Naisa

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

The premiere international & interdisciplinary professional organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, and community members interested in all aspects of Indigenous Studies.


The iSchool (School of Library, Archival and Information Studies) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), is pleased to invite applications for the Dodson Visiting Professorship, named in honour of Suzanne and Earl Dodson. Located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people in Vancouver, Canada, UBC holds an international reputation for excellence in research, teaching and learning.

The Dodson Visiting Professorship provides funds for the successful candidate to spend an extended period of time, normally an academic term (Sept-Dec or Jan-Apr), engaged in research and teaching at the iSchool. The Visiting Professor will have opportunities to exchange ideas with UBC faculty and staff engaged in rigorous research and reciprocal community partnerships. Although senior scholars are preferred, appropriately qualified academics at all levels from all countries are encouraged to apply. Applicants will normally hold a doctoral degree, and currently be employed in an institution of higher education. Appointments are subject to approval by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

UBC has established innovative community-based Indigenous research and intercultural exchange, a position of success unmatched in North America. This year’s call is for a Visiting Professor whose research in information studies complements these strengths and demonstrates innovative practices through extended community engagement and respectful research relationships. Preference will be given to candidates who are working on contemporary information initiatives by, with, and for Indigenous peoples. This may include, but is not limited to, inquiry in the areas of intellectual property, traditional knowledge management practices or Indigenous archives. This is an opportunity to work with well-known senior scholars at the iSchool as well as an outstanding group of junior faculty members active in areas such as human computer interaction, values and technology, and knowledge organization.

This Visiting Professorship offers the opportunity to work with talented and motivated graduate students by teaching up to two iSchool courses. The Dodson Visiting Professor will be welcomed into the research culture at the iSchool and will be expected to attend research talks and events, interact with doctoral students, and present her or his research at an open colloquium.

The Dodson Visiting Professorship funds this position for one term in the amount of CAD $15,000, which can be supplemented through teaching (up to two 3-credit courses) to reach a combined total of CAD $30,000.

Kindly address all enquiries and applications, comprising a letter of interest and a current CV to:

Professor Caroline Haythornthwaite
Director of the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS) The iSchool at UBC
The University of British Columbia
The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Suite 470, 1961 East Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1 CANADA

Closing Date for Applications - February 28th, 2015
Anticipated appointment dates: September 1
st December 31st, 2015 or January 1st April 30th, 2016 

Comment by Linc Kesler, Director, First Nations House of Learning at UBC:

This posting is closely related to a proposal at UBC to establish an Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, associated with Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's National Research Centre in Winnipeg, and concentrating independently on issues related to organization and use of information and archives in developing comprehensive understanding of historical events. For more information on this proposal, see aboriginal.ubc.ca/indian-residential-school-centre/