Post-Doctoral Fellow in Indigenous Outdoor Education and Injury Prevention

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Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education

University of British Columbia

Position Description

Seeking a post-doctoral fellow with research interests focused on the contributions of outdoor education to unintentional injury prevention. This position is based out of Edmonton, AB, Canada, with occasional travel within central Alberta.

Introduction to the Project

Injuries are a major contributor to premature mortality for Indigenous youth in Canada, occurring at a rate four times that associated with non-Indigenous youth. Responding to this serious health risk, this research project aims to  understand unintentional injury from the vantage point of Indigenous youth and Elders, and to use such knowledge to develop effective injury prevention strategies. Specifically, this research takes action on the following goals:

1. Fostering leadership capacity among urban Indigenous youth in the area of unintentional injury prevention.

2. Strengthening relationships between policy makers, researchers, educators, and safety practitioners in the education and health sectors.

3. Developing a stronger evidence base about effective Indigenous injury prevention practice, with a particular focus on the role that culturally-based outdoor education has in the promotion of safe behavior.

To accomplish these goals, activities to support community-based collaboration, knowledge mobilization, and capacity building are envisioned. A Research Leadership Team that includes a University of British Columbia (UBC) researcher, Elders, educators, managers of Aboriginal organizations, and safety practitioners, guides this research. The post-doctoral fellow (PDF) will be an integral member of this Research Leadership Team. Further details concerning the role of the post-doctoral fellow are included in the position description below.

Additional Description

The PDF will be funded through a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grant held by a faculty member at UBC. The primary project responsibilities of the PDF will be in support of research project aims, and in alignment with UBC Policy1.

The PDF will be offered an initial appointment of one year, with the possibility of extension for a second year. Salary for this position will be $45,000 per annum and is eligible for benefits. Position to begin: January 15, 2014 (or as soon as possible)


This position is housed in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, UBC. All associated research activities will be located in Edmonton, Alberta and surrounding areas. The PDF will have regular contact with, will be accountable and report to, and will receive mentorship and supervision from the Research Lead throughout the appointment, Dr. Tracy L. Friedel. The PDF will also himself or herself work closely with the Research Leadership Team, a body of individuals located in Edmonton, AB who contribute to guiding the project.

Anticipated duties – the PDF will contribute substantially in the following areas (duties may expand as the project unfolds):

 Analyzing relevant injury prevention programs and policies with a view to preparing a report to be presented to the Research Leadership Team

 Guiding the recruitment, hiring and supervising up to two (2) graduate students

 Influencing qualitative research design, including data collection procedures

 Managing research activities such as data collection protocols and training graduate students in data collection methods

 Facilitating community engagement and relationship building with external partners

 Coordinating outdoor education and curriculum development/evaluation activities

 Organizing knowledge mobilization events (community workshops, policy events)

 Contributing to directing data analysis activities, the production of peer reviewed publications, and other dissemination activities (e.g., academic conferences)

Qualifications and Position Requirements

Priority will be given to candidates with background in a relevant discipline, e.g. recreation/leisure studies, public health, education, or other relevant social science discipline. Candidates must have a completed Ph.D. within 3 years from date of application, and not currently hold an academic position elsewhere.

Additional requirements/competencies include:

• Demonstrated ethical research engagement with Indigenous communities

• Demonstrated familiarity with the urban context in Edmonton, Alberta

• Demonstrated record of peer-reviewed research, namely publication in relevant national or international journals

• Demonstrated research expertise gathering, analyzing and interpreting qualitative data

• Demonstrated experience related to knowledge mobilization

• Demonstrated interest in developing a program of research related to recreation/leisure studies and/or public health

Desired qualifications:

• Demonstrated abilities to undertake curriculum development and evaluation

• Demonstrated abilities to contribute to grant writing

Application Process

To apply, please send: A cover letter that highlights how your skills and abilities align with the qualifications and requirements of the position, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample (most relevant), the names and contact information for three referees, and a statement of research interests.

