Job opportunity-Assistant Professor in Indigenous Peoples and Social Policy

“The Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Indigenous Peoples and Social Policy. The Department seeks candidates that bring extensive background in and knowledge of issues pertinent to Indigenous peoples, experience working with Indigenous students and communities, and commitment to the advancement of Indigenous peoples. Candidates will have an excellent and demonstrated record of critical, theory-driven academic scholarship on social policy as it is experienced, contested, and/or formulated by Indigenous peoples. Areas of social policy expertise include but are not limited to: gender, sexual violence, urban and community development, justice and criminalization, human rights, employment, family, land and environment, mobility and migration, housing, or health. Diverse methodological and theoretical approaches are welcome; engagements with Indigenous knowledge systems and methodologies will be considered an asset. The appointment will begin July 1, 2019.

Candidates must demonstrate high potential for excellent research and teaching and the ability to contribute an Indigenous perspective. Research excellence will be demonstrated via a record of publications and presentations, research relationships and experiences, and letters of reference. Evidence of potential for teaching and supervision will be demonstrated through previous teaching and mentoring activities, letters of reference, and the teaching dossier. The successful candidate is expected to develop a robust externally-funded research program and to regularly engage in Canadian and transnational research networks, including ongoing research relationships with Indigenous communities; teach both graduate and undergraduate classes and provide dedicated supervision and mentorship; and actively contribute to university, professional, and public service. Transdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply, however candidates must have a PhD in Sociology or a related field at the time of appointment. Strong ABD candidates are encouraged to apply.

As one of Canada’s most highly regarded sociology departments, Sociology at the University of Alberta is known for its diverse, interdisciplinary, and critical scholarship. We currently have 26 full-time academic faculty, 4.5 permanent administrative staff, and some 400 undergraduate majors and 70 graduate students. Faculty members across our three broad and overlapping departmental areas (social structure and policy; theory and culture; and criminology, criminal justice, and socio-legal studies) are regularly recognized for excellent teaching and research and are consistently engaged in impactful contributions to academic and public scholarship. The department is home to two academic journals and three major research chairs. Scholars interested in learning more about the Department of Sociology and the research programs of our faculty are invited to view our Home Page ( or to contact the Department Chair, Dr. Sara Dorow (

The University of Alberta is one of Canada’s largest and most-respected research universities. Edmonton and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory and are a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Dene, Métis, and Nakota Sioux.

For more information on the University of Alberta and Edmonton, please visit and”

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