Work where you matter. Vancouver Island University is accepting applications for the role of Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies Instructor on our Cowichan campus.
The Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies Instructor will teach two course offerings this coming academic year:
· INDG 101: Exploring Indigenous Identities
A learning community examining the formation and maintenance of Canadian Indigenous identities in both historical and contemporary times. In lectures and small seminars students explore the diversity of Indigenous identities and the internal and external forces that shape their construction. A resident elder supports all lectures and seminars. INDG 101 was formerly called FNAT 101; credit will not be granted for both courses.
· INDG 102: Exploring Indigenous Communities
A learning community examining the culture, history, and diversity of Indigenous communities. In lectures and small seminars students explore how communities have survived and maintained themselves through the colonial period to the present in Canada. A resident elder supports all lectures and seminars. INDG 102 was formerly called FNAT 102; credit will not be granted for both courses.
Additional responsibilities include contributing to lesson development in consultation with the existing INDG 101 and 102 faculty member; instructing; assessing and grading student achievement in the courses offered at the Cowichan Campus; and assisting students through office hours.
The successful candidate will have a PhD in Indigenous Studies or related field from an appropriately accredited institution with experience teaching at the undergraduate level. A masters’ degree may be considered for exceptional applicants who have significant work and/or ties to local Indigenous communities, Indigenous cultural knowledge, and/or other relevant non-academic experience, including lived-experience.
Other required candidate attributes include:
· demonstrated experience in teaching and working within a Canadian Indigenous context and understand the dynamics of teaching in a culturally diverse setting,
· demonstrated academic knowledge of content and literature related to Canadian Indigenous communities and their histories, the histories of government policy, and Indigenous settler relations,
· demonstrated commitment to working in a team-oriented environment and being responsive to diverse learning styles,
· demonstrated record of engaging in scholarly activity,
· experience working with Elders and Knowledge Keepers and demonstrated familiarity with Indigenous pedagogical practices.
Ideally situated on Mid-Vancouver Island with spectacular views of the coastal mountains, Vancouver Island University is a comprehensive teaching university with approximately 15,000 students across four campuses. VIU proudly fosters student success, strong community connections and international collaborations by providing access to a wide range of programs, from academic undergraduate and master’s to industry-responsive trades and vocational training. To be a part of the VIU community is to know what it is like to matter here.
The VIU community acknowledges the traditional, unceded territories of the Snuneymuxw, Quw’utsun, Tla’Amin, Snaw-naw-as and Qualicum First Nation on whose lands we teach, learn, research, live and share knowledge. We raise our hands and say Hay ch qa’ sii’em sieye’ yu mukw Mustimuxw to the original stewards of these territories.
View the full job description and apply online by the close date of April 8.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. VIU embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.
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