Institution (Location)
Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC)
Start Date
November 23, 2016
Position Description

The University of British Columbia is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of
the Musqueam people in beautiful Vancouver, a multicultural, multilingual city ranked as one of the
world’s best places to live. The University is recognized internationally as a leading research
institution and, recently, was ranked as second in Canada and 34
th in the world (Academic Ranking
of World Universities). The Faculty of Education was ranked first in Canada and ninth globally
among faculties of education (QS World University Rankings). It is committed to research
excellence and provides a comprehensive set of programmatic offerings at the baccalaureate,
magisterial and doctoral levels. In addition to a post-baccalaureate Teacher Education program, we
offer Faculty-wide graduate programs in early childhood education, educational technology and
interdisciplinary studies. For further details about the Faculty and its research, please visit our
website at

The Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia is a leader in Indigenous Education,
offers an Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP), graduate Indigenous specializations, and
is proposing new graduate programs and concentrations in Indigenous Education. The Faculty is
home to the Indigenous Education Institute of Canada, publishes an annual theme issue of the
Canadian Journal of Native Education, and has an Associate Dean for Indigenous Education in its
senior leadership team.

The Canada Research Chairs Program ( was established by the
Canadian Federal Government with the purpose of attracting outstanding researchers to the
Canadian university system. This CRC position is affiliated with the Canadian Institutes of Health
Research (CIHR), which is Canada’s health research investment agency supporting discoveries and
innovations that improve health and strengthen the health care system. The Tier II Chair is for
exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their
field. Tier II Chairs are tenable for five years and are renewable once for a further five years upon
review by national and international peers. Applicants’ proposed research programs should address
one or more of the priority areas noted above and be congruent with the goals and strategies 
contained in UBC’s Strategic Plan, “Place and Promise” (, and the Faculty
of Education’s strategic priorities, particularly with respect to Aboriginal engagement and Indigenous

 We seek a scholar with a strong record of research, teaching, and community engagement and who
can contribute significantly to the advancement of Indigenous health and well-being. Excellent
research experience with Indigenous communities is required. The successful applicant will be
nominated by the University for a Tier II Canada Research Chair. As stated in the Terms of
Reference (, the nomination is subject to review by the CRC Secretariat.
Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree may have their
eligibility for a Tier II Chair assessed through the program’s Tier II justification process. Please
consult the CRC website for more information on eligibility criteria. Upon approval by the CRC
Secretariat, the successful applicant will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track)
or Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Faculty of Education, subject to the University’s
established appointment process. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and
experience and carries a research supplement. The University’s benefit package is comprehensive.


Candidate’s Qualifications (who should apply)

The Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a Tier II
Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Indigenous Health and Well-being
. Applications are
welcomed from exceptional emerging scholars who are strong, innovative, and culturally-grounded
researchers with demonstrated expertise in studying Indigenous approaches to health and well-being
from a disciplinary perspective that aligns with one or more of the four Departments and School
within the Faculty of Education. These include the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy; the
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education; the Department of
Educational Studies; the Department of Language and Literacy Education; and/or the School of
Kinesiology. As reflected in the diverse cognate areas within the faculty, it is anticipated that the
successful candidate will embrace social, ecological, cultural, and community-oriented perspectives,
and have expertise in applying Indigenous knowledge and methodologies to health and well-being.
The successful appointee will hold a doctoral degree in one of the disciplines pertinent to the work of
the Faculty of Education and will be encouraged to work across departments, school, and units in the
Faculty and the University. 

How to Apply

Interested applicants are invited to send us (contact details below) their curriculum vitae, a five-year
research plan, a record of teaching excellence, three papers that are the most significant and relevant
to their research interests. Applicants are also asked to have three letters of reference external to UBC
and to their current institution sent directly by the arms’ length referees to UBC.

The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment
equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from
members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons
of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to
engage productively with diverse communities. Preference will be given to Aboriginal candidates as
permitted by Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code and candidates are encouraged to self-
identify if they qualify for this preference. Canada Research Chairs are open to persons of any
nationality but Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
Offers will be
made in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements associated with the Canada Research
Chairs program.
The University of British Columbia is responsive to the needs of dual career couples as
an integral part of its strategy for excellence.

The position is subject to budgetary approval. Consideration of candidates will begin January 3, 2017
and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit application
materials by the date noted. The start date is subject to the announcement of the approval by the CRC
Secretariat and final arrangement with the appointee. 

Applications and enquires should be directed to:
Dr. Mark Beauchamp, Associate Dean Research
Faculty of Education
University of British Columbia
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver BC, Canada V6T 1Z4


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