City Planning: Indigenous Scholar Position – Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track


Department of City Planning
Faculty of Architecture
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


City Planning: Indigenous Scholar Position (#31221)
Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track

The Department of City Planning at the University of Manitoba is expanding its capacity to teach Indigenous planning and practice to ensure that the Master of City Planning program prepares students in tangible ways to support Indigenous self-determination through planning. To this end, it seeks Indigenous applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Indigenous Planning. We are looking for Indigenous scholars with expertise in community or land use planning, and strong interest in curriculum development and community-based education. Duties for this position will include: scholarship in the candidate’s area of interest, teaching core and/or elective courses, mentoring of graduate students, and service within the University and broader community. The division of activities for tenure-track faculty is generally 40% teaching, 40% research, and 20% service, subject to candidate’s interests and department needs. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The Department of City Planning has laid a foundation for Indigenous achievement through its partnerships with First Nations and First Nation organizations, a core Indigenous Planning Studio, and the growing interest on the part of both students and faculty in expanding their knowledge of Indigenous planning practices. The Indigenous Scholar position will support the Department’s teaching in the area of Indigenous Planning (any specialization); and support and build relationships with local communities within the context of the Indigenous Planning studio. The Department and Faculty offer openness, support, community, caring and a willingness to take chances and try new things, and aims to create space for holistic ways of seeing.

The successful candidate will contribute to a growing network of Indigenous scholars, planners and designers within the Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba, and local communities. Only candidates who identify as Indigenous and have the support of an Indigenous community, organization or institution will be considered for this position.

The University campus is located in Winnipeg (which has the largest Indigenous population of Canadian cities) on the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation in the heart of Turtle Island. The University of Manitoba is committed to Indigenous Achievement (see the University of Manitoba’s  Strategic Plan (https://umanitoba.ca/strategic-plan) and Indigenous Community at U of M (https://umanitoba.ca/indigenous/)). The University is home to a growing community of Indigenous Scholars (https://umanitoba.ca/indigenous/scholars-and-research#indigenous-scholars).

City Planning at the University of Manitoba is the oldest continuously running program in Canada accredited by the Professional Standards Board for Planning in Canada. The Master of City Planning program is studio-based and most projects undertaken involve collaboration with communities and stakeholders. It is based in the Faculty of Architecture along with three other graduate programs (Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture) and the undergraduate Environmental Design program. More information about the Faculty, its departments, and programs can be found at the Faculty of Architecture website. (https://umanitoba.ca/architecture/)

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Planning, Indigenous studies, or a related field
  • Ability to teach in the program’s core courses (e.g., Indigenous Planning Studio; Indigenous Peoples and Community Planning) and/or an elective in their area of interest
  • Ability to support students in community-engaged research with Indigenous partners
  • Evidence of engagement with or connections to an Indigenous community, organizations, and/or institutions

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Planning, Indigenous studies, or related field (or equivalent experience)
  • Strong interest in pedagogy and curriculum development
  • Active engagement with Indigenous ways of knowing, Indigenous approaches to scholarship, and Indigenous pedagogies to inform indigenizing and decolonizing planning education
  • Demonstrated experience in project-based teaching

To Apply:

To apply, please submit the following: (1) a cover letter outlining how the candidate meets the position requirements (2) curriculum vitae (3) statement of scholarly interest, including one sample of scholarly or professional work (4) statement of teaching interest, experience, and philosophy, and (5) names of three references, including telephone number and email address. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide a letter of support from an Indigenous community or organization that outlines how the candidate has supported the community and how they exemplify Indigenous values, traditions, or culture.

Please specify Position Number #31221 in the application and submit all files as a single document (PDF or Word). Consideration of applications will begin on May 15, 2022. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The position will commence on July 1, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Please send application materials to:

Dr. Orly Linovski, Search Committee Chair
Department of City Planning
Faculty of Architecture
University of Manitoba
201 Russell Building
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada R3T 2M6

Phone: (204) 474-6424
Fax: (204) 474-7532
email: [email protected]

The University of Manitoba is committed to the principles of equity, diversity & inclusion and to promoting opportunities in hiring, promotion and tenure (where applicable) for systemically marginalized groups who have been excluded from full participation at the University and the larger community, including Indigenous Peoples, women, racialized persons, persons with disabilities and those who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex, asexual and other diverse sexual identities). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact [email protected] or 204-474-7195. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba). Please note that curricula vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.

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