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U. Waterloo Faculty Job Announcement: “Open Only to Qualified Individuals Who Self-Identify as Women, Transgender, Non-Binary, or Two-Spirit”

U. Waterloo Faculty Job Announcement: “Open Only to Qualified Individuals Who Self-Identify as Women, Transgender, Non-Binary, or Two-Spirit”

“Chair in Climate Change, Water or Future Cities, Assistant Professor”

This school is in Canada. They probably couldn’t get away with this in the United States.

Check this out:

CRC Tier II Chair in Climate Change, Water or Future Cities, Assistant Professor

Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo

The Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo is seeking an exceptional scholar and researcher to fill a Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Tier 2 Canada Research Chair and tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of 1 July 2022. In the case of an exceptional candidate, an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor will be considered. This call is open only to qualified individuals who self-identify as women, transgender, non-binary, or two-spirit.


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I can’t keep up–what’s two-spirit?

My alma mater, ladies and gentlemen. Although outside of the Mathematics, Engineering and Science faculties, no one cares about U(W). The “Faculty of Environment” used to be the Environmental Resource Studies program; it’s part of the Arts faculty, not Science.

Also I should point out this is not at all unusual in any Canadian university, as positive discrimination is explicitly allowed for in our Constitution.

Funny. I could have sworn this kind of thing was illegal. But apparently it’s actually required!

    henrybowman in reply to irv. | April 21, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    Again, it’s Canada.
    But apparently it crosses the line when a qualified individual “self-identifies” as a “native American.”
    Oh no, we can’t have that!

You would think such a position would benefit from someone who at least understands science and its methods, or perhaps even a working scientist.

Yet it’s obvious they’re not looking for someone who knows science but rather someone who as “a different way of knowing.” Such as, perhaps, tribal knowledge, or hereditary racial knowledge (hello, Lysenko!) or perhaps just soothsaying and an understanding of how to read chicken entrails. Not to mention the internecine Alice-in-Wonderland word games (“a word means just what I say it means, no less and no more!”). Roll over Galileo and Newton, and tell Darwin the news!

Increasingly academia looks like a cargo cult as it maintains the appearance of scholarship (academic appointments, “research” published in peer-reviewed journals, conventions) even as the substance has departed.

And (of course) all of this within a regime in which to point out the logical and methodological deficiencies in any of this baroque word-castle of pretend-scholarship is likely to be career-destroying.

It might be illegal in the US but it happens anyway. I’ve read many accounts of faculty hiring committees that say, or have been told, during their meetings that no whites and no men may be hired. Because it’s done behind closed doors with no official record, combined with courts being much less lenient on required evidence when the plaintiff is white or male, it’s almost impossible to combat.

I’m bipolar. Does that qualify as “two spirits”?