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Limited Term Instructor - Field Director, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology

Job ID: 17810

Updated: March 13, 2019

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The University of Calgary is seeking a Director for its archaeology field school for a five-year limited term appointment at the rank of instructor in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. We are looking for a scholar to establish and maintain an active archaeological field school and suite of related heritage programming designed to advance ii’ taa’poh’to’p, the University of Calgary’s Indigenous Strategy. The anticipated start date will July 1, 2019.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in archaeology or in anthropology with a demonstrated record of field research in archaeology. Experience working in the Northwestern plains is preferred. We seek a candidate with a demonstrated record of community-engaged research with Indigenous communities. The candidate will be expected to take over and further develop an on-going archaeology program taking place in association with the Siksika Nation. This program currently consists of an archaeological field school near Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, which the Field School Director will manage and teach, an Aboriginal Youth Engagement program designed to introduce Indigenous students from local high schools to archaeology, and a Public Archaeology Program intended to increase awareness of Blackfoot culture in partnership with Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park. 

The candidate should have experience managing large archaeological field projects and preparing reports on those excavations. The successful candidate should also have a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse communities and audiences, particularly with First Nations people and communities. Technical skills in areas such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, and basic surveying skills will be assets. The successful candidate will understand Indigenous ontologies, epistemologies, methodologies, pedagogies and knowledges and know how to implement these understandings to move the program in new and exciting directions.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated an excellent ability to develop partnerships with Indigenous communities. In particular, they will have demonstrated an excellent ability to work positively with Indigenous leadership and in commitment to Indigenous expectation of partnerships and informed inclusion.

Service to the department, faculty, University and community will be expected, including a demonstrated commitment to the indigenous strategy ii’taa’poh;’to’p and it’s foundational principles of shared ethical space with Indigenous peoples, transformation and renewal. Overall, the ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate evidence of excellence in both teaching and research through avenues such as teaching dossiers and evaluations, peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, community engagement projects, and a track record (or a potential) of securing funding. 

The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology is housed in the Faculty of Arts. It has a long history of research on the northwestern Plains, and of active collaboration with Indigenous communities. The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, the Faculty of Arts, the University of Calgary, and Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park have collaborated for the past decade and now, as part of the University’s Indigenous Strategy, are renewing commitments for further development of this important heritage site.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the 'Apply Now' link. Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents):

  • Letter of interest and curriculum vitae, including a statement providing evidence of the applicant’s connection to the Indigenous community
  • Three examples of recent scholarly work, one of which address work with Indigenous communities
  • Evidence of teaching experience 
  • Evidence of public engagement, including engagement with Indigenous communities
  • Description of a plan for the position

Applicants should also arrange to have three confidential letters of reference to be submitted directly to the selection committee at: 

Dr. Peter Dawson
c/o Julie Boyd, Manager Administrative Services
Department of Anthropology & Archaeology
Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary

Questions regarding this opportunity should be addressed to Julie Boyd by email (   

Deadline: April 24, 2019 

The University of Calgary recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.  

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

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