Assistant Professor, English and Indigenous Studies
University of the Fraser Valley
The University of the Fraser Valley invites applications for a tenure-track, full-time faculty member in the College of Arts with expertise in Contemporary and Traditional Indigenous Storytelling.
The successful applicant will:
Teach Indigenous Peoples Knowledge courses and mentor students in “The Indigenous Academic Success Cohort” (IASC). They will help ensure Indigenous student success by working to interweave Indigenous history, culture, and knowledge with all aspects of the learner’s university experience; and
Teach core and elective courses in the BA Major and Minor in Indigenous Studies and the English Department. These would likely include courses in Indigenous Literature and Theory, Storytelling, and Creative Writing with an Indigenous focus.
In addition, the successful applicant will be someone who can:
help develop learners’ critical thinking, study habits, and interpersonal skills and, for Indigenous students, within a framework of Indigenous knowledge and ways of being;
mentor Indigenous (and non-Indigenous) students in Creative Writing on the principles and experience of pursuing a career as a creative writer, including balancing cultural integrity and traditional knowledge with cultural industry demands.
Ideally, in their role as mentors of Indigenous students, the successful applicant can develop and run programming for them, including programs that would facilitate their successful transition from community to academy to careers.
The successful applicant will be able to make connections between Indigenous knowledge systems and contemporary curricula in their field. They will be aware of or able to recognize how local Indigenous knowledge is being preserved and promoted and will be able to see ways their creative and pedagogical practice can contribute to that body of work. They will actively develop and nurture connections with Stó:lo community members and organizations, and engage community members in the work of the university. And they will be well aware of the realities of Indigenous student experiences. Additionally, the successful applicant will have a demonstrated collegial, responsive, and responsible approach to Indigenization and Reconciliation.
The successful applicant must be committed to teaching excellence, ongoing development and improvement as an instructor and scholar, and university and community service.
Ph.D. or ABD or MFA in a relevant field
A significant record and recognition as a creative writer
How to Apply
Applications must include a cover letter; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy; writing sample; and recent student evaluations (if available). Three letters of reference should be uploaded with your application as well.
Direct application materials referring to Posting #J0321-0867 to http://clients.njoyn.com/CL3/xweb/xweb.asp?clid=56144&page=jobdetails&jobid=J0321-0867&BRID=EX87299&SBDID=20985&LANG=1. The Selection Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications on April 29, 2021; however, the position will remain open until filled.
The University of the Fraser Valley is located on the unceded (ancestral) territory of the Halq'eméylem-speaking peoples. We express our gratitude and respect for the honour of living and working in S’olh Temexw (Our World; Our Land). In all that we do, UFV strives to support and honour the Stó:lo peoples goals of self-determination and well-being on these lands. A commitment to Indigenization and Reconciliation is core to our institutional Vision and our Education Plan. This commitment includes the goal of centring Indigenous ways of knowing throughout our organization, recognizing our responsibilities to community, and a multi-year plan to increase the number of Indigenous faculty, staff, and administrators working at UFV.
UFV has four campus locations within the beautiful Fraser Valley in British Columbia. Recognized as one of BC's top employers, UFV offers a combination of career and lifestyle benefits. Join a team of 1,400 passionate professionals who value integrity, inclusivity and excellence. At UFV, you will serve a vibrant community, and shape the future of 15,000 students.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In an effort to be both environmentally and fiscally responsible, UFV will contact only candidates receiving an interview. We thank all applicants for considering UFV for employment. Shortlisted applicants may be required to undergo a criminal record check and/ or a verification of their education credentials.
UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.