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Assistant Professor, Indigenous Archaeology

McGill University, Department of Anthropology
Montréal, Quebec (CA)
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Closing date
Dec 9, 2021

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Full Time
Area Studies, Indigenous Studies
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McGill University, Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track position in Indigenous Archaeology. We welcome applications from candidates who pursue innovative approaches that aim to decolonize the field, including (but not limited to) community-engaged archaeological projects, Indigenous epistemologies, decolonizing methodologies, and archaeological theory and ethics. Ideal applicants would be capable of developing graduate and undergraduate courses in the above-mentioned areas of research, in their regional specializations, and possibly others, such as the archaeology of colonialism, critical museology, heritage, repatriation, and specialist methods courses. Geographical specialization is open, but preference will be given to candidates with an area of specialization in North America (including Greenland) who self-identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuit, or Native American. 

This position is part of a multi-year interdisciplinary initiative designed to meet the Calls to Action of the Provost’s Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education. This includes the target of hiring at least 35 Indigenous tenure-track or tenured professors by 2032, who will bring lived experience and expertise in Indigenous knowledges, methodologies, histories, traditions, languages, or systems of law and governance. The ideal candidate would complement a department strength in collaborative, community archaeology and would enhance our capacity to mentor and train the next generation of archaeologists. Their research and professional profile would demonstrate the potential to contribute to Indigenous curriculum-building and community research partnerships at McGill.

Appointment is expected to be at the rank of Assistant Professor, but excellent candidates will also be considered at the ranks of Associate or Full Professor. The position start date is August 1, 2022. 

For more information about the Department of Anthropology, please visit our website at: Questions about the position and department may be sent to the Chair of the Screening Committee, Prof. Lisa Overholtzer, at Questions about applying through the Workday system may be directed to Erin Henson at 

Job duties:
Teaching, research, and service within the Department of Anthropology.

Qualifications and Education Requirements:
Candidates should have completed their PhD or be near completion. Candidates should demonstrate evidence of outstanding research potential and the potential to teach effectively at graduate and undergraduate levels. 


Department of Anthropology

Faculty of Arts

Applications should be submitted electronically to Workday (McGill’s Employment Portal)


Required documents:

·         A cover letter addressing the candidate’s interests in research and teaching;

·         A curriculum vitae, which at the end includes the names and contact information of three referees (referees will not be contacted at this stage); and

·         Two writing samples (article or chapter length).



Review of applications will begin on December 9, 2021. 

McGill University is centrally located between the mountain park and downtown Montreal, which is a safe, socially diverse, cosmopolitan and bilingual (French/English) city, with a high quality of cultural life and publicly funded health care. McGill is an international and research intensive university, with an exceptionally able undergraduate and graduate student body, which enjoys collegial governance, extensive employee benefits (health, dental, life insurance and pension) and co-operative research and teaching ties with other Montreal universities.

McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.

At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry.

McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, or that may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record.

McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving for the implementation of universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through accommodation policies and procedures. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, this email.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The language of instruction at McGill is English, but working knowledge of French is an asset. 


The Department currently has 19 full-time Faculty members and approximately 60 graduate students. McGill University provides excellent benefits to all staff. The Department is built around the study of development and social change; cultural, symbolic, and cognitive processes; medical anthropology, with special reference to cultural aspects of health and illness; and prehistoric archaeology, including palaeotechnology, settlement studies, and palaeoecology. Research and training are grounded in fieldwork and a concern with fundamental social and cultural theories.
This employer does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference.
This employer does prohibit discrimination based on gender identity/expression.
This employer does not offer health insurance benefits to eligible partners.
This employer does not appear on the AAUP list of censured institutions.
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