Assistant Professor of Indigenous Languages/Minority Languages – Carleton University, School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Due: Nov. 6, 2015

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School of Linguistics and Language Studies (Indigenous Languages/Minority Languages) – Assistant Professor – (Applications Closing Date: November 6, 2015)

Carleton University’s School of Linguistics and Language Studies invites applications for a tenure-­‐track position in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2016. We are looking for an individual with a research specialization in Indigenous language issues and/or minority language issues more generally, especially in the Canadian context. Applicants should have an expertise in the maintenance, revitalization, and use of Indigenous/minority languages, as well as expertise that can complement and/or enhance current strengths in the School, for example: assessment; critical literacies; curriculum design; digital literacies; identity; learning/teaching; policy/planning. By July 1, 2016, applicants will have in hand a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, Discourse Studies, or related field, a well-­‐defined research agenda and an active research profile with a strong commitment to the dissemination of scholarship through!

The successful candidate will be expected to teach to a culturally diverse student body in both undergraduate and graduate programs, to provide graduate supervision at the MA and PhD levels, to develop a program of research leading to significant peer-­‐reviewed publications, and to contribute effectively to academic life in the School of Linguistics and Language Studies.

The School’s programs in Applied Linguistics and  Discourse  Studies  are  housed  in  a  large  unit representing a rich diversity of perspectives on language, with courses in these areas as well as in Linguistics, American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and less commonly taught languages such as Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe), Ki-Swahili and Korean, as well as Communication Courses for Disciplines and Professions and courses in English as a Second Language for international students, immigrants and refugees.  Detailed information on the School can be found at

Applications should be submitted electronically to Professor Randall Gess at Hard copies will not be accepted. Applications should include three separate PDF documents, including: 1) letter of application; 2) a curriculum vitae; as well as 3) a concise  dossier  that  includes  written evidence of teaching effectiveness (minimally, teaching evaluations). Three letters of reference should be sent directly to the Director, also electronically. The closing date for receipt of applications, including the letters of reference, is November 6, 2015.

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Located in Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution committed to developing solutions to real world problems by pushing the boundaries of knowledge and understanding.  Its internationally recognized faculty, staff, and researchers provide academic opportunities in more than 65 programs of study to more than 27,000 full-­‐ and part-­‐time students, from every province and more than 100 countries around the world. Carleton’s creative, interdisciplinary, and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative work in science and technology, business, governance, public policy, and the arts.

Minutes from downtown, Carleton University is located on a beautiful campus, bordered by the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal. With over 12 national museums and the spectacular Gatineau Park close by, there are many excellent recreational opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy. The City of Ottawa, with a population of almost one million, is Canada’s capital city and reflects the country’s bilingual and multicultural character. Carleton’s location in the nation’s capital provides many opportunities for research with groups and institutions that reflect the diversity of the country.

Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions.

Those applicants that are selected for an interview will be requested to contact the Chair of the Search Committee as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made to accommodate requests in a timely manner.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  All positions are subject to budgetary approval.

Dr. Jennifer Adese
Assistant Professor, School of Canadian Studies
Carleton University, Dunton Tower 1219, 1125 Colonel By Dr.
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6
Tel:  (613)-520-2600 ext 4031  Fax: (613)-520-3903

Linking Language, Culture, and the Environment: Twenty years of Biocultural Diversity Research and Action, 11:30 am – 1 pm, Sep. 24, 2015

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Thursday, September 24: Linking Language, Culture, and the Environment: Twenty years of Biocultural Diversity Research and Action

Indigenous societies tend to make no distinction between “nature” and “culture”, seeing people as an intrinsic part of a greater whole that is the natural world. In Western ways of thinking, instead, “nature” and “culture” have often been conceptualized as distinct realms, and people have been seen as separate from (and even dominant over) nature. So pervasive has this dichotomy been, that our vocabularies contain no words to refer to “nature and culture” together.
The concept of biocultural diversity emerged two decades ago as a way of bridging this gap. A new word had to be coined to encapsulate the idea that diversity in nature (biodiversity) and diversity in culture (cultural and linguistic diversity) are all manifestations of the diversity of life, and that they are interconnected and interdependent. This lecture by Dr. Luisa Maffi reviews the history and conceptual foundations of biocultural diversity and its applications in a variety of “real-world” situations.

Hosted by the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program & Department of Anthropology.

Thursday, September 24
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Anthropology and Sociology Building (near MOA)
Room 1109, 6303 NW Marine Drive’
Everyone is welcome.

For more information, contact Mark Turin,, 604-827-0613.

Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, September 15, 2015

Certificate Program in Aboriginal Language Revitalization

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Certificate Program in Aboriginal Language Revitalization -

LING 180A: Dynamics of Indigenous Language offered at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton, BC.