University of Alberta

Assistant Professor - Indigenous Law

Faculty of Law

Competition No.  -    A101930601D1
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with a focus on Indigenous Law to begin no later than July 1, 2018. The successful applicant will have a record of research and publications centered on Indigenous issues and communities, as well as proven experience in community involvement and cultural support. The Faculty will consider applications for appointment at a higher rank. The Faculty embraces a broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches.

An additional position may be available to an ideal candidate that has deep personal experience with indigenous practices and ways of knowing an Indigenous/Aboriginal worldview in order to counsel and support students in the expression of the values, integrity, and knowledge of Indigenous peoples. It is expected that the successful candidate will have a strong, proven and ongoing relationship with at least one Indigenous community. Given the nature of the additional position, preference will be given to fully qualified candidates of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit ancestry.

The successful candidates will demonstrate excellence in scholarly research and teaching, along with possessing an exceptional record of academic achievement. Save in exceptional circumstances, JD/LLB or equivalent and a doctorate in law or cognate discipline, completed or near completion is required. The successful candidate or candidates will also be expected to make substantive contributions through service to the Faculty, the University, and/or to the broader community.

Responsibilities include teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, conducting and publishing research in top tier journals, supervising graduate students (for senior level appointments), and service to the School’s academic activities. Candidates must have the ability to conduct both independent and cooperative research, develop viable and productive research programs, and to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in a related discipline.

Founded in 1912, the Faculty of Law is the oldest law school in Western Canada. Faculty members are recognized nationally and internationally as leading scholars and teachers, and lead by example in their service to the university, legal and civic communities. Its alumni include the current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, leading judges, academics and lawyers.  The Faculty is home to three centres and institutes – the Health Law Institute, the Centre for Constitutional Studies, and the Alberta Law Reform Institute – that have achieved distinction and respect nationally and internationally for their contributions to research and policy and their broad dissemination of innovative approaches and ideas.

The Faculty benefits from its place of prominence within and from opportunities for collaboration with other members of the University of Alberta, a public, research-intensive university recognized by the Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2015 as one of the top four in Canada and among the top 100 public research universities worldwide. The Faculty enrolls approximately 525 JD students and a small but dedicated cohort of students pursuing LLM and PhD degrees.

The Faculty seeks to serve the needs of Canadian society and to prepare students to contribute responsibly as members of a learned profession in Alberta, across Canada and internationally. It is proud of its tradition of service to the community, of a commitment to excellence in teaching prospective lawyers and others seeking a thorough understanding of the law and the legal system, and of achievements in research and scholarship by faculty in an environment based on equality, support, respect and recognition for the unique and diverse contributions of all of its members.

The Faculty is located in its own distinctive Law Centre on the University’s North Campus, which consists of over 90 buildings and covers 50 city blocks on the south rim of the beautiful North Saskatchewan River Valley, directly across from downtown Edmonton and easily accessible by LRT.  The University is comprised of 18 faculties, 400 academic programs and has produced 67 Rhodes Scholars. There are more than 1,700 full-time faculty and 6,700 other academic staff, and 6,500 non-academic employees in the University system. The U of A educates over 31,500 undergraduate students and more than 7,600 graduate students annually for a total enrollment of more than 39,000 full and part-time students.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. All positions are subject to final budget approval by the University.

Interested individuals should send an application with a letter identifying their areas of specialization and areas of competence and interest in research and teaching, together with: a curriculum vitae; a summary research plan (no more than 2 pages); a teaching summary (no more than 2 pages, to include: a statement of teaching philosophy and reference to evidence of teaching experience, if any); names of three confidential referees from whom signed letters of academic reference will be submitted directly; law and graduate transcripts; and samples of publications or other writing. Supplementary materials may be requested from candidates selected for interviews.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For earliest consideration, please submit materials no later than November 1, 2017.

Applications must be sent, preferably in electronic form, to:

Faculty Recruitment 2017-18
Office of the Dean ATTN: Indigenous Law
487 Law Centre
Faculty of Law
University of Alberta
Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2H5

Telephone: 780-492-2151

Lateral candidates may contact Dean Paul D. Paton, in confidence, at or by telephone at 780-492-5590.

How to Apply


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.