Assistant Professor in Indigenous Politics
University of Toronto Scarborough, Political Science

Assistant Professor - Indigenous Politics

Job Field: Tenure Stream

Faculty / Division: University of Toronto Scarborough

Department: UTSC: Political Science

Campus: Scarborough

Job Posting: Jun 21, 2019

Job Closing: Sep 30, 2019, 11:59pm EST


The University of Toronto Scarborough invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in the field of Indigenous Politics. The primary appointment will be in the Department of Political Science (51%), with a cross appointment to the Centre for Critical Development Studies (49%). The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence on July 1, 2020.


Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. degree in Political Science, or a related discipline, by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. They must also have a demonstrated record of innovative and independent research and publications centered on Indigenous politics and/or governance.


This position is part of the University of Toronto’s response to the calls to action in Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report. Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous. Recognizing that there are a variety of terms that potential candidates may use to self-identify, the University uses the term “Indigenous” in this search, which forms part of the U of T Response to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to encompass the people of Turtle Island, including those who identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuk (Inuit), Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian people. Concurrent to this search, UTSC is undertaking a hire in Creative Writing, Indigenous Literatures, and Oral Traditions, and also has created a postdoctoral fellowship program for Indigenous scholars as a part of its commitment to inclusive excellence and to help ensure a supportive cohort for new Indigenous colleagues.


We are seeking a scholar who is able to integrate Indigenous
knowledge/Indigenous ways of knowing, as well as research and teaching
methods, into the classroom. We especially encourage applicants with
training in Political Theory.


We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.


Candidates must also have a strong record of ethical engagement and collaboration with Indigenous communities and organizations, including with community leaders and Elders of at least one Indigenous community in Canada, and an understanding of the importance of consensus-building relationships.


The successful candidate also will have an emerging record of scholarly excellence. Such excellence can be demonstrated in the form of publications in leading field-relevant, academic journals, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, commission reports, government briefs, or forthcoming impactful publications, and strong endorsements by referees of high standing, as well as a letter of support commenting on Indigenous community engagement. Questions about this position should be directed to Sue-Ann Hicks (


The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to excellence and innovation in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and provide clear evidence of this as part of the application. This commitment may be demonstrated through a teaching dossier submitted as part of the application. For a complete list of required materials, please refer to the application package paragraph below.


The position will include a graduate appointment in the Department of Political Science on the St. George campus of the University of Toronto. Candidates should also explain in their one-page statement how they can contribute to the development of the tri-campus graduate program (


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The University of Toronto Scarborough is a research-intensive institution with an interdisciplinary commitment, a multicultural student body, and a modern campus. The University offers the opportunity to conduct research, teach, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. The Greater Toronto Area offers amazing cultural and demographic diversity, including a vibrant Indigenous community. UTSC has a strong commitment to increasing the presence of Indigenous peoples and knowledge on campus, with steering committees examining campus wide responses to the calls to action in the TRC in terms of staff, faculty, research and teaching. Ongoing initiatives include Indigenous faculty and staff recruitment, Indigenous curriculum retreats, and grants for Indigenous research ethics education and community-based teaching development. Finally, the campus is designing a new building which will be a dedicated meeting space for Indigenous students, staff, faculty and elders.


All qualified applicants should apply by clicking on the link below.


A complete application must include: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, an article-length (8000-10,000) writing sample, a statement up to five pages in length outlining current and future research interests, and a teaching dossier that consists of a selection of applicable materials, including a statement of teaching philosophy that is linked to evidence of excellent teaching practice, Candidates should also include in their teaching dossier a one-page statement explaining how they can contribute to the delivery of the core curricula in Political Science ( and Critical Development Studies ( sample teaching materials that reflect Indigenous ways of knowing; excellent course evaluations; and/or demonstrated superior performance in other teaching-related activities, including performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor at the university level or in community-based teaching; experience in leading successful workshops and seminars; student letters; and/or other examples of pedagogical leadership.


Candidates should also arrange to have at least three letters of reference (on letterhead, signed and scanned) addressed to the department Chair, Professor Grace Skogstad. At least one of these letters should comment on the candidate’s Indigenous community engagement. Letters should be sent directly by the referees by email to by the closing date.


All applications materials must be submitted online by September 30, 2019.


Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.


The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/ Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


Candidates are asked, as part of their application, to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information provided is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see


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

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