Assistant Professor - Indigenous Law

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Situated on Treaty 6 territory, the traditional lands of First Nations and Métis peoples, the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta invites applications for up to two tenure-stream appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor with a focus on Indigenous Law. The successful applicant(s) will have a record of research and publications centered on Indigenous legal issues, Indigenous laws, or Indigenous perspectives on public or private law. The Faculty will also consider applications for appointment at a higher rank. The Faculty of Law is committed to offering a supportive environment for emerging and established scholars and embraces a broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches. 

The successful candidate(s) will demonstrate potential for excellence in scholarly research and teaching, and possess an exceptional record of academic achievement and/or strong, proven and ongoing relationships with Indigenous peoples. Ordinarily, a JD (LLB) or equivalent and a doctorate in law or cognate discipline, completed or near completion, is required. Priority will be given to qualified candidates who are First Nations, Métis or Inuit.

Responsibilities of the successful candidate(s) will include teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, conducting and publishing research, supervising graduate students (for senior level appointments), and service to the Faculty’s academic activities. The successful candidate(s) must have the ability to conduct both independent and cooperative research, develop viable and productive research programs, and to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in a related discipline. 

Members of the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law are recognized nationally and internationally as leading scholars and teachers, and lead by example in their service to the university, legal and civic communities. The Faculty enrolls approximately 525 JD students and operates a robust graduate program.  Alumni include the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, leading judges, academics and lawyers. 

The Faculty of Law is also home to four research groups that contribute research, ideas, innovation and policy expertise to important areas of public concern: the Health Law Institute, the Centre for Constitutional Studies, the Alberta Law Reform Institute, and the Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge, which upholds Indigenous Law and governance through community directed research and learning. 

The University of Alberta is home to more than 1,300 Indigenous students from across Canada and is centrally located in the City of Edmonton, which has the second largest Indigenous population of any Canadian city.

Interested individuals should send an application with a letter identifying their areas of specialization and areas of competence and interest in research and teaching, together with: a curriculum vitae; a summary research plan (no more than 2 pages); a teaching summary (no more than 2 pages, to include: a statement of teaching philosophy and reference to evidence of teaching experience, if any); names of three confidential referees from whom signed letters of academic reference will be submitted directly; law and graduate transcripts; and samples of publications or other writing. Supplementary materials may be requested from candidates selected for interviews. 

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application. 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For earliest consideration, please submit materials no later than September 15, 2021.

Applications must be sent, preferably in electronic form, to:

Faculty Recruitment
Office of the Dean ATTN: Indigenous Law
487 Law Centre
Faculty of Law
University of Alberta
Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2H5

Telephone: 780-492-5590

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

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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