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Assistant, Associate/Full Professor (Tenure or Tenure-Track) , Indigenous Studies Program

McMaster University

The Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University invites applications from an emerging or established scholar for a tenure stream or tenured appointment at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor beginning July 1, 2021. The Indigenous Studies Program is committed to the delivery of an exceptional undergraduate experience for Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners, which draws upon the expertise of Indigenous scholars and community knowledge holders alike (see The Indigenous Studies Program is one of the longest-standing Indigenous Studies programs in Canada. We seek a candidate that builds upon our existing areas of strength in traditional ecological knowledge, health and well-being, policy, governance, gender and sexuality, literary studies, material knowledge production, Indigenous theory and methodologies.

Applications are welcome from any field, but priority will be given to applicants whose research and educational activities focus on Indigenous knowledge, ways of knowing and methodologies. The appointment will be joint between the Indigenous Studies Program and the relevant department (e.g., political science, history, anthropology, psychology), with a teaching commitment to the Indigenous Studies Program and an expectation of participation in the activities and initiatives of the Indigenous community at McMaster.

The successful candidate will join a community of leading Indigenous scholars from across multiple disciplines. In addition to the Indigenous Studies Program, the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute ( supports community capacity building, promotes and fosters innovation, collaboration and partnership in Indigenous research, and acts to develop strong, sustainable Indigenous research infrastructure. As a full-time faculty member, and consistent with McMaster’s vision of being a student-centred, research-intensive university, the successful candidate is expected to develop an innovative program of research yielding significant peer-reviewed publications, to attract external peer-reviewed research funding, and to demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching, mentorship, and curriculum development, including teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and supervising graduate students.

The position is open to all applicants with expertise in the area of Indigenous Studies, though as noted we are especially interested in candidates with a specialization in Indigenous Knowledge, ways of knowing and methodologies. Successful candidates will hold a PhD. Salary is commensurate with qualification and experience.

Application Procedures
Applicants should submit an application package consisting of the following: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy), one sample publication, and the names of three referees. Please send the application materials by e-mail to the attention of the Program Director, Dr. Chelsea Gabel at the following address: The subject line should read: “Indigenous Studies Position” followed by your full name. Applicants must arrange to have their three letters of reference sent directly to the address above.

Review of applications will begin on October 19, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

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. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates including First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons, women, persons with disabilities, members of racialized communities and LGBTQ-identified persons. If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment and selection procedure, please contact Human Resources Service Centre at (905) 525-9140 ext. 22247.

McMaster University sits on the traditional Territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee Nations, and within the lands protected by the Dish With One Spoon wampum agreement.