Professor - Critical Indigenous Studies | VZU-10

Professor - Critical Indigenous Studies | VZU-10

02 Jan
University of Toronto

02 Jan

University of Toronto


Date Posted: 12/02/2021

Closing Date: 01/06/2022, 11:59PM ET

Req ID: 18681

Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)

Faculty/Division: University of Toronto Mississauga

Department: UTM: Sociology

Campus:University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)


The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) invites applications for a full-time tenure stream appointment at the rank of Professor in the area of Critical Indigenous Studies. The successful candidate will hold their academic appointment in a relevant cognate discipline at UTM depending on their area of expertise. The expected start date is July 1, 2022.

In accordance with the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and in response to “Answering the Call Wecheehetowin: Final Report of the Steering Committee for the University of Toronto Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada,” we seek an established scholar specializing in Anishinaabe pedagogies, methodologies, and epistemologies with a focus in Anishinaabe community-engaged research. Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant academic discipline and a clearly demonstrated record of excellence in research, teaching, and undergraduate/graduate mentorship, as well as an established relationship with Indigenous communities. While the successful candidate will be trained in a discipline relevant to their appointment area, they will also be an established scholar in the field of Indigenous Studies.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of creative and professional work that engages with collaborative/collective knowledge building with Anishinaabe communities, both within and beyond the university in various public forms, sustained, high impact publications in venues important to the field of Indigenous Studies (including academic journals, edited volumes and monographs with academic and other presses, and relevant other outlets), presentations at professional and other associations and organizations critical to the production and dissemination of Indigenous knowledges, awards and accolades, and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of Critical Indigenous Studies, as well as strong endorsements from referees of high standing plus a letter of support commenting on Indigenous community engagement. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application (with required materials outlined below), as well as strong letters of reference.

In addition to demonstrating a commitment to building and sustaining a relation to Anishinaabe Peoples and knowledges, the successful applicant will integrate their understanding of the plurality of Indigenous knowledges and worldviews to inform and provide students with learning opportunities in the undergraduate and graduate programs, including graduate student supervision. Candidates must have a strong record in Indigenous research methodologies and ethical engagement and collaboration with Indigenous communities, organizations, and institutions.

We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and enhance our existing strengths at UTM.The successful candidate will be expected to conduct innovative, community engaged, impactful research and contribute to the development of an Indigenous Studies Program, a Critical Indigenous Studies hub and Indigenous Studies Centre at the heart of the UTM campus. This position will complement ongoing dedication and work with the Mississauga of the Credit First Nation as Treaty Partners, and the Indigenous hiring initiatives made across a variety of academic and administrative units at UTM over the past 3 years, including 5 recent tenure-track positions in Sociology, Historical Studies, the Department of Visual Studies / English and Drama, including a Director and 2 administrative positions in the Indigenous Initiatives Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Office. The University of Toronto is home to approximately 800 Indigenous students from across Turtle Island. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to research and teaching. The University of Toronto Mississauga offers exciting opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching, as well as for working with a diverse student population. UTM actively encourages innovative scholarship. The Greater Toronto Area offers great cultural and demographic diversity, including a vibrant Indigenous community.

Preference will be given to candidates who are Indigenous. Recognizing that there are a variety of terms that potential candidates may use to self-identify, the University uses the term “Indigenous” in this search, which forms part of the U of T Response to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to encompass the people of Turtle Island, including those who identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuk (Inuit), Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian people.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter that demonstrates their engagement with Anishinaabe communities and their impact on collaborative knowledge building; a current curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests; one recent publication; a statement describing contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion (see below); a letter of support commenting on Indigenous community engagement; and a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations.

At UTM we are committed to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion. With an enviable diverse student body, we especially welcome applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, Black, or racially visible (persons of colour), and who have experience working with teaching or mentoring diverse groups or students. Candidates must demonstrate, in their application materials, an ability to foster diversity on campus and within the curriculum or discipline, and must show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial environment. Candidates must submit a statement describing their contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities; efforts undertaken to develop inclusive pedagogies, collaboration, and engagement with underrepresented communities; and mentoring of students from underrepresented groups. If you have questions about this statement, please contact Dr. Jennifer Adese at [email protected]

Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each after an application is submitted (this happens overnight). Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated, and signed) by the closing date of January 6, 2022.

Submission guidelines can be found at Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine additional application materials into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Diana Becevello at [email protected] Additional information on the Department can be obtained at (for undergraduate studies), and (for graduate studies).

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by January 6, 2022 at 11.59 PM EST online.

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