The University of Ottawa Faculty of Law invites applications for the position of a tenure-track professor who will strengthen our teaching and research capacity in the field of Indigenous legal affairs and pursue the decolonization of our programs. The chosen candidate will hold a joint position bridging the Common Law and Civil Law sections. Applications from all ranks, including full professor, will be accepted in accordance with experience.
Review of applications will commence on October 5, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.
Our Faculty (Civil Law Section and Common Law Section)
Located on the unceded ancestral territory of the Algonquin Omamiwiiniwug Nation, the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law is Canada’s largest law faculty. Thanks to 35 professors in its Civil Law Section, more than 75 professors in its Common Law Section, five research centres, 14 chairs and two laboratories, the Faculty provides its students, researchers, and professors with an outstanding intellectual environment. Our graduate programs in law include general and specialized master’s degrees (LL.M.) and a doctoral program (PhD).
The Faculty draws on a long tradition of legal instruction and research that is innovative, influential, and globally minded. Its professors benefit from the Faculty’s strategic position within the University of Ottawa and Canada’s capital city, the meeting point of diverse legal traditions: civil law, common law, and several Indigenous legal orders.
Our commitment to reconciliation and Indigenous peoples
The University of Ottawa Faculty of Law recognizes that it is on Algonquin land in a territory where Algonquin legal orders have operated for millennia and continue to do so today. As a Faculty, we are committed to education that is multi-juridical and includes Indigenous laws and legal orders, civil law, and common law. We provide space for all students to learn, interrogate, and critique the law in a professional, ethical, and respectful way.
We believe in the values of respect and reciprocity of relationships, and are committed to fostering knowledge and skills relating to Indigenous laws, Indigenous peoples, anti-discrimination, and the full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We are dedicated to promoting Indigenous teaching, methods, and research. Our research is interdisciplinary, inclusive, and committed to the service of the community. This commitment includes the decolonization of spaces, teaching methods, and knowledge in order to prepare our learners, staff, and faculty for participation in respectful and reciprocal relationships with Indigenous peoples and communities.
The Common and Civil Law sections have both instituted mandatory training, courses, and action plans in Indigenous law: in the Civil Law Section, all first-year students take an intensive seminar. We have also offered a summer school on Indigenous lands since 2005. In the Common Law Section, the plan includes one mandatory first-year course, elective courses, and intensive training and community-building programming. We have over 50 Indigenous students from various nations enrolled in our undergraduate and graduate programs.
Pursue a research and publication program in the field of Indigenous legal affairs.
Teach and provide guidance to undergraduate and graduate students, including Indigenous students.
Help the University of Ottawa and the two sections implement action plans relating to reconciliation and the decolonization of our programs.
Help raise the profiles of the Faculty and the University and contribute to their governance.
Fulfill all other duties set out in the collective agreement.
The chosen candidate should have at least a graduate degree in law. However, we will give preference to candidates who hold or will soon hold a PhD
The ability to teach and conduct research in French and English
In addition to publication in peer-reviewed journals and a talent for high-quality teaching, the following may be taken into consideration: current research projects; academic excellence; knowledge of Indigenous languages; and the ability to contribute to University life.
Preferential hiring process
This position will be filled in accordance with the principles of the University of Ottawa’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, which aims to correct the underrepresentation of persons from four designated groups: women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous persons, and racialized persons (visible minorities), as well as all other qualified persons with the skills and knowledge to engage in productive dialogue with equitable, diverse, and inclusive communities. In the case of a preferential hiring process, only candidates who are members of these groups will be considered and evaluated for the position. We urge candidates who wish to be considered as members of one or more of the designated groups to complete a confidential self-identification questionnaire when applying. Please note the posting number. This questionnaire is available online.
Posting number: 20040-LAW
Conditions and starting salary: In accordance with the collective agreement in effect. The attribution of a tenure-track position is subject to budgetary approval.
Starting date: July 1, 2021
Your application should include an updated curriculum vitae, a sample of publications, the names and addresses of three references whom the Faculty can contact, a transcript for each university degree you have been awarded, and a cover letter describing your research and teaching interests.
Please send your application by email to the attention of the deans of the two sections of the Faculty, as follows:
Dean Marie-Eve Sylvestre
Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section
57 Louis Pasteur Street
Fauteux Hall, Room 205
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
Dean Adam Dodek
Faculty of Law, Common Law Section
57 Louis Pasteur Street
Fauteux Hall, Room 111
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
All qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. When submitting your application, please indicate your status.
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 confidence.
The University of Ottawa is proud of its 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides its employees and their spouses with the means to become bilingual. At the time of tenure, professors are expected to have the ability to function in a bilingual setting.
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