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    The University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music

    The University of Manitoba
    Desautels Faculty of Music
    Posting Number 31268

    The Desautels Faculty of Music (DFOM) at the University of Manitoba (UM) is pleased to invite applications for a tenure-track position in Music for an Indigenous music practitioner and/or scholar. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and begin on 1 July 2022. This opportunity is open to individuals who are Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit).

    In reconsidering our curriculum and the music we teach, perform, and study, the DFOM has been taking fundamental steps toward creating an environment in which Indigenous students and scholars can thrive. To that end, we have established a faculty learning community focused on reconciliation and decolonization; we are developing new collaborative models and commissioning practices with Indigenous musicians; we have broadened both our methodologies and the scope of the musics with which we engage in music theory, musicology/ethnomusicology, and music education; and we have begun to reflect on the fundamental roles language and the land might play in decolonizing our faculty’s activities. We are searching for a colleague who will model decolonial practices in their course content, the structure of their discourse, and interactions with students in their classroom, studio, and/or rehearsal hall. Ideally, the candidate will embed Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into their courses and amplify the voices of other Indigenous scholars and artists, thereby helping to place European classical music and jazz in a broader context, challenging the structures that uphold their dominance in our faculty and society.

    The successful candidate will be expected to teach a full range of courses in their area(s) of expertise; maintain an active research and/or creative work program; and engage in a range of institutional, professional, and community service. Because this position will likely open new avenues of study in our curriculum, the candidate will be encouraged to develop new courses closely aligned with their research/artistic work in any area relevant to Indigenous experience related to music.

    The ideal candidate will hold a terminal degree in their area of expertise. At minimum, they will have a master’s degree in music and/or expertise in Indigenous cultural and musical practices. Although specialization remains open, priority will be given to candidates whose professional practice crosses disciplinary boundaries and/or engages with music outside the realm of Western art music. The DFOM is interested in applicants committed to engaging with Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and to bringing together academic and non-academic communities. Post-secondary teaching experience will be considered an asset. Further information regarding the UM’s initiatives with respect to expanding Indigenous leadership is available at:

    Application Materials
    Please send a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and at least two samples of recent research and/or creative work. As the DFOM has been actively engaged with decolonizing its curriculum, supporting Indigenous student success, and diversifying our role within the UM and the community, applicants are asked to also include a statement about how they see themselves contributing to these vital initiatives. Finally, please arrange for three (3) confidential letters of reference to be sent under separate cover to:

    Dr. Edward Jurkowski, Dean
    Chair, Indigenous Practitioner/Scholar Search Committee
    Desautels Faculty of Music
    University of Manitoba
    150 Dafoe Road
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    R3T 2N2
    Email: Position Number: 31268

    Closing Date
    Review of applications will begin on April 8th, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

    About the Desautels Faculty of Music and the University of Manitoba
    Located on the original lands of Anishnaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation, the DFOM welcomes approximately 240 students in a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs in a collegial, supportive environment. It includes over 30 full-time faculty, as well as more than 20 sessional instructors drawn from Winnipeg’s thriving professional music community. The DFOM is housed in the Taché Arts Complex, a state-of-the-art facility opened in 2015 that includes teaching and performance spaces in the heart of the University’s campus. Western Canada’s first university, the University of Manitoba is the only member of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities in the province. It is home to approximately 30,000 students, 5,000 academic staff, and 3,900 support staff. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba and its largest city, with a population of over 700,000 and a diversified economy. Manitoba’s population is nearly 20% Indigenous, and the city of Winnipeg has a strong and diverse Indigenous Arts scene, including dedicated performance and exhibition spaces and is the national headquarters for APTN. The city supports a diverse array of outstanding cultural and visual and performing arts institutions.

    For more information about DFOM, UofM, and Winnipeg, please see:

    The University of Manitoba is committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and 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, queer, 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 or 204-474-7195. Please note this contact information is for accommodation purposes only.

    Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provision of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (Manitoba).

    All members of the University of Manitoba community are required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination. For more information, please visit the University of Manitoba COVID website.
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