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Wilfrid Laurier University Indigenous Faculty Cohort Hire: Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors

Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University is pleased to announce the commencement of its Inclusive Excellence initiative to hire at least six Indigenous scholars into new full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty positions. We are truly passionate about this initiative and excited to attract more high-calibre, diverse talent to Laurier. As a multi-campus, multi-community university, Laurier is known for offering unique programs that make each campus its own, while retaining the essence of Laurier's strong community culture that binds us together. As one of a series of policy changes and initiatives to address systemic racism outlined in Laurier’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Indigeneity Action Plan, aimed at addressing systemic racism, the available positions align with the inclusive community and Indigeneity themes in the Laurier Strategy, as well as the university’s broader efforts to advance strategic academic and research goals and enhance academic excellence and student experience.

The new Indigenous scholars will have the opportunity to join and benefit from the support of the Indigenous Faculty Council. Successful candidates will be part of a growing number of Indigenous faculty across Laurier’s campuses and will be supported in their careers by their home departments, faculties, and central administration. Indigenous scholars joining Laurier through this Inclusive Excellence cohort program will be warmly welcomed by departments and colleagues that are committed to EDI and have in place a supportive onboarding and retention strategy.

Positions are open to scholars from all ranks and from the following disciplines:

- Arts (Departments of Archaeology and Heritage Studies and Religion and Culture; Environmental Media Studies and Decolonial Media Studies in Department of Communication Studies)
- Education
- Liberal Arts (Cross-appointed into Indigenous Studies and one of Youth and Child Studies, Law and Society, Digital Media and Journalism, History, English, or the Brantford Foundations Program)
- Music
- Science (Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Geography and Environmental Studies; Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education)
- Social Work

Successful candidates will be emerging or respected scholars and teachers in all career stages, including those who are suitable for appointment at the rank of lecturer, as well as assistant, associate, and full professor. Outstanding candidates without a PhD will be considered if they are a recognized Indigenous knowledge-holder, hold connection to Indigenous communities, employ Indigenous research and teaching methodologies, and have notable scholarly outputs recognized by other Indigenous scholars. Successful candidates’ scholarships should support and enhance at least one area of priority listed above. Within higher education in Canada, traditional or conventional academic pathways in research and teaching can reinforce biases in the filling of faculty positions. Laurier encourages applications from those whose scholarship and teaching may not fit traditional academic conventions. Laurier is particularly interested in welcoming Indigenous Scholars whose contributions to Indigenous thought and philosophy will enhance the academic standing and culture of the university as it continues to evolve rapidly into a more research-intensive, comprehensive, university.


Candidates who identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) are encouraged to apply by including the following in their application. Please note that additional materials may be requested through the review process as required by the home department.• a letter of intent including the candidate’s research and teaching interest and where this best aligns with Laurier’s areas of priority;
• a curriculum vitae;
• a statement on teaching philosophy, and any evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as course syllabus/description, a peer teaching review and student/participant feedback);
• a sample publication, scholarly output or writing sample; and
• the names and contact information of three referees.

Laurier will be taking steps to confirm candidates' ‘Indigenous identity’ as part of the recruitment and selection process. The process used to confirm identity has been developed in consultation with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives.

Applications can be addressed to Mike Young, executive search associate, and submitted electronically to Review of applications will begin on Oct. 29 and will continue to be collected and evaluated until all of the Inclusive Excellence cohort positions are filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply early as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and diversity. Laurier welcomes applications from qualified members of equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the university is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either permanent residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships; however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:

• Yes, I am a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada
• No, I am not a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Applicants are encouraged to address any career interruptions or special circumstances that may have affected their record of research and teaching, in accordance with Tri-Council definitions and guidelines.

Laurier strives to make our application process accessible and provides accommodations for both applicants and employees as outlined in Policy 8.7. If you require assistance applying for this position, would like a copy of this job description in an accessible format, or would like to discuss accessibility and accommodations during the recruitment process please email