Associate Professor / Professor - Indigenous Archaeology

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Associate Professor / Professor - Indigenous Archaeology

Date Posted: 04/07/2021
Closing Date: 05/12/2021, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 3320
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Dept of Anthropology & the Centre for Indigenous Studies
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Department of Anthropology and the Centre for Indigenous Studies (CIS) in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invite applications for a full-time tenure stream appointment in the area of Indigenous Archaeology. The position will be a joint position between Anthropology (51%) and CIS (49%) at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. The expected start date is July 1, 2022.

Applicants must have a PhD in Anthropology or a related area by the time of appointment, with a demonstrated exceptional record of excellence in research and teaching. We seek an established scholar specializing in collaborative, community-based research – research with and for Indigenous peoples and communities - and archaeological expertise in eastern North America/Turtle Island. Additional research experience beyond eastern North America/ Turtle Island would be highly desirable. While the successful candidate will be trained in anthropological archaeology, they will also be highly regarded in the field of Indigenous Studies and demonstrate a strong track record of training students in Indigenous and decolonizing approaches to archaeology and anthropology. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths. (see, . Candidates will have an established international reputation and 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 hold a full appointment in the School of Graduate Studies in the Department of Anthropology, and potentially in the Centre for Indigenous Studies which hopes to offer graduate programs in the near future. At the undergraduate level, the successful candidate will contribute to major and specialist programs in CIS and Anthropology and create courses that may be offered jointly by both units.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of sustained high-impact contributions and publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, distinguished awards and accolades, and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline, as well as strong endorsements from referees of high standing including a letter of support commenting on Indigenous community engagement.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application including a strong teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations, as well as strong letters of reference.

The incumbent will be invited to join the interdisciplinary Centre for Archaeology which serves as an intellectual hub for archaeologists in the tri-campus Anthropology Department, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Classics, and Art History, and the Royal Ontario Museum.

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.

Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests; one recent publication; and a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations.

Applicants must provide name and contact information of three academic references and one of the references must be from an Indigenous community with whom they have worked in the past. Applicants must arrange for three letters of reference be sent directly by the referee to the hiring unit via email at [email protected] by the closing date (on letterhead, dated, and signed). PLEASE NOTE: This search is not using the University’s automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.

Submission guidelines can be found at If you have any questions about this position, please contact Ms. Juliana Gomes, Assistant to the Chair at [email protected]

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by May 12, 2021.

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

Diversity Statement
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, LGBTQ2S+ 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

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].

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Job No:
Posted: 4/8/2021
Application Due: 7/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time