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Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Indigenous Research

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Job Title Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Indigenous Research
Rank Assistant or Associate Professor
Tenure Information Tenured
Job Summary
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, located on the ancestral and unceded Coast Salish territories in Vancouver, Canada, is seeking candidates for nomination for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Research.

Founded in 1925, Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECU) is a centre for innovation in art and design research and education and is one of four Canadian institutions dedicated to the education of artists, designers, and media practitioners. ECU is a learning community devoted to excellence and innovation in visual arts, media arts and design. The principles guiding our work include putting people first, lasting and meaningful reconciliation, equity and anti-racism, a better future through fighting climate change, and a strong sustainable economy that works for everyone. These principles are framed by a deep belief in the transformative power of art, media, and design research and education. As one of the most research-intensive art and design universities in Canada, we believe that our research can help to transform the world, build healthier and more vibrant futures, and cultivate cultural resilience throughout our local and global communities.

As outlined in our 2023-28 Strategic Research Plan, we work to advance equity, diversity and inclusion throughout our research and foster broader social transformation and change. We also recognize that success in research has long been centred around values, concerns, and priorities that do not reflect the diversity of our university and do not align with the research community we want to build. By cultivating resources and capacities to support researchers and students from equity-denied communities, and developing research that engages in transformative creative strategies that enact and support social justice and community wellness, we will ensure all members of our community can thrive in pursuing new, necessary, and transformative research.

Indigenous Research is one of the core research themes in ECU’s 2023-28 Strategic Research Plan, and the university is committed to integrating Indigenous knowledge systems into research, pedagogy, and governance. This appointment seeks to catalyze new, high impact research at the intersection of art, design, or media research and Indigenous and decolonial practices. This new CRC Tier 2 appointment will join a diverse and engaged creative community and will support and expand ECU’s commitment in this area of importance.

Areas of research may include but will not be limited to:

  • Indigenous ways of knowing and Indigenous epistemologies and futurisms
  • Approaches to international and transnational Indigenous movements, canons, and collectives with a special consideration on current practices and limitations
  • Land-based practices, urban and rural creative and cultural economies
  • Material-based inquiries relevant to Indigenous communities
  • Design, media, or art practices that help to advance Indigenous worldviews, languages, and cosmologies.
This Tier 2 CRC is tenable for five years and may be renewed for a second term and is intended for exceptional emerging scholars who have the potential to lead in their fields. Applicants must have demonstrated research productivity (e.g. publications, national and international exhibitions records, knowledge mobilization activities, non-traditional forms of scholarship) and possesses the potential to achieve international recognition within the next 5-10 years. Applicants must hold or be eligible to hold a full-time, tenured or tenure-track appointment at ECU.

Normally, applicants for Tier 2 Chairs should be no more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree at the time of Chair nomination. However, applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will work with ECU’s Research + Industry Office to prepare a complete CRC application for the CRC Program. The academic appointment is conditional on the approval of the application by the CRC Program and subject to the availability of funding and to final approval by the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS). Interested applicants are invited to review the initial appointment and chair renewal details of the CRC Program at:

Required Qualifications
Candidate Profile
We are seeking a candidate who will be an excellent emerging world-class researcher with demonstrated research creativity and the potential to achieve international recognition in their fields in the next five to ten years. Candidates will also possess the capacity to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers, and be proposing an original, innovative research program.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD, or MFA, or MDes, or related terminal degree in relevant field. They will value a transdisciplinary approach to Indigenous studies and research. Additionally, candidates should be interested in conducting research in an art and design university and prepared to incorporate practice-based methods and modes of inquiry into their research program.

The successful candidate will contribute to fostering an environment that promotes inclusivity and embodies values of respect, integrity, compassion, and collaboration. Equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice are of the upmost priorities for ECU, and we are aligning our entire academic operations to foster an inclusive community for voices that have been historically underrepresented or discouraged. Candidates who bring diverse perspectives and lived experiences are strongly encouraged to apply and self-identify in their application materials as we strive to enhance diversity, inclusiveness, socio-cultural representation, and perspective across our academic community.

Expectations of the Position
The core expectations of Tier 2 Canada Research Chair at ECU include:
  • The Chair holder will have the ability to embark on an ambitious and high impact research program that is positioned to secure significant research support from external funders and have the potential to inform and shape the field.
  • The Chair holder will have the ability to provide robust and meaningful training opportunities and mentorship for students at ECU and undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • The Chair holder will be provided with a reduced teaching load and is expected to participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching activities and to provide service to the university and broader communities.

