Field of Specialization: Indigenous Studies
Academic Unit: Indigenous and Canadian Studies
Category of Appointment: Preliminary (Tenure-Track)
Rank/Position Title: Assistant Professor
Start Date: July 1, 2021
Closing Date: Consideration of complete applications will begin on October 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled

About the Position:

The School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies invites applications from qualified candidates for a tenure-track appointment in Indigenous Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2021. The competition will remain open until filled. The School will start reviewing applications October 15, 2020 and it will continue reviewing them until the position is filled.

The Indigenous Studies program at Carleton is seeking an Indigenous scholar with expertise in Critical Indigenous Studies. We especially encourage applications from scholars with expertise in one (or more) of the following areas: land, kinship, and/ or Indigenous legal orders, and the role of language in Indigenous knowledges and world views. Candidates must demonstrate excellence or promise of excellence in scholarly research, teaching, and service. The successful candidate will have a proven commitment to understanding Indigenous ways of knowing and centering Indigenous worldviews in their teaching and research. The successful candidate will also have a strong and substantiated research profile (publications, conference presentations and other forms of research) relevant to the field of Critical Indigenous Studies appropriate to their stage of career as well as evidence of collaboration with Indigenous communities and organizations. The position will involve undergraduate and graduate teaching and supervision, including in the successful candidate’s own areas of expertise in Indigenous Studies. Candidates should provide evidence of their commitment to pedagogical innovation, for example, land-based, community-engaged and/or experiential learning.

Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength.  In addition to First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, we welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. In accordance with the University’s Employment Equity Program and pursuant to Section 14 of the Ontario Human Rights Code, this selection will be limited to Indigenous peoples. Candidates from Indigenous communities and the groups noted above are encouraged to self-identify.

 Carleton University acknowledges and respects the Algonquin people, traditional custodians of the land on which the Carleton University campus is situated.

About the Academic Unit:

Carleton University’s Indigenous Studies program offers Indigenous Studies in a four-year undergraduate Combined Honours and as a minor, and at the graduate level in the Canadian Studies M.A. and Ph.D. programs. Further program development is anticipated in Indigenous Studies in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, particularly in the areas of Indigenous research ethics and methods, land-based learning and Indigenous epistemologies and ontologies. All degrees in the School for Indigenous and Canadian Studies expose students to courses in contemporary Indigenous cultures and identities, Indigenous-settler encounters and settler colonialism, Indigenous ecological ways of knowing, Indigenous governance, rights, resistance and resurgence, and Indigenous representations. This program builds on Carleton’s existing strengths in and commitment to Indigenous Studies and maximizes Carleton’s advantageous location in the National Capital Region. More information about the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies and the Indigenous Studies Program is available at; information on Carleton University’s responses to the Truth and Reconciliation’s Calls to Action is available in the Kinàmàgawin Report.


Qualifications include a graduate degree (Ph.D. preferred) in critical Indigenous Studies or a related field that complements existing expertise in the School. Candidates must also demonstrate potential in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as a promising research profile in Indigenous Studies. Evidence of an ability to work in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment will be considered an asset.

Application Instructions:

Applications must be sent electronically to in one single PDF file which includes the following: a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness and samples of your academic writing. Applicants should also arrange for three individuals, including both academic and Indigenous community connections, to provide letters of recommendation electronically to Please also identify any past experiences in supporting equity, diversity and inclusion in your previous institutional environment such as in curriculum development and in supporting students from diverse backgrounds. Applications are due October 15, 2020.

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

About Carleton University:

Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. To learn more about our university and the City of Ottawa, please visit

Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact the Chair as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made in a timely manner.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.