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Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Indigenous Heritage, Faculty of Arts

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Job ID: 14197

Updated: July 4, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The University of Calgary is seeking three Canada Research Chairs (Tier II) in support of its Indigenous Strategy. The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology and the Department of Art in the Faculty of Arts jointly invite applications for one of these appointments, a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Indigenous Heritage. We are seeking a scholar who will establish and maintain an active research program leading to excellence in museum studies and intangible heritage. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (Tenure-track) or Associate Professor (with tenure).  The anticipated start date is July 1, 2018.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in a heritage-related field. The candidate should have a strong research record on indigenous heritage and museum practices that emphasizes intangible heritage, indigenous knowledges and archaeologies, or intellectual property rights. The successful candidate will bring an indigenous perspective to our programs. They will demonstrate research leadership in the fields of intangible heritage and museum studies and their impact in the process of reconciliation between indigenous peoples and settler society.

The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of excellence in both research and teaching informed by indigenous epistemologies, ontologies, methodologies and knowledges. The successful candidate will demonstrate research excellence through peer-reviewed publications and community engaged research projects, community development or other applied outcomes, and a track record of securing research grants. Evidence of excellence in teaching may be demonstrated via a teaching dossier (including a convincing statement of teaching philosophy, indigenous pedagogies, strong teaching evaluations, and an exceptional record of commitment to teaching, supervision, and mentorship). The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to develop partnerships with indigenous communities in their field of research. Service to the home department, faculty, University and community will be expected.

The successful candidate at the Assistant Professor level must demonstrate evidence of a track record of publications in high quality journals, securing external research funding, and effectiveness in teaching at the university level. The successful candidate at the Associate Professor level must demonstrate evidence of; a strong track record of publications in high quality journals, securing ongoing external research funding, successfully completing research projects with indigenous communities, and excellence in university level teaching and  graduate student supervision.

The Department of Anthropology and the Department of Art are both housed in the Faculty of Arts. The Department of Art administers the Faculty's Museum and Heritage Studies interdisciplinary program that attracts students from across the University, particularly Anthropology and Archaeology, and History. The program is oriented to students with interests in the history, theory, ethics, policy, management, or critical analysis of institutions involved in practices of collection, preservation and exhibition. As part of its Indigenous Strategy, the Faculty has created eight tenure-track positions in Indigenous research and scholarship, across various departments. These individuals will facilitate cross-disciplinary and collaborative research, education and outreach by building on indigenous knowledges, cultures, traditions and experiences developed among, and in partnership with, First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. The Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Heritage will provide leadership in these areas, and will be appointed to a home department in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, or the Department of Art, as appropriate.

Candidates for the Tier II Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Heritage must be excellent emerging researchers who possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed at the Assistant/Associate Professor Level. Tier II Chairs must have completed their PhD less than 10 years ago at the time of their nomination. Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier II Chair assessed through the program’s Tier II justification process. Please contact UCalgary’s Office of Research Services for more information: Further information about the Canada Research Chairs Program can be found on the Government of Canada’s CRC website, including eligibility criteria.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the ‘Apply Now’ link. Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents such as publications):

1. A letter of interest and curriculum vitae, including a statement providing evidence of the applicant’s connection to the Indigenous community
2. Three examples of recent scholarly work
3. Evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness
4. Description of a proposed 5-year research plan for the Chair

Applicants should also arrange to have three electronic confidential letters of reference sent under separate cover directly to the Chair of the selection committee:

Dr. Brian Moorman
Associate Dean, Research and Infrastructure
Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary

Questions regarding this opportunity should be addressed to Dr. Brian Moorman by email (

Deadline: January 15, 2018

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here; in particular, we encourage members of the four designated groups (women, Aboriginal People, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities) to apply. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however in appropriate circumstances, preference in hiring may be accorded to candidates from the groups noted above. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding diversity or requests for accommodation can be sent to Human Resources (

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