Brock University – Open Rank, Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies Department of Sociology, Indigenous Law

Brock University – Open Rank, Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies Department of Sociology, Indigenous Law{

The opportunity

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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 Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) and the Department of Sociology (SOCI) at Brock University invites applications for a tenure-track cross-appointment (housed in WGST). The successful candidate must self-identify as First Nations (status and non-status), Métis, or Inuit and is expected to have lived experience of Indigenous world views, cultures and values. The rank of the position is open (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor) and subject to budgetary approval. The successful applicant will supervise MA students in Critical Sociology and can apply to supervise in graduate programs across the university including the MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies. The candidate will be expected to engage in a program of research, participate in the affairs of the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies and fulfill service commitments to the programs and the University.

The ideal applicant will be working in the fields of critical socio-legal studies, Indigenous law, and transformative justice.  A commitment to public scholarship in the areas of anti-racism and anti-Blackness is also preferred. Applicants should have experience in online and in-class instruction, experiential learning and community engagement. The programs are especially interested in attracting candidates with demonstrated experience working with Turtle Island Indigenous students and/or Turtle Island Indigenous communities. Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in a relevant field by the time of appointment (or be near completion) or possess the equivalent Indigenous knowledge. Applicants should provide evidence of potential for excellence in teaching and scholarly achievement and where relevant, artistic output and/or diverse forms of Indigenous scholarship.

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, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of potential for successful and innovative teaching, a statement of research, and a sample of scholarly writing to Jane Griffith ( ) and Sam Walton ( ).

In addition, candidates will arrange for three confidential signed and dated letters of reference on letterhead to be sent directly the to the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies ( ).

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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