Apply for the ELA Post-Doc at Ryerson

The call for the post-doc I currently hold has been posted. This is an AMAZING job with an AMAZING group of scholars. Seriously, anyone interested in Disability Studies and who meets the eligibility requirements should consider applying. I cannot say enough about Ryerson and the School of Disability Studies.


 The Opportunity


The School of Disability Studies in the Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University invites applications for the Ethel Louise Armstrong Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Disability Studies. With a gift from the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation, this fellowship was established to further the scholarly contributions of disabled women. It is intended for a disabled woman [1] who has completed doctoral studies within the past five (5) years in any discipline that advances scholarship related to Disability Studies.


Established in 1999, the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University was the first in Canada to offer degree education rooted solely in a disability studies perspective. This part-time degree completion program targets learners with previous education and experience in disability–related fields. We offer a distinctive undergraduate program that illuminates the extent to which the lives of disabled people are shaped by patterns of injustice, exclusion, discrimination and the rule of social, cultural and aesthetic ‘norms’. Our program does not teach about disability; rather, it begins in/from disability to teach about social and material worlds. For further information on the School of Disability Studies, please see the following:



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Our current Academic Plan is available upon request.




Based in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson, the incumbent will be expected to:


  • enhance and expand the scholarship of the School as a site for disability/Deaf/Mad studies
  • design and implement a relevant program of research and publication
  • seek opportunities for collaborative research and publication
  • deliver an annual public lecture on her research
  • engage with and contribute to the collegial life in and around the School
  • write interim and final reports on fellowship achievements


This call is for a two-year term beginning September 2018. Applications can be made at any time with a closing date of March 1, 2018.


The fellowship awards a starting salary of $45,000 plus benefits.




The candidate will have completed a PhD (or expect to do so by September 2018) and is expected to participate fully in the academic life of the School of Disability Studies.


Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to upholding the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to all activities related to the Fellowship.


Equity at Ryerson University


At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. The university’s current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.


Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, disabled people, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


As an employer, we are working towards a people first culture and are proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for both 2015 and 2016. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonEDI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page.


How to apply?


To apply, please submit the following:


  • A letter of application that describes the focus of your work including an articulation of how you are situated in relation to Disability Studies;
  • Outline for a two-year program of activity that will advance Disability Studies scholarship
  • A curriculum vitae
  • 2 recent publications and/or creative product relevant to the application
  • Names of 3 individuals who may be contacted for reference letters.


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


Please send your application materials and any inquiries about the award via email to:


Dr. Kathryn Church

Director and Associate Professor

School of Disability Studies

Ryerson University


The selection process will include an interview. If you are short-listed, we will be in touch to discuss your preferences for the ways in which that conversation will take place.


Candidates from Indigenous communities who would like to learn more about Ryerson University are welcome to contact Ms. Tracey King, M.Ed., Aboriginal HR Consultant, Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention Initiative, at

[1] Open to scholars who self-identify as women, trans, gender fluid or two-spirited.