Tenure-Track Position - Any Rank - Indigenous Studies

Date: Apr 16, 2021

Location: Brantford, CA

Company: Wilfrid Laurier University

Department: Faculty of Liberal Arts 

Campus: Brantford 

Application Deadline: May 14, 2021

Requisition ID: 1324 


Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus university that excels at educating with purpose. Through its exceptional employees, students, researchers, leaders, and educators, Laurier has built a reputation as a world-class institution known for its rich student experience, academic excellence, and global impact.  With a commitment to Indigenization and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, Laurier’s thriving community has a place for everyone.


Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.


In keeping with its ongoing commitment to Indigenization, and to address the underrepresentation of Indigenous faculty at the University, the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Wilfrid Laurier University (Brantford campus) invites applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit candidates who are accountable to, and have strong ties with, Indigenous communities, and who can clearly articulate their pedagogy for mobilizing FNMI knowledge to fill a tenure-track/tenured appointment at any rank in Indigenous Studies commencing July 1, 2021, subject to budgetary approval.


This position is a tenure-track/tenured position with an emphasis on administrative capacity.  The successful candidate will also take on the role of Program Coordinator of Indigenous Studies (ID). As such, candidates should have demonstrated experience in university-level service or administration as well as the ability to teach in one or more of the following areas: Indigenous languages, Indigenous governance, or Indigenous community development. 


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, and have previous experience developing Indigenous-community engaged programming and curriculum.  Candidates must provide evidence of the ability to provide strategic leadership and visioning for the Indigenous Studies program.     


The goal of Indigenous Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University is to help students understand and critique the ways in which colonial narratives shape and control contemporary discourses about Indigenous peoples. ID 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. In addition to situating Indigenous knowledge within the Liberal Arts curriculum, the Indigenous Studies program at Laurier Brantford 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 WLU Office of Aboriginal Initiatives is available at: https://students.wlu.ca/student-life/aboriginal-initiatives-and-services/index.html


Applicants should submit a short summary of administrative or service experience; teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching experience; full curriculum vitae; and the names and contact information for three referees. If applying as a knowledge keeper, please also submit a letter of support from your community. Applicants should self-identify through the covering letter to their application including their familial and/or community connections which position them as First Nations, Inuit or Métis people.   


Please send the electronic application package to Dr. Vanessa Oliver, Chair, Indigenous Studies, c/o Ms. Celine Taillefer-Travers to: LBIDHires@wlu.ca.  Applications will be accepted until May 14th, 2021. Questions can be directed to Celine Taillefer-Travers by email at ctravers@wlu.ca.


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.  Applicants should self-identify through the covering letter to their application including their familial and/or community connections which position them as First Nations, Inuit or Métis people.  Any questions related to self-identification can be directed in confidence to the Acting Dean of Liberal Arts, Dr. Kathryn Carter (kcarter@wlu.ca), or to the Interim Senior Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives, Melissa Ireland (indigenous@wlu.ca).  To obtain a copy of this job ad (or links referenced) in an accessible format, please e-mail ctravers@wlu.ca.


Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified individuals of the equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada 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 citizenship(s); however, all applicants must include one of the following status in their letter:


I am a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada;

I am not a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada


The Faculty of Liberal Arts wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. All applications shall be reviewed and considered under the criteria established by the Search Committee and a short list of candidates shall be interviewed. Only those applicants selected for the short list will be contacted.




Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier's Employee Success Factors.


Equity, diversity and creating a culture of inclusion are part of Laurier’s core values and central to the Laurier Strategy. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any minority sexual and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives. Candidates from other equity deserving groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity & Accessibility. We have strived to make our application process accessible, however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources. Contact information can be found at careers.wlu.ca/content/How-to-Apply-/

Should you be interested in learning more about this opportunity, please visit www.wlu.ca/careers for additional information and the online application system. All applications must be submitted online. Please note, a CV and letter of introduction will be required in electronic form.

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