Assistant Professor-Francophone Indigenous Literary and Cultural Studies (Tenure-Track)

ART Mod Lang & Cultural Stud

Competition No.  -    A110849048
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Location: Work primarily takes place at North Campus Edmonton.

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Department/Faculty Summary

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (MLCS) is a multilingual multidisciplinary unit in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. The Department's history goes back over 111 years and is closely intertwined with the foundation of the University of Alberta. MLCS is strongly committed to excellence in the research and teaching of literatures, cultures and languages and has a rich array of specialists in applied linguistics, cultural studies, folklore, language and literature. Our wide variety of academic programs, both undergraduate and graduate (MA and PhD), encourage cultural literacy and multilingual proficiency.

Edmonton, a city of nearly 1.5 million people, is the sixth-largest metropolitan area in Canada and has the second-largest Indigenous population and the fourth-largest Black population of any Canadian city. The Canadian prairies are the second most densely populated Black region in Canada. Moreover, Black people as a demographic are growing faster in Alberta than in any other region apart from central Canada. Nearly 10% of Edmonton's population is of South Asian origin and 16% of East and Southeast Asian origin, with growing numbers of Edmontonians of Filipino, Latin American, and Middle Eastern heritage. The Edmonton public school system offers bilingual education for children in French, German, Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), and American Sign Language. amiskwaciy Academy offers Cree as a high school credit and has started an Aboriginal study course in junior high school.

Edmonton and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory, the homeland of the Métis and the traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Dene, and Nakota Sioux. Established in 1908 as a board-governed public institution, the University of Alberta has earned the reputation of being one of the best universities in Canada based on strengths in teaching, research, and service. The University is home to a diverse and welcoming community of over 1,300 Indigenous students from different Nations.

In 2022, the University's Indigenous Strategic Plan was implemented, reflecting an important step in our institution’s commitment to reconciliation in post-secondary education and research, addressing the historical legacy of the Indian Residential School System and Canada’s colonial history in a meaningful and lasting way. The U of Alberta has a robust and growing number of Indigenous scholars and houses the Situated Knowledges: Indigenous Peoples and Place signature area. The Faculty of Arts has created the Arts Working Group for Indigenous Initiatives (AWGII) in light of the continuing responsibilities and benefits that flow from our presence in a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples. This is part of our commitment to participating in respectful relations amongst all people and is a response to the 94 calls to Action detailed in the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Position Summary

The Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor specializing in Francophone Indigenous Literary and Cultural Studies with a starting date of July 1, 2023. Applicants must hold a PhD in French studies, Indigenous Studies, or a related field, or be ABD with a strong expectation of completing the PhD before the start date. Evidence of using decolonizing methodologies; engagement with Indigenous knowledge systems and theories; and sustained engagement with Indigenous communities are imperative. The successful candidate will advance research, contribute leadership, and join the teaching team in the French program. They will teach French as a second language from beginner’s to upper-level content courses. There are also opportunities to teach in English in other areas in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. Given the University of Alberta’s commitment to inclusiveness, priority will be given to persons who self-identify as Indigenous – in this instance, people who are First Nations (status, non-status, treaty or non-treaty), Métis, Inuit, Alaskan Native or Native American.

Duties

The successful candidate must have the ability to conduct both independent and cooperative research, develop viable and productive research programs, and teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in a related discipline, including language courses in French and Indigenous content in English. Successful candidates will also be expected to make substantive contributions through service to the Department, Faculty, the University, and/or to the broader community. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Minimum Qualifications

  • We welcome applications from scholars with literary and cultural expertise in a wide variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, including but not limited to literature, translation studies, media studies, popular culture studies, and film studies.
  • Experience in research, teaching, and collegial service will have prepared them to contribute to the department’s commitment to diversity, community service learning, and community-engaged research.
  • The successful candidate will have native or near native proficiency in French. Experience in teaching French as a second language would be an asset.
  • In addition, the successful candidate will build a solid link to the Métis and French-speaking Indigenous communities in Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Our department is deeply committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in research and teaching, and we particularly encourage and will especially welcome applications from members of Indigenous communities.

How to Apply

To have your application considered, please select the Apply Online icon below and submit the following:

  • Cover letter that includes highlights of the candidate’s profile and explains how they can contribute to MLCS; (submit under Cover Letter)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) that includes a list of publications, conference presentations, and teaching experience;(submit under Curriculum Vitae)
  • Research statement (1-2 pages) that outlines main areas of current and future research (submit under “Research Plan”);
  • 2 Writing samples from recent research publications or presentations (1 in English and 1 in French) (submit as one document under “List of Publications”);
  • Teaching dossier that includes a statement regarding the applicant’s approach to teaching, evidence of or potential for teaching effectiveness (such as awards, student feedback, and peer or supervisor evaluations), and one previously taught course outline (submit as an attachment under "Statement of Teaching/Research Interests").

Letters of reference will be requested from applicants selected for interviews. Applicants selected for interviews will be expected to contact the three referees and arrange to have their letters of reference sent via email attachment to: mlcsea@ualberta.ca

The committee will begin reviewing files on January 3, 2023. The position will remain open until filled. 

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

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.