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`Lakehead University


Vice-Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives)


A unique opportunity for a senior academic administrator to shape the future of the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives while advocating for the needs and increasing participation of First Nation, Métis, Inuit and international Indigenous students in university studies at Lakehead University.


Dynamic, modern, and highly learner-centered, Lakehead University is a comprehensive university with campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia and a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. Lakehead University has approximately 10,000 students and 2,160 faculty and staff. The University has one of the highest proportions of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students among Ontario universities with close to 1,200 self-identified Indigenous students, representing 12% of enrolment. Known for its multidisciplinary teaching approach, emphasis on collaborative learning and independent critical thinking, the University offers a variety of degree programs at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels, incorporating on-campus, on-line, community-based, and distance delivery instructional models.

Lakehead University is committed to educating students who are well prepared to make significant contributions to the national and global economies and to contribute to issues of social justice and environmental sustainability. Respect for Indigenous worldviews and knowledge, recognition of the historical and current problems facing Indigenous peoples, and a clear intention to tackle these issues proactively is central to this commitment. Through its Department of Aboriginal Education, Lakehead University offers many specific Aboriginal programs, including the Honours Bachelor of Education (Aboriginal), Native Language Instructors’ Program, and Native Teacher Education Program. In the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, the Department of Indigenous Learning is committed to providing Indigenous and non-Indigenous students alike with a fundamental understanding of Indigenous history, culture, and values. In addition, the University offers Native Language programs in Cree and Ojibwe, has a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction, a Native Nurses Entry Program and a Native Access Program. Further information is available at Lakehead University.


As the new Vice-Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives), and head of the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, you will be the senior administrative officer leading the Aboriginal Initiatives strategy and its student support services both on and off-campus, and will support external relations with indigenous communities and organizations. The mandate of the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives is to provide guidance in Indigenous education and to advance, within the University community, an understanding of Indigenous cultures, heritage and languages, through activities that heighten the awareness of Indigenous issues and identity. You will report to the Provost & Vice-President (Academic) and collaborate with the Senior Management Team. You will work closely with the Ogimaawin-Aboriginal Governance Council, Elders’ Council, and serve as a member of the Lakehead University Senate to implement the University’s mission-specific commitment ‘to working with Aboriginal peoples in furthering their educational aspirations.' As Vice-Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives), you will work collaboratively in advancing Indigenous curricula and research to help ensure that Lakehead University offers relevant programs, and develops a strong support community to enhance the recruitment and retention of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students.


Demonstrating extensive knowledge in Aboriginal cultures, traditions, protocol, and socio-economic issues, the successful candidate will be an excellent relationship-builder who will bring established networks and the ability to strengthen relationships with Indigenous communities/organizations, government, private sector, and other strategic partners. You have an ease with public relations and an ability to stay on the pulse of funding opportunities available to support services for Indigenous students faculty, and staff. This critical role will also call upon your sound business acumen, proven strengths in financial management and exemplary people management abilities. Proficiency in an Aboriginal language will be considered an asset.


As the successful candidate for the role, you will have a track record of successful administrative leadership gained over a period of years. While a doctoral degree is preferred, strong applicants holding a master’s degree will also be considered. You are adept at working within a comprehensive post-secondary system where you will enable the advancement of Indigenization in academic program planning and curriculum development. An engaging leader, you inspire others through a shared vision, continuing to strengthen the University’s profile and commitment to Aboriginal initiatives – locally, regionally and beyond.


The Search Committee will begin its review of candidates immediately and continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications, including the qualifications and accomplishments on the basis of which the individual merits consideration, should be submitted in confidence to the address shown below. Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants who meet the requirements for the position. Lakehead University is an equal opportunity employer.


To be considered for this senior administrative mandate, please forward your resume to Phelpsgroup, quoting PH178719, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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Phone: 416-364-6229


Position Responsibilities: 
The successful candidate will teach seven courses over three quarters, including both general education and advanced courses in Native and Indigenous Literatures as well as additional courses determined by the candidate’s expertise and departmental need. The Department, the College, and the University value teaching and we expect you to be an exemplary teacher; to be current in your discipline; to engage students actively in their own learning; and to maintain rigorous standards for course content. We expect you to provide students with feedback on their course work and examinations, and to be available to students through regularly-scheduled office hours.
Required Qualifications:
  • PhD in English, Native American or American Indian Studies, American Studies, or a related field by time of appointment (or soon after)
    • Candidates with an MFA who can demonstrate experience successfully teaching literature courses will also be considered
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching
  • Ability to teach courses in Native American Literatures and a secondary field, including both introductory and graduate courses
  • Demonstrated scholarly interest in the field of Native and Indigenous Literatures
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ability to teach courses in US Multiethnic Literatures that engage Native and Indigenous Literatures through a comparative lens
  • Familiarity with Native and Indigenous Literatures in Canada
  • Expertise in critical approaches to gender, race, and sexuality
  • Demonstrated scholarly and teaching interests in a broad range of Native and Indigenous cultural production, including the ability to teach film as well as visual, digital, and fine arts
  • Application Instructions and Requested Documents: To be considered for the position, application materials must be submitted via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE): please log in at:  and use Internet Explorer to fully utilize the online application system. 

    Candidates should upload a letter of application; current curriculum vitae; graduate transcripts; a sample syllabus for an introductory course to Native and Indigenous Literatures; two sets of evaluations of your teaching from students in college or university literature courses; a one-page statement describing your teaching philosophy and pedagogy; and a list of the courses that you taught at the college or university level. 

    Additionally, three letters of recommendation are required: letters can be emailed by recommenders or third-party dossier service to the VAP Search Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    For fullest consideration, applications should be received by May 15th 2017. Finalist interviews will be conducted via Skype.

    Other Information: For information about this position, call 360-650-3214 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..







The Portland Art Museum is currently accepting applications for the position of Curator of Native American Art.  This full-time curatorial position is responsible for the care, research, and exhibition of objects in the Museum’s Native American art collection; researching and developing Native American and indigenous exhibitions; working on related educational programs; and building strong, active, and ongoing relationships and partnerships with Native communities.  The position also supervises the Museum’s new Center for Contemporary Native Art, as well as the presentation of all traveling exhibitions of Native American art scheduled by the Portland Art Museum.




Founded in 1892, the Portland Art Museum celebrates its 125th anniversary this year as one of the oldest art museums in the United States and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum’s collection of 47,500 objects reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. The collection is distinguished for its holdings of arts of the native peoples of North America; modern and contemporary art; Asian and American art; photographs, prints, and drawings; and English silver. With more than 112,000 square feet of gallery space, the Museum dedicates 90 percent of its gallery space to its permanent collection. More than 300,000 visitors are welcomed annually, including more than 50,000 students.




Preeminent among the Museum’s permanent collection is the Native American Art collection. Established in 1948, this collection has been on continuous view since 1949, when the Museum was the first institution to dedicate permanent gallery space to the exhibition of Native American objects as works of art rather than as anthropological artifacts.In the past five years, the Museum has quadrupled its holdings of contemporary Native American art, bridging its significant historic art holdings with 21st century artistic and cultural practices. Also during this time, the Museum has worked to establish relationships with local, regional, and national tribes—relationships which have, in part, allowed the Museum to fulfill its Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act responsibilities. Most recently, the Museum repatriated eighteen Crow medicine bundles to the Crow Nation in Montana.


The Museum’s Native American Art Initiative (NAAI), a three-year project from 2012-2015 funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), resulted in the digitizing and online publication of its world-class collection of Native American art, comprising approximately 3,500 objects, dating from pre-European contact to the present and featuring important historic and contemporary works from nearly every tribal group in North America.  The increased visibility of the Museum’s unique collection of Native American art benefits scholars, students, and the general public. Thanks to a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation, the Curator of Native American Art position also has access to expanded resources needed to conduct collections research and strengthen display practices in Native American art. This support from the Mellon Foundation includes a pre-doctoral fellowship position in Native American art, reporting to the Curator of Native American Art.


In 2015, the Museum opened its new Center for Contemporary Native Art—a dedicated gallery for presenting the work and perspectives of contemporary Native artists. At the core of the Center’s mission is the commitment to partner with Native artists in creating the exhibitions, interpretation, and programming for the space. This approach challenges visitors to think about Native American art and the cultures that inform the work as dynamic and changing, strengthening a contemporary view of Native art in the Museum. The Center is being supported by a 2-year grant from IMLS, which includes an evaluation of the Center’s initiatives conducted by the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona.  Future funding will need to be secured.  


In 2016, the Museum presented the acclaimed Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy, an exhibition that juxtaposed contemporary portraiture by Native American photographers alongside Edward Curtis’ renowned work; and hosted the traveling exhibition Native Fashion Now, celebrating the visual range, creative expression, and political nuance of Native American fashion.  As the Museum looks to the future, it is excited to continue planning for a major traveling exhibition featuring objects from its permanent collection of Northwest Coast art.  An envisioned exhibition entitled The Art of Resilience: A Continuum of Tlingit Arts (working title) will celebrate the spirit of Tlingit art past and present. The Curator of Native American Art and museum staff will work closely with artists, scholars, leaders, and partners in the Tlingit community and Southeast Alaska in planning and implementing this major exhibition and its interpretation. Works, including magnificent masks, Chilkat and Ravenstail robes, bentwood chests, and clan crest adorned ornamental and utilitarian objects of the highest quality and stunning workmanship, will reveal the strength and spirit of the people of Southeast Alaska—art that has come to epitomize the Native Northwest Coast art tradition.  This exhibition, related programming, and a scholarly catalog have been supported by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.



  • Conducts ongoing research on the Museum’s Native American collections and on Native American art in general.

  • Develops exhibitions and installations from the Museum’s permanent collection; develops programs that promote a deeper understanding of Native American art and the continuum of indigenous artistic and cultural practices.

  • Coordinates exhibition and programs and helps fundraise for the Center for Contemporary Native Art, working closely with the Director of Education and Public Programs.  

  • Conducts research, selects objects, and works with registrars on coordination of loan agreements, packing and shipping, and other exhibition details.

  • Writes catalogues, brochures, and other publications; writes exhibition wall labels and extended object labels.

  • Works to build relationships and partnerships with Native communities in Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.

  • Works with Education Department and curatorial colleagues (as needed) to develop programs and activities that relate to or enhance exhibitions and permanent collection installations.

  • Presents gallery talks, docent lectures, and public lectures on relevant exhibitions and aspects of the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.

  • Makes recommendations for acquisitions and de-accessions to the Director, Chief Curator, Director of Collections and Exhibitions and the Museum’s Collections Committee.

  • Cultivates collectors and funder prospects for possible donations of art objects and financial support.

  • In partnership with the volunteer Chair, leads the Native American Art Council; provides guidance and advice for programming and other council activities.

  • In partnership with the Chair, leads the Native Art Advisory Committee to invite input and feedback on exhibitions, programs, and collections pertaining to Native American art and issues relevant to Native communities.

  • Works with the Development Office to develop support for programs and activities.

  • Works with the Library to develop research and reference materials related to curatorial area.

  • Serves as a curator-in-charge of traveling exhibitions, as assigned.

  • Participates in the professional and intellectual discourse related to Native American art as well as the museum profession; provides services to the disciplines through participation as an active member of professional organizations.

  • Is conversant with the Native American art market, maintains contact with dealers, galleries, collectors, fellow professionals, and other constituencies as appropriate as a basis for collection growth and exhibition development.

  • Fields and responds to inquiries from the public.



  • M.A. in Art History, Cultural Anthropology, Native American Studies, Curatorial Studies, or Museum Studies, and 5 years of related work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • In-depth knowledge and appreciation of Native American art, including contemporary, traditional and historic materials and a working knowledge of tribal history and culture.

  • A demonstrated record of working successfully with Native communities.

  • A demonstrated history of superior ethical behavior.

  • Demonstrated high level of initiative and persistence in completing assignments.

  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook and web-based research tools.




  • Possesses the ability to effectively navigate between Native and non-Native communities

  • Promotes diversity and difference. Keen sense of organizational awareness.

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, able to quickly develop rapport, as well as build and maintain effective long-term relationships with trustees, staff, colleagues, tribal communities, volunteers, docents, and the Native and non-Native art communities.

  • Strategic perspective to consider the impact of decisions, plans, and programs on the Museum, and make sound recommendations accordingly.

  • Analytical and conceptual thinking.

  • Displays drive and purpose.

  • Demonstrates ethics and integrity in general, and honors tribal protocols and ethics specifically.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to prepare and deliver concise, understandable, and effective presentations to a wide audience.

  • Ability to work within a complex, fast-paced environment.

  • Highly organized and attentive to detail with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.




This position is full time with a salary depending on experience. The position is anticipated to begin when the successful candidate is identified.  The position is eligible for the Museum's benefits package first of the month following 30-days of full-time employment. Benefits include medical and dental, paid time off (vacation, sick, holiday, jury duty, bereavement), long-term disability and AD&D, 401(k) retirement account, flexible spending accounts, and a variety of perks such as free Museum admission, Gift Shop discounts, and screenings at the NW Film Center. Please see our website for more details.


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The Portland Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Closing Date: June 30, 2017

The Indigenous Studies Program at McGill University is seeking applications for a three-year Faculty-Lecturer Position valued at $55,000 a year, with the possibility of reappointment for an additional two-years. The position is designed to contribute to McGill University’s commitment to increasing the presence of Indigenous faculty, staff, and students on campus in addition to expanding its Indigenous content and student mentoring. The successful candidate will be housed in the Indigenous Studies Program at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and will have the opportunity to engage with scholars from across the university.  

The successful candidate will teach four lecture/ seminar courses in Indigenous Studies a year, mentor Indigenous students, and contribute towards the Indigenous Studies Program’s community outreach, initiatives, and events. We are particularly interested in scholars that work with Indigenous knowledge systems in the field of Indigenous Studies, or a related discipline, and have demonstrated experience working with Indigenous communities.

The successful candidate will develop and offer a summer Indigenous land-based or language-based field course as part of their teaching load.

Exceptional candidates not holding a PhD but with community standing (e.g. Elders/ Indigenous Knowledge Holders) and an expertise in teaching Indigenous community engaged methods, land-based education, language instruction, Indigenous governance (e.g. Longhouse), cultural practice, or other areas of Indigenous knowledge systems will be considered.  Applications should include a description of the proposed land-based or language-based field course.

This search is being conducted in accordance with McGill University’s commitment to diversity and equity in employment and particularly welcomes applications from Indigenous scholars. McGill University is committed to diversity and equity in employment. It welcomes applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification.

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Application Procedure

Applications should include the following documents:  1) Letter of Application (cover letter); 2) Curriculum Vitae; 3) Teaching dossier.   In addition, applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent separately.  Application materials may be sent electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to:  
                                                   The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada
                                                                             3463 Peel Street
                                                                Montréal (QC), Canada H3A 1W7

Review of Applications will begin May, 1 2017 and continue until the position is filled

The American Indian Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( invites applications for a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2017-2018 academic year.


The Visiting Assistant Professor will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in American Indian and Indigenous studies. The faculty member will be required to teach two courses per semester, with a total of 4 courses for the academic year. Resources for professional development will be available for the faculty member, including funding for research and travel expenses. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the intellectual community of the AIS Program and provide service to the Program and the University. The faculty member will also be expected to maintain a robust research agenda and be engaged in publishing and other scholarly activities.


Candidates must have experience teaching at the college level and a Ph.D. or equivalent degree at the time of employment. The target start date is August 16, 2017.The appointment is for one year, but with the possibility of renewal. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working with American Indian or other indigenous communities.


Candidates should submit a letter of application detailing one’s research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three reference letter writers. To apply, create a candidate profile through and upload the applications materials. To ensure full consideration, all application materials must be received by May 4, 2017.


For additional information about the position or the application procedure, contact search committee chair, Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The AIS Program at Illinois asks that all applicants review the Program's statement on identity and academic integrity, which can be found online at


The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.


The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit