Head of the Department of Indigenous Studies

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University of Manitoba

Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Role Managed by:

Margaret DeLeon

Research Associate

t: +1 437-326-9104

e: Margaret.DeLeon@perrettlaver.com

Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 03/03/2023

Job Description:

The University of Manitoba is located on Treaty One territory in the traditional home of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Lakota, Nakota and the homeland of the Métis Nation. This territory also shares deep relationships with Dene and Inuit peoples. The committee established to advise the Dean invites applications for the position of Head of the Department of Indigenous Studies for a term of office that is normally up to five years, usually commencing July 1 or another mutually agreed upon date. The starting salary will reflect the qualification and experience of the chosen candidate. Since 1877, the University of Manitoba has been driving discovery and inspiring minds through innovative ideas, teaching and research excellence. We are a proud member of the U15 Group of Canadian research intensive, medical/doctoral universities. For almost 50 years, the Department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Manitoba has been an international leader in the field, committed to providing an excellent and diverse Indigenous education to its students, including land-based education opportunities and training in Indigenous languages. The department is also a global leader in expanding Indigenous knowledge through research, scholarship, and creative activity, and serving Indigenous, Canadian and other communities through outreach, advocacy, and academic service. The department offers undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degrees (a 3-year General degree and a 4-year Advanced Major degree). It also offers a graduate-level degree at the Masters level and is one of the first departments in Canada to offer a Ph.D. program in Indigenous Studies. Our areas of research expertise include: Indigenous literatures, Indigenous governance, Indigenous aesthetics, Anishinaabe studies, Indigenous feminisms, Métis studies, critical Indigenous studies, decolonization, history, education, and Indigenous languages. More information can be obtained on our website: http://umanitoba.ca/native_studies.


Reporting to the Dean of Arts, the successful candidate will be an advocate for the Department of Indigenous Studies and be responsible for the overall leadership of the Department and the effective use of its resources. Evidence of exceptional interpersonal, management, and team-building skills are essential in this position. As an influential leader with excellent administrative experience, the successful candidate must be able to strategize on how to attract and retain outstanding students, staff and faculty and motivate others in the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement.


The applicant will have experience in course development and delivery, a robust commitment to personal and academic integrity, and be a creative and energetic individual with a demonstrated interest in advancing Indigenous knowledge, critical theories, and research methods and methodologies. With a doctorate in an area of Indigenous scholarship, the next Head of Department will have a strong record of scholarly achievement appropriate to advancing the Department's research, scholarship, and teaching priorities. Their credentials as an educator and researcher must be consistent with an appointment to a tenured position such as an associate or full professor with position responsibilities including undergraduate teaching on one or more delivery modes, research and service-related activities.

Additional Information:

The University of Manitoba is committed to the principles of equity, diversity & inclusion and to promoting opportunities in hiring, promotion and tenure (where applicable) for systemically marginalized groups who have been excluded from full participation at the University and the larger community including Indigenous Peoples, women, racialized persons, persons with disabilities and those who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex, asexual and other diverse sexual identities). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Indigenous candidates are particularly encouraged to apply, with the expectation that they articulate how they self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit). If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact UM.Accommodation@umanitoba.ca or 204-474-7195. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.

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