Assistant Professor

Augustana Faculty

Competition No.  -    A105644870
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Augustana Campus/Faculty of the University of Alberta is seeking applicants for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor for an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter. This is an open search, meaning any candidate from the sciences, social sciences, humanities, or fine arts with a research program/creative practice and teaching expertise centering Indigenous peoples, communities, or knowledge systems is encouraged to apply.

This search is consistent with a broader University commitment to diversity, equity, and  inclusion, along with Indigenous Initiatives and engagement with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Recent Augustana Campus initiatives include the opening of the  Wahkohtowin Lodge, a space for Indigenous students and diverse educational programming; plans for both curricular and co-curricular certificates in Reconciliation and Decolonization; and  the development of new Indigenous Studies courses. Aboriginal student enrolment is currently 7% and steadily growing.  

Overall, the Augustana Faculty of the University of Alberta enrolls approximately 1050 undergraduate students in interdisciplinary baccalaureate degree programs on a picturesque residential campus in the city of Camrose, 90 kilometers southeast of Edmonton. The Augustana campus is located on Treaty Six territory which provided a travelling route and home to the Cree, Blackfoot, and Metis, as it did for the Nakoda, Tsuu T’ina and Chipewyan, and other Indigenous peoples. Their spiritual and practical relationships to the land create a rich heritage and ongoing model for our learning and our life as a community.  

The Faculty is committed to building on its reputation for high-quality, innovative and interdisciplinary programs in the liberal arts and sciences, academic rigour, and extensive opportunities for students in the areas of undergraduate research, community service learning, and international study. Augustana provides a distinctive undergraduate experience characterized by close student-faculty relationships and numerous opportunities for student participation in athletics, clubs, and campus organizations. Students benefit from the advantages of a small campus while earning a degree from one of Canada’s leading universities.  The Faculty seeks to attract scholars who will share its enthusiasm for teaching undergraduates on a residential campus, participate actively in a collegial culture of inquiry and public engagement, and flourish as researchers in an interdisciplinary and small-town milieu. University of Alberta scholars are also invited to be a part of a network through the Situated Knowledges: Indigenous Peoples & Place Research and Teaching Signature Area. This network meets regularly through Scholars Circles and through events such as the 2020 Virtual Colloquium on Indigenous Engaged Research and Scholarship.

This is an Indigenous-specific position. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit scholars are encouraged to apply, along with Indigenous scholars from any geographical region. Applicants must self-identify and are encouraged to demonstrate Indigenous community connection. The successful candidate will hold a PhD, or terminal degree in their field. Candidates who can demonstrate they are near completion of their program will be considered. The appointee's research agenda may be disciplinary or interdisciplinary. The appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2021.

The successful candidate will establish and maintain an active research program and / or creative practice that centers around, or is driven by, Indigenous peoples and communities. The successful candidate should conduct research informed by Indigenous methodologies, which may include community-driven research and/or research/creative practice in dialogue with Indigenous knowledges and intellectual traditions. The successful candidate must demonstrate competency in Indigenous pedagogies and working with Indigenous learners. They will teach and supervise undergraduate students, and provide service to Indigenous Students, the home department, and potentially the wider community.

Applications will be reviewed beginning May 1, 2021. Please contact: rharde@ualberta.ca and use the subject line “Response to Opportunity Profile.” Please include:

  • cover letter that summarizes highlights of the candidate’s profile and includes the names of the three referees (see below for more information)

  • curriculum vitae (CV)

  • research statement that outlines main areas of current and future research and/or creative work (submit under “Research Plan”)

  • teaching dossier that includes a brief teaching philosophy, evidence of (potential for) teaching effectiveness, and sample course outline(s) (submit as an attachment under "Statement of Teaching/Research Interests")

  • for applicants in the sciences, social sciences or humanities, no more than two samples of scholarly writing. For applicants in the fine arts, a sample portfolio including three works accompanied by descriptions of the work, titles, dates created, mediums, and sizes

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application (within your cover letter). If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your cover letter.  

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in accordance with the Faculty Agreement as per the negotiated salary scales: https://www.ualberta.ca/faculty-and-staff/pay-tax-information/salary-scales.

How to Apply

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.