Assistant Professor, Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) & Indigenous Peoples Education Program

EDU Dean Of Education

Competition No.  -    A107547166
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Situated on Treaty Six territory, the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta invites applications from Indigenous scholars for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin July 1, 2023 to work in the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) and Indigenous Peoples Education Program.

Interested individuals are invited to apply and join a Faculty where they would have opportunities to engage in thoughtful and critical scholarship alongside undergraduate/ graduate students and internationally renowned scholars. The Indigenous scholar hired through this initiative will support the Faculty of Education's Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) and contribute to the Indigenous Peoples Education (IPE) graduate program, currently situated in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, in the Faculty of Education. . ATEP offers community-based collaborative cohorts in partnership with post-secondary institutions across Alberta, and has recently expanded to include a 4-year online, and a 4-year on campus elementary education program.  ATEP works towards developing a greater understanding of Aboriginal peoples’ histories, cultures, perspectives, educational experiences and knowledge systems in an effort to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of Aboriginal children. ATEP and IPE are recognized as two of the most long standing Indigenous higher education programs in the country, educating teachers, school administrators, policy makers, language educators, scholars, leaders and community organizers. Both programs are dedicated to the education of students for the benefit of Indigenous communities. 

Applicants should have scholarship in Indigenous/Aboriginal teacher education and at least one of the following areas of teaching and research expertise:

  • Indigenous community-based education
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Indigenous research methodologies
  • Indigenous curriculum perspectives
  • Indigenous assessment perspectives and strong educational psychology understanding (e.g. child development, assessment, inclusive education)
  • K-12 and adult education in relation to Aboriginal education.

The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate teaching, supervising graduate students, developing and sustaining a personal program of research relevant to Aboriginal/Indigenous education. The successful applicant will also be expected to work closely with existing faculty and a network of Indigenous/Aboriginal knowledge holders and teachers presently engaged in academic collaboration with Indigenous/Aboriginal faculty in order to promote and deepen general and academic understanding of the significance of Indigenous/Aboriginal knowledge within the Department and the Faculty.

In addition to a doctorate, relevant teaching experience at the K-12 school and postsecondary level is desirable. Priority will be given to applicants who can demonstrate a lived Indigenous experience with excellence and Aboriginal community relevance in their program(s) of research, particularly in the area of K-12 Indigenous/Aboriginal schooling; an Indigenous/Aboriginal worldview in their contemporary lives; and the ability to counsel, supervise, teach, and support students in the expression of values, integrity, and knowledge as these relate to Indigenous peoples worldwide. Applicants must demonstrate service to either their own community or other Indigenous communities.

How to Apply

To have your application considered, please select the Apply Online icon below and submit the following:

  • Cover letter identifying their areas of teaching and research expertise and their insider social relation/ality and Indigenous community research connections. Include the names of three referees, one of whom should be an Indigenous community leader. Letters of reference will only be requested for selected candidates. Referees should be prepared to send their letters by early February.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Research statement that outlines main areas of current and future research (submit under “Research Plan”). This research statement must include a list of publications and conference presentations.
  • Writing samples from recent research publications or presentations (submit under “List of Publications”)
  • Teaching dossier that includes a brief teaching philosophy, evidence of, or potential for, teaching effectiveness, and sample course outline(s) (submit as an attachment under "Statement of Teaching/Research Interests")

All applications and letters of reference can be addressed to the attention of Dr. Larry Prochner, Interim Faculty Chair, Faculty of Education. Please enter A107547166 in the subject line.  Specific questions about the position can be addressed to

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

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 at the bottom of your cover letter.  If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this at the bottom of your cover letter.

COVID-19 Vaccination: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in compliance with the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Directive is required. Fully Vaccinated means a status an individual achieves 14 days after having received the recommended number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, and requires the individual to maintain the recommended number and type of vaccine doses as updated and required by Health Canada thereafter.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

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.