INDIGENOUS STUDIES – Tenure-Track Faculty - University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus

University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences (IKBSAS)
INDIGENOUS STUDIES – Tenure-Track Faculty (Job Opening ID 34455 )

The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and 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 an open rank position to be held in the Community, Culture and Global Studies unit
(http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ccgs/welcome.htmlDocument1) of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and
Sciences (http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ikbarberschool/welcome.html) with an expected start date of July
1, 2020.
All candidates with research and teaching expertise in Indigenous Studies will be considered. The field of
specialization is open. The broad areas of Indigenous languages, Indigenous justice, Indigenous
governance, the Canada Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Indigenous land claims, and Indigenous
history are suggestions only. The specialist fields must be complementary to current faculty research
strengths in Indigenous philosophies and histories, Syilx language and traditional knowledge, Residential
schools, Indigenous feminist theory and praxis, Indigenous poetry and humanities, and Indigenous health
and well-being.
Candidates must have a completed Ph.D. in Indigenous Studies or a related field, they must possess a
strong record of research productivity; demonstrated ability to obtain external research funding;
commitment to student mentoring and supervision; and excellence in graduate and undergraduate
teaching and learning. The ideal candidates will have demonstrated a strong commitment to Indigenous
knowledges and methodologies and will have a record of sustained engagement and/or lived experience
with Indigenous communities and organizations in Canada and/or in comparative contexts. We seek

candidates who will address indigenization of the academy through an anti-oppression, anti-racism, anti-
misogyny, anti-violence, and decolonial lens. 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 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 First Nations’ communities. The successful candidate will have the
opportunity to contribute to curriculum development specific to area of expertise, and will be expected to
teach graduate and undergraduate courses.
The Indigenous Studies Program is housed in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. 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. The IKBSAS 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 9,000 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. UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan (July 2018)
includes areas of action to promote Indigenous research and curriculm and to support Indigenous faculty
and students; see http://aboriginal-2.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2018/07/ISP-Draft-19072018.pdf.
To learn about the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Science, go to
http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ikbarberschool/welcome.html. 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: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/worklife-relocation/.

How to Apply:
Applications are submitted online at www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/34455
(Job Opening ID# 34455) and should include:
(i) a cover letter, addressed to Dr. Sue Frohlick (Head – Community, Culture, and Global Studies),
outlining qualification for the position and fit with the Indigenous Studies program and the IKBSAS;
(ii) a curriculum vitae;
(iii) a 2-page statement of research 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. Sue Frohlick at: susan.frohlick@ubc.ca. All correspondence must
indicate the competition title (Indigenous Studies – Tenure-track Faculty) in the subject line of the e-mail.
The deadline for application is October 18, 2019. 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.

In support of our commitment to equity and diversity, all candidates will be invited to
participate in an online Equity Survey as part of the appointment process.