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Tenure-Track Position - Lyle S. Hallman Chair in Child and Family Welfare

Wilfrid Laurier University

The Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University invites applications for a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit (FNMI) scholar for the Lyle S. Hallman Chair in Child and Family Welfare. The successful candidate will be eligible for a faculty appointment with tenure, subject to the tenure process, at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor commencing July 1, 2021, subject to budgetary approval.

We are seeking an FNMI scholar whose active research program and teaching in the Chair’s endowed area of child and family welfare is informed by their Indigenous knowledge, practice experiences with FNMI peoples, and strong community roots and connections. Indigenous child and family welfare encompasses a wide scope of issues (e.g., prevention of abuse and protection of children and youth, repatriation, and prevention of family violence; healing, well-being, intergenerational trauma, and missing and murdered Indigenous women, as these topics pertain to child and family welfare). In light of the colonial history of child and family welfare in Canada, we are eager to welcome a colleague who understands the concept of wholistic/integrative practices, appreciates the inherent relationship between micro and macro practices, and employs principles of empowerment, social justice, inclusion, and wholism in their social work research, practice, and pedagogy. Integrative practices refer to an analysis of the ways lived experience of Indigenous identity, race, class, culture, gender, (dis)ability, sexual identity, gender identity, and other social locations are produced and shaped by systemic, cultural, and interpersonal experiences and inequalities.

The Hallman Chair is an endowed position that is appointed to a 5-year term, renewable for further terms depending on performance. The position involves developing curricula, conducting research, teaching FSW students, and disseminating information about the prevention/treatment of child and family welfare problems to other academics, professionals, and service providers across Canada and internationally. The Hallman Chair appointment includes an annual research stipend and a reduced teaching load to support scholarly activities. The position will be located at the Kitchener campus and has the primary responsibilities associated with sustaining a rigorous and impactful program of research, including seeking out Tri-Council and/or other research funding, and the expectation of graduate teaching and supervision within the MSW and PhD programs.

The successful candidate will hold a doctoral degree and, given that this Chair is situated within a Faculty of Social Work, it is preferred that they will possess at least one social work degree. They will provide evidence of their contribution to social work scholarship and/or the discipline appropriate to the rank. Further, they will have a scholarly record, including publications, knowledge mobilization, and research funding also appropriate to the rank. They must have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, with online teaching experience being an asset.

The position will be situated in the Indigenous Field of Study (IFS), and the candidate will work with the Centre for Indigegogy as a member of the IFS Team. Ideally, the successful candidate will have a strong commitment to, and record of, supervision and/or mentorship of Indigenous doctoral students and junior Indigenous faculty, as well as those undertaking decolonizing research and education in the non-IFS programs (PhD, MSW, BSW). Finally, as a senior Indigenous scholar in the Faculty of Social Work and Wilfrid Laurier University, we will look to the Hallman Chair to contribute to the guidance to senior administration in the collective efforts to indigenize and decolonize the university.

Applicants are to submit a letter of application; curriculum vita; a 1‐2 page statement of research and teaching interests (including courses one might teach in the relevant programs); evidence of excellence in teaching (e.g., evaluations, teaching dossier); a one page statement about how the candidate’s personal identity(ies), commitment, and actions seeking to promote Indigeneity, equity, diversity and inclusion are reflected in their research, practice, pedagogy, and service; four recent publications; and, the names and contact information (address, telephone, and email) for three referees. Applications are to be submitted electronically to:

Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee
Faculty of Social Work
Wilfrid Laurier University
Kitchener, ON N2H 3W8

Electronic applications will be accepted until March 1st, 2021. If you have any questions about the application process they can be addressed to the Chair of the Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee via Tanya Diriye at

Applicants can learn more about the Faculty and our programs and some of our initiatives at the following links

BSW Program:
MSW Program:
PhD Program:
IFS Program:
Centre for Indigegogy:

Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and values diversity. Laurier welcomes applications from qualified members of the equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships; however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:

Yes, I am a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
No, I am not a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Members of designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to: Dr. Dawn Buzza, Dean of the Faculty of Social Work at 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 Tri-Council definitions and guidelines.

Laurier strives to make our application process accessible and provides accommodations for both applicants and employees as outlined in Policy 8.7. If you require assistance applying for this position, to obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, or would like to discuss accessibility and accommodations during the recruitment process please contact the Dean of Social Work Office at

Members of the Faculty Appointments and Promotion Committee will be reviewing applications. Depending on the extent of travel and social-distancing restrictions, interviews may be conducted by video conferencing or in-person.

The Faculty of Social Work wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. All 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.