Tenure Track Position in Indigenous Studies

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The Department of English in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University is pleased to invite applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank in the area of Indigenous studies. The appointment shall be effective July 1,2020, subject to final budgetary approval. All candidates with research and teaching expertise in Indigenous Studies will be considered. 

The Faculty of Arts is home to a growing cohort of Indigenous scholars and students as well as the Yellowhead Institute and a twenty-year partnership with the First Nations Technical Institute. The Faculty is committed to supporting the continued growth of Indigenous education and research at the University. To learn more about Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services, see here


This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) (www.rfanet.ca).

The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found here.


The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, research and service duties, maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. Responsibilities will include teaching and supervising at the undergraduate and graduate levels; contributing to the undergraduate and graduate programs, including curriculum development/expansion as appropriate; establishing and maintaining a strong research agenda; and participating in the academic life of the Department of English, the Faculty, and the University.


Candidates must have completed, or be close to completing, a PhD in English or a related field. In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of: 

  • a strong program of established or emerging scholarly research or creative projects that are active, innovative, and impactful;
  • excellence in teaching via a teaching dossier that outlines the teaching philosophy, teaching accomplishments, including pedagogical practice; 
  • a strong commitment to Indigenous knowledges and methodologies and to developing curriculum that promotes Indigenous futurity; 
  • a record of collaboration with Indigenous communities and organizations;
  • strong communication and expository skills and a demonstrated ability to supervise undergraduate and graduate students; 
  • commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population; and 
  • an ability to contribute to the life of the Department and the University through collegial service. 

Equity at Ryerson 

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.


Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal (click on “Start Application Process” to begin) by November 30, 2019. The application must contain the following:  

  • a letter of application and a curriculum vitae; 
  • at least one article or book chapter-length sample of scholarly writing; 
  • a teaching dossier and results of teaching evaluations, if any; and
  • names of three individuals who may be contacted for references. 

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.  


Any confidential inquiries can be directed to the DHC Chair, Dr. Andrew O’Malley at aomalley@ryerson.ca

Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. For any confidential accommodation needs and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact Renee Gordon, HR Advisor at renee.gordon@ryerson.ca.


Ryerson University is fully committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you require accommodation to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise the Human Resources representative when you are contacted. All requests for accommodation will be treated with confidentiality.


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