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Chanie Wenjack School

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Chanie Wenjack School

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Full Time Limited Term Foundations of Indigenous Learning 2018-19 Opening

Assistant Professor – Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies

Trent University invites applications for a one-year limited-term appointment in the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at the Assistant Professor level from August 15, 2018 to August 14, 2019.  This position is subject to budgetary approval.  Candidates should have a graduate degree in areas relevant to Indigenous Studies, preferably a PhD (or near completion).

The successful candidate will be expected to assume a co-leadership and teaching role in the delivery of first year Indigenous Studies Courses (INDG 1001H – Foundations of Indigenous Societies, INDG 1002H – Critical Incidents in Modern Indigenous Life), co-ordinate first year seminars and seminar leaders and contribute to the development of the first-year offerings.

The Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at Trent is a multi-disciplinary area of study committed to the exploration and analysis of Indigenous experiences from Indigenous perspectives both in Canada and throughout the world. The School works with languages, cultures, professional learners and environmental organizations to provide Indigenous and non-Indigenous students with the opportunity to understand themselves and to work together with Indigenous Peoples more effectively. As a multi-disciplinary program and student services provider, the Wenjack School brings together knowledge and perspectives from many disciplines to engage in informed and grounded dialogue, discussion and research. Dialogue is based upon respect and complex understanding. Research and teaching are grounded in and informed by the traditions of Indigenous Knowledge and the traditions of Western liberal arts and sciences. The School’s work engages both Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars and scholarship. For information about the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies, please visit www.trentu.ca/indigenous.

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, teaching dossier and two letters of reference. Applications should be addressed to David Newhouse, Director, Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies and submitted electronically in PDF format to indigenousjobs@trentu.ca. Questions should be directed to David Newhouse, Director, Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at dnewhouse@trentu.ca.

Please name your file in the following manner: WENJACK_LTA_2018_YourName  

The closing date for applications is Monday, July 27, 2018.

Trent University is actively committed to creating a diverse and inclusive campus community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Trent University offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process or require an accessible version of a document/publication, please contact indigenousjobs@trentu.ca.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.


Learn from exceptional faculty with backgrounds in both Western and Indigenous knowledge, and experience cross-cultural learning.  Learn how Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world are shaping our globe through a creative blend of Indigenous and Western knowledge. You will study the historical and contemporary interactions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous societies, and the cultural foundations of Indigenous life in areas such as performance, literature, politics, ecology, and governance. 

Graduate Teaching Assistant Opportunities for 2017-18 now available.

Full-Time Faculty


David Newhouse (Onondaga)

Professor and Chair of Indigenous Studies
B.Sc., M.B.A. (Western)

Enweying Building 301 ext. 7497, dnewhouse@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Aboriginal modernity; My interests are focused upon the emergence of modern aboriginal society, the key debates and ideas animating individuals and collectivities within it and the shape and nature of ‘governance’ as the key institutional idea that give expression to aboriginal modernity.

Classes: INDG 1000Y; INDG 3201H; ADMN-INDG 4500H; ADMN 4100Y; INDG 6603H



Lynne Davis

Associate Professor
B.A. (Queen’s), M.A. (Sussex), M.A. (Alberta), Ph.D. (Toronto)

Enweying Building 313 ext. 7241, lydavis@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Lynne’s areas of specialization are Aboriginal community development, building sustainable communities, social change, international development, popular education, and Aboriginal alliances with social movements. 

Classes: INDG-IDST 3050Y; INDG 4050H; INDG 4051H; INDG 3813Y; INDG 6601Y


Mark Dockstator (Oneida)

Associate Professor
B.Sc. (Waterloo), LLB (York), DJur (York); mdockstator@trentu.ca

Research Interests:  The practical application of Indigenous knowledge to the contemporary situation of Indigenous Peoples. 

Classes:  INDG 4850Y; INDG 3401H; INDG 3402H; INDG 4201H; INDG 4202H; INDG-ADMN 4500H

Chris Furgal

Associate Professor
B.Sc. (Western), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Waterloo)

Enweying Building 305 ext. 7953, chrisfurgal@trentu.ca

Research Interests: My research interests are in the fields of environmental health risk assessment, management and communication in cooperation with Indigenous populations. A particular focus of the work is on communities living in rapidly changing natural environments such as coastal and Arctic ecosystems.

