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Director, McMaster Indigenous Research Institute

McMaster University

McMaster University invites applications for the Director of the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute (MIRI). The Institute was officially launched on 1 July 2016, details are available at: The Director will have and maintain a distinguished program of research and teaching record in any area of Indigenous Research. The Director will be appointed (tenure track or tenured) at the Associate Professor or Professor level to one or more of the six faculties at McMaster University: DeGroote School of Business, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Social Sciences. The appointment as Director will be for a five year, renewable term, and the incumbent will be supported by a staffed Research Coordinator at MIRI.

The Director is expected to raise awareness, attract substantial research support, educate and advance Indigenous research methodologies. The Director will emphasize and support community capacity building and research priorities, promote and foster innovation, collaboration and partnership, enhance existing research infrastructure at McMaster and build sustainable Indigenous research infrastructure. The incumbent will also support the recruitment, mentorship and training of undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and work to build greater research capacity and strength in Indigenous research across all faculties at McMaster University. Details are available at

McMaster is a medium-sized university, located in the Westdale neighbourhood of Hamilton, and boasts 300 acres of scenic property at the western end of Lake Ontario, between Toronto and Niagara Falls. Our 30-acre central campus core is designated for pedestrians and cyclists, and is located just minutes from downtown Hamilton, which is ranked among the top cities in Canada. It has a geographic proximity to Six Nations of the Grand River, the largest First Nation in Canada, along with a quarter century of collaborative work developing Indigenous educational and research programs.

The successful candidate will join a community of leading Indigenous scholars from across multiple disciplines, along with an active Indigenous community of students, staff and community members at McMaster. President Patrick Deane’s principles and priorities articulated in his “Forward with Integrity” open letter ( to the University community include: cultivating human potential; adopting a multi-disciplinary perspective; and engaging our local, national, and international communities. Furthermore, he has given our researchers the mandate to “build on the work that has already begun to strengthen and support Indigenous learners and Indigenous scholarship.”

McMaster is Canada’s most research-intensive university (Research Infosource, 2017) and ranks among the top 100 universities in the world; placing 66th in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities and 78th in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking. With more than 18,000 universities in the world, McMaster places in the top one percent. These results speak to the inspiring work of our faculty, staff and students, and the University’s unique approach to research teaching and learning – an approach that helps McMaster continue to improve the health and well-being of our communities and the world.

McMaster University has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff that reflects the multicultural makeup of our student body. The successful candidate will be committed to inclusion and excellence and the Search Committee is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity of the academic community. Women and applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Gender diversity is being addressed at McMaster University through our policies and actions. One recent action in this area was the completion of a gender pay equity study and a resultant base salary adjustment applied to all female faculty members in July 2015.

Faculty members at McMaster University enjoy a number of both personal and professional benefits. University
employees are offered an excellent benefits package which includes, but is not limited to, extended health care benefits, dental care, group life, long term disability, worldwide travel assistance, and retirement plan. Progressive policies are in place to assist faculty who become parents or are needed to care for family members.

Applications must consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research dossier that includes a statement of research interests and plans, and a teaching dossier that includes a teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness. Applicants should also arrange for four letters of reference to be submitted directly to Dr. Robert Baker, Vice-President, Research, McMaster University, including two letters that speak to academic and research performance, one that speaks to community engagement and one (in either written or oral form) from an Indigenous elder, community leader or Indigenous organization with whom/which you are affiliated. Mail reference letters to
Dr. Robert Baker, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Gilmour Hall-208, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada,
L8S 4L8; or e-mail to

Complete applications must be made online at (Faculty Postings, Job #17370) to the attention of Dr. Robert Baker, Vice-President, Research, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Gilmour Hall-208, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4L8.

Complete applications that are received by 28 February, 2018 will receive full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The effective date of appointment is negotiable but 1 July 2018 is preferred. All applicants will receive an on-line confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.

In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of visible minorities, and LGBTQ+ persons.

McMaster recognizes the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and In keeping with the spirit of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, we welcome applications from Indigenous candidates from across Turtle Island.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247) or the Faculty of Health Sciences Human Resources office at ext. 22207 to communicate accommodation needs.