All applications should be submitted electronically, by 5 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, December 24, 2013 to:

Tracy L. Friedel, PhD

Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy

The University of British Columbia

Scarfe Building 2125 Main Mall

Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4


Interviews will be scheduled for late-December (and early-January, if necessary) in Edmonton, AB. For further information regarding this position, please contact Dr. Tracy L. Friedel by email at:


Assistant Professor in Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology Job Announcement

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Type: Assistant Professor in Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology

Institution: College of Liberal Arts, California Polytechnic State University

Location: San Luis Obispo, CA (USA)

Date: from 15 September 2014

Deadline: 6.1.2014


The College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, seeks applications for a full-time (academic year), tenure-track assistant professor in gender, race, culture, science, and technology (GRCST) to begin September 15, 2014. Candidates must demonstrate the ability/potential to collaborate across disciplines and contribute to the curricular and scholarly development of the interdisciplinary area of GRCST. Although applications are sought from any traditional liberal arts discipline (arts, communications, humanities, social sciences) or interdisciplinary area, we are particularly interested in applicants with backgrounds in or connections to  anthropology, ethnic studies, geography, philosophy, sociology, or women’s and gender studies. Disciplinary expertise alone is not sufficient; that expertise must intersect in meaningful ways with science and  technology.

This is one of four, college-wide searches in the broad area of science, technology, and society (STS), reflecting the college’s commitment to integrating liberal arts disciplinary knowledge and values into efforts to solve pressing contemporary problems while preparing our students for future leadership roles in such efforts. The four interdisciplinary, STS search areas are, in alphabetical order, (1) ethics, public policy, science, and technology; (2) gender, race, culture, science, and technology; (3) media arts, society, and technology; and (4) science and risk  communication.

Cal Poly operates on a teacher-scholar model in which faculty are expected to be excellent teachers, produce scholarship in their field(s) of interest, and provide service to the institution. The typical teaching assignment is three, four-credit courses per quarter. For this specific position, teaching and service assignments will be divided between the interdisciplinary program in GRCST and the new faculty member’s home department in proportions agreeable to all parties. For applicants in philosophy, expertise in feminist ethics and feminist social and political philosophy is required as is an ability to teach introductory courses in the history of philosophy. For applicants in Ethnic Studies or Women’s and Gender Studies, the ability to teach ES/WGS 350 – Gender, Race, Science, and Technology is required. A completed terminal degree (Ph.D., in most disciplines) by the listed start date and evidence of successful university teaching are required. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested applicants should complete the online faculty application at WWW.CALPOLYJOBS.ORG and submit it to Requisition #103079. Please upload the following required materials as part of the electronic application: cover letter, current vitae, transcript copy, teaching portfolio and evidence of teaching effectiveness (with course syllabi and evaluations), and an example(s) of scholarship. Applicants must also provide names and email addresses for a minimum of three professional references when completing the online application. Cal Poly will directly solicit letters from the people listed by applicants. A transcript copy may be attached to the above application or sent to the address listed for Requisition #103079. Official sealed transcripts will be required prior to appointment. Review of applications will begin on January 6, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. Completed applications (all required materials submitted) received by the REVIEW BEGIN DATE will receive full consideration.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE: California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) is a comprehensive polytechnic university with a strong commitment to its Learn by Doing philosophy. Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts offers 17 highly selective Bachelor of Arts programs and 5 Master’s degree programs with 250 full-time faculty and nearly 3,000 undergraduate majors. Our distinguished faculty is actively engaged in teaching, scholarship, and service. Cal Poly is among the most selective universities nationwide; student quality is high, with applications significantly exceeding admissions.

