Assistant Professor – Faculty of Native Studies

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NS Faculty of Native Studies
Competition No. - A115749186
Closing Date - Will remain open until filled.
Location - North campus. This role is in-person.
The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory (primarily located on the traditional territory of Cree, Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, and Ojibway / Saulteaux / Anishinaabe nations), and respects the sovereignty, lands, histories, languages, knowledge systems, and cultures of First Nations, Metis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community. The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide, and have been recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for over a decade.
Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross-section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries, and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.
The Faculty of Native Studies (FNS), one the largest Indigenous programs in the world, is devoted to understanding the historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous societies in Canada, with reference to the evolving Indigenous societies and cultures locally, nationally, and internationally. The Faculty graduates both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students with Bachelor's degrees in Native Studies, Native Studies and Education, Native Studies, and Environmental Science and offers a Master of Arts in Native Studies and a PhD in Indigenous Studies. The Faculty also offers three Certificate Programs: Indigenous Governance and Partnership (embedded with degree), Indigenous Governance and Partnership (non-embedded), and Aboriginal Sport and Recreation (embedded with degree). Situated within a research-intensive university, the FNS' research profile centres Indigenous knowledge and relationships with Indigenous communities, and is open to a highly diverse range of theoretical perspectives.
The Faculty of Native Studies is seeking applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Indigenous health and wellness, specifically pertaining to determinants of health and well-being from the perspective of Indigenous peoples. Candidates should have knowledge and experience in areas such as, but not limited to the following: improving health and wellness in Indigenous communities; the relationship between wellness and cultural traditions and activities; and/or policy relating to Indigenous health and wellness.
Applicants will be expected to seek Tri-Council funding (SSHRC, CIHR) and engage in innovative interdisciplinary research (in and outside the Faculty). They will also be expected to teach courses on Indigenous health and wellness and will be expected to engage in innovative teaching activities (online, continuing education, and on the land).
Applicants will have a PhD in Indigenous Studies or a related discipline with a demonstrated track record of excellence in teaching and research related to Indigenous health and wellness, as well as active engagement and relationships with Indigenous communities. In keeping with the teaching and research foci of our Faculty, we have a specific interest in applications that demonstrate research and teaching excellence in Indigenous strength-based approaches to health and wellness-emphasizing how communities and individuals are effecting changes.
Applications should include Curriculum Vitae, Teaching Dossier, the names of three referees, sample publications, a research plan (statement of research), and teaching philosophy and interests. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The review process of application will start February 1, 2023, and the position will remain opened until filled. Expected start date July 1, 2023 (negotiable). Application must be submitted online to:
Dr. Nathalie Kermoal, Dean (Acting) Faculty of Native Studies by way of this link:
Priority will be given to applicants who can demonstrate a lived Indigenous experience with excellence and Aboriginal community relevance in their program(s) of research, particularly an Indigenous/Aboriginal world views in their contemporary lives; and the ability to counsel, supervise, teach, and support students in the expression.
Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight MST of the closing date.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
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The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.


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