Research Chair in Language Policy Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI)

Faculty of Arts
Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute
Hamelin Hall
The Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), which is part of the Faculty of Arts, is seeking internal applications from regular, full-time, tenured faculty at the University of Ottawa at the Associate or Full Professor level for a Research Chair in Language Policy

Language policy (sometimes also referred to as language planning or language management)is one of the pillars of research and teaching at OLBI. Topics may include the following:

  • public policy on official bilingualism at the federal, provincial, local, or educational level;
  • social cohesion, citizenship, and Canada’s legal and political framework as related to Canada’s languages;
  • issues of inclusion, equity, and diversity, as related to official, Indigenous, heritage, and minority languages; and
  • family language policy (e.g., family practices and strategies fostering or maintaining children’s rich plurilingual repertoires).

OLBI was created in 2007 to promote excellence and innovation in the fields of bilingualism, language teaching and learning, policy, assessment, and technology. It is expected that through a research program as well as through dissemination and engagement activities, the incumbent will contribute to OLBI’s mission as follows:

  1. actively seek external sources of funding in relevant areas, including team grants, where appropriate, from the major granting agencies, other government agencies, foundations, or donors;
  2. foster increased research activity through collaboration with OLBI faculty members as well as OLBI’s CCERBAL Research Centre and its research groups;
  3. organize events, including conferences, symposia, invited lectures, workshops, as well as other outreach activities in coordination with the OLBI leadership;
  4. produce and disseminate knowledge nationally and internationally through high quality publications and presentations, networking, outreach, and (social) media;
  5. provide mentorship and financial support to students in OLBI’s programs, as appropriate (e.g. through research assistantships, co-presentation at conferences, co-publication, etc.).
  6. ensure continuity in the maintenance of relevant OLBI resources, such as the Compendium of Language Management in Canada (CLMC).

The chairholder will assume a leadership role and contribute to capacity building at OLBI. Successful candidates will have a strong research agenda, a proven record of commitment to graduate studies and teaching, knowledge dissemination and event organization (e.g., conferences, symposia), and an ability to work collaboratively.

The Chair will receive $25,000 per year in funding for research, dissemination, and community engagement activities from OLBI, and one 3-credit course release per year. The course release will be covered by the chairholder’s home faculty. The Chair is tenable for 5 years and renewable for another 5-year term, subject to an evaluation of research activity and available funding.

Applicants are invited to submit an application in PDF format that includes the following:

  • a cover letter;
  • a curriculum vitae (OCGS format);
  • a detailed five-year research and action plan (maximum of five pages, including plans for networking and collaboration with OLBI);
  • a proposed budget;
  • the names of three expert referees (with whom the candidate has not collaborated). The referees will be asked to evaluate the research dossier; and
  • a letter of support from the dean of the applicant’s home faculty that makes direct reference to their willingness to cover the cost of the 3-credit course release for each year of the chair holder’s term.

Please send all application materials to:

Professor Brian Ray, Vice-Dean Research
University of Ottawa, Simard Hall, room 106
Ottawa (On), Canada, K1N 6N5
Telephone: 613-562-5984
E-mail: [email protected]

Deadline: March 29, 2024, 5pm Eastern Standard Time