Job – Tier II Canadian Research Chair in Indigenous Studies at MRU, Due: March 11, 2016

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Competition:     7713ES
Category:     Faculty
Title:     Canada Research Chair (Tier II)
Position Type:     Faculty
Term:     Full-Time, 5 Year Limited Term
Department:     Office of Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement
Date Posted:     January 25th, 2016
Closing Date:     March 11th, 2016
Description:
Mount Royal University (MRU) invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in the area of Indigenous Studies (Culture, Environment and Sustainability). The CRC

Program was established by the Government of Canada to enable Canadian universities to foster research excellence and enhance their role as world-class centres of research in the global and knowledge based economy. Contingent on final approval, the CRC is tenable for five years with the option to renew once. CRC candidates are exceptional emerging researchers acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field.

Applicants should consult the CRC Program website http://www.chairs.gc.ca for more information regarding eligibility criteria.

Recognizing that Mount Royal University is located within the traditional lands of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Îyârhe Nakoda, and Tsuut’ina nations, MRU is committed to meeting the educational needs of all Indigenous and nonindigenous peoples. By fostering an inclusive learning environment that values and respects Indigenous ways of knowing and learning,

Mount Royal University is dedicated to providing an exceptional undergraduate experience for Indigenous and nonindigenous students.

Mount Royal University is located in Calgary, Alberta; a city that is less than a one hour drive from the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains. Calgary brings a mix of dynamic big city energy, cheerful western hospitality, and wondrous natural beauty. The city was recently ranked by the Economist as one of the top five livable cities in the world.

Since opening in 1910, Mount Royal has embraced change in order to meet the needs of the people and community it serves. At Mount Royal students experience high quality education enhanced by smaller class sizes, personalized learning and a single-minded dedication to premier undergraduate learning. Mount Royal is known for its collegial working environment.

Duties:
It would be an asset if the successful candidate had a deep knowledge of an Indigenous culture and proficiency in one of the languages of a North American First Nation. Moreover, it would be desirable for the candidate to have been recognized for service in their community, and have demonstrated expertise in relating with elders and participating in ceremonies.

Qualifications:
The successful candidate for a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Studies will have demonstrated potential and capacity to undertake independent, collaborative and community engaged research in an area related to scholarship in Indigenous studies that potentially makes meaningful contributions towards reconciliation between Indigenous and settler peoples . Areas of consideration include, but are not limited to: Indigenous Epistemologies and Cross-cultural Learning, Indigenous Environmental Humanities, Sustainability and Indigenous Studies, Spatial Analysis and Indigeneity. MRU has emerging expertise in these areas. This is a research focused position, but the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the creation and delivery (including a modest teaching load) of an Indigenous Studies Major (MRU currently offers an Indigenous Studies Minor) and an Environmental Humanities Major. The candidate is expected to have: a completed PhD, an innovative and original program of research, the capacity to obtain external funding and a demonstrated interest in contributing to excellence in undergraduate education.

Submissions received by midnight March 11, 2016 will be granted full consideration. Once recommended by the Search Committee, the candidate will be considered for an appointment in the appropriate Faculty/Department at MRU. Selection will be determined by the Provost and VP Academic and the AVP Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement and finally submitted to the Canada Research Chairs Selection Committee that adjudicates all nominations on a national basis. The offer of an appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor level will be conditional upon approval by the CRC Selection Committee.

Contact:
Applications for this position should include a cover letter indicating relevant areas of research and scholarship, teaching experience and philosophy, a curriculum vitae, sample publications, and the names of three referees (with contact information) quoting competition #7713ES to:

MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITY

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES

e: webapply@mtroyal.ca

For further information, contact Michael Quinn, Chair Search Committee CRC Tier II Indigenous Studies, Office of Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement at mquinn@mtroyal.ca

Submit a separate covering letter and resume for each position you are applying for, quoting appropriate competition number to the address noted above.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

If applying by email, please send your resume as an attachment, in either .doc, .docx or .pdf formats only

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Mount Royal University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to fostering diversity as a source of excellence, intellectual and cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome applications from those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, faculty and their scholarship including but not limited to Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, ethnic, national or socio-economic background, religion or age.

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