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Job: Indigenous Literatures of Turtle Island – Assistant Professor, Probationary Tenure Track, Brock University (Deadline: 26 March 2022)

The Department of English Language and Literature at Brock University invites applications for a probationary tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Indigenous Literatures of Turtle Island, with demonstrated secondary teaching and research strengths in Creative Writing preferred. Diverse methodological and theoretical approaches are welcome; engagements with Indigenous knowledge systems, languages, and methodologies will be considered an asset. Candidates must self-identify as Indigenous–that is, First Nations (status, non-status, treaty, or non-treaty), Métis, Inuit, Alaskan Native, or Native American. The appointment begins July 1, 2022. Applicants should have a completed PhD (or a defense date set) or equivalent Indigenous knowledge and evidence of research and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will have a standard 2-2 teaching load, and will be expected to teach at all levels, including first-year undergraduate and MA courses in keeping with the normal deployment rotation of the Department.

The Process

Applicants will submit a letter of application accompanied by a curriculum vitae, the names of three academic references, and a brief 2-3 page research plan via the online application system. Candidates may be contacted at a later date for additional materials, including a writing sample; the Search Committee will contact referees for letters if and when required. Hiring decisions will be made on the basis of excellence in research and teaching and meeting departmental needs. The final date for applications March 25, 2022, and the review process will continue until the position is filled. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

The Context

The Department of English Language and Literature consists of 18 faculty members contributing to an active research culture that places equal weight on high-quality teaching. The Department features three undergraduate program options (English Literary Studies, or ENGL; English and Creative Writing, or ENCW; and Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Studies, or WRDS) with approximately 300 majors, and an MA program in Text/Community/Discourse with a standard cohort of about 10 students completing the 12-month program.

Brock University is located on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the land protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Agreement. Many First Nations, Métis and Inuit people live and work in Niagara. And we are reminded the region’s great standard of living is directly related to the resources and friendship of Indigenous people. Brock’s commitment to Reconciliation and Decolonization is one of four strategic priorities of Brock’s 2018-2025 Strategic Plan. The University is undertaking institution-wide efforts, led by the office of the Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement, to enhance existing Indigenous programs and courses, increase the number of Indigenous faculty, and develop new supports for Indigenous students. These efforts centre Indigenous ways of knowing and doing and involve consultation with Indigenous communities both within Brock and beyond.

For additional information, please contact the Chair of the Department Dr. James Allard at

Differing career patterns may be more common among members of designated groups, and those who have experienced leaves from the workplace. These differences will be taken into account in assessing the experiences and qualifications of members of these groups, or those who have experienced leaves from the workplace.

Our Commitment

Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. LGBTQ is an umbrella category and shall be read to include two-spirited people. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups can fill out the Self-Identification questions included in the questionnaire at the time of application.

Please note that Brock University requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if they are working on campus and/or in-person with other employees, students or members of the public. As a condition of being hired, employees in these types of roles will be required to provide proof of full vaccination, or provide proof of a bona fide medical or Human Rights Code exemption.

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

We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the selection process, as outlined in the Employee Accommodation Policy Please advise:  to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  

At this time, initial interviews will be conducted virtually.

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