Assistant/Associate Professor in Indigenous Sport and Recreation

University of Alberta

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Assistant professor / lecturer

Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs

Competition No.  -   
Will remain open until filled.

The Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, and the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta invites applications for a tenure track position in the area of indigenous sport and recreation at the rank of Assistant or Associate professor. This is a full-time appointment, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020.

The University of Alberta is one of Canada’s largest and most-respected research universities. Established in 1908, the University serves over 39,000 students in almost 400 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and has earned its reputation as one of the top universities in Canada based on strengths in teaching, research, and service to its community. The Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation is one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious faculties of its type. Consistently placing in the top 10 of the world-wide QS subject rankings, the Faculty was the first to offer a PhD in the area of physical education in the British Commonwealth. The Faculty of Native Studies – North America’s only Faculty of this type – was granted Faculty status in June, 2006. Both Faculties collaborate on the offering of an imbedded undergraduate certificate in Aboriginal Sport and Recreation, and a graduate certificate in Indigenous Sport and Recreation. 

The University’s main campus is located in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city, the sixth largest metropolitan area in Canada with a population of approximately one million. Edmonton and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory and the Métis homeland, a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Dene, Métis, and Nakota Sioux.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated teaching and research experience in the broadly defined area of Indigenous sport and recreation and will be expected to establish and maintain an active and externally funded research program. The ideal candidate will see themselves contributing to the existing undergraduate certificate in Aboriginal Sport and Recreation, and the graduate certificate in Indigenous Sport and Recreation. Experience in online learning and the ability to contribute to existing and future post-baccalaureate certificates relating to the Masters of Arts in Recreation and Leisure Studies MA(RLS) is desirable.

The position will include the following responsibilities:

  • Providing leadership in the advancement of undergraduate and graduate teaching in indigenous sport and recreation at the University of Alberta
  • Leveraging research excellence at the University of Alberta by building national linkages to accelerate translation of new knowledge related to Indigenous sport and recreation into best practices
  • Promoting collaborative research across disciplines, building on strengths and utilizing the existing resources available at the University of Alberta
  • Engaging in efforts to attract outstanding students, research associates, and faculty members to the University of Alberta to participate in research relating to Indigenous sport and recreation and supporting research development in the Faculties of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation and Native Studies at the University of Alberta
  • Participating in promotional activities conducted by the Faculties of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation and Native Studies at the University of Alberta

Applicants must have completed a PhD by the time of full appointment. Individuals progressing towards the completion of a PhD may gain interim appointment in anticipation of completion.

Assistant Professor Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD or equivalent doctorate degree; strong preference will be given to candidates who have successfully completed productive postdoctoral training
  • Evidence of scholarly achievement, including publication of doctoral and postdoctoral research in quality journals in their field
  • Experience working with Indigenous organizations and/or communities
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively across disciplines and with external communities
  • Demonstrated experience as a mentor

Associate Professor Minimum Qualifications:

  • Same as stated above for Assistant Professor, plus a minimum of four years of full-time university teaching/research at the rank of assistant professor, with evidence of increasing professional maturity and proven ability to secure extramural funding

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience working with First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis groups and communities
  • Experience leading or participating in local, national or international research, education or development activities, including those that partner with Indigenous communities and/or organizations. A research program of community-driven/community-engaged scholarship is an asset.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in accordance with the Faculty Agreement as per the negotiated salary scales and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at Faculty & Staff Benefits. 

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.

This competition will remain open until filled but initial review of applications will begin in January 20, 2020. To be considered in this initial round of review, applicants should submit their applications on, or before close of business day January 17th, 2020.  Applicants should provide (i) a current curriculum vitae; (ii) a cover letter indicating the reasons for your interest in the position and how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications; (iii) a statement of research interests and needs; (iv) a statement of teaching experience and expertise; and (v) names of three references. Note: References will not be contacted without the consent of the applicant.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact:

Dr. Kerry Mummery, Dean, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

Phone: 780-492-3364

Phone: 780-492-8178

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. 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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