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Job: Canadian Literature – Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba (Deadline: Jan. 11, 2021)

The Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media, Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Canadian Literature.

Applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, and Indigenous peoples will be given preferential consideration. We welcome all approaches to Canadian literature, including the field’s extensive revision in the wake of widespread conversation about the appropriation of voice, sexual violence in Canadian literary communities, and/or the continuing underrepresentation of BIPOC authors.

The need to decolonize the curriculum to allow for a more inclusive and diverse canon is urgent. We seek applicants with expertise in one or more of the many areas of research and teaching in Canadian Literature, including (but not limited to):

·      critical race studies and multiculturalism

·      diasporic and transnational literature

·      settler colonialism

·      gender and queer theory

·      energy humanities and ecocriticism

·      disability studies

·      digital humanities and new media

The successful applicant will demonstrate an expanded and critical understanding of Canadian literature that will facilitate the development of courses that speak directly to the diversity of our students’ experiences. Our student body includes Indigenous students, second-generation immigrant students, full-time working students, and students from rural areas.

Winnipeg is the largest urban Indigenous city in Canada, and also holds a rich history of immigrant cultures from Eastern Europe and more recently Asia and Africa. Evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of pedagogy is required.

Responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate teaching and supervision, service related activities, and an outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded research program.  The successful candidate will normally have a PhD by the time of appointment and must have demonstrated excellence in both teaching and research. The appointment will begin July 1, 2021 or soon thereafter.

The person hired into the position will teach first-year survey courses as well as a comprehensive range of courses in Canadian Literature as part of a vibrant, interdisciplinary department. The normal teaching load is 2/2. The department has strong ties to and links with several centres on campus (Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture; Institute for the Humanities; Arts Media Lab).

The University of Manitoba is located on Treaty One territory and the homeland of the Métis Nation, and the University hosts significant research activity in Indigenous studies, including the work of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

The starting salary will reflect the qualifications and experience of the chosen candidate.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact or 204-474-7195. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.

Applications for this position must include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and a statement of teaching that addresses practices of diversity and inclusion. As well, three confidential letters of reference must be received directly from the applicant’s referees.

Electronic applications and letters of reference should be sent to Dr. Brenda Austin-Smith (, 625 Fletcher Argue Building, 15 Chancellor’s Circle, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 5V5. 

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Province of Manitoba). All materials should arrive no later than January 11, 2021. Please note that application materials will be provided to participating members of the search process.

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