  • The successful candidate will be expected to teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of public history and colonialism. A critical aspect of these expectations will be the provision of teaching and mentoring to graduate students at the University.
  • The candidate will be expected to implement a research program in digital public history focused on the decolonization of publicly available historical narratives that will lead to scholarly publications and which has the potential of attracting, developing, and retaining excellent trainees, students, and future researchers in addition to external funding, to supervise these trainees in writing theses and research papers.
  • A strong commitment to participate in the administrative activities of the department is required.

Terms: Tenure-track position, starting July 1, 2021

Wage:  Salary scale for an Assistant Professor starts at $ 86,986 (as of May 1, 2020).

Benefits package: The University of Ottawa provides a complete benefits package which includes long term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan and optional life insurance, as well as relocation expenses.

Location of work:  Department of History, University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier East Av., Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Contact information: Dr. Damien-Claude Bélanger, Chair, Department of History, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5.  hisdir@uottawa.ca

Skills requirements:

Education: Ph.D. in History or in a closely related field.

Work experience:

  • Candidates must have an excellent record of research and peer-reviewed publications in the fields of public history and colonialism.
  • Relevant areas of expertise may include but are not limited to: the public dissemination of history in a museum setting and on the web, the large-scale mobilization, interpretation, and transmission of historical knowledge in the digital age, and the decolonization of publicly available historical narratives.
  • Knowledge in the use of digital tools and in the production of information related to digital humanities is an asset.
  • Evidence of excellence in the teaching of history or of a related discipline is required.
  • Experience attracting and supervising graduate students is an asset.
  • The ability to create links between the university and museums and heritage institutions is an asset.
  • Active knowledge of both French and English.

Application deadline: Applications received by December 11, 2020, will receive full consideration but the position will remain open until filled.

Posting no.: 20062-ARTS

Please send the following application materials, combined into a single pdf document: letter of application, statement of teaching philosophy including student evaluations, detailed research proposal/statement, curriculum vitae, and samples of publications. In addition, three confidential letters of reference should be sent directly by the referees to:

Damien-Claude Bélanger, Ph.D.
Department of History
University of Ottawa
55 Laurier East Av.
Ottawa, Ontario K1N6N5

Short-listed candidates will be invited to do a research presentation and a teaching demonstration in front of professors and students.

For more detail on our programs, please visit https://arts.uottawa.ca/history/

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 persons, visible minority 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. Please take note of this posting number. This questionnaire can be found online.

According to government policy, 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 at 613-562-5958. 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. At the time of tenure, professors are expected to have the ability to function in a bilingual setting.

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