Assistant Professor, Limited Term

Indigenous Education - Faculty of Education

The Department of Indigenous Education at the University of Victoria invites applications for a limited term Assistant Professor appointment in Indigenous Language Reclamation Revitalization and Maintenance.

The successful applicant will join a collegial new department led by Indigenous faculty and supported by dedicated staff. Our team is committed to working with Indigenous communities and campus partners to develop high quality and responsive educational programs and research.

We are seeking an Indigenous scholar who is able to teach courses and supervise graduate students in Indigenous Language Revitalization, reclamation and maintenance. More specifically, the successful candidate will be responsible for teaching 6 courses or equivalent during a 12-month full time appointment. Possible teaching assignments may include undergraduate Indigenous Language Revitalization (ILR) courses such as IED 157, and LING 182, and graduate level ILR courses such as IED 530. The candidate may also be involved in serving on graduate student thesis and project committees. The successful candidate will also support the graduate program advisor in her duties and responsibilities.

The candidate will have the opportunity to shape and develop programs and courses in our Faculty, as well as participate in and lead initiatives to integrate Indigenous knowledge into all academic areas within the Faculty and across the University. We anticipate an individual with the ability to contribute strongly to the research profile of the Department and its teaching and administrative functions. Collaborative, interdisciplinary research, teaching, and program development are also encouraged.

The University of Victoria is a top-ranked research university located on the territories of the Lekwungen and SENĆOŦEN-speaking peoples, and is known for its large and diverse group of Indigenous faculty and staff originating from local communities and around the world. The University has introduced its first Indigenous plan to reaffirm its commitment to enhancing educational opportunities for Indigenous students, faculty and staff and further advancing programs and initiatives with an Indigenous focus:


The Department is interested in candidates who have:

  • Scholarly expertise in the area of Indigenous Language Revitalization, Reclamation and/or Maintenance with a Ph.D. or Masters in Education.
  • Preferred specializations include community-based research, Indigenous language proficiency building including teaching and learning methods and strategies, language planning, and Indigenous language policy analysis and development
  • Indigenous ancestry with lived experience in Indigenous communities, cultures and traditions
  • Commitment to learning, speaking and teaching an Indigenous language
  • Applied knowledge of Indigenous pedagogies and methodologies
  • Commitment to collegiality and collaborative, community-engaged scholarship and teaching
  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to articulate the impact of settler colonialism on Indigenous languages in Canadian and/or global contexts
  • Contributions to decolonization and Indigenous community resurgence

In addition, the following qualifications would be considered assets:

  • Leadership experience in Indigenous language revitalization
  • Successful teaching and mentorship experience in undergraduate and graduate settings
  • Experience with curriculum development

Please include the following in your application package:

  • A letter outlining your interest in and contributions to the position
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A teaching dossier including sample course syllabi and copies of teaching evaluations
  • Names and e-mail addresses of 3 referees, one of which should be from an Indigenous community leader, Indigenous government or Indigenous organization representative

Additional information

In accordance with the university's equity plan and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights code, the selection will be limited to members of the following designated groups: Indigenous peoples. Candidates from this group must self-identify.

The successful applicant will join the Indigenous Education team, committed to working with Indigenous communities and campus partners to develop high quality and responsive educational programs and research. Our offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels include community-based programs in Indigenous Language Revitalization as well as courses in our Teacher Education programs and electives which are cross-listed within other programs on campus.

Information about the Department of Indigenous Education and its programs can be found on the Department's website at

Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement.  Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association.

Contact information

For questions regarding the position, please contact Jean-Paul Restoule, Chair of the Department of Indigenous Education via email ( or phone (250-721-7826).

Please send applications (electronic only, in pdf or Word) to:

Dr. Jean-Paul Restoule
Chair, Department of Indigenous Education
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria, BC, V8W 2Y2
(250) 721-7826

Application deadline

Open until filled.  Review of applications will begin July 15, 2018.

Equity statement

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Pamela Richards, Director, Faculty Relations and Academic Administration at (250) 721-7010 or at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.