Job Title: Professor, Indigenous Studies (2 Vacancies)
Reference #: 22- 210
Dept. / Campus:
School of Interdisciplinary Studies/ Doon
Posting Date: December 2, 2022
Closing Date: Open until Filled
Vacancy Type: Two Academic Full-time New Positions – Repost
(First consideration for Support Staff and Academic positions will be given to internal applicants in accordance with the respective Collective Agreements)
One of our first steps of working towards an inclusive community is to acknowledge that Conestoga College is located on the traditional territory of the Anishnawbe, Haudenosaunee, and Neutral peoples. Our community of students and staff works towards reconciliation by learning about Indigenous culture, where respect is a traditional concept built into the seven natural laws and seven sacred grandfather teachings. Learn more about why we acknowledge the land and access elders, un-traditional counselling, and events with Be-Dah-Bin Gamik, a Place of New Beginnings.
At Conestoga College, education, access, and belonging are institutional priorities. We recognize that post-secondary institutions are in a unique position to take action that can positively impact Indigenous health, language, culture, and especially education. Conestoga is committed to increasing Indigenous learners’ access to and success in post-secondary education and closing the participation and achievement gap. We continue to be dedicated to the goals outlined by the provincial government in the Aboriginal Post-secondary Education and Training Policy Framework (APETP) to support positive outcomes in post-secondary education and training for Indigenous people living in Ontario. For more information about our Indigenous Initiatives, please visit: https://www.conestogac.on.ca/about/college-initiatives/indigenous-initiatives.
Conestoga College is committed to supporting the development and success of our employees. As our institution continues to grow, we know it is imperative to create more spaces for Indigenous students and Indigenous knowledge systems. It is within this context that Conestoga College welcomes applications for the role of Professor, Indigenous Studies, a role that will allow a skilled curriculum developer and teacher to continue to build on existing land-based practices.
The School of Interdisciplinary Studies is currently seeking a professor with a specialization in teaching Indigenous Studies courses. Under the direction of the Chair, the Professor is responsible for providing the delivery of curriculum, development of an effective learning environment for students, and academic leadership:
- Designing, updating, and delivering a variety of courses including project courses
- Defining, evaluating, and validating program and course learning outcomes
- Developing alternative delivery strategies, online course development, and teaching as required
- Ensuring program and course curriculum are current, relevant, and reflective of best practices in the field
- Designing appropriate strategies and tools for facilitating and evaluating student progress and achievement
- Creating and maintaining a positive learning environment which supports the diversity of students’ cultures, educational backgrounds, and learning styles
- Participating in department, portfolio/school and college-wide activities/task groups as required
- Working in a collaborative, collegial manner both within the department and across the college
- Support applied research activities including the identification and selection of potential projects
- Development of industry partnerships and collaboration with industry partners
- Fulfilling responsibilities as defined in the Academic Employees Collective Agreement
- Bachelor's Degree in Indigenous Studies or related field
- Demonstrated competencies in traditional Indigenous knowledge are honoured and valued and will contribute to meeting the preferred credential requirements
- The successful candidate will be First Nations, Métis or Inuit with lived experience of Indigenous world views, cultures, and values and strong ties to First Nation, Métis and/or Inuit communities
- Experience either coordinating Indigenous learning or teaching experience at the post-secondary level
- Experience in supporting applied research and writing grants is an asset
- Experience with curriculum development is an asset
- Knowledge and experience of computer systems (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite) and educational technologies (e.g. learning management systems) is an asset
- Demonstrated exceptional presentation, communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team
- Ability to relate to learners and providing a positive learning environment to students working at different skill levels including international students and students requiring accommodation is an asset
- Strong commitment to academic excellence, student success, and ability to support Conestoga’s continuous quality improvement initiatives
The successful candidates will be required to conduct work within Ontario and must be available to work on campus according to program needs. The two vacancies will commence employment in April 2023 and have a vacation period scheduled during the Winter semester.
COMMITMENT TO EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION
We promote a college community that emphasizes collaborative relationships that are based on understanding, acceptance, and respect. We engage all Conestoga students, faculty, and staff through education, programming, and initiatives to raise awareness, encourage discussion, and promote the inclusion of all students. We provide students with opportunities to develop advocacy and leadership skills while engaging with, and positively influencing our community. For more information, please visit our website: https://www.conestogac.on.ca/student-engagement/equity-diversity-inclusion
Conestoga College is a leader in polytechnic education. Our career-focused education, training, and applied research programs prepare students for success, support industry, and workforce needs and promote economic prosperity throughout our region and across Ontario.
We invite applications from candidates from First Nations, Métis or Inuit communities. You can include the relationships, kinships, Elders, or Traditional Knowledge Holders who claim you. Alternatively, you can share the name or clan, responsibilities, or accountability that you hold within the community you are a part of. We are open to varying levels of experience, including coordination of Indigenous learning as well as teaching experience at the post-secondary level.
Please include both your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) as well as a letter outlining your lived experience, curriculum development skills, and how you see yourself contributing to Indigenous knowledge systems at Conestoga College. Applicants are also invited to submit an optional letter or oral statement of support from the individual's community that describes the individual's involvement/role within the community, or a statement of lived experience.
For this important search, Conestoga College is partnering with BIPOC Executive Search. Individuals from Indigenous communities seeking more information and guidance during the application process can email Candice Frederick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank all applicants but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Conestoga College is committed to workplace diversity and provides accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process. If you require accommodation, please contact Human Resources via the Contact page.
Based on the guidance provided by our local Public Health authority, Conestoga College will continue to take appropriate measures to protect the safety and well-being of our college community and prospective candidates throughout the recruitment and selection process. Offers of employment are contingent upon compliance with our COVID Community Safety policy which requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination, or a formal College approved exemption, will be required to fulfill this condition of employment.