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Tenure-Track Faculty Position, INDIGENOUS STUDIES

University of British Columbia Okanagan

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, on the unceded Syilx territory, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty in Indigenous Studies. This is a position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Teaching or Assistant Professor Tenure stream, to be held in the Community, Culture and Global Studies department (http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ccgs/welcome.html) of the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Sciences (https://fass.ok.ubc.ca/) with an expected start date of July 1, 2022.

The ideal candidate will have the expertise and experience to support the operation of the newly approved Bachelor of Nłeʔkepmx Language Fluency (BNLEK). This position requires knowledge of Nłeʔkepmx or one or more Salishan languages, experience of working in and with Indigenous communities around language acquisition and learning, knowledge and familiarity with the Nłeʔkepmx and adjacent territories, and knowledge and experience of relevant Indigenous education contexts. Expertise in language pedagogy and praxis with and in community will be key competencies of the successful candidate.

The BNLEK has been developed in partnership with the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, and will serve a wide variety of learners, with varied learning styles. Support for community fluency is a key element of the approach; the development of both language and cultural fluency are thus important aspects of the pedagogy. A demonstrable capacity to work effectively with community, in place, and in the context of Indigenous approaches to land, sustainability, and community, is essential. The capacity to build and sustain fluency curriculum in the interior Salishan region, and support the fluency aspirations of language learners is required. Structuring community-based learning opportunities and building relationships will be key.

Candidates should have a completed a Masters or Ph.D. (preferred) in a relevant field. They should possess a strong record of educational leadership and/or research productivity in relevant areas; a commitment to student mentoring and supervision; and excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching and learning. In accordance with UBC’s equity plan, and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, Indigenous applicants are preferred. Indigenous applicants are requested to self-identify in their application.

UBC’s strategic plan identifies inclusion as one of our key priorities. We therefore welcome colleagues with the experiences and competencies to contribute to our principles of inclusion, equity, and diversity throughout campus life.

The appointee will be joining a community of scholars in Indigenous Studies whose work focuses on Indigenous epistemologies and is intercultural, interdisciplinary, hemispheric, and global in reach; the successful applicant will also be working closely with colleagues in the Bachelor of Nsyilxcn Langauge Fluency, a parallel program already in place The successful candidate must show the ability to develop a robust, innovative, and internationally recognized research program that complements existing expertise in Indigenous philosophies, identities, and knowledges. There is also a strong desire for the appointee to work within and across faculties, institutes, and centres across campus, such as the Institute for Community-Engaged Research and future Centre for Interior Salishan Studies, and local Indigenous communities. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to curriculum development specific to their area of expertise, and will be expected to contribute to both graduate and undergraduate teaching in support of the Bachelor of Nłeʔkepmx Language Fluency degree and related Indigenous language revitalization initiatives.

The Indigenous Studies Program is housed in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). The program provides students with opportunities to locate their learning within its dual focus on decolonizing non-Indigenous notions of Indigeneity and strengthening contemporary revitalization of Indigenous knowledge and praxis. The program uniquely situates research focused in knowledges of the Syilx Okanagan. FASS offers both discipline-based and interdisciplinary programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The collegial learning environment focuses on effective teaching, critical and creative scholarship, and the integration of scholarship and teaching.

UBC is one of the world’s leading universities, and is consistently ranked in the top 40. The university has two distinct campuses, one in Vancouver and one in Kelowna. The Okanagan campus has undergraduate and graduate programs, with over 10,000 students in seven faculties including 540 Aboriginal students. Situated in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, one of the most scenic regions in Canada, it offers an intimate learning environment and excellent opportunities for regional, national, and international scholarly activities. We are committed to an ethos of local involvement, global engagement, and intercultural awareness, and we provide a positive, inclusive, and mutually supportive working and learning environment for all our students, faculty, and staff.

To learn about the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Science, go to https://fass.ok.ubc.ca/. For more information about UBC resources and opportunities, please visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-staff-resources/. Information about the surrounding community can be found at: https://hr.ubc.ca/careers-and-job-postings/relocation-services/relocating-kelowna.

As part of the University’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, UBC Okanagan has committed to supporting and implementing five key commitments, which can be found at https://ok.ubc.ca/about/indigenous-engagement/.

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UBC Okanagan is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of our community. We ask that all applicants complete a voluntary survey (link to survey) that will help us to assess the effectiveness of our efforts to reach a broad group of potential applicants.
How to Apply: Applications are submitted online in one continuous PDF file at: https://ubc.wd10.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/ubcfacultyjobs/job/UBC-Okanagan-Campus/Assistant-Professor---Indigenous-Studies_JR5137 and should include:

(i) a cover letter, addressed to Dr. Michael Evans (Head pro tem – Community, Culture, and Global Studies), outlining qualification for the position and fit with the Indigenous Studies program and the FASS;
(ii) a curriculum vitae;
(iii) a 2-page statement of research or educational leadership program;
(iv) a 2-page statement on teaching philosophy and interests;
(v) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching/course evaluations);
(vi) a writing or creative/artistic sample, max 30 pages;
(vii) a 1-page diversity statement (i.e. tell us about your experience working within a diverse environment and your contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion on campus); and,
(viii) the names of three referees who have agreed to submit letters of reference, if requested.

Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Mike Evans at: michael.evans@ubc.ca. All correspondence must indicate the competition title (BNLEK –Tenure-track Faculty) in the subject line of the e-mail.

The review of applications will begin December 20, 2021. All appointments are subject to budgetary approval. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.