Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies

Director of the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies

21 Feb, 2019

The Faculty of Arts at The University of British Columbia – Vancouver campus invites applications from experienced research scholars, arts practitioners, and academic leaders for the position of Director of the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies (CIS), with an anticipated start date as early as July 2019.

Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking Musqueam people, the Institute is committed to Indigenous self-determination, language revitalization, research excellence, community engagement, land-based learning, critical theory and experiential practice, and international impact. Information about the Institute and each of its constituent programs—First Nations and Endangered Languages (FNEL), First Nations and Indigenous Studies (FNIS), and the Musqueam Language Program (MLP)—is available through the CIS web portal, The new Director will provide leadership for envisioning the future of CIS and strengthening the initiatives of and relationships between its affiliated units, and will work collaboratively with Musqueam and other Indigenous communities and organizations on program development.

The Directorship appointment is expected to be for a five-year term, with the possibility for reappointment. There is potential for cross-appointment with other academic units, but primary teaching and service responsibilities will be within the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies.

We seek applicants who have a PhD or a terminal degree in their fields, a distinguished record of research publications and/or creative and professional activities commensurate with appointment at the Associate Professor rank or higher, a demonstrated record of high quality undergraduate and graduate teaching, and the necessary skills and experience that demonstrate potential for leadership in an academic setting. Prior administrative experience in a leadership role will be an asset. An appreciation of the foundational relationship between UBC’s Vancouver campus and the Musqueam community is essential; candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their prior experience in building and maintaining trusting engagement and open communication with Indigenous communities and organizations.

We encourage applicants with a demonstrated commitment to supporting and advancing areas of research and transformative teaching represented in the Institute, including Indigenous philosophies, politics, policy and social change; ethical research practices; applied linguistics; language revitalization; community-engaged and land-based learning; gender and sexuality; geography; law and justice; Indigenous histories; Pacific Indigeneity; Indigenous new media; literature and the arts. These are current areas of strength, but we are eager to build on and expand our range of disciplinary contributions, and we encourage scholars in other research and teaching areas to apply.

The successful applicant will be a creative, effective, and collaborative leader who supports robust interdisciplinary research and teaching rooted in serious scholarly engagement with communities, community requests, and concerns, and who fosters an environment of respectful inclusion for students, staff, faculty, and community partners alike. The Institute Director’s responsibilities will include outreach to Indigenous communities and organizations, recruiting, evaluating, and retaining faculty, developing Institute-wide initiatives and enhancing broader Faculty and University initiatives, maintaining respectful relationships with our Musqueam hosts and other Indigenous communities, and overseeing the community well-being, educational programs, research initiatives, and the financial health of the unit.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications should be sent as a single PDF file to Laurie Sterritt by March 26, 2019 via email ( with the following components: a letter of application; a curriculum vitae; evidence of teaching effectiveness; and 5 statements (no longer than 1 page each) summarizing their (a) research program, (b) experience in respectful and community-centred administrative leadership, (c) teaching philosophy/practice and ability to work with a diverse student body committed to decolonization, (d) Indigenous community engagement, and (e) potential contributions to the Institute.

Review of applications will begin in March 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic and creative excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, and/or age.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Download a .pdf of the position profile here.

First Nations and Indigenous Studies (Sessional Lecturer)

16 Nov, 2018

The Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies (CIS) invites applications for part-time Sessional lectureship for the 2018 Winter Term 2 in the teaching of the following First Nations and Indigenous Studies (FNIS) course:

FNIS 453 101 Indigenous Legal Traditions

For more details on this course please visit:;jsessionid=yLNEFnj965nFwMpBwgicoNOb?pname=subjarea&tname=subjareas&req=3&dept=FNIS&course=453 for scheduled lecture times.

A minimum of ABD or PhD in a relevant field is required and preference will be given to applicants with post-secondary teaching experience and a record that provides evidence of teaching effectiveness. Courses taught must be consistent with other sections offered in FNIS. Please note that this is a course that focuses specifically on Indigenous legal systems and traditions of law and governance, not those of the settler state. Applicants from both inside and outside UBC are encouraged.

Applicants should include the following in their application package:

  • A cover letter indicating a clear relevancy of their expertise to the specific priorities of our program, and the course(s) they are interested in teaching
  • A curriculum vitae that includes a record of experience and a detailed list of all post-secondary courses taught including name, length, credit value, and teaching responsibilities
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Names and contact information from three referees

Further materials may be requested from finalists including, but not limited to:

  • Sample outlines
  • Letters of recommendations (academic and community)

Please send application materials to

For information please visit

Deadline: 4pm, Friday, November 30, 2018.  

 All positions are subject to availability of funds and will be governed by UBC’s “Agreement on Conditions of Appointment for Sessional Faculty Members.” The current minimum salary is $6,915 per 3-credit course. UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified persons to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.