Assistant Professor, Open Discipline – Indigenous Focus, Faculty of Arts

Job ID: 22079
Updated: Today
Location: Main Campus


Position Description

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary, in partnership with the International Indigenous Studies Program, is seeking applicants for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor for an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021. This is an open disciplinary search, meaning any candidate from the social sciences, humanities, or fine arts with a research program/creative practice and teaching expertise centering Indigenous peoples is encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will join one of the departments or schools in the Faculty of Arts and will divide their teaching and service activities between the International Indigenous Studies Program and their home unit.

In general, the successful candidate will establish and maintain an active research program or creative practice that centers around, or is driven by, Indigenous peoples.  The successful candidate must conduct research informed by Indigenous methodologies, which may include community-driven research and/or research/creative practice in dialogue with Indigenous knowledges and intellectual traditions.  The successful candidate must demonstrate competency in Indigenous pedagogies and working with Indigenous learners. They will teach and supervise at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and provide service to the International Indigenous Studies program, the home department, and potentially the wider community.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD, or terminal degree in their field.  Candidates who can demonstrate they are near completion of their program will be considered; however preference will be given to a candidate with a completed degree.  The appointee’s research agenda may be disciplinary or inter-disciplinary, with a Canadian and/or international focus.

The successful candidate must provide evidence of a record of, or clear potential for, excellence in:

  • Research or research creation with a focus centering Indigenous peoples or Indigeneity
  • Teaching and student mentorship
  • Working with Indigenous learners and content
  • Engagement with, or connections to, Indigenous community

Evidence should include publications in high quality peer-reviewed journals/venues or a record of completed and presented research creation, success with, or potential for, securing competitive funding, and proof of teaching effectiveness.  A record of engagement with Indigenous communities, organizations and/or institutions may include non-peer reviewed reports or briefs, presentations, formal partnerships, research relationship documents or outputs from community-engaged/driven projects, or membership in the community. 

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online via the ‘Apply Now’ link. Indigenous and equity seeking candidates are invited to self-identify. Please be aware that the application allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents):

  • A letter of interest detailing how and why you meet the requirements of the position
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • For applicants in the social sciences or humanities, no more than two samples of scholarly writing
  • For applicants in the fine arts, a sample portfolio including five works accompanied by descriptions of the work, titles, dates created, mediums, and sizes.  Please reach out to the Director of the International Indigenous Studies Program for file transfer specifications
  • A statement of teaching philosophy and a teaching dossier (which must, at minimum, include two sample syllabi, summaries of the quantitative and qualitative results of two sets of course evaluations, and evidence of teaching experience with Indigenous content or learners)
  • Clear evidence of the applicant’s engagement with, or connections to, an Indigenous community

Applicants should also arrange to have three confidential letters of reference submitted directly to the selection committee at:

Ms. Hoai Dang, 
Administrative Assistant for the International Indigenous Studies Program
University of Calgary
Faculty of Arts  

For questions about the posting, please direct your inquiries to:

Dr. Daniel Voth, Director International Indigenous Studies Program
Search Committee Chair
University of Calgary
Faculty of Arts

The selection committee will begin reviewing applications on February 25, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.  It is likely interviews will be virtual.

The International Indigenous Studies program is a self-governing interdisciplinary program that centers on the experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada and internationally.  The program focuses on various aspects of Indigenous perspectives related to art, culture, ways of knowing, languages, economies, politics, and community structures, and attracts students from across the university (  The program is housed administratively in the Department of Political Science, and possesses its own Director, staff, affiliated faculty, and governance structure.

The University of Calgary is engaged in a consultative process with knowledge keepers, Elders, and leaders of the Treaty #7 peoples, the Métis Nation, and academics and university administrators. This ongoing process has resulted in the development of an Indigenous Strategy, ii’taa’poh’to’p – Together in a Good Way – intended to guide the university’s relationship with the Indigenous peoples in whose territory the university resides.  The Indigenous Strategy identifies the International Indigenous Studies program as a source of strength in the effort to transform and decolonize the way teaching, learning, and research occur on campus. This search is one part of the initiative to deepen and strengthen Indigenous focused research, teaching and learning on and off campus.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary is situated on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nation. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world’s cleanest cities and has been named one of the world’s most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 


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