Assistant Professor in Indigenous Peoples and Society

Faculty of Arts - Sociology

Competition No.  -    A111343280
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Indigenous Peoples and Society. The Department seeks candidates with an Indigenous-focused research profile, experience working with Indigenous students and communities, and commitment to the advancement of Indigenous peoples. Areas of specific expertise in Indigenous Peoples and Society are open. Possible areas of substantive and theoretical research include: gender, urban and community development, justice and criminalization, human rights, racism and antiracism, employment and work, religion, law and policy, family, land food and environment, mobility and migration, housing, and health, among others. Diverse approaches, including and especially engagement with Indigenous knowledge systems, theories, and methodologies, are welcome.

Candidates must demonstrate high potential for excellent research and teaching. Potential for excellent research will be demonstrated via a record of publications and presentations, research relationships and experiences, and letters of reference. Evidence of potential for teaching and supervision will be demonstrated through previous teaching and mentoring activities, letters of reference, and the teaching dossier. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a robust externally-funded research program and to regularly engage in Canadian and transnational research networks, including research relationships with Indigenous communities; teach both graduate and undergraduate classes and provide dedicated supervision and mentorship; and actively contribute to university, professional, and public service. Trans-disciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

This is an Indigenous-specific position. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit scholars are encouraged to apply, along with Indigenous scholars from any geographical region. Applicants must self identify and are encouraged to demonstrate Indigenous community connection. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Sociology or a related field by the time of appointment. The appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2021.

As one of Canada’s most highly regarded sociology departments, Sociology at the University of Alberta is known for its diverse, interdisciplinary, and critical scholarship. We currently have 28 full-time academic faculty, 4.5 permanent administrative staff, and some 600 undergraduate majors and 60 graduate students. Faculty members across our three broad and overlapping departmental areas (social structure and policy; theory and culture; and criminology, criminal justice, and socio-legal studies) are regularly recognized for excellent teaching and research and are consistently engaged in impactful contributions to academic and public scholarship. The department is home to two academic journals and four research chairs. There are currently two working groups engaged in building EDI practices and responding to the TRC Calls to Action. Scholars interested in learning more about the Department of Sociology and the research programs of our faculty are invited to view our Home Page ( or to contact the Department Chair, Dr. Sara Dorow (

The University of Alberta is one of Canada's largest and most-respected research universities. Edmonton and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory and are a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Dene, Métis, and Nakota Sioux.

For more information on the University of Alberta and Edmonton, please visit and

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 select the Apply Online icon below and submit the following:

  • cover letter that summarizes highlights of the candidate’s profile and includes the names of the three referees (see below for more information)
  • curriculum vitae (CV)
  • research statement that outlines main areas of current and future research (submit under “Research Plan”)
  • teaching dossier that includes a brief teaching philosophy, evidence of (potential for) teaching effectiveness, and sample course outline(s) (submit as an attachment under "Statement of Teaching/Research Interests")
  • up to three sample publications (submit as one attachment under "List of Publications" option)

Applicants are also expected to contact three referees and arrange to have them submit their letters of reference via e-mail to the Executive Assistant in Sociology, Cristeen Whelan, by the application deadline. Please enter “A111343280 REFERENCE” in the subject line.

All applications and letters of reference can be addressed to the attention of Dr. Sara Dorow, Chair, Department of Sociology.

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 (within the cover letter). If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application (within the cover letter).

Review of applications will start on 20 February 2021. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Business Address:
Department of Sociology
5-21 HM Tory Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6G 2H4

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.