Teaching Chair in Integrating Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering
University of Calgary Centre for Environmental Engineering Research and Education

Teaching Chair in Integrating Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering




Job ID: 18186

Updated: April 30, 2019

Location: Main Campus


Position Description


The Centre for Environmental Engineering Research and Education (CEERE) in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary invites applications for a Teaching Chair in Integrating Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering with the preferred start date of Sept 3, 2019.  CEERE is focused on the development and growth of multidisciplinary education programs in Environmental Engineering and Energy and Environment with a mandate to bring together learners, educators, researchers and industry participants to benefit from a team-based approach for tackling current and future environmental challenges in Alberta, Canada and worldwide.


The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Instructor (tenure-track) or Senior Instructor (appointment with tenure) jointly in CEERE and in one of our five engineering departments (Civil; Geomatics; Chemical and Petroleum; Electrical and Computer; and Mechanical and Manufacturing). Applicants will have earned an undergraduate degree in engineering and have completed or very close to completing a Master’s or PhD program in engineering, education, or other relevant disciplines. The successful candidate ideally will have at least 2 years of full-time engineering work experience or work experience in an Indigenous community. The successful candidate will have a strong interest in undergraduate education and in teaching and learning pedagogy.


Applicants at the instructor level must present evidence of successful teaching and developing a scholarship of application, such as in-service teaching, collaborative work completed for the profession, and/or leadership in the profession.


Applicants at the Senior Instructor rank requires evidence of teaching effectiveness; a creative approach to the teaching function; evidence that the individual is capable of initiating and participating in a wide variety of teaching activities; evidence that the individual is thoroughly familiar with the current status of the appropriate discipline or one or more specialized areas thereof; and a satisfactory record of service. Appointment to this rank may also consider evidence of leadership roles, evidence of pedagogical expertise or involvement with curriculum development. Educational and professional qualifications beyond those for Instructor may be required.


Applicants should have a deep connection with Indigenous communities and understanding of indigenous knowledge and protocols.  It is expected that the successful candidate will provide course instruction and also establish course and learning activities in the area of integrating Indigenous knowledge in engineering design and sustainable development.  Offering learning opportunities that integrate indigenous knowledge into sustainable engineering aligns with the goals of CEERE and the Schulich School of Engineering. The Teaching Chair in Integrating Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering will be appointed for a five year term with possibility for renewal for an additional five years contingent upon favorable performance. The successful candidate will lead the development of engineering curricula and learning opportunities that embed Indigenous knowledge, and ways of knowing including Indigenous epistemologies, pedagogies, and methodologies, and how they can be applied in the design and application of sustainable engineering systems. The Chair will also contribute to leadership in the development of academic programming to increase the access of Indigenous communities to engineering degree programs.


The successful candidate will be an emerging leader with an original, creative, innovative and culturally-grounded background, with demonstrated excellence in systems thinking that can integrate Indigenous knowledge into the engineering curriculum. It is anticipated the successful candidate will have expertise in how Indigenous knowledge and methodologies can be applied in the design and application of sustainable engineering systems, such as new techniques for environmental monitoring, low carbon and renewable energy systems, water and wastewater management processes and/or sustainable buildings.


The appointees must be registered (or be eligible for registration) as a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).


The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous learners, encourages Indigenous community partnerships in research and academic programming, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in teaching and learning.


The Schulich School of Engineering vision identifies three priority areas: student success and experience; fostering diversity, and research impact as described in our Strategic Plan.  Applicants are encouraged to describe their experience and vision through the lens of Eyes High, the university’s Indigenous Strategy, and the Schulich School of Engineering’s Strategic Plan in the requested application documentation.


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, such as publications):


    Curriculum vitae, including the name and contact information of at least three referees

    Statement on student learning and success (not to exceed two pages) with attention given to Indigenous students.

    Statement on equity, diversity and inclusion (not to exceed two page) with a focus on Indigenous peoples.


Questions may be addressed to:


Dr. Ed Nowicki, PhD, P.Eng

Acting Director, CEERE

Schulich School of Engineering

Email: ceere@ucalgary.ca / enowicki@ucalgary.ca 


Dr. Michael Hart, PhD

Vice Provost (Indigenous Engagement)

University of Calgary

Email: michael.hart@ucalgary.ca


Mr. Kenny Gregor



Email: kenny.gregor@boyden.com


Applications will be accepted until June 10, or until the position is filled.


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 Schulich Scool of Engineering visit Careers in the Schulich School of Engineering.


About the University of Calgary


The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.


About Calgary, Alberta


Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

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