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Indigenous Education - Assistant Professor

McGill University

Location: Quebec
Date posted: 2021-11-04
Advertised until: 2021-12-04


Assistant Professor: Indigenous Education

Land Acknowledgement

McGill University is on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. We acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous peoples whose presence marks this territory on which peoples of the world now gather.

The University

Located in an exceptionally multicultural and multilingual city, McGill University is world-renowned for research excellence, consistently ranking among the world’s top Universities. With half of its students originating from outside Quebec, including from more than 150 countries, and a faculty representing a similar diversity of origin and experience, McGill is proud of the diversity of its university community and is committed to the core principles of academic freedom, integrity, responsibility, equity, and inclusiveness.

Truth and Reconciliation at McGill

The lands on which McGill University is located hold a long and rich history of Indigenous presence and stewardship. Recognizing and respecting the presence of these historical and contemporary communities, and their unending connection to and care of this land, is an important step towards building trust and creating or renewing relationships.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), having published its final report in 2015, called on all Canadian institutions and citizens to “honour the past and reconcile the future,” with a view to confronting the profound harms inflicted on Indigenous peoples by Canada’s residential school system and its legacies. There is no question that this is a critical moment for McGill to enhance its engagement, in the most earnest and explicit way, with Indigenous studies and Indigenous education.

The Opportunity

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP) ( and its Master of Education (MEd) Programs welcome applications for a tenure-stream appointment in Indigenous Education at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The MEd Concentrations in Educational Psychology (Inclusive Education, General Educational Psychology, Learning Sciences ( provide students and experienced educators with a solid foundation in responding constructively to the diversity that exists within the inclusive environment. Within this program, students engage in coursework and community-based field placements and can delve further into an area of interest through research or curricular-development activities. In conjunction with the Faculty of Education’s Office of First Nations and Inuit Education (OFNIE) this position offers exciting opportunities for program development, curriculum design, and pedagogical innovation in collaboration with new and existing Indigenous partners.

Community Partnerships at McGill

There are several exciting Indigenous research projects happening at McGill. These projects include language revitalization, historical investigations into McGill and Canada's past, and the revitalization of Indigenous law. Research has an important role to play in the reconciliation process, and McGill is committed to facilitating respectful and mutually beneficial partnerships with communities. Research in collaboration with Indigenous communities is a crucial step towards building trust and lasting relationships. Examples include in-community course delivery as well as outreach and research initiatives, which are developed and implemented in collaboration with First Nations and Inuit communities throughout the province.

The Applicant

The ideal candidate will:

  • have lived experience of Indigenous cultures, values, and epistemologies, and the approach, skills, and experience necessary to facilitate cross-cultural knowledge-building and collaboration;
  • apply a strengths-based approach;
  • have a demonstrated commitment to values of equity, diversity, and inclusion as related to teaching, scholarly work, and service activities;
  • hold, or be near completion of, a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology, Indigenous Studies or a related discipline;
  • be able to teach courses in the MEd program ( and supervise graduate students;
  • have produced high-impact research and scholarship consistent with a research-intensive University;
  • have a plan for securing external research funding.

Position Start Date

The position start date is August 1, 2022


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and consistent with University guidelines.

To Apply

Please submit your application within 30 days of the publication of this advertisement. Review of materials will begin immediately after the due date and will continue until the position is filled or the search is terminated.  Short-listed candidates invited to meet with members of the unit and hiring committee should expect to interview either virtually or in-person in Montreal as of January 2022, pending provincial health measures.

Persons wishing to be considered for this position should submit an application containing the following documents:

  1. a cover letter which includes:
  2. their expression of interest in the position;
  3. a statement of their relationship to Indigenous communities and identity; and
  4. the names of three individuals who will write their recommendation letters and their email addresses (Note: only the referees of short-listed candidates will be contacted for letters);
  5. a curriculum vitae;
  6. a description of their program of research;
  7. a statement of their teaching philosophy and interests;
  8. Copies of representative research article(s), including the full and not-yet-published papers (maximum of 5); (Note: these should be uploaded as one single PDF file)

Further inquiries and questions may be directed to

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The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP) is a diverse and collegial department with approximately 30 faculty members. Faculty members are actively involved in scholarly activities at the provincial, national and international level.

Founded in 1821, McGill University is one of Canada's leading research-intensive universities, with students from over 160 countries. Located centrally in the vibrant city of Montreal, a city widely known as socially diverse, cosmopolitan, and bilingual (French/English) with a wealth of culture. English is the language of instruction at McGill, but a working knowledge of French is an asset.

The City - Tiohtiá:ke | Montreal

The Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples have long ties to what is now the Island of Montreal. Kawenote Teiontiakon is a documented Kanien’kéha name for the Island of Montreal. The City of Montreal is known as Tiohti:áke in Kanien’kéha, and Mooniyang in Anishinaabemowin. McGill University is located closest to the Kanien'kehà:ka Nation communities at Kahnawá:ke, Kanehsatà:ke and Akwesasne. The Kanien'kehá:ka Nation is a founding nation of the Haudenosaunee/People of the Longhouse (Iroquois) Confederacy which is also comprised of the Seneca, Tuscarora, Cayuga, Onondaga, and Oneida Nations. The Hochelaga Monument on McGill’s Lower Campus Field commemorates the Iroquoian village of Hochelaga visited by Jacques Cartier in 1534, which was situated in the area around Mont Royal.

Montreal (Tiohtiá:ke) is now the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec and the second-most populous municipality in Canada as a whole. Previously called Ville-Marie, or “City of Mary”, it is named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city. The city is centered on the Island of Montreal, which took its name from the same source as the city, and a few much smaller peripheral islands, the largest of which is Île Bizard. It has a distinct four-season continental climate with warm to hot summers and cold, snowy winters.

McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.

At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry.

McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, or that may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record.

McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving for the implementation of universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through accommodation policies and procedures. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence,

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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