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Tenure Stream Appointment, Open Rank, Indigenous Studies Program

McMaster University

The Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University invites applications for a tenure stream appointment with open rank beginning July 1, 2018. 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 celebrating its 25th year at McMaster, making it 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, gender and sexuality, literary studies, material knowledge production, Indigenous theory and methodologies, Indigenous ways of knowing.

Applications are welcome from any field, but those with training in political science or history are particularly encouraged to apply. The appointment will be in the relevant academic 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 recently launched 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 Political Science or History. Successful candidates will either hold a PhD or be expected to complete their PhD by July 1, 2018. 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 three letters of reference.

Please send the application materials by e-mail to the attention of the Program Director, Dr. Vanessa Watts 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 November 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

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.