Assistant Professor

NS Faculty of Native Studies

Competition No.  -    A115749186
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Location - North campus. This role is in-person

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The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory (primarily located on thetraditional territory of Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, and Ojibway / Saulteaux /Anishinaabe nations), and respects the sovereignty, lands, histories, languages, knowledge systems, andcultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrichourvibrant community.T

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Department summary

The Faculty of Native Studies (FNS), one the largest Indigenous programs in the world, is devoted to understanding the historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous societies in Canada, with reference to the evolving Indigenous societies and cultures locally, nationally and internationally. The Faculty graduates both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students with Bachelor's degrees in Native Studies, Native Studies and Education, Native Studies and Environmental Science and offers a Master of Arts in Native Studies and a PhD in Indigenous Studies. The Faculty also offers three Certificate Programs: Indigenous Governance and Partnership (embedded with degree), Indigenous Governance and Partnership (non embedded), and Aboriginal Sport and Recreation (embedded with degree). Situated within a research-intensive university, the FNS' research profile centres Indigenous knowledge and relationships with Indigenous communities, and is open to a highly diverse range of theoretical perspectives.

Position summary

The Faculty of Native Studies is seeking applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Indigenous health and wellness, specifically pertaining to determinants of health and well-being from the perspective of Indigenous peoples. Candidates should have knowledge and experience in areas  such as, but not limited to the following: improving health and wellness in Indigenous communities; the relationship between wellness and cultural traditions and activities; and/or policy relating to Indigenous health and wellness.


Applicants will be expected to seek Tri-Council funding (SSHRC, CIHR) and engage in innovative interdisciplinary research (in and outside the Faculty). They will also be expected to teach courses on Indigenous health and wellness and will be expected to engage in innovative teaching activities (online, continuing education, and on the land).

Applicants will have a PhD in Indigenous Studies or a related discipline with a demonstrated track record of excellence in teaching and research related to Indigenous health and wellness, as well as active engagement and relationships with Indigenous communities. In keeping with the teaching and research foci of our Faculty, we have a specific interest in applications that demonstrate research and teaching excellence in Indigenous strength-based approaches to health and wellness–emphasizing how communities and individuals are effecting changes.

Applications should include Curriculum Vitae, Teaching Dossier, the names of three referees, sample publications, a research plan (statement of research), and teaching philosophy and interests. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The review process of application will start February 1, 2023 and the position will remain opened until filled. Expected start date July 1, 2023 (negotiable).  Application must be submitted online to:

Dr. Nathalie Kermoal, Dean (Acting)

Faculty of Native Studies

Priority will be given to Indigenous applicants, defined under Section 35(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982 which defines Aboriginal peoples as Indian, Inuit, and Métis. 

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.