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Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Dept. of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies
Sexuality, Marriage & Family

The Department of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies (SMF) at St. Jerome’s University, a public Roman Catholic university federated with the University of Waterloo, invites applications for a tenure-track position in sexualities, relationships, and families at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2022 (subject to budgetary approval). All applicants must hold a PhD in the interdisciplinary field of family/relationship studies and/or sexuality, or a PhD in a related field in the social sciences or humanities. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and service. Demonstrated experience of innovation in the area of teaching and learning is also desired.
At SJU, we embrace and celebrate the philosophy of educating the whole person – intellectually, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Our commitment to academic excellence and to the integration of knowledge, research, and experiential learning allows us to inspire learning and discovery not only in our students but also in those with whom we interact. We foster a respectful, inclusive community that is centred on the well-being of our students and the promotion of the common good, consistent with the ideals of the contemporary Roman Catholic Church. The faculty at SJU are members of the St. Jerome’s Academic Staff Association.
Located in Waterloo, Ontario, we are on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our University is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometers on each side of the Grand River. We give thanks for the privilege to work and live on this land, and we are committed to building respectful relationships with Indigenous people and communities, to enhance our knowledge, and learn how we can have an active role in reconciliation.
The successful candidate will conduct research and teach in any of the following subject areas: family relationships, romantic relationships, sexualities, and/or sex and relational therapy. The applicant must be able to teach the following courses periodically: Introduction to Relationships and Families, Research Methods, and Quantitative Statistics in SMF. Additionally, the applicant will be invited to consider teaching courses in Sexual and Relational Ethics, and other core courses in the SMF academic plans, as well as courses that correspond to the applicant’s areas of specialization. The successful candidate will also be committed to participating in administrative service and future academic/departmental leadership in SMF.
As of May 1, 2021, the base salary for an Assistant Professor is $84,462.
SMF is an interdisciplinary program that offers Honours, Joint Honours, and Four-Year General undergraduate degrees, along with Specializations, a Minor, and a post-degree Diploma. Successful candidates will work with colleagues across disciplines. For further information about the Department, visit https://www.sju.ca/smf, and for SMF plans and courses, http://ugradcalendar.uwaterloo.ca/group/ARTS-Sexuality-Marriage-and-Family-Studies.
Complete applications from interested candidates will include:
  • Cover letter detailing interest in and suitability for the position – clearly state how your training and experience make you an excellent fit for the SMF program, position you to teach core courses in the academic plans, mentor students, and expand the reach and reputation of the program. Please indicate how you see your teaching and research advancing our SMF program and interdisciplinary scholarship in sexualities and relationships.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching dossier – include evidence of excellence and innovation in teaching
  • Outline of a research agenda (one page)
  • Two sample publications
  • Contact information for three referees – to be contacted if your application is shortlisted
Send applications by email to Dr. Denise Whitehead, Chair of the SMF Search Committee, Department of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies, St. Jerome’s University: sju-smf@sju.ca. All applications must be submitted by Friday, February 25, 2022.
All employees and students of St. Jerome’s University and the University of Waterloo are required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or have an approved accommodation in order to come to campus. For more information, please refer to the University of Waterloo website: Vaccination Requirement.
The University respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity and welcomes faculty, staff, and students from all faiths and backgrounds. Applications from all qualified individuals are encouraged, however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Candidates requiring accommodation should contact the Director, Human Resources at sjuhr@uwaterloo.ca.
Last Submission Date: 
Friday, 25 Feb, 2022