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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.
Nestled around one city block, Laurier’s Waterloo campus is home to more than 15,500 students in undergraduate and graduate studies. Known for its small community feel, the campus is a welcoming environment for students and staff. The Waterloo Region, consisting of the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, as well as the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich, is home to Canada’s fastest-growing technology sector and is part of the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor. Neighbouring Laurier's Waterloo and Kitchener campuses are The Healing of the Seven Generations, White Owl Native Ancestry Association and the Grand River Metis Council. Located approximately one- hour west of Toronto, the Waterloo Region offers a unique blend of modern, energetic urban centres and scenic, rural landscapes, and is easily accessible by road, rail and air. Waterloo Region is renowned for higher education and research. Internationally recognized research organizations also make their home in Waterloo: the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Institute for Quantum Computing, the Balsillie School for International Governance Innovation.
Kitchener-Waterloo (“K-W”) is in the heart of southwestern Ontario, about halfway between London and Toronto. This area has the fifth-largest per capita immigrant population of all urban areas in Canada. K-W has a healthy economy with thriving industrial, retail and commercial sectors and internationally recognized recreational, arts and cultural facilities. K-W offers the perfect lifestyle for faculty and students looking for a smaller, diverse and very active community in which to live, work, and learn. Laurier’s Kitchener location opened in 2006 as the new home of the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work. Both the campus and the social work program are based in downtown Kitchener and are located in the historic building, formerly St. Jerome’s high school. The building, which dates back to 1907, was completely renovated before reopening and is now the home to over 400 graduate students. Our facility houses classrooms, a library, student lounge, spiritual room and a Circle room explicitly designed for the Indigenous Field of Study program. Laurier’s Kitchener location has contributed to the revitalization of the city core while putting social work faculty and students closer to many social-service agencies. Laurier has experienced rapid growth, but something that has remained constant is our sense of community.
Faculty and department/area: Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Indigenous Field of Study (IFS) Master’s of Social Work Program
Position location: Kitchener, with program courses offered in Kitchener
Area of specializations: Open
Rank/s of the position: Open
Type of position: Tenure track
Faculty/departement/program description: The FSW offers professional social work programs at the bachelor’s and master’s levels, and a research-focused doctoral program. The Indigenous Field of Study is the first Master of Social Work (MSW) program in Canada rooted in a wholistic Indigenous worldview and contemporary social work practice. The goal is to develop social work practitioners who demonstrate an understanding of, and respect for, the history, traditions and culture of the Indigenous peoples of Canada. This unique program includes Indigenous Elders, a traditional circle process, and Indigenous ceremonies; indigegogy is central to delivery. During the 2018-19 academic year, we piloted an Indigenized PhD in Social Work, designed for FNMI learners. We are currently recruiting a second Indigenous PhD cohort in 2022-23.
Position summary: This position will be located at the Faculty of Social Work Kitchener campus and have teaching responsibilities in the MSW and PhD Indigenous Field of Study. The IFS currently delivers its MSW program to one full-time on-campus cohort, and two part-time off-campus cohorts in partnership with First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) in Tyendinaga, and Kenjgewin Teg in M’Chigeeng on Manitoulin Island. The courses taught by the IFS team include: Culture Camp, Elder’s Teachings and Indigenous Identity, Wholistic Healing Practices, Indigenous Research Methodologies, Indigenous Kinship and Community, Social Justice and Transformative Practice, Indigenous Knowledge and Theory, Elder’s Teachings and Self-Reflection, and Advanced Practicum. Additionally, teaching may involve PhD level teaching, doctoral advising and/or committee work. We are seeking a colleague who will contribute to our teaching, research, and service in the area of Indigenous wholistic social work practice and Indigegogy, and support the development of an Indigenous Research centre. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research and practice seeks social justice with FNMI and Indigenous communities. Lived experience and demonstrated engagement with these communities from a wholistic perspective on structural, organizational, and community practice, decolonial practice, and Indigenist research are assets. We are eager to welcome a colleague who understands the concept of wholistic/integrative practice which refers to an analysis of the ways in which lived experience of Indigenous identity, race, class, culture, gender identity and expression, (dis)ability, sexual identity, and other social locations are produced and shaped by colonial, systemic, cultural, and interpersonal experiences and inequalities.
Qualifications: The candidate will provide evidence of their ability to teach Indigenous wholistic courses, applying these contemporary approaches to current social work contexts. While the substantive area of the candidate’s research program is open, it is expected their research will contribute to the FSW’s commitment to Indigenous research methodologies, community-engaged approaches, reflexivity, relational accountability, and decolonizing research practices. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of three years of experience utilizing critical and wholistic approaches, including but not limited to decolonizing practices, Indigenizing practices, and social justice approaches.
The successful candidate will (1) hold a PhD or near completion (ABD) with a confirmed defense date, 2) hold at least one degree in social work or near completion, (3) have a minimum of three years practice experience, (4) have teaching experience in social work with demonstrated record of excellence, and 5) candidates should have a program of research as evidenced by a record of publication and funding appropriate for the rank.
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) 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 department.
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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.
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