Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream – Anishinaabemowin Language and Culture
Date Posted: 04/09/2021
Closing Date: 05/17/2021, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 2575
Job Category: Faculty – Teaching Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Office of the Dean (51%) / Centre for Indigenous Studies (49%)
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)
The Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Arts & Science and the Centre for Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto invite applications for a full-time teaching stream position in the area of Anishinaabemowin Language and Culture. This will be a joint appointment between the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Arts & Science (51%) and the Centre for Indigenous Studies (49%). The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2021.
Applicants must have at least a Masters degree in Indigenous Studies or equivalent (e.g. equivalent educational or professional experience), by the time of appointment. A PhD in the same area by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, is preferred. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching. We seek candidates whose teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing department strengths: https://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/ and https://indigenousstudies.utoronto.ca/. Candidates must have expertise teaching the language in a degree granting program, including lecture preparation and delivery, curriculum development, and development of online material/lectures. Additionally, candidates must possess a demonstrated commitment to excellent pedagogical practices and a demonstrated interest in teaching-related scholarly activities. Candidates must have fluency or near fluency in one or more Anishinaabemowin dialects, along with knowledge of historical and contemporary Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Metis) issues, including spiritual beliefs, traditions, culture, politics, history, values and language. Community engagement and participation in language revitalization initiatives are also required. Priority will be given to candidates who have an oral proficiency level of a minimum of “Advanced-Low” on the ACTFL proficiency scale (https://www.actfl.org/) or equivalent.
Evidence of excellence in teaching and pedagogical inquiry can be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, awards and accolades, presentations at relevant conferences, and the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application including a strong teaching statement, sample syllabi and course materials, and teaching evaluations, as well as strong letters of reference from referees of high standing.
Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials.
Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous. Recognizing that there are a variety of terms that potential candidates may use to self-identify, the University uses the term “Indigenous” in this search, which forms part of the U of T Response to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to encompass the people of Turtle Island, including those who identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuk (Inuit), Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian people.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Duties include teaching and supervision at the undergraduate level, working with students, and participating in the language programs in the Centre for Indigenous Studies.
Building upon the expertise of our faculty and the extensive resources of the University, the Centre for Indigenous Studies houses an interdisciplinary program within the Faculty of Arts & Science and is uniquely positioned to nurture critical scholarship and teaching. We draw faculty members and students from across the world and are situated in one of the most diverse metropolitan regions in North America, on the traditional land of many Indigenous nations, including the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit River.
All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; and a complete teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample syllabi and course materials, and teaching evaluations. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1‐2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.
Applicants must arrange to have three letters of reference (on letterhead, dated, and signed) sent directly by the referee to the Centre for Indigenous Studies via email at email@example.com by the closing date. PLEASE NOTE: this search is not using the University’s automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.
All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by May 17, 2021.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
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