About the Position

  • Academic unit: Public Policy and Administration
  • Category of appointment: Preliminary (Tenure-Track)
  • Field of specialization: Public Policy and Inequality
  • Rank/Position title: Assistant Professor
  • Start date: July 1, 2022
  • Closing date for applications: File review will begin December 15, 2021

The School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) at Carleton University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with research expertise in how inequalities experienced by underrepresented groups and Indigenous peoples are perpetuated by the state and society, and may be addressed by public policies, effective 1 July 2022. The scholar’s substantive area of expertise may include social policy, health policy, environmental policy, housing policy, or economic development. Through teaching, and supervision, the successful candidate will participate in the development and delivery of the School’s graduate programs and in the Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management (BPAPM).

The School’s teaching load is two courses per term for a total of four courses per year. This position will involve teaching two courses per year for SPPA and two courses per year for the BPAPM. The candidate should also be able to demonstrate potential to contribute to high quality scholarship in their area of specialization, as well as contribute to graduate teaching, advising, and mentoring that supports diverse, equitable and inclusive practices.

About the School of Public Policy and Administration and the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs

The research-intensive School, which is situated in a unique Faculty of Public Affairs, is a recognized centre of academic excellence in public policy and administration. It is the largest and oldest school of its kind in Canada and is well known internationally. The School’s multidisciplinary faculty members are actively engaged in diverse research and teaching initiatives, and are regularly called upon for their expertise by government departments, NGOs, and international agencies. The BPAPM program, housed in the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs, is the only multidisciplinary undergraduate program in public policy in Canada. It is a limited-cohort degree program in which students study a core of public policy courses and have the opportunity to specialize in several fields. More information on the School at www.carleton.ca/sppa, on the BPAPM at https://carleton.ca/bpapm/, and on the University as a whole at the Faculty Affairs website www.carleton.ca/provost.


Candidates must have earned a PhD degree in any social science field relating to inequality and public policy by date of appointment or shortly thereafter, with a clearly demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. These fields may include Economics, Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology, or  related disciplines. Candidates must have demonstrated promise of excellence in research and teaching related to policy and inequalities. The ideal candidate’s research should focus on the ways in which public policy can foster a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive society. Through their research and teaching, the hire will create and oversee classrooms in which issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion are addressed in their courses and our programs as a whole.

Application Instructions

Applications should include:

  • a cover letter and curriculum vitae,
  • a statement of research interest,
  • a teaching portfolio with a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of effectiveness, and
  • one or more research papers or publications.

The application materials should be sent electronically as four separate pdf documents to: Dr. Jennifer Stewart, Director, School of Public Policy and Administration, Inequality.Hiring@carleton.ca. Applicants should also arrange to have three confidential letters of reference sent directly by the referees to the same email address. All materials must be received by December 15th. Interviews will take place in January 2021.

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

About Carleton University

Located on unceded Algonquin territory in Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton University is an innovative teaching and research institution with a tradition of leading change. Learn more about our university and the city of Ottawa.

Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Furthermore, Carleton understands that career paths vary and interruptions will not prejudice the assessment process. We invite you to review our revitalized Indigenous strategy, Kinàmàgawin and visit our Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities for information about our commitment to leadership in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Accessibility is a university strategic priority and applicants selected for an interview who require accommodations are invited to contact the Chair as soon as possible to ensure that appropriate arrangements may be made.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.