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Assistant Professor Indigenous Language Documentation and Revitalization

Carleton University

About the Position
Field of Specialization: Indigenous Language Documentation and Revitalization

Academic Unit: Linguistics and Language Studies

Category of Appointment: Preliminary (Tenure-track)

Rank/Position Title: Assistant Professor

Start Date: July 1st, 2023

Closing Date: Open until filled.

Carleton University’s School of Linguistics and Language Studies (SLaLS) invites applications from qualified Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) candidates for a tenure-track position in Linguistics with a specialization in Language Documentation and/or Revitalization at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2023.

This is an Indigenous-specific position. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit scholars are particularly welcome but Indigenous scholars from any context are eligible to apply.

Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. In addition to First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, we welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. In accordance with the University’s Employment Equity Program and pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code Section 14, this selection will be limited to Indigenous peoples. Candidates from Indigenous communities and the groups noted above are encouraged to self-identify. Carleton University acknowledges and respects the Algonquin Anishinaabe people, traditional custodians of the land on which the Carleton University campus is situated.

To see the full position posting, please visit Carleton University’s Deputy Provost’s website at

About the Academic Unit
Linguistics at Carleton offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. At the undergraduate level, we offer a BA and a BSc, with concentrations in Linguistic Theory and Psycholinguistics & Communication Disorders. At the graduate level, we offer an MA in Linguistics and a PhD in Linguistics, Language Documentation and Revitalization. Linguistics is housed in the SLaLS.

Detailed information on the School can be found at

Candidates are normally expected to have a Ph.D. in Linguistics or a related discipline either in hand or close to completion. Alternatively relevant equivalencies such as Indigenous community language instruction, or service as an Indigenous language holder within an Indigenous community together with teaching and scholarly experience in academic or other relevant settings will also be considered.

Experience with land-based learning and community-based activities are especially relevant. Applicants must have experience with Indigenous community-based documentation or revitalization of Indigenous languages.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a potential for independent and collaborative research and the potential to develop an innovative program of teaching and research that has the potential for external research funding and dissemination through publication or research creation and will be expected to make contributions through service to the School, Faculty, University, and the broader community.

The successful candidate’s research could include, but is not limited to, Indigenous/endangered language documentation, the development of technological tools to support Indigenous/endangered language learning and sustainability, and/or the sociocultural dynamics of language and revitalization.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a potential for outstanding teaching contributions and be expected to offer innovative courses in Linguistics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including core courses in our PhD in Linguistics, Language Documentation and Revitalization.

Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted in one single PDF file to the attention of Michael Rodgers, Director of SLaLS, at

Please indicate “Indigenous Language Documentation position” in the subject line of your application.

Applications should include:

a cover letter that includes the names of three referees;
curriculum vitae;
research and teaching statements;
indication if you are currently legally eligible to work in Canada.
Please note: Letters of reference will only be requested from selected candidates, but applicants should prepare to arrange for three individuals, including both academic and Indigenous community connections, to provide letters of recommendation electronically to the address below in February 2023.

The selection committee will begin reviewing applications on January 16, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled; full consideration is assured for applications received by January 15, 2023. The expected start date is July 1, 2023.

About Carleton University
Located in Ottawa, Carleton is an innovative teaching and research institution with a tradition of leading change. Internationally recognized academics, staff, and researchers engage more than 31,000 students in over 100 programs of study. Learn more about our university and the city of Ottawa.

We invite you to review our revitalized Indigenous strategy, Kinàmàgawin and visit our Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities for information about our commitment to leadership in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Accessibility is a university strategic priority and applicants selected for an interview who require accommodations are invited to contact the Chair as soon as possible to ensure that appropriate arrangements may be made.

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