Assistant Professor (Tenure-Stream) – Indigenous Sociology 

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About Mount Royal University

Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s and became a mid-sized university in 2009. Mount Royal has carved out a distinct niche by offering smaller class sizes, a robust liberal education, and unique undergraduate programs. Currently, more than 15,000 credit students choose from 13 bachelor degrees and 38 majors.
Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut'ina, and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is "Mohkinstsis," which we now call the city of Calgary. The city of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation Region 3.
Mount Royal University is committed to removing barriers and fostering the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented or discouraged in our society. In support of our belief that diversity in our faculty and staff enriches the work, learning, and research experiences for the entire campus community, we strongly encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply and self-identify.

About the Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts is home to six academic departments: Economics, Justice & Policy Studies; English, Languages & Cultures; Humanities; Interior Design; Psychology; and Sociology & Anthropology. Arts currently offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts with six majors, Bachelor of Arts—Criminal Justice, and Bachelor of Interior Design.

About the Department of Sociology and Anthropology

The Department of Sociology & Anthropology currently offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Honours degree programs with majors in Sociology and Anthropology.  Sociology at Mount Royal focuses on power and social inequality, social justice, oppression and resistance, and intersectionality.
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About the Role

The Department of Sociology & Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts at Mount Royal University (Calgary) invites applications for a tenure-stream faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning January 1, 2024. We seek an Indigenous candidate whose expertise can contribute to sociology in one or more of these areas from an Indigenous perspective: power and social inequality, social justice, oppression and resistance, and intersectionality. In addition to teaching existing junior and senior-level courses (including the Sociology of Indigenous Peoples and Methodologies for Indigenous Sociologies), the successful person will have the option to develop new courses in the department.
New faculty are hired into one of two work patterns. The teaching/ scholarship/ service pattern (TSS) has a focus on teaching with the requirement that the faculty member is involved in a research program as well as service to the Mount Royal community. The teaching/ service pattern (TS) has a focus on teaching and service only. The successful candidate will be hired into either the teaching/ service pattern (TS) or the teaching/ scholarship/ service pattern (TSS). There is an option to change work patterns after tenure. The successful candidate will be expected to teach six 3-credit hour courses per academic year on the TSS pattern or eight 3-credit hour courses per academic year on the TS pattern.  Class sizes typically average between 35-40 students.


Preferred candidates will have a doctoral degree in sociology or a cognate discipline. Applicants who have progressed to the point where completion of the Ph.D. is near and who demonstrate a clear promise of excellent research and/or teaching will be considered and encouraged to apply. We will also consider applicants with a Master’s degree in sociology or cognate discipline at the time of appointment who have significant experience working with Indigenous students and/or communities. Applicants interested in the teaching/ scholarship/ service pattern should have the ability and intent to pursue a research program.
Those hired into the research pattern (TSS) will have a record of demonstrated commitment or promise in research, and all candidates will be expected to teach Indigenous content from a sociological perspective, broadly defined. The Department welcomes  candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences who have established relationships or are interested in building connections with Indigenous knowledge, students, and communities. Preference will be given to qualified Indigenous candidates with Canadian citizenship or Permanent Resident status, however, international Indigenous scholars are also encouraged to apply.  In particular, the Department will give preference to Indigenous candidates who have established connections with Indigenous knowledge, students, and communities.

What We Offer

Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. We strive to be an employer of choice among Canadian post-secondary institutions.
At Mount Royal University, we recognize that people are a combination of many intersecting identities; we work to cultivate an environment that welcomes the whole person and harnesses the strength that is available in our diversity, creating a rich and inclusive workplace.
Investing in the learning and development of our employees benefits the individual and the University. A variety of services, resources, and programs encourage a healthy, productive workplace. Mount Royal University offers a competitive total compensation package, including health and dental benefits, pension, health and personal spending accounts, paid vacation, winter holiday closure, personal days, and a free membership in our fully equipped recreation centre.
Our campus offers the convenience of a full medical clinic, dentist, and pharmacy, as well as a variety of wellness services such as physiotherapists and massage therapists. Campus Recreation offers many activities, including personal training, climbing, aquatics, sports, and certifications for students, employees, and the public.
Closing Date: August 10, 2023


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Calgary, AB, Canada

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