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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Indigenous Psychology, Department of Psychology

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Job ID: 11146

Updated: July 5, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The Department of Psychology invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Indigenous Psychology. The specific area of research within the domain of Indigenous psychology is open, but it is expected that applicants’ research and practice will be relevant to Canada’s First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) peoples. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2017.

This position is part of the Faculty of Arts implementation of an Indigenous Strategy. This strategy involves the hire of six (6) tenure-track positions in aboriginal research and scholarship. While appointed to individual departments, the cluster hires will facilitate cross-disciplinary and collaborative research, education and outreach by building on Canada’s First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, knowledge, traditions and experiences, and the partnerships that have emerged between FNMI peoples and the University of Calgary.

The successful candidate will establish and maintain an active and externally-funded research program that is inclusive of indigenous methodological approaches, with relevance to Canadian indigenous communities, preferably within Alberta. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and in particular, to develop and teach courses in the field of Indigenous Psychology. As well, there may be opportunities to contribute to teaching in the International Indigenous Studies program within the Faculty of Arts. Further expectations include mentoring students, supervising honours and graduate students, participating in departmental and university service, and engagement with the community.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Psychology.  Candidates who do not possess a PhD but are near completion of a PhD will be considered.  Evidence of strength in both research and teaching must also be displayed. Candidates may demonstrate evidence of, or potential for, research merit through peer-reviewed publications in relevant journals, a record of research productivity and an ability to successfully secure research grants. Evidence of distinction in teaching may be demonstrated via a teaching dossier, including a convincing statement of teaching philosophy, strong teaching evaluations, and/or a persuasive record of commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching, student supervision, and mentorship. Experience and expertise in advancing projects with indigenous communities is required.

The Department of Psychology is dynamic and growing, currently having 34 faculty members, over 80 graduate students, and 834 undergraduate majors. It offers BA, BSc, MSc, and PhD programs.  We are a highly collegial department, and it is anticipated that the successful candidate will participate in multi-disciplinary collaborations within the Department of Psychology, the Faculty of Arts and the University more broadly. Applicants may find more information on the Department of Psychology website.  

Applications must include a curriculum vita, a statement of research interests and teaching dossier, a maximum of three samples of scholarly work, as well as three letters of recommendation, and should be sent electronically by October 15, 2016 to:

H. Lorraine Radtke, Ph.D.
Chair, Indigenous Psychology Search Committee
c/o Leah Wotherspoon 
Department of Psychology
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB
Canada  T2N 1N4

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2016.

The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity, and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves.

The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

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