The Faculty of Native Studies is seeking to fill a senior academic position (i.e. Associate Professor or Full Professor) with research and teaching experience in a disciplinary area relevant to Indigenous studies. We especially welcome applicants with a proven teaching and research record in Indigenous governance and economies, or Indigenous health (broadly defined). We anticipate a start date of July 1, 2017.
The University of Alberta (U of A) is a Top 5 Canadian university located in Edmonton, Alberta, with a reputation for excellence in research, scholarship and creative activities across diverse areas of impact in science, engineering, humanities, social sciences, and medicine. Home to 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the university has an annual budget of $1.84 billion and attracts nearly $450 million in sponsored research revenue. The university has more than 275,000 alumni worldwide. Edmonton, the provincial capital, is a vibrant, friendly city of more than a million people, offering a rich cultural and recreational life. The largest of the U of A’s five campuses is situated adjacent to the spectacular North Saskatchewan River Valley and is less than a four-hour drive from the Rocky Mountains.
The Faculty of Native Studies, which is the only degree-granting academic unit of its kind in North America, distinctively combines Indigenous community knowledge and concerns with the scholarly standards and methods of a research University to offer relevant interdisciplinary education in a rigorous, respectful academic environment. This is a student-centred Faculty that provides a common ground for students to learn, research, explore and critically examine the historical and contemporary relations and broader societal issues that concern Indigenous peoples and communities. The student body of the Faculty reflects a mixture of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, at the undergraduate and graduate level.
As the only stand-alone Native Studies faculty in North America, the Faculty is leading the way in carving out a space for a distinct scholarly discipline that explores the historical and contemporary complexity of Indigenous/settler relations and challenges the many conventional and dominant understandings of those relations. In addition to extensive and ongoing research, the Faculty provides theoretical and hands-on courses in a wide variety of areas. The Faculty has strong connections to Indigenous communities and embodies the University’s “For the Public Good” strategic plan of connecting communities through collaborative research projects and through outreach and engaging Native Studies guest scholars and participants in Faculty events and activities. A decade-long partnership between the U of A and the Métis Nation of Alberta has resulted in the Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research. Based in the Faculty of Native Studies, it is the first academic centre of its kind in Canada, dedicated to Métis research. As well, the Aboriginal Governance Program offers undergraduate, graduate, executive, and community programming, including an Aboriginal governance certificate which has already graduated more than 50 people, and partnered with over 30 Indigenous communities and organizations. The recent Indigenous Partnership Development Program provides Native Studies training to executives in the public and private sector.
Candidates must possess wide-ranging expertise and skills, including: a track record of academic leadership supporting and developing relevant programs; a demonstrated record of achievement in teaching at the post-secondary level; a strong research portfolio that includes past and recent publications in well recognized venues; and a proven track record of administrative leadership contributing to reputational growth. Candidates will have an earned doctorate and an outstanding record of scholarly and senior administrative leadership experience in fields related to Native Studies. The successful candidate will also be appointed to a continuing position with tenure at the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop an innovative and robust externally-funded research program, engage in and develop domestic and international research networks, teach graduate and undergraduate classes, supervise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and provide service to the Department, the Faculty, and the University, as well as to professional and external communities.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page research plan, a statement of teaching philosophy (including teaching evaluations or other evidence of excellent teaching), and the names and contact information for three referees. Questions about this position or the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta should be directed to Dr. Chris Andersen, Interim Dean of the Faculty of Native Studies and Chair of the Hiring Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin in February and will continue until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.