Associate Professor - Indigenous Studies
Job FieldThe Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga invites applications for one (1) full-time tenure stream appointment at the rank of Associate Professor in Indigenous Studies. The appointment will begin July 1, 2020, or shortly thereafter.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in History, Religion, Indigenous Studies, or related field, with a demonstrated exceptional record of excellence in research and teaching. The successful candidate’s research will focus on First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit histories, specifically in one or more of the following: the history of Indigenous territories and their borderlands; the history of Indigenous peoples and cultures; Indigenous-settler history; environmental history; and/or transnational history. Expertise in the peoples, methodologies, and epistemologies indigenous to the land on which the University of Toronto sits is expected. Moreover, the successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to teach Canadian content. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and enhance our existing departmental strengths. The successful candidate will be expected to sustain and lead innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.
The successful candidate will show an established and sustained record of excellence in research demonstrated by: 1) evidence of exceptional, creative, and professional work that engages with collaborative/collective knowledge building with Indigenous communities, both within and beyond the university in various public fora; 2) high-impact sustained contributions and publications in venues important to the field of Indigenous Studies (including academic journals, edited volumes and monographs with academic and other presses, and relevant other outlets); 3) substantial and continuous participation in professional and other associations and organizations critical to the production and dissemination of Indigenous knowledges, and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline; 4) distinguished fellowships and/or grant funding from competitive funding sources; 5) the submitted research statement; and 5) strong endorsements by referees of high standing, as well as a letter of support commenting on Indigenous community engagement.
The successful candidate will also demonstrate an excellent teaching program informed by Indigenous pedagogies and strong mentorship at the undergraduate and graduate level. In particular, we seek candidates who demonstrate an engagement with Indigenous knowledges, epistemologies, and methodologies. Evidence of ongoing excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching awards and accomplishments, strong letters of reference, and the teaching dossier outlining a teaching philosophy and approaches to knowledge building, sample syllabi, and course evaluations, submitted as part of the application. Finally, the successful candidate must have a proven record of activities that contribute to equity and diversity across different communities highlighted as part of the application materials.
This position is part of the University of Toronto’s response to the calls to action in Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report. Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous. Recognizing that there are a variety of terms that potential candidates may use to 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 Reconciliation Commission, to encompass the people of Turtle Island, including those who identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuk (Inuit), Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian people.
The successful candidate will teach in the undergraduate program at the University of Toronto Mississauga and be part of a cross-departmental effort to seed an Indigenous Studies centre at UTM. They will also be a member of the Graduate Department of History, University of Toronto. The University of Toronto Graduate Program in History is a tri-campus program, staffed by faculty from the University's three campuses, and housed at the St. George (downtown) campus. It is also possible that the successful candidate join another graduate department if more appropriate. The successful candidate will join a lively intellectual community of world-class scholars at Canada's leading university. The University of Toronto offers a wide range of opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching, and the excitement of working with a highly diverse student population in a context that actively encourages innovative scholarship. The Greater Toronto Area offers amazing cultural and demographic diversity, including a vibrant Indigenous community, and one of the highest standards of living in the world.
Salary is commensurate with qualification and experience.
All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. To be considered for this position, all application materials must be submitted online by November 14, 2019. Applicants must include: 1) a cover letter describing their research agenda and their impact on collaborative knowledge building; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) up to three sample publications; 4) a research statement; and 5) a teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, and course evaluations). Applicants must also ask three referees to send letters of recommendation, and a letter of support commenting on their Indigenous community engagement, directly to the department via email (on letterhead, dated, signed, and scanned) to: [email protected], which must be received by the closing date of November 14, 2019.
Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. Please submit attachments in PDF format only and label each file with the job number 1903676 and accordingly as cover letter, CV, or teaching dossier.
If you have questions about this position, please contact [email protected]. Additional information on the Department can be obtained at http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/historical-studies (for undergraduate studies), and http://history.utoronto.ca/graduate (for graduate studies).
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Job Field: Tenure Stream
Department: UTM: Historical Studies
Job Posting: Sep 12, 2019
Job Closing: Nov 15, 2019