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About McMaster Indigenous Research Institute (MIRI)
Over the past five years, an increased Indigenous academic, research and structural presence has been established at McMaster University. MIRI will be housed in the Burke Science Building in new space currently under construction. In addition, as part of our commitment to increasing Indigenous presence on campus, we are developing space in the Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery to house the recently approved Indigenous Health Learning Lodge and the Indigenous Students Health Sciences office. The Indigenous Studies Program and the Indigenous Student Services Office are housed in enviable space in the new L. R. Wilson Hall.
The Indigenous Education Council (IEC) and MIRI have recently submitted an Indigenous Education and Research Strategic Plan aimed to advance Indigenous leadership and self-determination at McMaster. The vision is to have ‘respectful, reciprocal relationships with Indigenous peoples that upholds their rights and self-determination in the academy and territory’. It is our collective goal at McMaster University to promote the value of diverse Indigenous ontologies, epistemologies, ethics and cultures and to facilitate harmonization of Indigenous research methodologies with Western approaches. McMaster University also aims to make stronger connections with a broader domestic and international network and develop equitable opportunities to be appointed as research chairs, tenured and supported with research assistance that would boost Indigenous scholarship.
Indigenous faculty from various Faculties and Departments hold prestigious awards including a McPherson Chair in Indigenous Studies, a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Well-Being, a Heart & Stroke Foundation / Canadian Institute of Health Research Chair in Indigenous Women’s Heart & Brain Health and a recently appointed Indigenous Scholar – Community Engagement & Innovation.
About the position
We are seeking a Director of the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute to lead the efforts of the MIRI strategic vision. As Director, you will collaborate with both campus and community colleagues to facilitate activities related to advocacy and engagement in education and policy environments at the local, provincial, national and international levels regarding Indigenous pedagogy and ontology (ways of knowing). This role will be supported by a newly developed Assistant Director position that will provide administrative and operational support along with the established MIRI Research Coordinator role. The Director will also identify opportunities to attract and collaborate in the securement of ongoing funding towards enhancing McMaster’s existing research infrastructure.
Are you the right candidate?
This role requires a senior level professional with a demonstrated record of interpersonal leadership skills both within academia and Indigenous institutions and demonstrates a proven track record in research funding, dissemination and publication of research results. Throughout your experience, you have a well-documented research relationship with your own Nation, host community or Indigenous organizations and an active externally-funded and internally-recognized research program, with particular attention to Indigenous knowledge. You must possess a comprehensive grasp of both Indigenous and western pedagogies, and ethical engagement with Indigenous communities, organizations, and institutions.
Critical to the success of this role will be the effective collaboration and partnership with the Indigenous community, as well as undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. The successful incumbent will prioritize and support Indigenous community capacity building and research priorities, and promote and foster innovation, collaboration and partnership. The Director will also support the recruitment, mentorship and training of undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and work to build greater research capacity and strength in Indigenous research across all Faculties at McMaster University.
Preferably a PhD in a relevant academic discipline and a scholarly record in any area of Indigenous Studies or any discipline related to the area of Indigenous research
Ethical engagement with Indigenous communities, organizations, and institutions
Excellence in teaching demonstrated through teaching accomplishments including mentorship, graduate supervision and training of undergraduates, graduate students, or community members
The successful incumbent will hold a faculty position in one of McMaster’s academic departments and will have and maintain a distinguished program of research and teaching in any area of Indigenous Research. The appointment will be for a five-year, renewable term, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021.
How To Apply
To fulfill McMaster’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity and pursuant to Section 24 of the Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code), this position is restricted to applicants who identify as a member of an Indigenous community (First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples). Candidates from this designated group are invited to self-identify in their cover letter, in a transparent manner, as part of the application process.
Applications must include: your curriculum vitae; a statement (no longer than two pages) outlining your vision for MIRI including a strategy for implementation, and at least one research-related reference (written or verbal) from a community member. Email reference letters to email@example.com, attention: Dr. Karen Mossman, Vice-President, Research, McMaster University.
Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is identified. Complete applications must be made online at www.workingatmcmaster.ca/careers (Faculty Postings, Job #35672) to the attention of Dr. Karen Mossman, Vice-President, Research, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Gilmour Hall-208, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4L8.
Complete applications will receive full consideration and only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.
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