The Indigenous Law Centre (ILC) at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan is entering a new stage in its evolution. To assist in this evolution, the ILC is seeking a new Academic Director. The desired candidate will be an established or emerging legal scholar who already holds a tenure-track Faculty position at a Canadian law school. The successful applicant will be appointed Academic Director of the Indigenous Law Centre and as a Faculty Member of the College of Law at a rank dependent on their qualifications, experience and current academic rank.
The role of the Academic Director will be to help chart the direction of the ILC over the next several years. Working in close partnership with the Dean of Law, the Academic Director will assist in the following key tasks:
1. Lead in revising, updating and implementing the ILC Strategic Plan.
2. Work with the office of the Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement on campus-wide
3. Work with the College of Law’s Cultural Advisor on programming within the College.
4. Oversee the ongoing development and implementation of new Certificate
Programs in Indigenous & Aboriginal Law.
5. Oversee the development of new ways to share research on Indigenous & Aboriginal Law.
6. Help the College of Law’s continuing efforts to respond to the Calls to Action of the TRC.
7. Participate in the recruitment of early career First Nation, Inuit or Metis faculty.
8. Act as a mentor to Indigenous faculty, students and staff.
9. Participate (in partnership with the Dean) in fundraising initiatives for the ILC.
The position is advertised as a tenure track position and you must hold an LL.M. or doctoral qualification in Law. The successful candidate for Academic Director will be expected to undertake teaching and research while in place, but at a reduced level to enable them to devote sufficient time to their key administrative functions.
The position can also be offered as a term position in the hope that it will enable established Faculty from other law schools to come to the ILC for a period of several years and assist in the progressive development of the ILC, mentor subsequent junior hires and to set a strong foundation for the future. It is anticipated that this would be a 3 year term position, although the exact details are negotiable. The ILC has a proud history of being a key pillar in Indigenous legal education in Canada. This position presents an opportunity to the successful applicant to play a significant role in the evolution and progressive development of this nationally important institution and to build a cohort of junior scholars who will carry the work of the ILC forward.
The University of Saskatchewan is committed to fundamentally reshaping its relationships with Indigenous peoples in Canada. The College of Law aims to be a significant contributor to that process and the ILC will be at the forefront of the College’s efforts. The new Academic Director will be a key lead in that process.
The ILC was established as the Native Law Centre by then Dean Roger Carter QC in 1973. It stands on Treaty 6 territory and the traditional homeland of the Metis people. For nearly 50 years it has been involved in the education of First Nation, Inuit and Metis law students and in the promotion of research in Indigenous & Aboriginal law.
A position at the University of Saskatchewan comes with a very competitive benefits package which includes a dental, health and extended vision care plan; pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefits, an employee assistance program, a professional expense allowance, and a flexible health and wellness spending program. Salary bands for this position are as follows: Assistant Professor $99,945 to $120,099; Associate Professor $120,099 to $140,253; and Professor $140,253 to $163,766, with a higher starting salary in rare and exceptional circumstances pursuant to Article 188.8.131.52 of the 2017-2022 USFA Collective Agreement (https://usaskfaculty.ca/collective-agreement/). The Academic Director will also receive an administrative stipend. Applications will start being reviewed immediately and will be considered until the position is filled.
Applications containing an academic CV, the names of three referees, and a letter of introduction outlining the motivation for applying, and thoughts on the evolution of the ILC, should be addressed to:
Professor Martin Phillipson
Dean, College of Law
University of Saskatchewan
15 Campus Drive
Telephone: (306) 966-5910
Fax: (306) 966-5900