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Tenure-Track Position Specialized in Contemporary Indigenous Artistic and Cultural Practices

University of Ottawa

The Institute for Indigenous Research and Studies of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Arts invites applications for a tenure-track position with a specialization in Contemporary Indigenous Artistic/Cultural Practices with a start date of July 1, 2022, in support of French-language programs and research at the IIRS.

Title of the Position: Assistant professor level, but higher ranks will be considered under exceptional circumstances.

Duties: Responsibilities for the position include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, supervising undergraduate and graduate students, and providing vision and leadership related to the development of teaching, research, and outreach. The successful candidate will be a critical resource for the development of graduate programming in Indigenous Studies, particularly in French, and expected to carry out a robust research program, seek external funding, demonstrate a sustained commitment to active participation in the administrative activities of the unit and the faculty, participate in the activities of professional organizations and the advancement of the University’s Indigenization strategy. Given the nature of the position, preference will be given to qualified Indigenous candidates with genuine connections to their Indigenous community and whose scholarship is shaped by those connections.

Affirming that Aboriginal peoples are active knowledge creators in their own right, the successful candidate will be expected to open up key conversations about worldviews and knowledge structures as expressed through their artistic practice, as well as avenues for local artistic and cultural creation and engagement with galleries, theatres and museums, including collaborative and intellectual research spaces on campus (CreatorSpace and LabO).

The successful candidate will make important connections to areas such as communications, theatre, visual arts, music, cultural and literary studies. Depending on the profile of the successful candidate, programmatic offerings could be cross-listed with existing programs in other departments (visual arts, theatre, and literature) in the Faculty of Arts or in other faculties.

Terms: Tenure-track position

Wage: Salary scale for an Assistant Professor starts at $87,856 (as of May 1, 2021).

Benefits Package: The University of Ottawa provides a complete benefits package which includes long-term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan and optional life insurance, as well as relocation expenses.

Location of Work: Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies, University of Ottawa, 52 University Private, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Contact Information:
Dr. Brenda Macdougall, Director, Institute for Indigenous Research and Studies, University of Ottawa, Ottawa ON, K1N 6N5. E-mail: Telephone: 613-562-5111

Required Skills:
The successful candidate will be an artist deploying Indigenous traditions to address colonial dislocation and marginalization offering new forms of critique through diverse artistic (film, literature, drama, fine arts, music, etc.) and cultural practices of Indigenous nations, leading to the creation of cutting-edge theories and methodologies about land, place, territory, gender, and sexuality.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
• A PhD in Indigenous Studies or related field;
• evidence of innovative pedagogical excellence including project-based instruction at a post-secondary institution;
• evidence of an established and innovative research program, a record of refereed publications, and knowledge mobilization;
• an ability to attract external funding; and

• demonstrated skills in working collaboratively with Indigenous communities, artists and cultural producers, as well as with diverse populations.

As this position is intended for a French language-dominant scholar, at the time of tenure, active knowledge of French is required, with passive competency in English.

Application Deadline: Applications received by October 31, 2021 will receive full consideration, the position will remain open until filled.

Complete applications must be submitted online to Job number J0921-0183:

Interested individuals will submit: 1) A letter of application outlining their suitability; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) a sample of scholarly writing; as well as 4) a course syllabi sample and recent teaching evaluations.

Four confidential letters of recommendation (three scholarly references and one from a community member/community/organization with whom the candidate has already worked, attesting to their commitment to Indigenous protocols around research methods and praxis) must be addressed to:

Prof. Brenda Macdougall, PhD
Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies
University of Ottawa

Short-listed candidates will be invited to do a research presentation in front of professors and students (based on the public health guidelines at the time, this will likely be done using videoconference technology).

For more detail on our unit, please visit:

The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority members (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse and inclusive communities. However, given the nature of this position, preference will be given to qualified Indigenous candidates with genuine connections to their Indigenous community and whose scholarship is shaped by those connections. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups are asked to complete the confidential Self-Identification Questionnaire, to be completed at the time of application.

According to government policy, all qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us of any particular adaptive measures you might require by contacting the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Faculty Affairs at Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and to their spouses in their second official language. The French posting can be found here: