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Department of Child and Youth Study

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The Department is seeking applicants for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, commencing July 1, 2018. As a part of Mount Saint Vincent University’s Diversity Hiring Program, which aims to correct historic underrepresentation, this position is restricted to applicants who are Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, or Métis)

The Description

The Department of Child and Youth Study offers undergraduate and graduate programs, providing professional training for entry into areas such as early years care, child and youth work, recreational programming, and family resource settings.

Applicants should hold a PhD (or be near completion) with research expertise in Indigenous studies related to youth, in areas such as youth’s experiential learning/out-of-school programs, recreation, outdoor experiential programs, youth civic engagement and/or other emergent learning strategies for underserved youth. Applicants must provide evidence of research competence, and be prepared to establish an active research program, in an area relevant to the study of Indigenous youth or their families preferably in the application of Indigenous knowledge, frameworks, pedagogies and civic engagement with young Indigenous peoples and communities. Applicants should also have documented successful teaching experience within a university setting and, ideally, experience with service delivery with Indigenous youth and their families, in the areas of youth care, recreation, experiential programs, and/or civic engagement. Documented experience in online course development is an asset.

Workload for the position includes research, teaching, curriculum development, student advising, as well as collegial service to the university and external communities. Candidates should be prepared to teach a range of courses within the undergraduate and graduate programs, supervise undergraduate and graduate student research, as well as enhance the Department’s links to Indigenous communities and organizations. The successful candidate will also contribute to the ongoing efforts of the Department of Child and Youth Study Department towards decolonizing and indigenizing the curriculum.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including teaching philosophy and interests), a statement of current and future research interests, select publications, and contact information for three references. Given the requirements of this position, applicants are asked to self-identify as Indigenous in their application materials. The Department will begin considering applications after January 8, 2018. All positions remain open until filled.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Agreement with the Mount Saint Vincent University Faculty Association. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

Send applications by mail or email to: Dr. Fernando Nunes, Chair, Department of Child and Youth Study Mount Saint Vincent University - 166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mount Saint Vincent University is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within our community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons of any sexual orientations and gender identities and/or expressions, Indigenous persons, African Canadians, other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, and other groups that would contribute to the diversification of our campus. Candidates who identify as being from any of these groups are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify in their application materials. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.