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Assistant Professor, Indigenous Studies (Brantford Campus)

Wilfrid Laurier University

In keeping with its ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and to address the underrepresentation of Indigenous faculty at the University, the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Wilfrid Laurier University (Brantford campus) invites applications to fill a twelve month limited term appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Indigenous Studies, commencing July 1, 2020, subject to budgetary approval. Preference will be given to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) people who are accountable to, and have strong ties with, Indigenous communities, and who can clearly articulate their pedagogy for mobilizing FNMI knowledge.

As part of their teaching load (five courses), which may include remote or on-campus delivery, the successful candidate will be expected to assume a teaching role in the delivery of introductory courses as well as senior-level courses and seminars (i.e.: ID120: Introduction to Indigenous Studies; ID302: Indigenous Children and Families; ID303: Indigenous Pedagogy; ID375: Indigenous Community Organizing; ID401: Indigenous Kinship and Allyship). Candidates should have demonstrated competence in one or more of the following areas: Indigenous kinship and families, Indigenous community organizing, and Indigenous pedagogies.

Applicants must have completed, or be close to completing, a doctoral degree (PhD), or have completed a Master’s degree and have teaching experience in academic and/or other relevant (e.g. community-based) settings. Candidates must provide evidence of the ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centered environment. The main criteria for selection are lived experience of Indigeneity; strong connections to Indigenous communities; clear use of Indigenous pedagogies; and substantial community work and/or scholarship in the posted areas.

The goal of Indigenous Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University is to help students understand and critique the ways in which colonial narratives shape and control contemporary discourses about Indigenous peoples. Indigenous Studies courses require an examination of the ways in which both historical and ongoing acts of colonization galvanize Indigenous communities’ resistance, worldviews and ways of knowing. In addition to situating Indigenous knowledge within the Liberal Arts curriculum, the Indigenous Studies program at Laurier’s Brantford campus supports Indigenous students attending Wilfrid Laurier University and encourages non-Indigenous students to commit to reconciliation and decolonization. Additional information about the Indigenous Studies program is available at: Information about the WLU Office of Indigenous Initiatives is available at:

Applicants should submit evidence of teaching excellence (such as evaluations and a teaching dossier); a statement of teaching and research interests; full curriculum vitae; and the names and contact information for three referees.
Please send the application package to Dr. Vanessa Oliver, Chair, Indigenous Studies, c/o Ms. Celine Taillefer-Travers, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Wilfrid Laurier University at Electronic applications will be accepted until June 1, 2020.
The Faculty of Liberal Arts wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. All nominations and applications shall be reviewed and considered under a set of criteria established by the Search Committee and a short list of candidates shall be interviewed. Only those applicants selected for the short list will be contacted.

Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan prioritizes building capacity in Indigenous education and commits to the Indigenization of our campuses through Indigenous programming, which it seeks to expand under the leadership of Indigenous students, faculty and staff. Applicants should self-identify through the covering letter to their application including their familial and/or community connections which position them as First Nations, Inuit or Métis people. Any questions related to self-identification can be directed in confidence to the Acting Dean of Liberal Arts, Dr. Kathryn Carter (, or to the Director of Indigenous Initiatives, Melissa Ireland ( Further information on the equity policy can be found at .

Applicants are encouraged to address any career interruptions or special circumstances that may have affected their record of research and teaching, in accordance with SSHRC and NSERC definitions and guidelines. To obtain a copy of this job ad (or links referenced) in an accessible format, please e-mail

Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified candidates, including women, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and persons in a sexual and/or gender minority. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In accordance with the requirements of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the successful applicants will be required to prove they are legally able to work in Canada.