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Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier) is a multi-campus university renowned for its extraordinary learning environment and highly personalized educational experience. As a comprehensive university with more than 19,000 students, Laurier has grown rapidly in research intensity while at the same time preserving our well-earned reputation for excellent undergraduate teaching and learning. With a multi-campus and multi-community culture, Laurier offers students an exceptional range of more than 100 academic programs. As a leader in higher education for more than a century, Laurier has offered students a transformative experience, an ethos that is offered in Laurier’s intention to inspire lives of leadership and purpose.
Laurier’s campuses and locations are on the Haldimand Tract, within the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. A short 2.5-hour drive of 18 First Nations communities, including the Six Nations of the Grand River— the most populous First Nation in Canada — and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Kitchener-Waterloo and Brantford both have large urban Indigenous populations. There are 12 Métis councils within a 3-hour radius. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their right to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming, research, and co-curricular activities. Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge through diverse ongoing initiatives, programs, funding events, and positions, including the university’s Indigenous Student Centres, its Centre for Indigegogy, the Indigenous Knowledge Fund, Indigenous Education Week and the annual Indigenous Research Symposium. Laurier welcomes a regular stream of Visiting Elders and has an Indigenous Curriculum Specialist, not to mention a growing number of Indigenous faculty, students, and staff.
The Brantford Campus is interwoven into Brantford’s downtown core with more than 3000 undergraduate and graduate students, over 80 full-time faculty, and 18 different programs across four different faculties. Neighbouring Laurier's Brantford campus are the Woodland Cultural Centre and Six Nations Polytechnic. The City of Brantford is approximately a one-hour drive along the QEW and Hwy. 403 from Toronto and the Niagara region and boasts a healthy arts and culture scene, world-class trails system for walking and biking, and a strong slate of festivals and events.
Faculty and department/area: Faculty of Liberal Arts, Indigenous Studies Program
Position location: Brantford
Area of specializations:
Candidates should have the ability to teach in one or more of the following areas:
Rank/s of the position: Assistant or Associate Professor
Type of position: Tenure track
Faculty/department/program description: The Faculty of Liberal Arts, located at the Brantford campus, offers a wide range of programs, from traditional arts disciplines such as English and History to innovative and cutting-edge fields of study such as User Experience Design and Digital Media and Journalism. In all the programs students get both knowledge and know-how; all programs offer experiential learning opportunities. Through several unique partnerships with Conestoga College and the University of Sussex, students have opportunities to include postgraduate certificates or an additional degree. The Master of Arts program in Social Justice and Community Engagement offered by the Faculty is unique in Canada. The Faculty currently has nearly 850 students and 33 full-time faculty, as well as many part-time instructors.
Indigenous Studies is a growing, interdisciplinary program whose goal is to help students understand and critique the ways in which colonial narratives shape and control contemporary discourses about Indigenous peoples. Indigenous Studies courses require an examination of the ways in which both historical and ongoing acts of colonization galvanize Indigenous communities’ resistance, worldviews, and ways of knowing. The program provides an understanding of contemporary issues as they relate to Indigenous peoples. Employing a holistic approach, the program fosters a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples, their histories, and their place in the world. The program can be completed in combination with several Brantford-based programs and an Indigenous Studies minor is also available.
In addition to situating Indigenous knowledge within the Liberal Arts curriculum, the Indigenous Studies program supports Indigenous students attending Wilfrid Laurier University and encourages non-Indigenous students to commit to reconciliation and decolonization. Additional information about the Indigenous Studies program is available at: https://www.wlu.ca/programs/liberal-arts/undergraduate/indigenous-studies-ba/index.html.
Information about the Laurier’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives is available at: https://students.wlu.ca/student-life/indigenous-student-services/index.html
Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan prioritizes building capacity in Indigenous education and commits to the Indigenization of our campuses through Indigenous programming, which it seeks to expand under the leadership of Indigenous students, faculty, and staff. Additional information about WLU’s Strategic plan available at: https://www.wlu.ca/about/discover-laurier/laurier-strategy/index.html
Position summary: The Indigenous Studies Program seeks qualified Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Afro Indigenous) candidates who will bring their knowledge, training, and lived experiences to teach and inform research that can advance Indigenous studies. Because Indigenous Studies is interdisciplinary by nature, the successful candidate’s education, scholarship, and/or practice may be situated within a broad range of cognate disciplines.
The successful candidate will also be capable of teaching in one or more of the current areas of need within the program:
Although the areas specified above represent broad areas of need within the program, other areas of teaching expertise will also be considered. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate students in the Indigenous major and minor across multiple years, as well as non-majors in other programs. The successful candidate will also contribute to program development and innovation.
This position is in the Indigenous Studies Program but carries the potential for a cross-appointment to other programs in the Faculty of Liberal Arts (FLA), including English; Foundations; Digital Media and Journalism; History; Law and Society; and Youth and Children’s Studies. Candidates are encouraged to specify in their application if a cross-appointment is of interest, and if so, in which FLA program.
In the case of a cross-appointment, the successful candidate’s teaching responsibilities would be divided between Indigenous Studies and the second program of appointment.
Qualifications: The successful candidate will demonstrate an active research program and/or scholarship. Candidates must provide evidence of the ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centered environment. The main criteria for selection are lived experience of Indigeneity; strong connections to Indigenous communities; clear use of Indigenous pedagogies; and substantial community work and/or scholarship in the posted areas.
Applicants must have completed, or be close to completing, a doctoral degree (PhD), or have equivalent qualifications as an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper for at least 10 years, accompanied by official community recognition of this status. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to teach from Indigenous ways of knowing and being.
The following is a list of the steps we anticipate in the recruitment process for this position. We would also like to bring to your attention several key issues we would recommend you consider as you navigate the search process.
Candidates who identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Afro Indigenous) are encouraged to apply by including the following in their application. Please note that additional materials may be requested through the review process as required by the home program:
Applications can be addressed to Mike Young, Executive Search Associate and submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin on October 29th and will continue to be collected and evaluated until all of the Inclusive Excellence cohort positions are filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply once interested as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
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:
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. https://www.wlu.ca/about/governance/assets/resources/8.7-employment-accommodation-policy.html. 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 email email@example.com.
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