FNSP 2014/15 Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Critical Indigenous Geographies
The First Nations Studies Program (FNSP) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a tenure-stream faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Critical Indigenous Geographies.
FNSP is committed to cutting-edge interdisciplinary research in Indigenous theory, methods and applied practice, and is seeking an innovative and expansive scholar in a discipline related to the study of critical Indigenous geographies. We particularly welcome feminist, political, intersectional, and/or decolonial approaches to Indigenous peoples' relationships with land, territory, and belonging. Applicants should have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment (or to have progressed to the point where completion of the Ph.D. is imminent), and demonstrate clear potential for excellent research, teaching, curriculum development, publication, and student supervision. Applicants will also have a strong commitment to mentoring Indigenous students, and a history of success in ethical engagement and respectful collaboration with Indigenous communities, organizations, and/or institutions.
The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of research, teaching, and service. In addition to teaching in the core interdisciplinary curriculum of the FNSP, the position involves the collaborative development and delivery of additional FNSP curricula and pedagogy, as well as ethical research, community-based scholarship, collaboration and engagement; the mentoring and research supervision of students at all levels from a diversity of disciplines; coordination with other programs and initiatives at UBC and beyond related to Indigenous peoples; as well as liaison with other institutions, organizations, and community-based initiatives involved with Indigenous peoples and their political, cultural, spiritual, economic, historical, and kinship-based relationships with the land.
FNSP is in the final stages of a transition to a new name (First Nations and Indigenous Studies) within the proposed Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, a major new humanities and social sciences unit in the UBC Faculty of Arts dedicated to the advancement of innovative research and teaching in the field, locally as well as globally. The pending Institute will include a graduate program, so the successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop curricula on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as to collaborate with postdoctoral research fellows, visiting scholars, and resident artists.
For more information about the First Nations Studies Program, please consult our web site at: http://fnsp.arts.ubc.ca. For information about UBC’s Aboriginal Strategic Plan and the broader context for Indigenous scholarship at UBC, please visit: http://aboriginal.ubc.ca.
The appointment is to begin on July 1, 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter, and is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The First Nations Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program: depending on the status of the Institute proposal at the time of appointment, the successful candidate will be appointed either fully in the Institute or cross-appointed in a Department of relevant disciplinary specialization. Appointment structure is flexible: primary responsibilities are within FNSP, but there are options for teaching opportunities and student supervision at all levels in the disciplinary Department of appointment.
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. As permitted by Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference will be given to Aboriginal persons, in particular, First Nations/Metis/Inuit candidates.
Applications should include the following:
• a two-page letter of application;
• comprehensive curriculum vitae;
• a publication (or manuscript) related to your relevant area of research;
• evidence of teaching effectiveness (including evaluations, if available).
In addition, applicants are asked to arrange for the following to be emailed to the address above by the same deadline:
• confidential letters from three academic references;
• confidential letters from two other references who can address your effectiveness in Aboriginal/Indigenous community engagement.
If you have questions or would like clarification, please contact the FNSP Program Chair. Applications and queries should be addressed to: Dr. Daniel Heath Justice, Chair, First Nations Studies Program.