Associate/Full Professor in Indigenous Studies — Centre for Indigenous Studies, University of Toronto

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Associate/Full Professor – Indigenous Studies – 1601231

Job Field – Tenure Stream
Faculty / Division – Faculty of Arts and Science Department Centre for Indigenous Studies Campus St. George (downtown Toronto)
Job Posting – Aug 31, 2016
Job Closing – Oct 31, 2016 11:59pm EST Oct 31, 2016 Open Until Filled


The Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The incumbent will be cross-appointed in the Centre for Indigenous Studies (49%) and a relevant cognate discipline (51%) depending on his/her area of expertise. The successful applicant will also be eligible to be appointed as the Director of the Centre for Indigenous Studies. The expected start date is July 1, 2017. Appointment as the Director of the Centre will be for a five-year term, renewable following a favourable review.

The successful candidate is expected to have an active program of research, with particular attention to Indigenous knowledges, a deep understanding of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous pedagogies in diverse contexts, a commitment to the vision of Indigenous Studies with its focus on languages and Indigenous knowledges, and a strong record in ethical engagement and collaboration with Indigenous communities, organizations, and institutions. The successful candidate will be involved in research using Indigenous and community-based methodologies. S/he will have a Ph.D. in a relevant academic discipline and a scholarly record in a discipline in the area of Indigenous Studies or a discipline related to the area of Indigenous Studies, to permit cross- appointment in a related academic unit. Evidence of excellence in research will be demonstrated by publication in leading journals and/or presses in the field, a significant contribution to the literature, presentations at significant conferences, a strong record in Indigenous research methodologies and ethical engagement and collaboration with Indigenous communities, organizations, and institutions, and strong endorsements by referees. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments including the mentoring and research supervision of undergraduates and graduate students, letters of reference, and the teaching statement submitted as part of the application. Administrative experience is highly desirable.

The Centre for Indigenous Studies houses an interdisciplinary undergraduate program within the Faculty of Arts and Science and a research centre serving the University of Toronto and the broader community. The undergraduate program is dedicated to the scholarly study and research of the priorities and aspirations of Indigenous peoples in Canada and throughout the world. An important goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to learn and think about Indigenous knowledges in creative, transformative and critical ways. The undergraduate program offers courses that engender a rigorous and respectful understanding of Indigenous peoples’ languages, knowledges, cultures, histories, politics, arts, intellectual traditions, and research methodologies. A key feature of the program is its respect and promotion of Indigenous knowledges, as evidenced by the commitment to Indigenous language instruction and courses devoted to the topic of Indigenous knowledge itself. The Centre also houses research programs. There is currently a focus on Indigenous language sustainability. The Centre is also a partner on a SSHRC grant on Great Lakes Indigenous heritage for the 21st century. The Centre houses SAGE (Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Education), and works closely with the Centre for Community Partnerships in developing service learning courses with Indigenous organizations in the Toronto area. The Centre also has a strong relationship with First Nations House, a student support service that is part of Student Life. The Director of the Centre has responsibility for sustaining and building the program, working closely with other relevant units across the University of Toronto. This is a particularly active time for the Centre, given the recent release of the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation and the University’s proactive response.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified applicants are invited to apply online by visiting: Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement outlining current and future research interests, a statement on teaching philosophy and experience and copies of two relevant publications. Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word files.

Applicants should arrange to have four letters of reference, including one that speaks to community engagement, sent directly by email (on letterhead, signed and scanned) to by the review date of October 31.

The committee will begin to consider applications as of October 31, 2016 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. If you have any questions regarding this position please contact

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For more information on the Centre please visit our webpage at:

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

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

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