First Peoples Studies – Director of the First Peoples Studies Program
The School of Community and Public Affairs at Concordia University invites applications for the position of Director of the First Peoples Studies program (FPST), Quebec’s first (and currently only) undergraduate degree program specializing in First Peoples – First Nations, Inuit and Métis – within the Quebec and Canadian context.
The School of Community and Public Affairs is particularly interested in candidates who can develop an enduring vision and plan for the future of the FPST program and who have solid administrative experience in a university setting, a well-established record of research, teaching and academic leadership in the field of Indigenous studies, and strong familiarity with a broad range of public policy issues concerning Indigenous peoples in Canada and Quebec. The Director should have effective interpersonal and communication skills and commit to maintaining a respectful and collegial workplace.
We are actively seeking candidates with an established track record of leadership in and with Indigenous communities; an extensive knowledge and understanding of Indigenous education, community protocols, diverse Indigenous histories, worldviews, and Indigenous knowledge systems; a demonstrated track record in building respectful and constructive relationships with Indigenous communities, and a commitment to community-engaged research, teaching and learning.
Reporting to and working in close collaboration with the Principal of the School of Community and Public Affairs, the Director of the First Peoples Studies program is responsible for the development and the delivery of the program and works well in an interdisciplinary intellectual environment. The main tasks of the position include curriculum development, teaching, recruitment of new students, academic advising, recruiting and supporting part-time instructors, Indigenous community outreach and consultation, and liaising with various stakeholders such as local Indigenous communities, urban Indigenous organizations, and departments and programs across the University. The Director is expected to take an active role in the Indigenous Directions Leadership Group at Concordia. The successful candidate will also be expected to keep an active research profile.
Interested candidates must hold a PhD in one of the disciplines of the social sciences and humanities. Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor for August 1, 2019. Applications must be submitted as a complete package, and must include:
A cover letter
An up-to-date, detailed curriculum vitae
A statement of research interests (including potential contribution to the enhancement of the First Peoples Studies program and Indigenous presence on campus)
A statement of teaching philosophy/interests
Course evaluations and/or other evidence of teaching effectiveness
One single article-length sample of scholarly work
Candidates must also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent separately.
Application packages and letters of reference can be forwarded either as hard copy or electronically via email, by November 15, 2018, to:
Dr. Chedly Belkhodja, Principal
School of Community and Public Affairs
1455 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West
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Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples.
Concordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification; candidates are invited to self-identify in their applications.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applications must include one of the following statements:
Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.