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Assistant Professor – Indigenous Legal Studies (REPOSTED)

Carleton University

About the Position:
Field of Specialization: Indigenous Legal Studies- REPOSTED

Academic Unit: Law and Legal Studies

Category of Appointment: Preliminary (Tenure-Track)

Rank/Position Title: Assistant Professor

Start Date: July 1, 2023

Closing Date: Consideration of complete applications will begin on February 28, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Law and Legal Studies invites applications from qualified Indigenous candidates for a preliminary (tenure-track) appointment in Indigenous Legal Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2023.

Located on the territories of the Algonquin Anishinabeg, Carleton University and the Department of Law and Legal Studies commit to integrating Indigenous knowledges into the curriculum as well as research practice.

The Department of Law and Legal Studies invites applications from candidates with a proven commitment to centering Indigenous laws and knowledge systems in their research, teaching, and/or practice. We invite candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: Indigenous law and legal orders, Indigenous knowledge systems, Indigenous resurgence, and decolonization. In particular, given the location of the University, the Department especially welcomes applicants with expertise in Algonquin Anishinaabe legal orders. Expertise in the interaction between Canadian law and Indigenous people is beneficial, but not required.

At the undergraduate level, the successful applicant will contribute to and expand the Department’s offering of courses in Indigenous Legal Orders and social justice. At the graduate level, the successful applicant will contribute to the Department’s offerings for the M.A. and Ph.D. in Legal Studies.

Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. In addition to First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, we welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. In accordance with the University’s Employment Equity Program and pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code Section 14, this selection will be limited to Indigenous peoples. Candidates from Indigenous communities and the groups noted above are encouraged to self-identify. Carleton University acknowledges and respects the Algonquin Anishinaabe people, traditional custodians of the land on which the Carleton University campus is situated.

To see the full position posting, please visit Carleton University’s Deputy Provost’s website at

About the Academic Unit:
The Department of Law and Legal Studies ( is the home of the oldest and largest undergraduate and graduate programs in Legal Studies in Canada. The Department is committed to interdisciplinary legal inquiry and is composed of scholars engaged in interdisciplinary teaching and research from a range of disciplines including criminology, history, law, legal anthropology, political economy, political theory, communications and sociology.

The Department offers a B.A. and B.A. (Honours) in Law as well as a specialization in the Bachelor of Global and International Studies to over 1,300 students within the Faculty of Public Affairs, and includes concentrations in Human Rights and Transnational Law, Business Law, and Law, Policy and Government among its undergraduate programs. The Department also offers an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Legal Studies.

While a graduate degree is desirable, a PhD is not expected.
In their research statements, candidates are encouraged to convey their ongoing responsibilities to Indigenous peoples and/or their commitments to continuing and strengthening land-based relationships with Indigenous peoples.
The Department encourages applicants to articulate their expertise as Indigenous knowledge holders in ways that are not limited to academic degrees, publications, and presentations.
Demonstrated potential for outstanding teaching contributions.
Demonstrated potential for independent and collaborative research.
The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the academic life of the Unit and the broader community.
Application Instructions:
Applications must be sent electronically in one single PDF file which includes the following: a cover letter of application; a curriculum vitae; a teaching portfolio, including evidence of teaching performance or a teaching plan and sample course outlines; a statement of research interests and a statement that identifies your strengths in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in your discipline and on campus as well as your future plans.

Applicants should also arrange for three individuals, including both academic and Indigenous community connections, to provide letters of recommendation electronically to the address below. Submissions must be made electronically to: Dr. Zeina Bou-Zeid, Chair, Department of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University, at

Please indicate in your application if you are currently legally eligible to work in Canada.

About Carleton University:
Located in Ottawa, Carleton is an innovative teaching and research institution with a tradition of leading change. Internationally recognized academics, staff, and researchers engage more than 31,000 students in over 100 programs of study. Carleton has long been known for promoting research excellence and connectedness and is involved in partnerships around the globe. With strong leadership, it enjoys a healthy financial position and our proximity to government and cultural institutions, media, and a thriving knowledge economy make Carleton and Ottawa a great place to work, learn, and live. Our picturesque campus is fully accessible and, along with award-winning student services, Carleton’s Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities has been heralded as the gold standard for disability support services in Canada. Learn more about our university and the city of Ottawa.

We invite you to review our revitalized Indigenous strategy, Kinàmàgawin and visit our Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities for information about our commitment to leadership in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Accessibility is a university strategic priority and applicants selected for an interview who require accommodations are invited to contact the Chair as soon as possible to ensure that appropriate arrangements may be made.

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