Faculty of Humanities (Indigenous Studies) Assistant Professor

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The Indigenous Studies Program acknowledges with respect the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands. Centered on Indigenous knowledges and pedagogies, the Program invites both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to explore the social, political, cultural and historical contexts that have shaped-and continue to shape-the lives of Indigenous peoples in Canada and across the world.

The Indigenous Studies Program in The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria is seeking applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) to commence July 1, 2022. In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human rights code, the selection will be limited to Indigenous peoples. Candidates must self-identify as Indigenous in their cover letter. Additionally, this hire prioritizes but is not limited to Indigenous candidates holding a recent UVic graduate degree.

The successful applicant for this position will help build on the existing strengths of the new (2018) Indigenous Studies undergraduate major through teaching, mentoring students, and helping develop new courses that serve the larger university and local communities. We are looking for a candidate whose research and teaching is consistent with the goals and objectives of the program and we are particularly interested in candidates with a focus on the areas of place-based/land-based education and/or Indigenous cultural production.


The Indigenous Studies Program seeks candidates who have:

  • A PhD with significant expertise in Indigenous Studies by the time of the appointment. Priority will be given to graduates from a University of Victoria PhD Program Applicants with an MA with demonstrated expertise in Indigenous Studies will be considered if qualifications are equivalent to PhD candidates. Priority will be given to candidates with an MA from the University of Victoria.
  • An interest in and commitment to undergraduate level teaching and mentorship
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous pedagogies and methodologies
  • Articulated research interests and plans that will contribute to the further development of the Indigenous Studies Program
  • Academic and/or community teaching experience
  • A proven track record of successful collaboration with Indigenous communities
  • A demonstrated commitment to collegiality and collaborative, community-engaged scholarship and teaching
  • A willingness and ability to contribute to future IS program development

In addition, the following qualifications are considered strong assets:

  • Established collaborative relationships with W̱SÁNEĆ and/or Lekwungen peoples.
  • Knowledge of local cultures, languages, protocols and histories

Please include the following in your application package:

  • A letter outlining your interest in the position, your pedagogical approaches, your research interests and the unique contribution you would bring to the program
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A teaching dossier including at least one, and no more than four, sample course syllabi you have developed and an expanded pedagogical statement.
  • One to three samples of academic or creative writing
  • A statement about your knowledge, experience and skills working with diversity (see the UVIC equity statement below)
  • Letters from three referees, preferably two from academics and one from an Indigenous leader/elder/knowledge-holder.

Additional information

The University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. Vital impact drives the UVic sense of purpose. As an internationally renowned teaching and research hub, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places and the planet. Situated in the Pacific Rim, our location breeds a profound passion for exploration. Defined by its edges, this extraordinary environment inspires us to defy boundaries, discover, and innovate in exciting ways. It’s different here, naturally and by design. We live, learn, work and explore on the edge of what’s next-for our planet and its peoples. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact make this Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation. Experience the edge of possibilities for yourself.

Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement . Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association .

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.

Contact information

Please email applications in PDF form to:

Dr. Lisa Kahaleole Hall
Director, Indigenous Studies Program

University of Victoria
Victoria, BC, V8W 2Y2


Application deadline

Open until filled. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2022

Equity statement

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity , and this particular search is limited to Indigenous scholars.

Read our full equity statement here: ?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.uvic.ca%2Fequity%2Femployment-equity%2Fstatement%2Findex.php&module=jobs&id=2194805" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.uvic.ca/equity/employment-equity/statement/index.php .

The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.

Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at FRrecruituvic.ca . Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

In your application, please refer to myScience.org and reference JobID 2194805.