Canadian University Tenure Track Open Only to Candidates Who “Self-Identify as Women, Transgender, Non-Binary, or Two-Spirit”

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A Canadian university is offering a tenure position only to certain qualified individuals on the basis of their gender identity, and that especially excludes white men.

The University of Waterloo listed the position last month which as The Daily Mail reported was specified to only be available to women and “qualified individuals who self-identify as women, transgender, non-binary, or two-spirit.”

The position is as an assistant professor at the school’s Natural Science and Engineering Research division and pays between $90,000 and $120,000 a year.

“Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified candidates,” the listing notes.

According to the listing posted by the Canadian University, the position is only available to women, or ‘qualified individuals who self-identify as women, transgender, non-binary, or two-spirit’ – a gender variant derived from Native American culture

Applicants will be expected to fill out a self-identification form to determine their qualifying gender identity so as to “address the underrepresentation of individuals from equity deserving groups among our Canada Research Chairs.”

“Because this is a special opportunity for a specific member of the four designated groups, applicant self-identification information will be used for the purposes of screening and consideration,” the post explains.

It is at this point that it clarifies that “As such, this opportunity is open only to individuals who self-identify as women, transgender, non-binary, or two-spirit.”

Two-spirit is a term for gender nonconformity that is derived from Native American culture.

The Mail notes that as the university is a public institution, it is likely subject to policies that prohibit gender discrimination.

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