Co-Designed Graduate Course Opportunity

FRAN 6200 Co-Design Graduate Course  Re-Thinking the Human

Professor Carla Rice

Interested in collaboratively developing a graduate course? Earning course credit for creating and taking a co-designed course? Contributing to new directions in conceptualizing the human? Participating in critical approaches to teaching and learning?

In this course, we engage with emerging directions and critical dialogues in the inter- and trans-disciplinary study of the “human”. We collectively determine course topics, pedagogy, and assessment methods. This allows us to centre professor/student collaboration in innovative ways that open up space for all to actively engage in teaching and learning. Fusing critical pedagogy, methodology and theory, the course provides a unique opportunity for students to become immersed in new directions in theory and gain greater familiarity with emergent methods for understanding, and appreciating, the vast diversity of human experience. Emphasis is placed on student research interests and on emergent notions of the human and of human experience as becoming.

This is an open topics course. Students do not have to be University of Guelph students; they can be from any higher education institution in Ontario (depending on approval from their institution). I invite interested students to come to an organizational meeting on Monday April 30, 2018 @ 2pm. This is the first of two meetings together. We will decide on topics, determine readings, develop assignments and rubrics for assessment, think about pedagogy, and come up with learning goals and objectives. Possible areas for exploration include the following:

  • Critical, Feminist, and Indigenous Pedagogies
  • Intersectional Approaches to Research
  • Decolonizing Feminist, Gender, Sex and Sexuality Studies
  • Post-structuralist and New Materialist Theories of Bodies, Identities and Subjectivities
  • Re-thinking Difference and the Human
  • Theorizing Space and Time

This course starts in September 2018, running on Thursdays from 8:30AM - 11:30AM. The time will change depending on student schedules. Enrolment is limited to 15. To enroll, students must participate in course design. 


TIME: Monday April 30, 2018 @ 2pm (to 4:30pm)

LOCATION: Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice | University of Guelph | 70 Trent Lane | Blackwood Hall NORTH ENTRANCE (Rm 103) 

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IMPORTANT: Read the article “Becoming Scholars in an Interdisciplinary, Feminist Learning Context” written by former students about their experiences in this class! Do not hesitate to email with questions.

Job Opening: Data/Archive Coordinator - Closing Date March 9th 2018

Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice is seeking a Data/Archive Coordinator to join our team part-time, 10 hours/week, to assist with the development and implementation of accessible digital data and arts outputs management protocols and systems. 

The Re•Vision Centre is a dynamic and growing arts and social science research centre at the University of Guelph specializing in the use of visual, digital, and sensory methods. Re•Vision is home to an assemblage of inter- and transdisciplinary research projects dedicated to exploring ways that marginalized and misrepresented communities can use the arts to advance social inclusion and justice. 


The Re•Vision Centre Data/Archive Coordinator will support a range of research projects and activities at Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice through the coordination and management of various kinds of digital data and other outputs including video, image, audio and text. The Coordinator will be responsible for developing file naming structures across projects, indexing, organizing and retrieving files, and the general management of digital archival materials. The Data Coordinator will support Re•Vision Centre staff and our partners with archiving, storage and file management and act as a liaison between Re•Vision Centre staff and our partners in this capacity. The Data Coordinator will also assist in the development and implementation of data and outputs management systems and policies. 


File Naming 

  • Developing file naming structures for the Re•Vision Centre digital data and arts outputs archive. 
  • Creating a metadata and tag systems standards for Re•Vision Centre digital data. 

Photo and Video Archive 

  • Managing the Re•Vision video archive including uploading and storing videos, creating web albums for Re•Vision publications. 
  • Managing the Re•Vision photo archive including uploading and storing photos, and maintaining image file structures. 

Promotion and Knowledge Mobilization Materials 

  • Maintaining photo, video, document and other digital data and arts outputs archives related to Re•Vision events and research activities. 
  • Maintaining the archives in such a way that they are readily accessed for multiple dissemination purposes. 

Document Storage

  • Managing the Re•Vision research document archive including uploading, storing and maintaining document file structures 
  • Storing transcripts of interviews, focus groups, meetings and events. 

Ethics and Ethical Storage 

  • Managing ethics process data, filing and storing ethics certificates and documents in secure storage area. 
  • Managing and storing photo and video release and consent files 
  • Encrypting data where required 


  • Overseeing the captioning and audio describing of videos in the archives. This includes liaising with captioning and description professionals. 


  • Proven knowledge of and experience with information systems, data storage, data maintenance, and archiving 
  • Excellent understanding of data administration and archival management functions (collection, analysis, distribution etc.) 
  • Familiarity with modern database and information system technologies 
  • Proficient in MS Office (Excel, Access, Word etc.) 
  • Analytical mindset and problem-solving skills 
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills 
  • Familiarity with metadata standards and practices (e.g. Dublin Core, Homosaurus) 
  • Familiarity with project management methodologies 
  • Knowledge of accessibility practices 
  • Experience working in academic settings 
  • Advanced studies in Library Science or Information Studies would be a huge asset 

Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice encourages applications from disabled, Mad, fat, aging/aged, Indigenous, BPOC and LGBTQI people and all people who are marginalized in the workplace. We are committed to hiring the best qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude, and experience to provide opportunity for all our employees. 

Please submit a CV/resumé and a cover letter to Tracy Tidgwell ( by March 9th, 2018.

