"Inclusive Excellence embodies our vision to fully embrace discovery, scholarly exploration, and application of new ideas, while engaging and challenging the world in all its complexity. This program is just one way that Laurier continues to intentionally build a thriving community that embraces diversity and inclusion."
– Deborah MacLatchy, President and Vice-Chancellor
“The Inclusive Excellence hiring initiative is part of a larger Indigenization plan at Laurier. Hiring Indigenous scholars provides the opportunity to intentionally make space for the intellectual contributions of Indigenous thought and philosophy. By having authentic Indigenous scholars teaching and researching at Laurier, we will demonstrate to the university community and beyond the possibilities of action toward reconciling relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.”
– Dr. Darren Thomas, AVP: Indigenous Initiatives
We are truly passionate about this initiative, and our efforts to intentionally build a thriving community. As a multi-campus, multi-community university, Laurier is known for offering unique programs that make each campus its own, while retaining the essence of Laurier's strong community culture that binds us together.
Faculty scholarship will be aligned with the six themes in Laurier’s Strategic Research Plan: environments and sustainability; psychological and social determinants of health and well-being; governance and policy; Indigeneity, decolonization, equity, diversity and inclusion; business, technology and innovation; and society, culture and community.
We are excited to engage with scholars and further enhance the university's diverse ways of engaging community, teaching, research and scholarship. As one of a series of policy changes and initiatives to address systemic racism outlined in Laurier’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Indigeneity Action Plan, aimed at addressing systemic racism, the available positions align with the inclusive community and Indigeneity themes as part of the university’s broader efforts to advance strategic academic and research goals and enhance academic excellence and student experience.noBottomPadding
Laurier encourages applications from those whose scholarship and teaching may not fit traditional academic conventions. Laurier is particularly interested in welcoming Indigenous Scholars whose contributions to Indigenous thought and philosophy will enhance the academic standing and culture of the university as it continues to evolve rapidly into a more research-intensive, comprehensive, university.noTopPadding
The Faculty of Arts is seeking an Indigenous scholar whose work engages with material and visual cultures across a single or a wide range of media to join the Departments of Archeology and Heritage Studies and Religion and Culture and a scholar whose research deals with environmental media studies and decolonial media studies to join the Department of Communication Studies.
The Faculty of Music is seeking a Indigenous musician/teacher (broadly defined as performer, composer, conductor and/or scholar) to join the Community Music program with expertise in Indigenous music that intersects with community health and wellness. This position would be affiliated with Community Music at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with strong ties to Music Therapy at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and potential for curricular connections across other areas of the Faculty of Music, the university and in the community. Teaching will be based on the candidate’s expertise and could include existing or new coursework. The candidate’s work will help develop and expand the curriculum at the Faculty of Music, diversify repertoire in the school, and support the school’s interest in growth and innovation.
Applications can be addressed to Mike Young, executive search associate and submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will continue to be collected and evaluated until all of the Inclusive Excellence cohort positions are filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply early as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by including the following in their application. Please note that additional materials may be requested through the review process as required by the home department.
Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and diversity. Laurier welcomes applications from qualified members of equity-seeking groups.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the university is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either permanent residents of Canada or Canadian citizens.
Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships; however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:
Applicants are encouraged to address any career interruptions or special circumstances that may have affected their record of research and teaching, in accordance with Tri-Council definitions and guidelines.
Laurier strives to make our application process accessible and provides accommodations for both applicants and employees as outlined in Policy 8.7.
If you require assistance applying for this position, would like a copy of this job description in an accessible format, or would like to discuss accessibility and accommodations during the recruitment process please email email@example.com.