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

Job ID: 16802

Updated: December 18, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The University of Calgary is seeking three Canada Research Chairs (Tier II) in support of its Indigenous Strategy. One of the CRC's is a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Indigenous Heritage, hosted in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology and the Department of Art in the Faculty of Arts. These two Departments 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 tangible or 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, 2019.

The successful candidate will hold a terminal graduate degree in a heritage-related field or different but related discipline. Candidates with diverse or non-traditional backgrounds will also be considered. The candidate should have a strong research record on Indigenous heritage and museum practices that emphasizes tangible or 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 tangible or 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 research dissemination that might include peer-reviewed publications and community engaged research projects, community development or other applied outcomes, exhibitions and curatorial work, and a track record of securing research grants. Evidence of excellence in teaching may be demonstrated via a teaching dossier (including a 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 and/or exhibitions and curatorial work, 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 and/or exhibitions and curatorial work, 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 Archaeology 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 or equivalent, 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: . Please consult the Government of Canada’s CRC website for full program information, including further details on 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)

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

Applicants should also arrange to have three confidential letters of reference to be submitted directly to the selection committee at:

Dr. Richard Sigurdson
c/o Julie Boyd, Manager Administrative Services
Department of Anthropology & Archaeology
Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary

Questions regarding this opportunity should be addressed to Julie Boyd by email ( )

Deadline: January 18, 2019

The University of Calgary recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.

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 Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. 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 (

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

About the University of Calgary
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Posting Date: November 1, 2018
Closing Date: January 18, 2019


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