Assistant Professor - Urban Indigenous Studies, University of Calgary

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary, in partnership with the Urban Studies and International Indigenous Studies Programs, invites applications for an appointment at the rank of assistant professor (tenure-track) or associate professor (with tenure) in the area of Urban Indigenous Studies. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2022, or a mutually agreeable date before July 1, 2022.

The University of Calgary has made foundational commitments to inclusive excellence, to attracting and supporting talent, and to creating equitable pathways within the academy. Building on our Indigenous strategy (ii’ taa’poh’to’p), our goal is to build a more equitable, diverse and inclusive academy. This hiring initiative was developed in accordance with Section 10.1 of the Alberta Human Rights Act and is only open to qualified Indigenous scholars. Candidates will be required to provide evidence of their engagement of, or connection to, Indigenous communities and cultures. While all candidates who meet the position requirements are encouraged to apply, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Indigenous scholars in an Arts discipline with demonstrated expertise in Urban Indigenous Studies are invited to apply. The successful candidate will have an established research program in Urban Indigenous Studies and will divide their teaching between the Urban Studies and the International Indigenous Studies programs. They will be expected to provide service within their home unit, the Faculty of Arts and the wider University community. 

Applicants should provide evidence of a record of research engaging with or connecting to Indigenous communities, organizations and/or institutions, as well as a complementary record of teaching. The appointee's research agenda may be disciplinary or trans-disciplinary, with a Canadian and/or international focus. The successful candidate will hold a PhD, or terminal degree in their field and will be able to envision their tenure file residing in a department or school in the Faculty of Arts. Candidates who can demonstrate they are near completion of their program will be considered; however, preference will be given to a candidate with a completed degree.

All applicants should demonstrate evidence of excellent teaching through creative and thoughtful course development, teaching effectiveness, pedagogical innovation, and measures used to create an inclusive learning environment. Interest and expertise in diverse ways of knowing and knowledge production, in community-engaged learning and other active-learning pedagogies are considered assets. Evidence of Indigenous engagement may include non-peer reviewed reports or briefs, presentations, formal partnerships, research relationship documents or outputs from community-engaged/driven projects, and/or community membership.  

Applicants seeking appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor should demonstrate a record of emerging research excellence through such measures as peer-reviewed publications or dissemination in line with research excellence as defined in their home discipline, and a track-record of (or potential for) successful grant applications.

Applicants seeking appointment at the rank of Associate Professor must have previously achieved promotion to Associate or equivalent at their home institution and must demonstrate an established research program through peer-reviewed publications or dissemination in line with a sustained pattern of research excellence as defined in their home discipline, and a track-record of successful grant applications.

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online via the 'Apply Now' link at Candidates must identify as Indigenous within the letter of interest to be considered for the position. Please be aware that the application allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents):

  • A letter of interest that details how you meet the requirements of the position and in which department/school you would see yourself
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • Evidence of engagement with, or connections to, an Indigenous community, organizations, and/or institutions
  • No more than two samples of scholarly publication
  • A teaching dossier, which must at minimum include a statement of teaching philosophy and two sample syllabi; quantitative or qualitative evidence of teaching effectiveness should be included, if available
  • An EDI statement identifying the applicant’s contributions or potential contributions to advancing a culture of equity and inclusion and ability to work with a culturally diverse and international student body
  • Names and contact information for three referees

For questions about the posting, please direct your inquiries to:

Shelley Wind
Manager, Department Operations
University of Calgary
Faculty of Arts

Dr. Andrea Freeman
Chair, Search Committee
Department of Geography
University of Calgary
Faculty of Arts

The selection committee will begin reviewing applications on February 15th, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Interviews will be virtual.

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do. This role supports the continued indigenization of the University of Calgary. Click here to see more job opportunities with an Indigenous scope.

The International Indigenous Studies (INDG) program is a self-governing interdisciplinary program that centers on the experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada and internationally. The program focuses on various aspects of Indigenous perspectives related to art, culture, ways of knowing, languages, economies, politics, and community structures, and attracts students from across the university (

Urban Studies (UBST) is a broad interdisciplinary program designed to provide an understanding of the social, political, economic, environmental and cultural processes that shape urban life. Today most societies are predominantly urban. Cities are sites of great cultural and ethnic diversity, shaped by processes that range from the global to the local. They play a critical role in shaping the sustainability of societies


The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

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