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Sessional Instructors – Indigenous Studies

Category: Academic Colleague

Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) 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. CUE is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for work, study, and living. We actively promote dignity for all, rejecting action and language that are harmful to mutual respect.

CUE is situated on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton’s historic Highlands neighborhood. Supporting a student body of over 3,000, we are known for our small class sizes and excellence in teaching. These features, and our diverse student population, provide an excellent opportunity for engaging with students in a sustained and nurturing way unique within the Canadian university system. CUE is an institution that values research in the sciences, social sciences, humanities and management.

CUE is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for work, study, and living. We actively promote dignity for all, rejecting action and language that are harmful to mutual respect.


The Faculty of Arts, Department of Social Sciences invites applications for Sessional Instructors for the following course(s), for the Fall semester: 


INDG 111 Contemporary Perspectives on Indigenous Canada

A survey of the major issues and themes shaping Indigenous peoples in Canada today.

(Wed: 17:00-19:50) and (MWF 13:00-13:50)


INDG 290  Indigenous Ways of Knowing

This course introduces students to Indigenous ways of knowing including, but not limited to beliefs, customs, and worldviews, to understand their differences and similarities between Indigenous Nations. Emphasis will be placed on research and writing skills necessary in an academic environment, but also the diverse and often complex methodological approaches to Indigenous research seen in philosophical and intellectual traditions as this includes the tensions between Indigenous and Western knowledge research productions that exist since contact.

(MWF: 11:00-11:50)


Where the course schedule has been set, Sessional Instructors must be able to accommodate the day and time noted for the respective course.

Please note, this opportunity is available to begin 29, August 2021.



Reporting to the Chair, Department of Social Sciences, the Sessional Instructor’s responsibilities include:

  • Prepare and deliver weekly instructional lectures, assignments and examinations relevant to the course taught
  • Grade assignments and exams
  • Provide constructive feedback to students, including effective individualized strategies to support student success
  • Maintain regular office hours
  • Work collegially as a team member with Department and Faculty leadership, Lab Instructors, Colleagues and other stakeholders



  • A PhD, or PhD ABD with an imminent defense date, in Indigenous Studies; or a PhD in a relevant discipline with a research focus on Indigenous issues;
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Demonstrated empathetic approach to the instructional needs and concerns of students
  • Proficiency with Google Email and Apps, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Experience using a learning management system, such as Moodle, and familiarity with educational technologies, with an aptitude to learn other software as required


Interest and Applications:

Interested individuals may contact Dr. Tolly Bradford, for further information at: tolly.bradford@concordia.ab.ca

Please forward your complete application package to Dr. Oliver Franke, Chair of Social Sciences, oliver.franke@concordia.ab.ca


Application Packages should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae and cover letter
  • Official transcripts of graduate-level courses and designation confirmation
  • Letter describing teaching philosophy
  • Recent teaching evaluations, if available
  • Names and contact information of three academic and/or professional employment references


The successful candidate must be able to provide a satisfactory Criminal Records Check.

Closing Date: Application review will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Concordia University of Edmonton encourages applications from members of racialized groups, visible minorities, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, women, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, and others who may support a diversity of perspectives at CUE. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.