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Assistant Professor - Common Law

University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa

Multiple locations
Posted on Saturday, September 16, 2023

Job Family:

Academic Leadership and Faculty

Union affiliation:



Faculty of Law - Common Law Section_FT


Main Campus

Date Posted:

September 15, 2023

Closing Date:

November 16, 2023

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above

The University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section (English) invites applications for the recruitment of three (3) entry level tenure track positions to commence July 1, 2024.

We will consider candidates who can make significant contributions to enhancing our faculty expertise and programmatic needs in any area, but we have particular current needs in the areas of indigenous law, critical race theory, environmental law, dispute resolution, private law (including property and torts), business law, and labour and employment law.

Application deadline: November 15, 2023. The selection process will begin immediately after the closing date and will continue until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applicant must have a graduate degree in law or its equivalent, a distinguished academic record, and a record of, or the promise of, achievement as a teacher and scholar.

Applicants must complete an online application and submit a cover letter, CV, teaching and research statement, and list of three professional references.

About the Common Law Section

The Common Law Section offers Juris Doctor degrees in English and in French. Together with the Civil Law Section, the Common Law Section offers master’s and doctoral programs. The Common Law Section has over 1,200 students in JD programs and over 200 in graduate programs. We are an innovative and international faculty of more than 60 full-time professors dedicated to inclusive teaching and research, located in Canada’s capital.

Position title: Assistant professor (3 positions)

Terms: These tenure-track positions are in the English Common Law Program.

Location of work: University of Ottawa, 57 Louis Pasteur Pvt., Ottawa, ON Canada.

Salary and benefits: According to the current Collective Agreement. Salaries are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Ottawa offers a comprehensive, generous compensation package that includes long-term disability benefits, basic group life insurance, supplemental health insurance, a defined benefit pension plan, optional life insurance and reimbursement of eligible moving expenses. The faculty also offers a reduced teaching load and seed money for research in the first year of hiring.

Duties: Professors’ functions include teaching, an active scholarly agenda, academic service to the Faculty and University, and supervision of graduate students.

Skills requirements

  • Demonstrated expertise in indigenous law, environmental law, critical race theory, dispute resolution, private law (including property and torts), business law, or labour and employment law.

  • An undergraduate degree in common law, and either a doctorate in law or a related discipline (or enrolment in a soon-to-be-completed doctoral program). For applicants currently enrolled in a doctoral program, their supervisor must confirm that their dissertation will be submitted prior to their appointment.

  • A superior academic record, a strong background in research and publication, including external research funding or the potential for such funding, and the capacity for excellence in teaching and contribution to the academic life and governance of the Common Law Section.

  • Strong communication skills. Passive knowledge of the other official language in Canada is a requirement for tenure.

Applications must contain:

  • Cover letter (2-3 pages) specifying experience, teaching interests, awards and honours, and level of French language skills.

  • CV (2 pages)

  • Detailed research agenda (3-4 pages)

  • Description of teaching experience and interests

  • Transcripts for each university degree received

  • Names and contact information of three references. We do not require letters at the time of application.

Complete applications must be submitted through the Academic Careers application portal.

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 Peoples in Canada, visible minorities 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.

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 by email at 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.

Prior to May 1, 2022, the University required all students, faculty, staff, and visitors (including contractors) to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as defined in Policy 129 – Covid-19 Vaccination. This policy was suspended effective May 1, 2022 but may be reinstated at any point in the future depending on public health guidelines and the recommendations of experts.