Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor „Indigenous Studies“

Department of Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford, ON/Canada

Position Summary

In keeping with its ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and to address the underrepresentation of Indigenous faculty at the University, the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Wilfrid Laurier University (Brantford campus) invites applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit candidates to fill a tenure-track professional teaching appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Indigenous Studies commencing July 1, 2017, subject to budgetary approval.

This position will be a tenure-track professional teaching position (with a teaching load of six courses). Candidates should have demonstrated competence in one or more of the following areas: land and language-based pedagogies and practices, Indigenous governance, community development, and Indigenous research methodologies.

Applicants must have completed, or be close to completing, a doctoral degree (PhD), or have completed a Master’s degree and have equivalent qualifications as an Indigenous knowledge keeper and/or teaching experience in academic and other relevant (e.g. community-based activities) settings. Candidates must provide evidence of the ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centered environment. The main criteria for selection are demonstrated academic and teaching excellence.

The goal of Indigenous Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University is to help students understand and critique the ways in which colonial narratives shape and control contemporary discourses about Indigenous peoples. Indigenous Studies courses require an examination of the ways in which both historical and ongoing acts of colonization galvanize Indigenous communities’ resistance, worldviews and ways of knowing. In addition to situating Indigenous knowledge within the Liberal Arts curriculum, the Indigenous Studies program at Laurier Brantford supports Indigenous students attending Wilfrid Laurier University and encourages non-Indigenous students to commit to reconciliation and decolonization.

Additional information about the Indigenous Studies program and about the WLU Office of Aboriginal Initiatives are available on the WLU website.

Applicants should submit evidence of teaching excellence (such as evaluations and a teaching dossier); a statement of teaching and research interests; full curriculum vitae; two recent publications; and the names and contact information for three referees.

Please send the application package to Dr. Vanessa Oliver, Acting Chair, Indigenous Studies, c/o Ms. Celine Taillefer-Travers, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Wilfrid Laurier University. Applications will be accepted until March 17, 2017.

Please Note
Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified individuals of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons, and persons of a visible minority. To obtain a copy of this job posting (or links referenced) in an accessible format, please contact Jessica Ryde.

Although Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, all qualified candidates, including international candidates, are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the requirements of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Immigration Canada the successful applicant will be required to prove they are legally able to work in Canada.

Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan prioritizes building capacity in Indigenous education and commits to the Indigenization of our campuses through Indigenous programming, which it seeks to expand under the leadership of Indigenous students, faculty and staff. Applicants should self-identify through the covering letter to their application including their familial and/or community connections which position them as First Nations, Inuit or Métis people. Members of the designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to the Dean of Liberal Arts, Dr. Heidi Northwood or to the Senior Advisor, Aboriginal Initiatives, Jean Becker.

Further information on the equity policy can be found on the WLU website.

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