Preferred Qualifications
About Emily Carr
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, established in 1925, is a world leader in education and research. Encouraging experimentation at the intersection of art, design, media and technology, our learning community merges studio practice, research, and critical theory in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment. Alumni and faculty are internationally recognized as award-winning creators and thought leaders who have significant impact on both the cultural sector and economy. We engage students, industry, and society to continuously explore and think differently about creativity and how it shapes our world. Located in beautiful and culturally rich Vancouver, British Columbia, Emily Carr attracts more than 1800 students from 60 countries to our undergraduate and graduate programs.
Additional Information
How to Apply
Emily Carr University especially invites those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity and inclusion, and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. Candidates who bring diverse perspectives and lived experiences are strongly encouraged to apply and self-identify in their application materials. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applicants from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

We acknowledge the potential impact that career interruptions (e.g. maternity leave, leave due to illness, etc.) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. Applicants are encouraged to identify in their application the impact that career interruptions may have had on their record of practice and research achievement. This will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.

ECU is committed to providing the necessary accommodations to support the application process. Applicants may wish to review our Workplace Accommodation Guidelines: Physical or Mental Disability document.

For persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application, or for any applicant with questions or concerns regarding the application process in relation to equity, diversity, and inclusion can be addressed to Ece Arslan, EDI Coordinator, Research + Industry Office: Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

To apply, please submit the following information by 12pm PST on October 27, 2023:

  • Cover letter outlining your interest and suitability for the opportunity
  • 2-page Research statement that outlines a proposed CRC research program over five years, including proposed major projects, research objectives, and knowledge mobilization plans, and addresses the alignment of the proposed research program to ECU’s 2023-28 Strategic Research Plan
  • 1-page statement on student training within research context
  • 1-page statement on your experiences with equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching and research practices
  • PDF portfolio or link to previous research (publications; documentation of art, design, or media works; etc.)
  • Curriculum vitae

Electronic submissions are welcome at

All qualified people are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those shortlisted will be contacted.

Posted: September 18, 2023

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F008-2023
Open Date
Close Date
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Are you legally entitled to work in Canada?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. Privacy Notification: Self-ID Data Collection | At ECU, we are committed to work towards advancing equity, diversity and inclusion throughout our research and foster broader social transformation and change. We are collecting self-ID information to ensure we are reaching a diverse pool of applicants. Reaching a diverse pool of applicants will also help us sustain our equity-targets. None of the questions in the survey are mandatory, meaning that you can choose to not disclose any information the question is asking. Your application will not be penalized due to not answering the questions. Privacy Notice: ECU collects personal information under the authority of section 26(e) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and uses, discloses, and retains personal information in accordance with FIPPA. The information will be used for EDI program planning and evaluation. Some of the data we are collecting in this survey can be categorized as personal information and sensitive personal information. All data will be kept confidential and strictly protected in compliance with ECU’s privacy and information security standards. The data will be stored in Canada. All files will be password-protected and stored on ECU’s secure internal network with access limited to authorized ECU staff. No decisions about you will be made using the information provided in your survey submission. If you have questions regarding the privacy and security of your information, you can reach out to
    • Yes, I have read and understand the above privacy statement.
  3. What is your primary gender identity? We acknowledge that the language around gender identities evolves over time. Please choose the option that fits you best.
    • Man
    • Woman
    • Two-Spirit
    • Non-Binary
    • Genderfluid
    • Agender
    • Gender Non-Conforming or Genderqueer
    • Prefer not to disclose
  4. Do you identify as someone with trans experience? We define trans experience as having a gender identity that is not aligned with the sex assigned at birth.
    • Yes
    • No
    • Questioning
    • Prefer not to disclose
  5. Do you identify as part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community (Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and additional sexually and gender diverse people)?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Questioning
    • Prefer not to disclose
  6. Do you self-identify as Indigenous? By Indigenous, we mean treaty, status/non-status, registered/non-registered Indigenous Peoples of what is now colonially known as Canada; members of First Nations, Métis, or Inuit. We acknowledge that this definition of Indigenous is limited and excludes Indigenous Peoples of the World (such as members of Ainu, Sámi, or Māori nations, etc.).
    • Yes
    • No
    • Prefer not to disclose
  7. If you responded "Yes" to the question prior (ie. you identify as Indigenous), please select all which you identify with:
    • First Nations
    • Métis
    • Inuit
    • Prefer to not disclose
    • N/A
  8. Do you identify as a racialized person? For the purposes of this survey, we define the term racialized person in alignment with the Employment Equity Act’s definition of "visible minority”. The Employment Equity Act defines visible minorities as "persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non‑Caucasian in race or non‑white in colour." The visible minority population consists mainly of the following groups: South Asian, Chinese, Black, Filipino, Arab, Latin American, Southeast Asian, West Asian, Korean and Japanese. Some terms that are used in parallel are the people of Global Majority and people of colour (IBPOC: Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour or BIPOC).
    • Yes
    • No
    • Prefer not to disclose
  9. Do you identify as someone with a disability and/or chronic illness? The Accessible Canada Act defines disability as “any impairment, including a physical, mental, intellectual, cognitive, learning, communication or sensory impairment—or a functional limitation—whether permanent, temporary or episodic in nature, or evident or not, that, in interaction with a barrier, hinders a person’s full and equal participation in society.”
    • Yes
    • No
    • Prefer not to disclose

Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Portfolio
  3. Research Statement
  4. References
Optional Documents