Classes: INDG-ERST 3730Y; 4740Y; INDG 6701H




Michele Lacombe

Associate Professor
B.A. (McGill), M.A., Ph.D. (York)

Enweying Building 309 ext. 7845, mlacombe@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Indigenous women’s voices include many kinds of storytelling, from oral and written versions of family and community history to autobiography, life-writing, poetry, theatre and performance, fiction, and essays.  I am interested in understanding relationships to place and nation as articulated in the arts. 

Classes: INDG-CUST 2300Y; INDG 3480Y; WMST 3521H; 3520Y

Dan Longboat

Associate Professor and Director, Indigenous Environmental Studies
B.A. (Trent), M.E.S., Ph.D. (York)

Enweying Building 302 ext. 7844, ies@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences

Classes: INDG-ERST 2601Y; INDG-ERST 3634H; INDG-ERST 4730Y

Don McCaskill

B.A. (Winnipeg), M.A. (Carleton), Ph.D. (York)

Enweying Building 311 ext. 7820, dmccaskill@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Aboriginal urbanization, Indigenous education, community development, justice and corrections, Aboriginal-mainstream Canadian relations, culture and identity, globalization and social change, Indigenous knowledge and international Indigenous peoples.

Classes: INDG 3202H; INDG 3813Y; 6701Y; 6720H

Marrie Mumford (Métis)

Associate Professor
B.A. (Alberta), M.F.A. (Brandeis)

Enweying Building 101.7 ext. 7310, marriemumford@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Indigenous theatre, arts and dance

Class:  INDG 2110Y



Paula Sherman

Director, Indigenous Studies Ph.D. program


Research Interests: Indigenous Histories, Indigenous Women, Indigenous relationships within the Natural World, Colonialism and Resistance, Indigenous Performance.





SkahendowanehSkahendowaneh Swamp (Mohawk)

Senior Lecturer and Chair of Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous Studies
Wolf Clan Faithkeeper, B.A. (McMaster)

Enweying Building 302 ext. 7922, skahendowanehswamp@trentu.ca

Research Interests: Iroquoian cultural and language 

Classes: INDG 2100Y; INDG 4100Y; INDG 6600Y


Part-Time Faculty


Daystar Rosalie Jones 

Indigenous Performance Program

Daystar (Rosalie Jones) was born on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana and is of Pembina Chippewa ancestry on her mother's side.  She holds a Master's Degree in Dance from the University of Utah with postgraduate work at Juilliard School in New York City. She studied Korean, Hawaiian, East Indian and Flamenco dance, mine with Reid Gilbert, and modern with Jose Limon and Hanya Holm.  Over many years, she has gained a knowledge of the Indigenous dance and cultural forms of the Plains, the Northwest Coast, and Conchero Dance, among others.  As a teacher, she was responsible for the revitalization of Performing Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during the early 1990's when she was Chair of the Department. In 1995, Daystar was awarded a two-year National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Choreographer's Fellowship.


Rhonda Paulsen: Classes: INDG1001H, INDG1002H

Heather Shpinuarsky: Classes: INDG2030H, INDG2000Y

David King: Classes: INDG2000Y

Kelly Harrison: Classes: INDG3102


Emeritus & Retired Faculty


Shirley Williams

Professor Emeritus, Elder, Activist, Nishnaabemowin Language

Shirley is a member of the Bird Clan of the Ojibway and Odawa First Nations of Canada. Her Anishinaabe name is Migizi ow Kwe meaning Eagle Woman. She was born and raised at Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island and attended St. Joseph’s Residential School in Spanish, Ontario. After completing her NS diploma, she received her BA in Native Studies at Trent Univer-sity and her Native Language Instructors Program diploma from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. Shirley received her Master’s Degree from York University in Environmental Studies. In June of 2004, Shirley retired from the Indigenous Studies Department and now holds the title, Professor Emeritus.

Edna Manitowabi

Edna is Odawa/Ojibway from Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island; head woman for the Eastern Doorway of the Three Fires Midewewin Lodge. She is well-known nationally as a Traditional teacher, ceremonialist, drum keeper and grandmother. She has been instrumental in the re-introduction of Traditional teachings and ceremonies in the local area, and is an active researcher of Traditional medicines. Edna is the founder of the annual Aboriginal women’s symposium at Trent. It was through her vision that Indigenous Studies and Trent started Nozhem Theatre, our Indigenous performance space that is developing an international reputation in Indigenous theatre and dance performance.