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Tenure-Track Position in Sociology and Anthropology – Critical Indigenous Studies

Last updated: October 8, 2020, 9:04 a.m.

Job title: Critical Indigenous Studies
Position code: 20_L_SOCI_M
Date posted: October 5, 2020
Date revised: October 8, 2020
Application deadline: November 30, 2020
Advertised until: Position is filled

Position description

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University would like to invite applications for a tenure-track position in Critical Indigenous Studies. Critical Indigenous Studies refers to a broad range of topics, including Indigenous-centred approaches to knowledge production, global indigenous decolonial scholarship, the history and legacies of settler colonialism, practices of resurgence and the futures of Indigenous self-determination, the politics of land, urban contexts and development encounters; post-colonial relations and social movements, including Indigenous women’s activism; political economy based on Indigenous critiques of racial capitalism, extraction economies, and new modes of dispossession; issues of policing, incarceration, criminalization; and life in indigenous communities (e.g., relationships, innovation, economies, education, health, organizations, art, spirituality). Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to working with Indigenous communities and students. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, but exceptional candidates at the Associate Professor level may also be considered.

Qualifications and assets

A PhD in Sociology, Anthropology, Indigenous Studies or a related discipline in hand at time of appointment is preferred (ABD candidates will be considered). The position requires a strong research dossier in Indigenous Studies or evidence of the potential to develop a meaningful research program in the area. Candidates must also demonstrate their ability or potential to teach at the graduate and undergraduate level in Indigenous Studies as well as Sociology and/or Anthropology. Candidates grounded in Indigenous knowledge systems and with the capacity for community-based research are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of the French language is an asset.

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.

How to apply

Applications should be addressed to: Dr. Amy Swiffen at and must include a cover letter clearly identifying the title and position code 20_L_SOCI_M, a detailed curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, one sample publication, and three letters of reference submitted electronically by the referees directly to Electronic applications should be submitted by November 30, 2020 but will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. The appointment is expected to commence in August 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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