Ruth Wynn Woodward Junior Chair Simon Fraser University, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Canada

Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Ruth Wynn Woodward Junior Chair


The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby Campus) is seeking outstanding candidates for the Ruth Wynn Woodward Junior Chair in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, a .5 FTE position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to start September 1, 2019. The successful applicant will be an exceptional emerging scholar with interdisciplinary expertise in Digital Humanities or the field of Gender and Global Asia.


The RWW Endowment funds a Junior Chair who is expected to perform significant outreach-based activities that bridge academic and non-academic communities. This position will be appointed for a 24-month period (September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2021). The successful applicant will demonstrate expertise in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies, show evidence of teaching potential and public outreach, and be able to participate in departmental and collegial activities.


Applicants must be an emerging scholar with no more than 4 years of experience after the award of the PhD. Applicants should have a completed PhD by 1 February 2019. Responsibilities include: teaching a total of two undergraduate seminar courses each academic year, one of which will include a graduate education component. One of the courses will be delivered in each of the 2020 and 2021 summer semesters (equivalent of a 1/1 teaching load). The Junior Chair will design and deliver one major public event and engage in modest community outreach. The Junior Chair will be asked to participate in the RWW Travelling Speakers program which sends GSWS teachers to address colleges and community groups in the interior and northern areas of BC and/or the Yukon.


The Junior Chair will receive an annual salary of $50, 000/year plus benefits. The Junior Chair will also receive additional funds to support professional development, event outreach, and course development.


The application should include a 2-page cover letter that includes:
• Short (750 word) research statement
• Short description of proposed public conference, workshop or lecture series, and community outreach envisioned


Additionally, please provide:
• A current C.V. which indicates date of conferral of doctoral degree
• A brief one-page description for each proposed undergraduate course.


Please consult the Department’s website for samples of courses currently taught by GSWS. Completed applications must be emailed to the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at and received no later than 4 March 2019. Candidates selected for interview will be asked to arrange for 3 letters of reference to be sent to the Department.


This position is subject to budgetary approval.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.


The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies respectfully acknowledges that SFU is on unceded Coast Salish Territory; the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Kwikwetlem First Nations.


SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.


Under the authority of the University Act personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice.

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