The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Aboriginal engagement is a strategic priority.

Assistant Professor (APA Tenure Track), Cree Language and Cultural History

 Department of Indigenous Studies

The Department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan invites applications for a full-time, tenure-stream faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with specializations in Cree language and cultural history. This will be an Academic Programming (AP) appointment with duties focussed primarily on teaching.

Candidates are normally expected to have a Ph.D. degree. However, an appropriate Master’s degree in combination with directly relevant teaching, curriculum development, and research experience can also be considered for this academic programming position.

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate Cree language courses and additional courses such as those specified below; lead the Cree language curriculum renewal process; develop new curriculum for our growing Cree academic stream; and provide collegial contributions to the department, students and faculty in areas of Cree language and culture. For language instruction, we are seeking a scholar with experience in both oracy-based immersion and linguistic approaches to Cree language instruction. The candidate will also be able to teach Cree histories and cultural expressions, and will incorporate traditional Cree knowledge (Cree philosophies and worldviews, land-based knowledge), knowledge translation, linguistic analyses, experiential learning and research practices into their teaching and research. The successful candidate will also have demonstrated commitment to Indigenous community engagement. Experience teaching at the post-secondary level and experience with distance education technology is an asset.

Courses expected to teach include:

  • CREE 101.6 Introductory Cree
  • INDG 210.3 Indigenous Ways of Knowing
  • CREE 110.3 nehiyawetan Let Us Speak Cree
  • INDG 212.3 Nehiyaw Tapsinowin Cree Cultural Histories

Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary academic department that offers BA, BA Honours, MA, and special-case PhD programs. We are situated in the College of Arts and Science and currently have seven full-time faculty members with additional associate and adjunct members from other departments and institutions. Indigenous Studies is dedicated to the development of applied and theoretical investigations of Indigenous concerns and strategic community-based research. It is also dedicated to servicing the Indigenous Studies content needs of other academic programs in the university on and off-campus. We are currently undergoing a curriculum renewal process, which includes new course development and course revisions, to meet our renewed values, vision and mission. For more information on the Department, see

The College of Arts & Science offers a dynamic combination of programs in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and fine arts. There are over 10,000 students in the College and 295 faculty, including 12 Canada Research Chairs. The College emphasizes student and faculty research, interdisciplinary programs, community outreach and international opportunities.

The University of Saskatchewan is situated in Treaty 6 territory and the Métis homeland and is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of 23,000, including over 2,200 Aboriginal students. The university is one of Canada's leading research-intensive universities

There are 3 distinct and diverse language-families in Saskatchewan - the Algonquian (Cree, Saulteaux), the Athapaskan (Dene), and Siouan (Nakoda, Dakota, Lakota). The Métis also speak a blended French/Cree language (Michif). The largest linguistic-family group in North America consists of Algonquian languages and the Cree language is dominant in Canada and Saskatchewan. Cree also has regional dialects (woodland 'th', plains 'y', swampy 'n'). Saskatchewan is also home to many other Indigenous peoples from across Canada and beyond. Collectively, Aboriginal people make up 15.6% of the provincial population and almost 10% of the population of the city of Saskatoon.

Interested candidates will submit a letter of application, an up-to-date CV, copies of relevant publications, a teaching dossier, a list of Indigenous Studies courses they are qualified to teach, and three letters of reference. The application package must be addressed to:

D. de Boer
Chair, Search Committee
Department of Indigenous Studies
College of Arts and Science
University of Saskatchewan

Email the application package to Review of applications will begin by November 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled, with the appointment commencing July 1, 2017.

Salary Bands (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017):

Assistant Professor $93,293 (floor) - $112,109 (CDI ceiling)           


This position comes with a comprehensive benefits package which includes pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), sick leave, travel insurance, death benefit, dental plan, extended health and vision care plan, employee assistance program and flexible health and wellness spending program.

For further information, please contact:

Tel: (306) 966-6209


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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.