Blackfoot Language Instructor

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University of Lethbridge
September 7, 2022
Lethbridge, Canada
Job Type
  • Lethbridge


Full Job Description

Job Title
Blackfoot Language Instructor
Tenure Information
Position Details
The Department of Indigenous Studies is seeking a Blackfoot Language Instructor for a full-time 3-year term. The start date will be January 1, 2023, subject to budgetary approval.
We are looking for a Blackfoot Language Instructor with experience and/or interest in curriculum development. The successful candidate will have at least a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as Education or Indigenous Studies; graduate degrees would be an asset. Blackfoot Language teaching experience is a requirement. We are looking for someone with an interest in investigating successful adult Blackfoot second language teaching and learning methods at the post-secondary level, and a willingness to collaborate with colleagues in developing innovative new courses and programming. Candidates interested in creating open-access language teaching materials and developing their professional skills in language pedagogy are particularly welcome.
Position description:
The successful candidate will:
  • Teach our existing introductory Blackfoot language courses
  • Develop new intermediate-level Blackfoot language courses
  • Develop Blackfoot language curriculum and resources
  • Support Blackfoot language revitalization initiatives at the University and in the community


Depending on the background and interests of the successful candidate, additional opportunities may also include:
  • Coordinating a Master-Apprentice Program. A Master/Mentor-Apprentice Program is an innovative method for Indigenous adult language immersion (see ).
  • Contributing to dual-credit outreach programs with local high schools
  • Community-based course offerings
  • Contributing to the development of degree, diploma, and certification programs in Blackfoot language and Blackfoot language teacher education
  • Liaising with the local Blackfoot communities and school boards
What we offer:
You will work in a department that is committed to promoting and supporting the sustainability of Indigenous languages, and the Blackfoot language in particular. We are dedicated to community-engaged scholarship and research attuned to the priorities and aspirations of Indigenous peoples in Canada and throughout the world. Within the department, Indigenous and non-Indigenous students have the opportunity to learn and think about Indigenous knowledges in creative, transformative, and critical ways. The department offers courses that engender a rigorous and respectful understanding of Indigenous peoples’ languages, knowledges, cultures, histories, politics, arts, intellectual traditions, and research methodologies. You will be supported by faculty members with expertise in Blackfoot language, second-language teaching methods, resource development, and curriculum building.
The University of Lethbridge (uLethbridge) is a comprehensive and research-intensive university founded on the principles of liberal education where inspired scholars integrate research and creative activity with teaching. Our University’s Blackfoot name is Iniskim, meaning Sacred Buffalo Stone. Founded in 1967 on traditional Blackfoot land, it is a place where student engagement in learning, creative activities, and research takes place every day. With campuses in Lethbridge and Calgary, uLethbridge offers more than 150 undergraduate and 60 graduate programs in the faculties of Arts & Science, Education, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, the Schools of Liberal Education and Graduate Studies, and the Dhillon School of Business, to more than 8,900 students.
The University of Lethbridge recognizes that diversity enriches our campus and our community and is fundamental to excellence in teaching, learning, and research. The university as a whole embraces equity as a core value to be truly inclusive of the communities of which we are a part, and this requires ongoing intentional and systemic action. Through recruitment and support of individuals who further enhance our diversity, the University strives to create a diverse and inclusive community where students, faculty and staff feel welcome, are treated equitably, and can thrive.
For more information:
For enquiries about the position, please contact Dr. Inge Genee, Chair, Department of Indigenous Studies. Email:
Application deadline:
The position is open until filled, but applications will be reviewed beginning on October 11, 2022.
How to apply:
All applications must be submitted online, and should include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, a statement of teaching experience including outlines of courses previously taught, and contact information for three references; at least two of these should be individuals who are familiar with your teaching and at least one should be a Blackfoot community member. References will be contacted directly, with information on how to submit their reference letters. The application submission triggers this request to your references, so where possible please ensure that they are prepared to submit their letters no later than October 11, 2022. If references prefer to provide an oral reference, please email the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Inge Genee at to make this arrangement. For details on how to submit your application, please visit our Human Resources website at and choose this position under the Academic postings option.
In accordance with Section 10.1 of the Alberta Human Rights Act, selection for the position will be limited to Indigenous/Aboriginal People. Candidates will be asked to self-identify as part of the application process.
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