Ontario, Canada
Algoma University
Assistant Professor

Algoma University invites applications for a 3-year contractually limited term appointment in Music at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Music and Visual Arts at its Sault Ste. Marie campus, commencing on July 1st, 2023, or as negotiated. In order to alleviate the under-representation of Indigenous persons among Algoma University faculty, this opportunity is open only to qualified individuals who self-identify as Indigenous, in alignment with Algoma University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and the University’s EDI Charter.

This initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code. The self-identification process will include an Applicant Questionnaire administered through Algoma University’s Department of People and Culture. The position is open to all qualified applicants, although preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. This position is subject to budgetary approval.


The ideal candidate will have a terminal degree in Music, progressed to the point where completion of the degree is imminent, or possess equivalent academic and / or professional experience. The ideal candidate is a musician and teacher with potential for curricular connections across the university and in the community. A scholarly focus that includes cross-cultural teaching and learning will be an asset. The ideal candidate will also have a record of high-quality scholarship, creative activity, and be familiar with Indigenous forms of cultural knowledge transmission in an academic setting. They must be firmly grounded in decolonization methodologies and have expertise in Indigenous-centered and community-based research/creative production.  

The ideal candidate should have an understanding of community engagement and the ability to contribute to collaborations in regional musical arts training with Indigenous communities, arts organizations and school boards. Previous experience with program administration will also be considered an asset. Teaching will be based on the candidate’s expertise and could include existing or new courses. Other desired professional and teaching expertise will include areas related to the contemporary music industry. The candidate’s work will help diversify offerings in the program and support the department’s interest in growth and innovation. Interdisciplinary work or scholarship across the university and in the community is strongly encouraged.


Interested candidates should submit a full and complete application online at: http://www.kbrs.ca/Career/16665.

Alternatively, application materials can be submitted via email to the recruiter (details below).
In your application, please include:
- -A letter of application.
- - A current curriculum vitae.
- - A statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., examples of peer and/or student evaluations).
- - A dossier of supporting materials (particularly with respect to Indigenous music/cultural knowledge, publications, recordings, concert programs, etc.).
- - The names, contact information, and relationship of five referees (one of whom should be the most recent immediate supervisor).

Please merge application materials into one or two PDF documents titled as your name and the position.


If you have questions about this opportunity, please feel free to contact Katherine Frank, Partner at kfrank@kbrs.ca or Christina Connors, Research Recruitment Coordinator at cconnors@kbrs.ca.


Since its establishment in 1965 as Algoma University College in Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma University has increasingly assumed a national leadership role in supporting the university sector’s response to Truth, Healing and Reconciliation. Algoma’s Special Mission is guided by the 7 Grandfather Teachings and Honoring Commitments, and is a) to be a teaching-oriented university that provides programs in liberal arts and sciences and professional programs, primarily at the undergraduate level, with a focus on the needs of Northern Ontario; and b) to cultivate cross-cultural learning between Indigenous communities and other communities in keeping with the history of Algoma University and its geographic site.  

With campuses located in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton and Timmins, the tri-campus model that has emerged at Algoma University leverages the unique strengths, opportunities and broader community needs of each geographic location. Through this model, Algoma provides students with rich experiential learning experiences and research opportunities across liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines. Algoma University is committed to being a welcoming, inclusive, safe, and respectful learning community; one that values the opportunities to learn from and with students, staff, and visitors from all parts of the world. Currently, Algoma University is home to over 3,000 students representing over 50 different countries, more than 430 full-time and part-time faculty and over 150 support staff and administrative personnel.  

Algoma University offers a number of Full-Time Faculty Benefits and Entitlements, including competitive salaries, annual leave (22 days a year), RRSP contribution (up to 8%), professional allowances, and 100% tuition exemptions. Algoma also offers Employee and Family assistance programs, competitive comprehensive Health benefits, including Dental, Prescriptions, Major Medical, professional services, Life Insurance, AD&D, and fitness club membership reimbursement. Relocation fee reimbursements are negotiated on a case-by-case basis as part of the Full-time faculty contract.  

Algoma University is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusivity within our community and is an equal opportunity employer. The university invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals from equity-seeking groups (Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQQIP2SA+ persons) who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution. We understand that career interruptions can have a substantial impact on a candidate’s professional achievements; to allow for a fair assessment, candidates are encouraged to explain any interruptions experienced.  

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by Algoma University throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. The successful candidate will be required to provide a Police Records Check (Vulnerable Sector) as a condition of employment.