Indigenous Knowledge and Natural Sciences Lecturer (Deadline: November 15, 2021)

Job Description

The Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the University of British Columbia-Vancouver campus invites applications for a Lecturer appointment in Indigenous Knowledge and Natural Sciences, commencing as early as January 1, 2022, but no later than July 1, 2022.  All appointments are subject to budgetary approval.

The Faculty of Forestry recognizes the need to consider hiring practices that better accommodate the unique experiences of Indigenous people in the recruitment and retention of indigenous scholars. This includes recruiting Indigenous scholars that are immersed in the complex navigation of resource management, economic opportunities, and government regulation issues that affect indigenous people and communities. It also includes recognizing scholars’ immersion in Aboriginal/Indigenous knowledge systems, familiarity with community protocols, and advantages of communication among established networks. This recruitment is timely for advancing UBC‘s leadership in Indigenous research, teaching, and academic service in the Faculty of Forestry to assist in addressing reconciliation.

This is a full-time position for a term of up to five years, which entails a probationary first year. Lecturer positions are appointments without review (i.e. non-tenure track), renewable for successive terms, subject to availability of funds and demonstration of excellence in teaching and service, in accordance with the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association. A full-time Lecturer in the Faculty of Forestry is responsible for 24 teaching credits (i.e., eight three-credit courses) and service assignments normally based on a three-three load in the Winter sessions and two courses in the Summer sessions. This position will include teaching, research, and service, and teaching relief will be provided for 18 credits, leaving a teaching load of 6 credits (i.e., two 3-credit courses).

The Forest and Conservation Sciences Department seeks an individual to deliver and teach relevant curriculum content on Indigenous knowledge and natural sciences in the Faculty of Forestry.  The Lecturer will take a lead role in the teaching, research and management of the Faculty of Forestry Indigenous Program. Teaching will include the development of online material, classroom-based lectures, seminars and project work, lab exercises, new or revised courses, supervision of Directed Studies, and student mentoring. The Lecturer will be expected to take a lead in student evaluation and curriculum development and will play a significant role in developing a research program related to Indigenous Forestry. Embedded in this role is an important service commitment, the administrative responsibilities of which will primarily cover:

Academic Advising and Recruiting

The Lecturer helps to: (1) develop, coordinate, and implement educational services geared to achieving, maintaining and improving Indigenous student success, retention, and well-being; (2) mentor faculty, staff, and students across the faculty who are developing the capacity to work with Indigenous students, communities, and organizations; and (3) advise and assist with the development of Indigenous recruitment strategies for the Faculty of Forestry’s undergraduate and graduate degree, as well as professional certificate programs.

Community Engagement and Outreach

Strong and vibrant relationships with Indigenous communities and organizations are critical elements within the UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan and are equally vital to contributing to the success of the goals of increasing the number of Indigenous students in the Faculty of Forestry. Building these strong relationships requires respect, a long-term commitment to communities, and regular interactions. The Lecturer will lead the development of collaborative projects with Indigenous peoples based upon a thorough knowledge of Indigenous community protocols. The Lecturer plays a role in the development and distribution of communications related to the Faculty of Forestry’s Indigenous programs.

Strategic Initiatives

The Lecturer will help to (1) set strategic goals and initiatives to increase Indigenous students in the faculties, encourage respect for Indigenous knowledge and culture within the classroom, meet the needs of Indigenous students as well as contribute to increasing the interest in STEM fields in Indigenous communities in British Columbia, and foster collaborations with Indigenous communities; (2) identify opportunities for new initiatives and researches best practices in the implementation of Indigenous strategic initiatives; and (3) Serve as the lead in the development of strategies and tools for Indigenous community mobilization and co-produced research at the local, regional, and provincial levels.


A PhD and evidence of excellence and innovation in teaching are required for this appointment. Preference will be given to passionate and visionary candidates who show accomplishments or promise in the following areas:

  • A record of teaching at the undergraduate level with innovative pedagogical approaches and a research program that aligns with the Faculty of Forestry
  • Knowledge of complex adaptive systems and their use in the management of natural and social environments

How to Apply for this Indigenous Knowledge and Natural Sciences Lecturer Position

Applications should be submitted to the UBC Careers site by November 15th, 2021.

Applications should include:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Dossier
  • Diversity Statement
  • Names and contact of three (3) references

Please also indicate in your application if you are a Canadian or Permanent Resident of Canada.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

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