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Tenure-Track or Tenured Appointment in Indigenous Research

Western University

Tenure-track or Tenured Appointment in Indigenous Research

Academic Vacancy 2020 – 2021

Western University invites applications for a probationary (tenure-track) or tenured appointment effective July 1, 2020 (or as negotiated) in the Indigenous Studies program, Faculty of Social Science ( at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor. The successful candidate will be appointed into an appropriate department within the Faculty of Social Science with a cross appointment in Indigenous Studies. Primary teaching responsibility will be in the Indigenous Studies program.

Previously named First Nations Studies, the Indigenous Studies program ( was established in 2003. The program covers a broad range of topics relevant to Indigenous peoples and Indigenous communities, and provides students with valuable research experience to better understand those topics. While we emphasize the Canadian context, that emphasis is augmented by explorations of Indigenous issues in other areas of the world.

The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in a Social Science discipline and have expertise in empirical Indigenous research. The specific substantive area of expertise should align with one of the departments in the Faculty of Social Science. The successful candidate should have an active program of research, demonstrated by a strong record (or potential) in publishing, in securing major grants, and in dissemination and knowledge translation for scholarly and lay audiences. Evidence of excellence in teaching should also be demonstrated in a teaching philosophy statement, teaching evaluations, and any other supporting materials.

Established in 1878, Western University in London Ontario is situated on the traditional lands of the Attawandaron, Anishinabek, Haudenosaunee, and Leni Lūnaapéewak peoples, lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796, and the Dish with One Spoon Convenant WampumWith annual research funding exceeding $220 million, Western ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities. The Faculty of Social Science at Western is experiencing a period of significant faculty renewal having made over 40 hires over the last few years, with at least 10 more hires anticipated. According to the 2019 QS rankings, Social Science at Western is ranked 84th in the world and 4th in Canada.

In 2017 Western approved its first Indigenous Strategic Plan including eight broad strategic directions. Now in its implementation phase, Western seeks to increase Indigenous faculty, staff, and student representation alongside the creation of organizational structures and mechanisms that will assist the ongoing engagement of Indigenous peoples. To support these institutional priorities, Western is developing a new Office of Indigenous Initiatives that will include a senior role reporting directly to the Provost and has initiated other institutional changes, such as hiring, that will strengthen Western’s capacity to deliver on those priorities.

Applicants should send their application letter, completed application form (, a current CV, teaching philosophy statement, and the names of at least three referees, which may include community references, to:

Professor Janice Forsyth
Director, Indigenous Studies Program
Faculty of Social Science
Western University
1151 Richmond Street
London, ON K6A 3K7


Candidates are encouraged to apply electronically to the email address above – please email PDF documents only. Review of applications will commence on Monday, September 16th, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact