Assistant Professor - Great Lakes Indigenous History

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Job FieldThe Department ofHistory and the Centre for Indigenous Studies in the Faculty of Arts &Science at the University of Toronto invite applications for a full-time tenurestream position in the area of Great Lakes Indigenous History.  The successful candidate will be appointed inthe Department of History (51%) and the Centre for Indigenous Studies (49%) at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence onJuly 1, 2020, or shortly thereafter.

 Thesuccessful applicant will have a PhD in History or Indigenous Studies by thetime of appointment or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record ofexcellence in research and teaching, and a commitment to shaping the future ofthe field of Indigenous historical studies. We seek candidates whose researchand teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing department and program strengths.  The successful candidate will be expected topursue innovative and independent research at the highest international leveland to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded researchprogram. The successful candidate’s research will be in the area of Great LakesIndigenous history, with particular emphasis on material culture. In addition,the successful candidate must have demonstrated research-level capacity in anIndigenous language.

 Candidates will havean emerging record of scholarly accomplishments and will provide evidence ofexcellence in research as demonstrated by publications in leading, fieldrelevant academic journals, or forthcoming impactful publications meeting highinternational standards, the submitted research statement, presentations atsignificant conferences, awards and accolades, a strong record in Indigenousresearch methodologies and ethical engagement, collaboration with Indigenouscommunities, organizations, and institutions, and strong endorsements fromreferees of high standing. 

Candidates must be able to demonstrate acommitment to excellence in teaching, through a teaching portfolio that includes a statement of teaching philosophythat is linked to evidence of excellent pedagogical practice, sample coursesyllabi, demonstrated knowledge and experience in Indigenous-based teachingmethods, and excellent course evaluations (and/or demonstrated superiorperformance in other teaching-related activities, including performance as ateaching assistant, or experience in leading successful workshops andseminars), as well as strong endorsements from referees. The candidate'sresponsibilities will include teaching large and small undergraduate courses inIndigenous Studies and undergraduate and graduate courses in History. 

 Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Toronto offers excellent opportunities to teach,conduct research, and live in one of the most culturally diverse cities in theworld. The Department of History and Centre for Indigenous Studies provide a contextin which to work in an interdisciplinary environment with close ties to a rangeof collaborative programs.

 Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous.Recognizing that there are a variety of terms that potential candidates may useto self-identify, the University uses the term “Indigenous” in this search,which forms part of the U of T Response to Canada's Truth and ReconciliationCommission, to encompass the people of Turtle Island, including those whoidentify as First Nations, Métis, Inuk (Inuit), Alaska Native, Native American,and Native Hawaiian people.

 All qualifiedcandidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicantsmust submit a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a research statementoutlining current and future research interests, an article-length writing sample, and a teaching dossierincluding a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi, teaching evaluations, or evidence of superior performance in other teaching-related activities as listed above.

 Applicants mustarrange to have four letters of reference, including at least one that speaksdirectly to Indigenous community engagement, addressed to Professor AlisonSmith and Professor Susan Hill, sent directly by the referees to [email protected] with the subject line “Great Lakes Indigenous History– [your full name]” by the closing date.

 Submission guidelinescan be found at We recommend combining attachments into one or twofiles in PDF/MS Word format. If you have questions about this position, please contact [email protected] or [email protected].

 All application materials, including reference letters, must bereceived by September 24, 2019.

 The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversitywithin its community and especially welcomes applications from racializedpersons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of NorthAmerica, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who maycontribute to the further diversification of ideas.

 As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a briefDiversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related toyou is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or humanresources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planningpurposes. For more information, please see

 All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however,Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Job Field: Tenure Stream
Department: History
Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)
Job Posting: Sep 10, 2019
Job Closing: Sep 24, 2019




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Posted: 9/11/2019
Application Due: 9/26/2019
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