ETHNIC STUDIES: The Department of Ethnic Studies at Cal Poly invites applicants whose scholarship uses creative inter- and multidisciplinary approaches to study the lives of Indigenous, African, Latino/a, and/or Asian peoples in the United States within a global and postcolonial context. The department offers a Comparative Ethnic Studies major and minor. Ethnic Studies courses also fulfill both general education and United States Cultural Pluralism requirements. The successful candidate seeking a tenure home in Ethnic Studies should be prepared to teach ES/WGS 350 (Gender, Race, Science, and Technology) and ES courses in her or his areas of expertise, including those at the lower division level, as well as design new courses that integrate an ethnic studies approach to science and technology studies.

WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES: The Department of Women’s & Gender Studies strongly encourages individuals with PhDs or graduate certificates/concentrations in WGS or related fields (and a PhD in another discipline) to apply for this position. In addition to offering existing and new courses in WGS focused on the complex relationships between gender, race, culture, science, and technology, applicants seeking a tenure home in Women’s & Gender Studies should be prepared to teach introductory courses and the upper-level feminist theory seminar in the department. Areas of particular interest to the department include transnational, postcolonial, indigenous, and/or anti-racist feminisms; environmental justice, sustainability, development and/or globalization studies; media and/or information studies; and masculinities, sexualities and/or queer studies. Candidates must demonstrate a record and commitment to working to ensure an equitable and inclusive campus for all students, faculty, and staff. For more information on the Department or Minor in Women’s & Gender Studies, please see


(submit to Requisition #103079)

Tenure Track Position in First Nations Studies at UNBC

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First Nations Studies Department

College of Arts, Social and Health Sciences

Assistant Professor  (Tenure-track Position)

The University of Northern British Columbia is ranked as one of Canada’s best small research universities with a core campus in Prince George and regional campuses throughout northern BC. UNBC has long established partnerships with many First Nations Bands and Tribal Councils. There is a strong support system for students, including the First Nations Centre, an innovative Peer Support Network, the Northern Advancement Program and other academic and cultural bridging programs. Currently there are over 3500 students enrolled in more than 40 undergraduate and graduate UNBC degree programs throughout northern BC. For more information on the First Nations Studies Department, please visit

Located in north-central BC, Prince George is a city of approximately 73,000 people with a range of cultural, educational, and recreational amenities. Prince George is a friendly community offering a wide range of outdoor activities including exceptional skiing, canoeing and kayaking, fly-fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. The lakes, forests and mountains of northern and central British Columbia offer an unparalleled natural environment in which to live and work. The city is also home to a symphony orchestra, professional theatre, a WHL hockey team, and a community college. For more information about living and working in Prince George please consult for more information on working at UNBC please consult

The University of Northern British Columbia, in conjunction with the First Nations Studies Department, invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track position) with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2014. The First Nations Studies Department offers an interdisciplinary program that includes health, gender, governance, languages and culture. The Department seeks applicants with demonstrated research and teaching success in the areas of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), traditional use studies, community research, and resource planning. The successful candidate will possess the knowledge and experience necessary to teach undergraduate and graduate courses as well as supervise graduate students. The successful candidate will contribute to the First Nations Studies Department mandate to foster understanding of the diversity and strengths of Aboriginal peoples in Canada and abroad. Candidates must have completed a PhD prior to the start date of July 1, 2014.

Applicants should include a letter indicating potential contributions to the department, curriculum vitae, one sample of scholarly work, and the names and addresses of three references (including telephone, fax, and email information) quoting competition  # FAN10-13 to: The Office of the Provost, University of Northern British Columbia, 3333 University Way, Prince George, B.C., V2N 4Z9. Fax: (250) 960-5791. Please direct inquiries to: Dr. Ross Hoffman, Chair of the First Nations Studies Department, at Telephone (250) 960- 5242, Email <>. This position is being advertised subject to budgetary approval. Electronic submissions of CVs can be forwarded to:

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Northern British Columbia is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

Applications received on or before January 16, 2014, will receive full consideration; however applications will be accepted until the position is filled.