Brock University – Associate Professor, Probationary Tenure Track or Tenured, Indigenous Educational Studies, Faculty of Education

Brock University – Associate Professor, Probationary Tenure Track or Tenured, Indigenous Educational Studies, Faculty of Education{

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Brock University acknowledges the land on which it gathers is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, many of whom continue to live and work here today. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the land protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Agreement. Today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and acknowledging reminds Brock that its great standard of living is directly related to the resources and friendship of Indigenous people.

In all that it does, Brock University strives to honour and support the Indigenous peoples on whose Traditional Territory Brock University is located. Brock’s commitment to Reconciliation and Decolonization are one of four strategic priorities of Brock’s 2018-2025 Strategic Plan. The University is undertaking institution-wide efforts, led by the office of the Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement, to enhance existing Indigenous programs and courses, increase the number of Indigenous faculty, and develop new supports for Indigenous students. These efforts centre Indigenous ways of knowing and doing and involve consultation with Indigenous communities both within Brock and beyond.

With over 18,000 students, 5,000 faculty and staff, an operating budget of around $360 million, and more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in seven diverse Faculties, Brock excels at providing exceptional experiential learning opportunities and highly rated student and campus life experiences. Brock is a comprehensive university known for its excellence in teaching and learning and the student experience as well as strong university-community engagement and is home to a community of highly regarded researchers who are improving society by undertaking impactful and significant research along with a growing national prominence in research, scholarly and creative activities. 

As Brock University continues to work towards its goal of fostering a culture of inclusivity, accessibility, reconciliation and decolonization, the Faculty of Education invites applications for a Probationary Tenure Track or Tenured position in the Department of Educational Studies in the areas of Indigenous Educational Studies and Indigenous Teacher Education at the rank of Associate Professor. The incumbent will be elected as Program Director of the Indigenous Educational Studies program, in accordance with the BUFA Collective Agreement. Candidates must self-identify as First Nations (status and non-status), Métis, or Inuit and are expected to have lived experience of Indigenous world views, cultures and values.

The successful candidate will teach a combination of undergraduate, professional (Teacher Education) and/or graduate courses, supervise graduate students, and contribute to the development of courses in Indigenous Educational Studies and Indigenous Teacher Education. Candidates are encouraged to submit a teaching dossier that provides evidence of excellence in teaching and research, broadly defined.

Preference will be given to candidates who possess a doctorate (or ABD). Those who demonstrate deep understanding of lived experiences with Indigenous knowledge systems, community-based practice, Indigenous language(s), and Indigenous education will be viewed as possessing equivalent qualifications of a doctorate. The successful candidate must have demonstrated administrative experiences (e.g., program director, department chair, or equivalent) and they will have an active research agenda (or provide evidence of the potential to develop and maintain a research agenda with a focus on Indigenous education, Indigenous research, and/or Indigenous Teacher Education).  The successful candidate will have established Indigenous connections and have demonstrated leadership potential with Indigenous communities. The following are considered assets: active knowledge of and competency in Indigenous language(s); experience teaching within a school context (PK-12 & alternative modes of teaching and learning); certification, membership and good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers (or other provincial equivalency); and proficiency with digital technology and/or online teaching and learning tools.

To apply or explore this key opportunity at Brock University further, please contact Jane Griffith ( and Sam Walton ( The final date for applications is July 31, 2021, and the review process will continue until the position is filled. 

Applicants will submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, recent reprints, and teaching dossier, to Jane Griffith ( ) and Sam Walton ( ).

In addition, applicants should provide contact information for at least three references to Ms. Sharon Spiece, Executive Assistant to the Dean of Education ( ). The references may be academic references and/or references from Indigenous Knowledge Carriers. Only references for short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Differing career patterns may be more common among members of designated groups, and those who have experienced leaves from the workplace. These differences will be taken into account in assessing the experiences and qualifications of members of these groups, or those who have experienced leaves from the workplace.

Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Candidates must self-identify as First Nations (status and non-status), Métis, or Inuit and are expected to have lived experience of Indigenous world views, cultures and values. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups can fill out the Self-Identification Questionnaire following application. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

In accordance with the provincial legislation, accommodation will be provided by Griffith Group and Brock University throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.


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