Assistant/Associate or Full Professor, Master of Social Work based in Indigenous Knowledges Program

  • University of Manitoba
  • Winnipeg, MB, Canada
  • Apr 21, 2023
Full time Social Work

Job Description


University of Manitoba


(Position # 30016) 

The Faculty of Social Work of the University of Manitoba invites applications for a full-time Probationary (Tenure-track) or Tenured position (position #30016) at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in the Master of Social Work based in Indigenous Knowledges Program. The anticipated start date for this position is January 1, 2024, or as soon as possible after that date. Rank and starting salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Candidates will hold or be close to completing a Ph.D. in Social Work or a related field, preferably also have a Master of Social Work degree, be able to work in partnership with Elders, and work collaboratively as a team member. 

The Master of Social Work based in Indigenous Knowledges (MSW-IK) is an innovative program that has been developed with strong and continuous input by members of the Indigenous communities in Manitoba. It is overseen by an Advisory Committee consisting of Elders from various locations in Manitoba and consists of 13 courses that are co-taught by Elders and academics with curriculum based in Indigenous knowledges and critical theories. Students choose to complete either a thesis or major project as part of their program. The first intake of students began the program in September 2016. The MSW-IK program is delivered at the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry Campus, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Two Elders and two Assistant Professors were hired in 2016/2017 and we are currently seeking a third faculty member.  

The role includes teaching, research, service, and the supervision of graduate students The ideal candidate will have a commitment to and/or demonstrated record of working and researching collaboratively with Indigenous peoples and communities, fostering and enhancing connections with Indigenous organizations. The ideal candidate will be a creative and energetic individual with a demonstrated interest in advancing indigenist social work, guiding graduate students in the development and implementation of their community-based projects or theses, and contributing to the strengthening of Indigenous communities.  

Knowledge and professional experience directly relevant to this position are: Indigenous ways of being; Indigenous-based social work programming and practices; social policy related to Indigenous peoples; critical theories, particularly those focused on colonialism, anti-colonialism and indigenism; and Indigenous-focused research. Individuals should know relevant Indigenous protocols. Preference will be given to applicants with knowledge and experience in direct service and healing methods with Indigenous individuals, families and communities.

At the Assistant Professor rank, candidates must display a promising research agenda and have demonstrated potential and/or success in teaching. At the Associate Professor rank, candidates must have a strong research orientation, a demonstrated record of high-quality publications, and successful experience in academic teaching. At the Professor rank, candidates must demonstrate leadership in research, an excellent record of high-quality publications, and successful experience in academic teaching.

The Faculty of Social Work is one of the largest social work programs in Canada, with a proud history of teaching, research and service spanning over 75 years. The faculty offers the Bachelor, Master, and PhD degrees in social work, including the established innovative MSW-IK program. Our faculty is actively engaged in research and academic publication on a wide variety of topics, and the University of Manitoba is part of the U15 group of research-intensive Canadian universities. Our programs are fully accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education. We are excited to be in a period of renewal of the faculty and building for the future. Additional information can be found at:  

The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. Creating Pathways to Indigenous Achievement is a key priority for the University, as identified in its 2015-2020 strategic plan.  The U of M is home to a vibrant Indigenous community, including more than 2,600 First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, one of the largest Indigenous student populations in the country. Honoured to be chosen as host of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, the U of M is dedicated to advancing Indigenous research and scholarship, and to becoming a center of excellence for this work. 

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.


Application Details

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

Application materials, including any letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provisions of "The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy" (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.  

Review of submitted applications will commence on 15 June 2023. Applications should refer to the position number and should include a cover letter outlining the candidate's teaching, research and relevant expertise; a curriculum vitae; a teaching dossier; and the names and contact information of three referees familiar with the candidate's academic work.  



Application packages should be submitted electronically to:  

Chair, MSW-IK Program Recruitment & Hiring Committee 
c/o Sangita Shah,
Faculty of Social Work 
The University of Manitoba 
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2 

Inquiries about these positions can be directed to: 

Dean Michael Yellow Bird
Phone: 204 474 9869  


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