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Assistant Professor - Great Lakes Indigenous History

University of Toronto

The Department of History and the Centre for Indigenous Studies in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invite applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of Great Lakes Indigenous History. The successful candidate will be appointed in the Department of History (51%) and the Centre for Indigenous Studies (49%) at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence on July 1, 2020, or shortly thereafter.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in History or Indigenous Studies by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching, and a commitment to shaping the future of the field of Indigenous historical studies. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing department and program strengths. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program. The successful candidate’s research will be in the area of Great Lakes Indigenous history, with particular emphasis on material culture. In addition, the successful candidate must have demonstrated research-level capacity in an Indigenous language.

Candidates will have an emerging record of scholarly accomplishments and will provide evidence of excellence in research as demonstrated by publications in leading, field relevant academic journals, or forthcoming impactful publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, a strong record in Indigenous research methodologies and ethical engagement, collaboration with Indigenous communities, organizations, and institutions, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching, through a teaching portfolio that includes a statement of teaching philosophy that is linked to evidence of excellent pedagogical practice, sample course syllabi, demonstrated knowledge and experience in Indigenous-based teaching methods, and excellent course evaluations (and/or demonstrated superior performance in other teaching-related activities, including performance as a teaching assistant, or experience in leading successful workshops and seminars), as well as strong endorsements from referees. The candidate's responsibilities will include teaching large and small undergraduate courses in Indigenous Studies and undergraduate and graduate courses in History.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Toronto offers excellent opportunities to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. The Department of History and Centre for Indigenous Studies provide a context in which to work in an interdisciplinary environment with close ties to a range of collaborative programs.

Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous. Recognizing that there are a variety of terms that potential candidates may use to self-identify, the University uses the term “Indigenous” in this search, which forms part of the U of T Response to Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to encompass the people of Turtle Island, including those who identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuk (Inuit), Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian people.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a research statement outlining current and future research interests, an article-length writing sample, and a teaching dossier including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi, teaching evaluations, or evidence of superior performance in other teaching-related activities as listed above.

Applicants must arrange to have four letters of reference, including at least one that speaks directly to Indigenous community engagement, addressed to Professor Alison Smith and Professor Susan Hill, sent directly by the referees to history.chair@utoronto.ca with the subject line “Great Lakes Indigenous History – [your full name]” by the closing date.

Submission guidelines can be found at http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. We recommend combining attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have questions about this position, please contact history.chair@utoronto.ca or indigenous.studies@utoronto.ca.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by September 24, 2019.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.