Assistant Professor in Indigenous Language Sustainability (ILS)

ART Linguistics

Competition No.  -    A110746496
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Indigenous Language Sustainability (ILS) position. This full time appointment is effective July 1, 2022.

Applicants must hold a PhD (or be close to completion) in Linguistics or an allied field, have experience with fieldwork and community-based documentation or ethnography of Indigenous languages, and demonstrate evidence of relevant peer-reviewed scholarly publications. Relevant teaching experience is desired. The successful candidate’s research could include, but is not limited to, Indigenous/endangered language documentation, the sociocultural dynamics of language and language revitalization, and/or development of technologies in support of endangered language sustainability.

Our department is deeply committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in research and teaching and we particularly encourage and will especially welcome applications from women and/or members of Indigenous communities.

The Department seeks candidates with demonstrated background in and knowledge of issues pertaining to Indigenous peoples, and with experience in community-engaged research with Indigenous communities. Successful candidates will be expected to develop an innovative externally-funded research program, supervise and mentor graduate students, and provide service to the Department, Faculty, University, and discipline. The successful candidate will also be expected to offer courses in linguistics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including courses in Indigenous Language Sustainability, including those that are part of our new Certificate in Language Documentation and Revitalization, as well as in their own area of specialization.

The Department of Linguistics currently has 14 full-time academic faculty members, 150  undergraduate majors and 29 graduate students. The Department is also home to the Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute (CILLDI), administered through the Department (  CILLDI hosts an annual Summer School which provides basic training in linguistics, Indigenous languages, second language teaching and other aspects of professional enhancement related to ILS. Those interested in learning more about the Department of Linguistics are invited to view our website ( or contact Juhani Järvikivi (

Edmonton and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory, homeland of the Métis, and traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Dene, and Nakota Sioux. Established in 1908 as a board-governed, public institution, the University of Alberta has earned the reputation of being one of the best universities in Canada based on strengths in teaching, research, and service. The University’s main campus is located in Edmonton (, Alberta’s capital city. The Edmonton metropolitan area is the sixth largest in Canada, with a population of approximately one million. Edmonton is home to Canada’s second-largest urban Indigenous population, with over 76,000 residents who identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis. The University serves over 39,000 students in almost 400 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs ( The Faculty of Arts is the oldest and most diverse faculty on campus and is one of the largest research and teaching centres in Western Canada ( The University also has a large concentration of Indigenous scholars across all Faculties, as well as unique programs and units, including the Situated Knowledges: Indigenous Peoples & Place Research and Teaching Signature Area, a network of scholars which brings together 308 scholars from all 18 Faculties.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in accordance with the Faculty Agreement as per the negotiated salary scales:

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

  • Cover letter that includes an overview of your program of research and the names of the three referees. Please note: Letters of reference will only be requested from selected candidates. Referees should be prepared to send their letters in January.
  • CV
  • Copies of up to three publications (submitted as one attachment under "List of Publications" option)
  • Teaching dossier that includes a brief teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness (Attach under "Statement of Teaching/Research Interests" option)

Application Deadline: Open until filled, review of applications begins on 1 Jan 2022

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information: Dr. Juhani Järvikivi(, Chair of the Search Committee.

COVID-19 Vaccination: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in compliance with the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Directive. 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.

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.