Academic Openings at the Faculty of Social Science

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Academic Openings in Social Science

Faculty Position (Open Rank) – Director of Indigenous Studies

Expressions of interest and applications are invited for the position of Director of the Indigenous Studies (IS) Program in the Faculty of Social Science at Western University. The IS Program at Western University was established in 2003. With degree offerings of minor, major and honours specialization, IS is an interdisciplinary program of study that examines the history, culture, languages and modern-day realities of Indigenous Peoples and communities on Turtle Island and around the world. Program curriculum emphasizes theories, concepts and methodologies related to legacies of colonialism, Indigenous Knowledge, resurgence and decolonization.

We seek an Indigenous leader who has demonstrated experience in Indigenous research and teaching, and whose leadership encompasses both academic and Indigenous community contexts. The Director will enliven, inspire and further grow the base of Indigenous scholarship in the Indigenous Studies Program, while working reciprocally and respectfully with colleagues and students across campus, and Indigenous Peoples, communities and organizations in local, national and international contexts.

The Search Committee is open to an appointment at any rank. The start date is negotiable. As part of Western’s commitment to respond to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the hiring process for this position will be limited to Indigenous applicants as outlined in Section 14 of the Ontario Human Rights Code. Candidates must self-identify in their cover letter. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Canada Research Chair Positions

Western University invites applications for Canada Research Chairs (CRC) in the research disciplines related to the mandates of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Western recognizes that our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is central to the University’s mandate as a research-intensive institution of higher learning and a community leader and understands that our pursuit of research excellence and our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion are mutually supporting. As such, Western is committed to achieving and maintaining an equitable representation amongst our Canada Research Chair holders, as well as within Western’s broader research enterprise.

It is anticipated that up to 10 candidates will be selected for Tier 1 and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair positions: up to 3 candidates will be selected for CIHR chairs at a combination of Tier 1 and Tier 2 levels, with a preferred focus around bio-informatics, synthetic biology, translational research, equity, mobility and/or digital e-health; up to 5 candidates will be selected for NSERC chairs at the Tier 2 level, with a preferred focus around AI, data analytics, communications technology, advanced manufacturing, energy and/or climate change, sustainability and resilience; and up to 2 candidates will be selected for SSHRC chairs at the Tier 2 level, with a preferred focus around big data/AI, race and racism, health and equity,child and youth, and/or resilience and recovery. Successful candidates will be required to submit a CRC nomination by a date to be determined. External applicants will be considered for a full-time academic appointment at a rank and appointment type commensurate with qualifications and experience in the appropriate academic unit; such an appointment may be conditional upon the successful award of the CRC to the candidate.