Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Society and Culture

Trinity Western University invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in the theme of Indigenous Society and Culture.  The successful applicant will be hired at the rank of a tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor in an appropriate department within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and will be nominated for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair.  The CRC nominee will also be eligible to apply for a JELF-CRC partnered CFI infrastructure grant if required.  It is anticipated that the successful applicant will become a member of the Institute for Indigenous Issues and Perspectives which is comprised of a group of scholars dedicated to providing a forum through which the experiences and voices of Indigenous peoples are shared and heard. The successful candidate will contribute to one or more of the following research themes in Indigenous Society and Culture:

  • Indigenous identity
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Populations, connections to the land, and the environment
  • Gender and family
  • Government, politics and law
  • Colonial history and the impact on indigenous peoples today
  • Philosophy and contemporary thought
  • Literature and oral tradition
  • Mental health
  • Indigenous issues in global society

Qualifications, responsibilities, and expectations of the successful candidate include, but are not limited to:

  • a Ph.D. in the humanities or social science related field;
  • demonstrated collaboration with indigenous communities;
  • demonstrated leadership and networking skills;
  • potential to attract and train graduate and undergraduate researchers;
  • a strong track record of peer-reviewed publications and/or research impacts;
  • commitment to preparing a CRC application that articulates an original, innovative, and high quality research program;

Applications should include:

  • a cover letter highlighting the applicant’s qualifications;
  • a complete CV;
  • a statement of research interests;
  • a statement of teaching philosophy;

Please apply and submit materials through the faculty postings page at TWU’s Careers site at this link.

Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 Justification process.  Trinity Western University recognizes that such career interruptions may have a legitimate impact on research productivity and outcomes.  Applicants are encouraged to explain any interruptions or slow-downs in research activity in their cover letter as these will be taken into consideration during the selection process.  Please consult the Program Details at the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria.

Trinity Western University encourages applications from all eligible candidates who are able to commit to the university’s mission, values, and Christian identity as articulated in its Statement of Faith (scroll down) and Community Covenant (scroll down).  Statement of Faith and Community Covenant. We are committed to an ethic of inclusion and to the equal treatment of all persons without discrimination in accordance with human rights law. 

We particularly invite applications from indigenous people, women, persons with disabilities, and visible minorities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations during the application process should contact Judy Bartram in the Office of the Provost.

Trinity Western University is located on the traditional and ancestral territory of the Sto:lo people.


May 13, 2019