Assistant Professor (Tenure-Stream) – Institute of Indigenous Research & Studies

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  • Faculty of Arts – Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies
  • Three Tenure-track positions with Open Specializations
The Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies (IIRS) at the University of Ottawa invites applications for three tenure-stream positions at the rank Assistant Professor open to Indigenous scholars of any disciplinary background, but priority will be given to those with academic backgrounds and training in Indigenous Studies or cognate disciplines conducting research around questions of, but not exclusively:
  • gender and sexuality;
  • history and / or contemporary lived realities;
  • museum, archival, or gallery studies;
  • health and wellness and disability studies;
  • science and science knowledge;
  • literature, language, artistic practices;
  • film and media studies;
  • digital humanities;
  • land, territory, and mapping practices;
  • land-based pedagogies and methods;
  • urban studies;
  • sovereignty and legal orders;
  • food sovereignty;
  • or research at the intersections of any of these concepts/areas
These positions are reserved for applicants whose research and teaching praxes reflect an existing and ongoing relationship to legally recognized and inherent Indigenous nations, communities and/or organizations (non-profit, health and wellness, educational sectors, etc.), or artistic and heritage organizations (museums, galleries, theatre, etc.).
Priority will be given to Indigenous scholars who regard Indigenous Studies as a suitable home for their teaching and research praxis and, especially, those who want to advance the educational opportunities and outcomes for Indigenous students and create a place where Indigenous intellectual traditions can thrive. IIRS is a newer unit and successful candidates will be expected to contribute to its growth, including the building of graduate programming. A strong commitment to participate in the administrative activities of the Institute is required.

Preferential Hiring of Indigenous Candidates

The fundamental purpose of this collective hiring initiative is to increase representation of Indigenous faculty in IIRS’s teaching and research activities and to support the growth of Indigenous studies as a discipline at the University of Ottawa.
The hiring for these positions will be undertaken in accordance with the University’s Indigenous Action Plan, which seeks to remedy the under-representation of Indigenous faculty members. As a restricted hiring opportunity and as provided in the provisions for a special program described by the Ontario Human Rights Commission, applicants must demonstrate in their application materials that they are Indigenous. Additionally, applicants will be required by the University to complete a confidential questionnaire at the time of submitting an application.
IIRS is pursuing several positions simultaneously as a means to address the systemic under-representation of Indigenous faculty at our institution and to ensure that newly arriving faculty members will have a collective and shared experience as members of IIRS.
We encourage Indigenous scholars from Ontario/Quebec with connections to the nations and peoples from the territories near the University of Ottawa or who make the region home, but we welcome applications from all Indigenous scholars interested in these positions.<
The start date is expected to be July 1, 2023.


Assistant professor; higher ranks may be considered under exceptional circumstances.


The functions of a member of the academic staff include, in varying proportions: a) scholarly activities and research; b) teaching activities; c) academic service activities, d) supervision of undergraduate and graduate students.
The successful candidates are expected to:
  • help grow Indigenous Studies and the Institute at the University of Ottawa, so a commitment to building the discipline and unit is a requirement;
  • teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, in English or French;
  • conduct research in their field resulting in peer-reviewed scholarly publications, with the ability to attract, develop, supervise, train and retain excellent trainees, students, and future researchers, and to bring in external research funding;
  • exercise leadership in forging research collaborations and in creating new courses in collaboration with members of the Institute based on their field of research.


Tenure-track position


Salary scale for an Assistant Professor rank starts at $89,622 (as of May 1, 2023).

Benefits Package

The University of Ottawa provides a comprehensive benefits package which includes long-term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan and optional life insurance, as well as relocation expenses.

Location of Work

Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies, University of Ottawa, William Commanda Hall, 52 University Private, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5


Contact Information

Please send your application and questions to Dr. Brenda Macdougall, Director, Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies, University of Ottawa, Ottawa ON, K1N 6N5. E-mail:

Required Skills

Successful candidates will be scholars in Indigenous Studies or relevant cognate discipline/field with the following qualifications:
  • A doctorate (Ph.D.) by July 1, 2023, or ABD with a clear goal to finishing the doctorate by 2024;
  • Evidence of successful teaching at a post-secondary institution;
  • Evidence of an established and innovative research program and a record of refereed publications and scholarly conferences;
  • An ability to attract external funding;
  • Fluency in English or French. Active bilingualism in Canada’s two official will be encouraged (courses and individual tutoring are available for professors) and supported, a minimum of passive knowledge is a requirement for tenure, as will language training in an Indigenous language if desired.

Application Deadline

Applications received by February 24, 2023, will receive full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled.
A complete application includes:
  • a cover letter which explicitly explains your connection to Indigeneity;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • copies of two (2) recent peer-reviewed publications;
  • a statement of teaching philosophy;
  • a statement of research interests;
  • a copy of teaching evaluations (if available);
  • three (3) confidential letters of recommendation;
  • an additional letter of recommendation from a legally recognized and inherent Indigenous nation with whom the applicant has worked, attesting to their adherence to Indigenous protocols around research methods and praxes;
  • a letter of recommendation from a traditional knowledge keeper or community leader/member with whom the applicant has worked in partnership.
The complete application package, including letters of reference, must be submitted by email to: Brenda Macdougall, Director of the Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies at: Additionally, all interested candidates will be required to complete a confidential questionnaire at the time of application and which can be found online, attesting to citizenship and other vital stats information.
Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview and be provided an opportunity to present their research to professors and students (it’s possible this will be done via videoconference technology).
For more detail about the Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies, please visit:
The University of Ottawa is a dynamic community of students, researchers, professionals, and academics in pursuit of great things. Our vision for the university of tomorrow is one that reflects the diversity of its people, their ideas, and their identities. We believe in the power of representation, and that increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff supports this objective.
One way in which we are starting to affect change is by promoting more inclusive practices for staff and faculty recruitment. This includes more diversified and cross-functional selection committees, the use of self-representation surveys and equity data, guarding against biases through education, policies and procedures, as well as broadening our candidate searches through agencies and community partners.
Our goal is to provide the best student experience, sustained by a campus community they can identify with. To achieve this, we are seeking academic candidates that can best represent a broad intersection of equity-deserving communities, as well as their lived experiences.
According to government policy, all qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Indigenous Peoples in Canada as well as Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University of Ottawa is an equal-opportunity employer. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us of any particular adaptive measures you might require by contacting the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations at 613-562-5958. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.
The University of Ottawa is proud of its more than 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and to their spouses in their second official language.

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