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Date(s) - 16/08/2017
12:00 am

Vancouver Island University


Indigenous Land Use – Canada Research Chair Tier 2
Vancouver Island University

Location: British Columbia

Work where you matter. Vancouver Island University is searching for the right researcher to take on a Canada Research Chair – Tier 2 Indigenous Land Use.

About VIU: Adjacent to the rugged coastline of the Salish Sea and within the traditional territories of the Coast Salish People, VIU is proud of its unique history and culture. As a trusted educational partner in the promotion of sustainable cultural, economic, environmental and social well-being, we inspire our students, faculty and staff, our communities and the people of Vancouver Island and coastal British Columbia through our dedication to excellence in learning, applied research, student success, respectful discourse, Indigenous ways of knowing and personal well-being.

We are committed to the exploration of the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and emerging judicial decisions around Indigenous Rights and Title as those rights pertain to Indigenous cultural, economic and social planning and development. We invite applications for a Canada Research Chair (CRC) with interests and expertise in Indigenous land-use management. Tier 2 CRCs are exceptional, emerging researchers acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to demonstrate extraordinary leadership.

About the role: You will contribute to VIU’s graduate programs through research, outreach and teaching with significant opportunities for collaboration with local First Nations and the broader community. As the CRC, you will demonstrate familiarity with Indigenous research methods and/or pedagogy. As part of VIU’s continuing evolution, and efforts to align work with our Academic Plan, you will explore research topics analogous to these areas:
implications for Indigenous land use planning and development as a result of emerging Rights and Title court decisions;
emerging Indigenous land use planning practices;
pre-colonization land use patterns;
impacts of historical governance (Indian Act, reserve system) upon Indigenous land use;
other research related to the impact of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

You will have significant research experience and expertise evidenced by peer-reviewed academic publications from within the past 5 years. Additionally, you will be at a point in your career where your are prepared for significant, new research responsibilities that will develop into a full and thriving research program aligning with VIU’s Strategic Research and Academic Plans.

Our academic requirements include course delivery, research supervision and service to the University. Your duties, responsibilities, and expectations of the position will include, but not be limited to:

Conceptualize, prioritize and lead a comprehensive research program focusing on Indigenous land-use management;
Liaise closely with and provide leadership to our faculty and staff in relevant departments and research centres, enhancing research opportunities for both faculty and students;
Recruit, manage and supervise research teams, including undergraduate and graduate students; postdoctoral fellows and their projects;
Consult and partner with our faculty, local First Nation and coastal communities, and government to determine research questions and direction;
Build multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to research questions and assemble collaborative research groups;
Write research proposals and attract Tri-Agency research funding;
Budget and administer research funds, including preparation of financial reports;
Communicate research results through peer-reviewed publications, presentations at academic conferences, workshops, and to the media and in public forums where appropriate;
Build relationships, solidify connections, and generate research partnerships contributing to the culmination of our Academic and Research Plans;
Instructing in the Masters of Community Planning program and/or other graduate programs, as appropriate.

As our CRC in Indigenous Land Use, you demonstrate dedication to teaching, learning and student success through scholarship and institutional service. You will participate in a wide range of activities outside the classroom, including student support; institutional, faculty and departmental committee meetings and other initiatives; and professional activities in keeping with their disciplines in and outside the institution.

Required Qualifications:
The Canada Research Chairs program expects Tier 2 nominees to be within 10 years of having received a Ph.D. (or the highest degree in their discipline); be excellent emerging researchers who have demonstrated particular research creativity; and the potential to achieve international recognition in the next 5 to 10 years; be proposing an original, innovative research program of high quality; and, as a chair-holder, have the potential to attract excellent students and future researchers as well as research funding. Candidates who are more than 10 years from their doctorate may be considered through CRC’s Tier 2 Justification Process if they experienced a career interruption due to parental, extended sick or family care leave and should indicate this intent in their cover letter.

In addition to the CRC requirements, VIU is looking for:

Demonstrated leadership skills in developing solid working relationships with Indigenous communities locally, regionally, and provincially;
Research activities using innovative programs and Indigenous research methods;
Research network development;
Demonstrated commitment to knowledge mobilization;
Demonstrated research ability with a potential for developing new areas of collaborative research;
Experience in teaching and supervising students, and
A significant record of peer-reviewed publications in the last 5 years.

The Chair will have the academic qualifications to work with faculty from a range of disciplines within the University in order to advance a scholarly and teaching program that focuses on Indigenous Land Rights as a vehicle for enhancing cultural, economic, environmental and social well-being in Indigenous communities.

View the full position profile and apply online at viu.ca/HumanResources/postings by August 16, 2017.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.