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Assistant/Associate Professor - Indigenous Studies and Law & Society

Wilfrid Laurier University

Position Summary:
We seek Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Afro Indigenous, Black Indigenous) scholars in the area of Indigenous Governance, Justice and or Law who are committed to excellence in academic research, teaching and service that contributes to the aspirations of self-governance by Indigenous Peoples and communities locally and globally and/or to the field of Indigenous Studies. The successful candidate will bring knowledge, training, and lived experiences in the fields of Indigenous governance, Indigenous lawlaw, and justice, and/or Indigenous public policy. They will understand the complex Indigenous rights and governance issues that continue to plague Indigenous-State relations around the globe from a frame of Indigenous thought and philosophy and with an emphasis on practical guidance for learners exploring Indigenous Nationhood. Experience in student advising and mentorship is an asset. Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to working in partnership with Indigenous communities.

This position is housed in the Indigenous Studies Program but will be cross-appointed with Law & Society in the Faculty of Liberal Arts (FLA); as such, the successful candidate’s teaching responsibilities would be divided between Indigenous Studies and Law & Society.

Although the areas specified above represent broad areas of need within the programs, other areas of teaching expertise will also be considered. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate students in the Indigenous Studies and Law and Society majors and minors across multiple years, as well as non-majors in other programs. The successful candidate will also contribute to program development and innovation.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an active research program in the area of Indigenous Governance, Justice and/or Law. Candidates must provide evidence of the ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centered environment. The main criteria for selection are potential contribution to research, teaching and program development; lived experience of Indigeneity; and substantial community work and/or scholarship in the posted areas.

Applicants must have completed, or be close to completing, a doctoral degree (PhD) in Indigenous studies, law, or a related discipline, or have equivalent qualifications (either law degree or masters with a substantial record of professional and community experience or experience as a community-recognized Indigenous Knowledge Keeper for at least 10 years). Candidates should demonstrate the ability to teach from Indigenous ways of knowing and being.

Faculty/Department/Program Description:

Indigenous Studies is a growing, interdisciplinary program whose goal is to help students understand and critique the ways in which colonial narratives shape and control contemporary discourses about Indigenous peoples. Indigenous Studies courses require an examination of the ways in which both historical and ongoing acts of colonization galvanize Indigenous communities’ resistance, worldviews, and ways of knowing. The program provides an understanding of contemporary issues as they relate to Indigenous peoples. Employing a holistic approach, the program fosters a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples, their histories, and their place in the world. The program can be completed in combination with several Brantford-based programs and an Indigenous Studies minor is also available.

Law and Society is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program rooted in social scientific, interpretive, critical and historical analyses of law across multiple social contexts. A sociolegal approach to law looks beyond authorized texts and formal institutions; it recognizes that legality exists in the consciousness and practices of people(s) touched by law, in the process of making claims for justice, and in the coercive power embedded in social ordering. Law and society also highlights resistance and defiance in the face of law, and alternatives to formal law in the structure of social relations.

How to apply:
Candidates who identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Afro Indigenous, Black Indigenous) are encouraged to apply by including the following in their application. (Please note that additional materials may be requested through the review process):
· a letter of intent including the candidate’s research and teaching interest and where this best aligns with Laurier’s areas of priority.
· a curriculum vitae.
· a statement on teaching philosophy, and any evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as a peer teaching review and student/participant feedback).
· sample publication, scholarly output or URL link to public presentations.
· the names and contact information of three referees and one from a community referee.
· Indigenous Identity Fraud/Theft has been a significant issue highlighted in the media, and we will be taking steps to confirm Indigenous Identity as part of the recruitment and selection process. The process used to confirm identity is being developed in consultation with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives and you can read more here.

Applications can be addressed to Dr. Percy Lezard, Chair, Indigenous Studies and Dr. Kelly Gallagher-Mackay, Chair, Law and Society c/o Celine Taillefer-Travers, Academic Program Assistant and submitted electronically to Applications will be accepted until January 2, 2023.

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