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Tenure-Track Position in School of Community and Public Affairs – First Peoples Studies

Last updated: December 18, 2020, 3:33 p.m.

Job title: Assistant Professor, First Peoples Studies
Position code: 18_T_SCPA_O_repost
Date posted: October 5, 2020
Date revised: December 18, 2020
Application deadline: 
February 15, 2021
Advertised until: 
Position is filled

Position description

The First Peoples Studies program, located in the School of Community and Public Affairs, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Indigenous studies. Exceptional candidates at the Associate Professor level may also be considered. The ideal candidate is committed to an Indigenous-centred approach to knowledge production, is familiar with the reality of Indigenous peoples in Canada and has research interest and expertise in one or a combination of the following areas: decolonization, Indigenous peoples-settler relations, health and social policy, community economic development, the politics of self-determination, Indigenous governance, urban Indigenous issues, traditional ecological knowledge/environmental justice, gender and sexuality studies.

Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and research. Commensurate with their rank, candidates will be assessed on their demonstrated potential to attract diverse students and collaborators to Concordia University, conduct internationally recognized research, secure research funds, as well as teach and drive curricular development within their respective area.

Qualifications and assets

The ideal candidate holds a PhD in a relevant discipline. Candidates who are ABD will be considered. The ideal candidate has a compelling research dossier, or shows evidence of a strong potential to develop a meaningful research program, in Indigenous Studies broadly speaking. The ideal candidate can engage effectively with students in a university setting, through teaching in both regular classroom format, and in other, less traditional teaching formats. The successful candidate can work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment and with the broader community through outreach activities and a public-facing research agenda. The ability to communicate in both English and French will be considered an asset.

How to apply

Applications should be addressed to: Dr. Daniel Salée, Interim Principal, School of Community and Public Affairs ( and must include a cover letter clearly identifying the title and position code 18_T_SCPA_O_repost, a detailed curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, and the names and contact information of three referees. Electronic applications should be submitted by February 15, 2021 but will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. The appointment is expected to commence on August 1, 2021.

Concordia strives to be an inclusive institution that is welcoming of diverse backgrounds and experiences in order to improve learning, advance research, inspire creativity, and drive productivity. We define diversity broadly to include both ethnic and socio-cultural background and diversity of perspectives, ideologies and traditions.

As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next-Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their background, as well as lived and professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to conduct innovative research and to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.

These ongoing or anticipated examples can include but are not limited to:

  • teaching about underrepresented populations
  • mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
  • conducting research with underrepresented and/or underserved communities
  • committee work
  • offering or organizing educational programming
  • participation in training and workshops

Concordia University recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research and will take them into careful consideration in assessing applications and throughout the selection process.

All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.

Adaptive measures

Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at or by phone at 514-848-2424, extension 4323.

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