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Academic Appointment - Indigenous Scholarship and Teaching
Western University

Date Posted Oct. 12, 2018
Title Academic Appointment - Indigenous Scholarship and Teaching
University Western University
London, ON, Canada
Department Faculty of Law
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2019
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Indigenous Law

The Faculty of Law at Western University invites applications for a full-time faculty member to enhance its scholarship and teaching in fields related to Indigenous and/or Aboriginal Law. This may include, but is not limited to, Indigenous legal traditions, constitutional law, property law, environmental law, international law, and human rights.

The Appointment may be a probationary (tenure-track) appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor or a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, depending on qualifications and experience. Candidates may also be considered for Limited Term appointment, with rank to be determined by qualifications and experience.

Qualified applicants must have a JD, LLB or equivalent degree, as well as a relevant advanced graduate degree or equivalent. Western Law welcomes candidates with graduate degrees or research expertise in Law or other related fields, including Political Science, Sociology, History, Anthropology, or Geography. Applicants may, if they wish, be considered for cross-appointment with First Nations Studies.

The appointment is expected to commence July 1, 2019, although alternative starting dates may be arranged.

Western University approved its Indigenous Strategic Plan in 2016. A key component of that Plan is to build a community of Indigenous scholars across its Faculties. As a law school, we believe that we have a responsibility to enhance the participation of Indigenous law students and lawyers, and to teach all our students about the distinctive place of Indigenous peoples and cultures within the Canadian legal system. Applicants are encouraged to describe their connections to or partnerships with Indigenous communities and organizations, where applicable.

Candidates considered for a probationary appointment must have a superior academic record and a demonstrated record of, or a strong potential for, excellence in scholarly research and teaching. In addition, they should have the ability and willingness to contribute to the intellectual and scholarly life of the Faculty community and to the University more generally. Candidates considered for appointments with tenure must have an outstanding academic record with a strong record of publications in academic outlets and significant experience in teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate law students, establish a productive research program, and provide leadership in the Faculty of Law.

Applicants who currently hold faculty positions may wish to contact Dean Erika Chamberlain at in confidence.

Western Law has long been an innovator in legal education, and has an unparalleled student experience. Our faculty are scholars of the highest calibre, who produce influential, leading-edge research; have strong interdisciplinary ties; and collaborate with pre-eminent scholars around the world. Western Law’s graduate program is dynamic and welcomes students from both law and non-law backgrounds. More information about Western Law can be found at

Western University delivers an academic experience second to none. Western challenges the best and brightest faculty, staff and students to commit to the highest global standards. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community. Since 1878, the Western Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in order to better serve our communities.

Information about Western can be found at and information on the city of London is available at

Applicants are asked to complete the form available at and submit it with a letter of application identifying their areas of interest in research and teaching, a detailed curriculum vitae, the names and contact details of three academic referees, and a copy of JD, LLB and graduate transcripts for all degrees obtained since 2011. Entry-level applicants should also arrange for three confidential letters of academic reference to be submitted electronically to or mailed to Dean Erika Chamberlain at the address below.

Electronic applications are preferred and can be submitted to or mailed to:
Dean Erika Chamberlain, Faculty of Law
Western University
London, Ontario, N6A 3K7.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2018, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Dean Chamberlain’s Assistant, Nanette Love at or by phone at (519) 661-2111 ext. 88442.

Western University is situated on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Lunaapeewak and Attawandaron peoples, who have longstanding relationships to the land and region of southwestern Ontario and the City of London. The local First Nation communities of this area include Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Oneida Nation of the Thames, and Munsee Delaware nation. In the region, there are eleven Fist Nation communities and a growing Indigenous urban population.

Western values the significant historical and contemporary contributions of local and regional First Nations and all of the Original peoples of Turtle Island (North America).

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Contact Information

  • Dean Erika Chamberlain
    Faculty of Law
    Western University
    1151 Richmond Street
    London, ON N6A 3K7


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