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Assistant Professor, Indigenous Studies

Category: Faculty
Closing Date: January 7, 2019

Concordia University of Edmonton (on Treaty Six territory) is a community of learning grounded in scholarship and academic freedom, preparing students to be independent thinkers, ethical leaders and citizens for the common good. Concordia’s Faculty of Arts is seeking candidates for the position of Assistant Professor, Indigenous Studies in its Department of Social Sciences. This position is available to begin July 1, 2019.

Concordia’s Social Sciences Department comprises a dynamic and cohesive group of scholars teaching and conducting research in the disciplines of economics, sociology, political science, and history. The department’s primary goal is to give students both knowledge of the social sciences and critical thinking and reading skills they can carry with them in whatever walk of life they choose. Small classes and a diverse student population provide excellent opportunities for engaging with students. The department’s particular research strengths include transnational social and political movements, Indigenous history in Canada, and sociology of health and subjective well-being.

Initially, the successful candidate will teach an introductory Indigenous Studies course and other relevant courses in established 3-year and 4-year Bachelor of Arts programs in History, Political Economy, and/or Sociology. In the longer term, he or she will be expected to develop new Indigenous Studies courses and work with department colleagues to design a minor in Indigenous Studies. These new courses could be focused on Canada or take a transnational approach.

Requirements for the position include:

  • a PhD, or PhD ABD, in Indigenous Studies; or a PhD, or PhD ABD, in a relevant discipline with a research focus on Indigenous issues;
  • an empathetic and organized approach to the instructional needs and concerns of students;
  • university-level or equivalent teaching experience in relevant topics;
  • a demonstrated record of, or clear potential for, strong research;
  • a demonstrated ability to work collegially as a team member; and
  • a willingness to contribute to the successful development of Concordia’s Indigenous strategy.

The normal undergraduate teaching assignment is 9 hours per semester in the first year and 12 hours per semester for subsequent years. Faculty have the opportunity to apply for reductions in teaching to support research. In addition, the successful candidate must assume academic administrative duties, particularly the development of strategies and programs in concert with Concordia’s Indigenous Knowledge and Research Centre. He or she will also be committed to growing the diversity of and building professional relationships with faculty, staff, students, and the broader community.

Interested individuals may contact Dr. Tolly Bradford, coordinator of the History program, for further information at tolly.bradford@concordia.ab.ca. However, all application packages must be directed to the Office of Human Resources, as specified below.

Closing Date: This position will be filled subject to budget approval. Application review will commence January 7, 2019. Concordia is an equal-opportunity employer. Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience as per Concordia’s Faculty Association Collective Agreement.

Application packages must include:

  • A cover letter (including a statement of citizenship/immigration status);
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of refereed publications;
  • Official transcripts of all graduate-level courses;
  • A teaching portfolio including a statement on teaching philosophy and recent student evaluations;
  • A statement describing past experience in activities that promote diversity and inclusion, broadly understood, and/or plans to make future contributions;
  • Sample of research; and
  • Three confidential professional and/or post-secondary letters of reference forwarded to the following address under separate cover by the referees.

Human Resources

Concordia University of Edmonton

7128 Ada Boulevard

Edmonton, AB   T5B 4E4

E-mail: humanresources@concordia.ab.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.