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Sessional Instructor - Faculty of Indigenous Knowledge, Education, Research and Applied Studies (Summer 2023)

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Faculty of Indigenous Knowledge, Education, Research and Applied Studies
Sessional Instructor
Summer 2023

The Faculty of Indigenous Knowledge, Education, Research and Applied Studies (IKERAS) has an opening for a Sessional Instructor during the Summer Session of 2023. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

UPEI is recognized as a leading, innovative centre of excellence in learning, teaching, scholarship, and research. While it is strongly connected to the vibrant social and cultural environment of Prince Edward Island, it enjoys a reputation that extends far beyond the Island’s shores. The IKERAS faculty has strong ties to the local Indigenous communities on and off reserve.  Visit some of the vibrant local Indigenous organizations highlighted on our faculty website:

The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) is located on Epekwitk, part of the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaw nation. This territory is covered by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship, which recognize Mi'kmaw title and establish the ongoing relationship between the Mi'kmaw nation and the Crown. We are all treaty people.

Please note: the course offered below will be taught in person, unless otherwise specified as an online course.

IKE-2800 - Indigenous Laws Contemporary Society (3 Credits)

This course explores Indigenous law and constitutionalism, the impacts of colonization on Indigenous laws and its ongoing legitimization in contemporary society. This course will examine how Indigenous legal traditions are articulated through decolonizing approaches such as drawing out of Indigenous historic knowledge systems based on Indigenous worldviews. It also examines how these laws can be applied at a time of transitioning to self-governance and practicing self-determination. What will be learned is how Indigenous laws differ from western laws; how to understand the Indigenous constitutionalism as an Indigenous governance framework; how to engage with Indigenous stories and articulate their legal principles; and how Indigenous laws can be applied in Indigenous contemporary settings by examining their spaces for their ongoing application and practices.


Successful applicants will have a minimum Law Degree with an avid interest in actively supporting students’ intellectual development and learning competencies in inquiry. 

Candidates are required to state their Indigenous status in the application and proof of such is part of the hiring process.

The UPEI Faculty of IKERAS emphasized experiential learning in teaching Indigenous pedagogies and scholarship; candidates who can contribute to that focus are encouraged to apply. In addition, our Faculty values candidates with strong academic qualifications, traditional knowledge, leadership in reconciliation, and direct Indigenous land-based experience.

Preference will be given to qualified candidates with seniority on the UPEI Sessional Roster in the academic unit. 

Application Instructions: 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research outline, and teaching dossier (e.g., teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, previous syllabi). Candidates should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to the address below. Electronic submissions are encouraged. An application package including and addressing all of the elements listed above must be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to: 

Dr. Gary Evans, Interim Dean
Faculty of Indigenous Knowledge, Education, Research and Applied Studies (IKERAS)
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Canada C1A 4P3
Telephone: (902) 213-3785

UPEI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation and believes in providing a positive learning and working environment where every person feels empowered to contribute. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment and encourages applications from underrepresented groups including women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

The closing date for applications March 16, 2023; however, the competition will remain open until the position is filled. 

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.