Assistant Teaching Professors

Indigenous Studies Program - Faculty of Humanities

Start Date: 1 January 2021 or as negotiated

The Indigenous Studies program in The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria invites applications for two 0.5 FTE appointments as an Assistant Teaching Professor (eligible for Continuing Status) to commence January 1, 2021. 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 Indigenous peoples. Candidates must self-identify as Indigenous in their cover letter.

The Indigenous Studies Program acknowledges with respect the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands. Centered on Indigenous knowledges and pedagogies, the IS Program invites both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to explore the social, political, cultural and historical contexts that have shaped—and continue to shape—the lives of Indigenous peoples in Canada and across the world..

The successful applicants for these positions will help build on the existing strengths of the new (2018) Indigenous Studies undergraduate major by teaching introductory level courses, mentoring students, and helping develop new courses that serve the larger university and local communities.


The Indigenous Studies Program seeks candidates who have:

  • A PhD with significant teaching and research expertise in Indigenous Studies by the time of the appointment.  Priority will be given to graduates from a University of Victoria PhD Program.
  • An MA with demonstrated teaching and research expertise in Indigenous Studies may be considered if their qualifications are equivalent to PhD candidates.  If such candidates are considered, priority will be given to candidates with an MA from the University of Victoria.
  • A record of successful undergraduate level teaching and mentorship
  • Applied knowledge of Indigenous pedagogies and methodologies
  • A proven track record of successful collaboration with Indigenous communities
  • A demonstrated commitment to collegiality and collaborative, community-engaged scholarship and teaching
  • A willingness and ability to contribute to future IS program development

In addition, the following qualifications are a strong asset

  • Established collaborative relationships with W̱SÁNEĆ and/or Lekwungen peoples.
  • Knowledge of local cultures, languages, protocols and histories

Please include the following in your application package:

  • A letter outlining your interest in the position, your pedagogical approaches, and the unique contribution you would bring to the program
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A teaching dossier including at least one, and no more than four, sample course syllabi you have developed and three copies of teaching evaluations from within the previous 3 years
  • A statement about your knowledge, experience and skills working with diversity (see the UVIC equity statement below)
  • Letters from three referees, preferably two from academics and one from an Indigenous leader/elder/knowledge-holder.

Additional information

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.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.

Contact information

Please email applications in PDF form to:

Dr. Lisa Kahaleole Hall
Director, Indigenous Studies Program

University of Victoria
Victoria, BC, V8W 2Y2

Application deadline

Open until filled. Review of applications will begin July 1, 2020.

Equity statement

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement here:

Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that