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Assistant Professor, Open Discipline - Indigenous Focus, College of Arts

University of the Fraser Valley

Job Summary
The College of Arts at the Uiversity of the Fraser Valley is seeking applicants for two tenure-track appointments at the rank of assistant professor for an anticipated start date of August 1, 2021. This is an open disciplinary search. Candidates from a range of disciplines in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Creative Arts with teaching expertise and a research program/creative practice centering Indigenous peoples, their knowledges and/or  their priorities are invited to apply. 

Opportunities are available in the following disciplines: Visual and Performance Arts, Art History, History, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Indigenous Studies. The successful candidate will join one of the departments or schools in the College of Arts, with possibility of cross-appointment depending on their area(s) of specialization.

The successful applicant will be able to make connections between Indigenous knowledge systems and contemporary curricula in their field. They will recognize how local Indigenous knowledges are being preserved and promoted, and will be able to see ways that their scholarly 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 Indigenous community members in the work of the university. They will be well aware of the strengths and the unique challenges of Indigenous student experiences. Additionally, the successful applicant will have a demonstrated collegial, responsive, and responsible approach to Indigenization and Reconciliation.  

Successful teaching experience at the post-secondary level is desirable, but we will consider candidates early in their academic career or candidates with non-conventional academic journeys. Applicants should demonstrate experience in supporting students from a range of cultural and national backgrounds in their classroom and out-of-classroom learning, and sustaining (or developing) a successful program of community-engaged scholarship. The successful candidate will demonstrate solid grounding in Indigenous research methodologies and/or creative practice. Experience teaching remotely is an asset. The successful applicant will have experience working in team situations, will possess strong communication and leadership skills, will be able to contribute to curriculum development, and will have a commitment to interdisciplinarity and enthusiasm for innovative teaching and scholarly practices within a liberal arts context. They will be expected to engage actively in university and community service.

The successful candidate will have a PhD (or a terminal degree) from a recognized/accredited post-secondary institution in their field of study. Candidates enrolled in a graduate program, or candidates with non-conventional academic journeys who can demonstrate their potential to meet the requirements of tenure at UFV, will be considered as well. Other requirements for the position include a  demonstrated commitment to successful undergraduate teaching, scholarly research and service. 

How to Apply
Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and a brief description of their current or anticipated scholarship program, or weblinks to creative portfolio. Shortlisted candidates will be informed by the search committee of any additional material required. Three letters of reference should also be uploaded.

Direct all application materials referring to Posting #J0321-0870 to The Selection Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications on May 05, 2021; however, the position will remain open until filled.

About UFV
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.