Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

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Department of Native Studies

The Department of Native Studies at the University of Saskatchewan invites applications for a tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Applicants will have a Ph.D. or be near completion in Indigenous Studies, a related discipline, or interdisciplinary program, and have demonstrated excellence in research, teaching, publication, and Indigenous community engagement.

We are seeking a scholar with specializations in Indigenous histories and cultures. Priority will be given to candidates who work with Indigenous knowledge; engage in innovative learning, teaching, research, and creative practices; have a demonstrated commitment to Aboriginal engagement and community-based research; and have a solid background in the Canadian Indigenous context. The successful candidate will be expected to teach in the core curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise graduate students, mentor students, liaise with Indigenous communities and organizations, actively participate in program development and administration, contribute to the ongoing development of curriculum, and maintain an active research program. Proficiency in one of the seven Indigenous languages in Saskatchewan is an asset.

Native Studies is an interdisciplinary academic department that offers BA, BA Honours, Masters, and special-case Ph.D. programs. We are situated in the Social Science Division of the College of Arts and Science and currently have six full-time faculty members with five additional associate and adjunct members from other departments and institutions. Native Studies is dedicated to the development of applied and theoretical investigations of Indigenous concerns and strategic community-based research. It is also dedicated to servicing the Indigenous Studies content needs of other academic programs in the university on and off-campus. We are currently undergoing a curriculum renewal process, which includes new course development and course revisions, to meet our renewed values, vision and mission. For more information on the Department of Native Studies, see

The College of Arts & Science offers a dynamic combination of programs in the humanities and fine arts, the social sciences and natural sciences. There are over 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students in the College (2013-2014), including 809 Aboriginal students (10% of total), and 325 Faculty, including 12 Canada Research Chairs. The College emphasizes student and faculty research, interdisciplinary programs, community outreach and international opportunities.

The University of Saskatchewan is one of Canada's leading research-intensive universities. It has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of about 20,000. Aboriginal students now make up 10% (1,925 self-declared in 2013) of the total University student population. In the Third Integrated Plan of the University of Saskatchewan, “Aboriginal Engagement: Relationships, Scholarship, Programs,” is identified as one of four priority focus areas. For more information on the Third Integrated Plan, see

The University of Saskatchewan is situated in Treaty 6 territory and the traditional homelands of the Métis Nation. There are seven Indigenous nations whose territories make up the province of Saskatchewan: Cree, Anishnaabeg, Lakota, Dakota, Nakoda, Dene and Métis. In addition, Saskatchewan is home to many other Indigenous peoples from across Canada and beyond. Collectively, Aboriginal people make up 15.6% of the provincial population. The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is located in Saskatoon, a city which contains a vibrant urban Indigenous population, representing almost 10% of its total population. Saskatoon has a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities.

Interested candidates must submit a letter of application, CV, copies of relevant publications, a teaching dossier, a one-to-two page research statement that outlines current and future research projects, and three letters of reference. The application package must be addressed to Dr. Winona Wheeler, Head, Department of Native Studies, University of Saskatchewan, and sent electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Review of applications will begin after October 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled, with the appointment commencing July 1, 2015.

This position comes with a comprehensive benefits package which includes pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), sick leave, travel insurance, death benefit, dental plan, extended health and vision care plan, employee assistance program and flexible health and wellness spending program.The wage range for this position is: Assistant Professor $86,844 - $104,357; Associate Professor $104,357 - $121,871.

For further information, please contact Dr. Wheeler at:

Tel: (306) 966-6210

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.”

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