Job Posting

Post-Doctoral Fellow: Gender, Family and Health


Family-based health research has largely failed to use critical understandings of gender in developing or evaluating interventions. As a result, reciprocal interrelationships between family-based health interventions and gendered identities and division of labour within families are unknown. Existing family-based health research has also failed to examine response to recruitment, intervention engagement, and outcomes in non-heteronormative families.  Our research aims to address these gaps by using qualitative methods to examine: 1) How participation in an existing family-based health intervention influences and is influenced by gender relations and division of labour in heteronormative families; 2.How parents in non-heteronormative families organize their roles, responsibilities and actions regarding their own and their children’s health 3.What approaches to family-based health intervention would encourage parents in non-heteronormative families to participate?

Job Summary

 Primary responsibility will be conducting and analysing qualitative interviews with heteronormative and non-heteronormative families using a intersectional approach to consider how gender and sex interact and overlap with other axes of power and difference. The Fellow will work closely with the Primary Investigators, (Gwen Chapman, Jess Haines, and Carla Rice) but will be expected to make intellectual contributions to the analysis towards co-authorship of manuscripts. Other responsibilities include supervision of graduate and undergraduate students working on the research; collaboration with community partners to recruit families; and leading various knowledge mobilization activities as determined in collaboration with the research team.


PhD in Sociology, Gender Studies, Sexuality Studies, Anthropology, Women’s Studies, Educational Studies, Community Health, Health Studies, Health Promotion, Family Studies or related field. Demonstrated experience in qualitative research, including collecting, coding, analysing, interpreting, and reporting qualitative data. Commitment to critical analysis of gender, social class, sexuality, race/ethnicity, Indigeneity, disability, and body size. Strong written and oral communication skills. Track record of publication in academic journals and demonstrated ability to collaborate in research teams would be assets. Ability to work independently and within a team environment.

The full-time position is for 2 years, starting February 1, 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. The annual stipend is $55,000. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a letter outlining their research interests and accomplishment, a writing sample (peer-reviewed preferred), and contact information for three references by December 15, 2017 to:

Gwen Chapman, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences,

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. 

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

Job Posting: Graduate Student Research Assistant

Graduate Student Research Assistant (GRA): Episodic Disability & Arts Intervention in the Ontario Workplace

We are seeking a PhD or an advanced MA student to join our team part-time to support our research on the SSHRC funded Insight Grant, From InVisibility to Inclusion: Developing and Evaluating Policies and Practices to Facilitate the Inclusion of Workers with Episodic Disabilities in Ontario Workplaces. This project is co-directed by Dr. Carla Rice and Dr. Donna Lero through Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph. Students from outside the University of Guelph are welcome to apply.

BACKGROUND: There is growing awareness of the need for public policies and workplace practices that recognize and accommodate the unpredictable, fluctuating needs of individuals with episodic disabilities (EDs) that affect their ability to work productively. Some persons with EDs have found employers who have developed a workplace culture that supports their full inclusion as valued equals. Others experience scrutiny and stigmatization in the workplace, under-employment and frequent periods of unemployment. Still others find themselves unable to find work, in limbo with respect to income support programs that exclude them from shortterm sickness and long-term disability benefits. This research project is a unique, interdisciplinary, intersectoral endeavour that focuses on the praxis of promoting systemic change in policies, organizations, and attitudes to advance the inclusion of people with EDs in Ontario workplaces.

JOB SUMMARY: The primary responsibility of the GRA will be to support the co-directors, the Project Manager, and the From InVisibility to Inclusion (I2I) research team in carrying out the following grant objectives:

(1) To examine and assess existing information about demographic characteristics (prevalence, employment patterns) of persons with EDs, and about the laws, policies, and programs that currently shape responses to persons with EDs in Ontario workplaces;

(2) To generate knowledge based on insights from employees, employers, and other stakeholders about barriers and challenges faced by people with EDs and about programs and successful practices for accommodating people with EDs;

(3) To develop, evaluate and implement various research tools including innovative arts-based digital stories as a resource for positively influencing employers' and co-workers' attitudes and perceptions and facilitating organizational changes to more effectively accommodate employees with EDs; and

(4) To develop practice guidelines and a comprehensive research, policy, and practice agenda to promote productive employment and income security for persons with EDs. This position will include working closely with the Senior Project Manager, Tracy Tidgwell, at Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice and I2I co-directors, Drs. Carla Rice and Donna Lero and in data collection, tracking, management, and storage; supporting the development and submission of ethics applications; supporting the design of and event logistics for digital storytelling workshops; and liaising with the research team to coordinate meetings, track communication flow, take notes, and support knowledge mobilization, including developing content for social media related to research activities and outputs.

QUALIFICATIONS: We are interested in a PhD or an advanced MA student from a social science discipline who is comfortable working in a community-based, interdisciplinary environment with a demonstrated commitment to critical analysis of disability, gender, social class, sexuality, aging, race/ethnicity, Indigeneity, and body size. Strong written and oral communication skills are necessities. Publication in academic journals and a demonstrated ability to collaborate in research teams would be strong assets. The ability to work independently and within a team environment is essential. This position will be physically located in both Guelph and Toronto and involves working remotely as well.

This is a one-year position for 10 hours/week at $25/hour beginning in January 2018. Interested applicants should submit a CV and a cover letter that outlines research interests, accomplishments, and contact information for two references to Tracy Tidgwell at by December 1, 2017. Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice encourages applications from disabled, Mad, fat, aging/aged, Indigenous, BPOC and LGBTQI people and all people who are marginalized in the workplace. We are committed to hiring the best qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude, and experience to provide opportunity for all our employees.