4. Research and Academic Complement - Completed

44. Cluster Hire & Target-Setting (immediate term)

The Task Force calls upon our University to set a target of at least 35 Indigenous tenure-track or tenured professors for appointment by 2032 (approximately 2% representation within 15 years). Strategies for meeting this target must be established both centrally and within Faculties:

  • Centrally: Initiate a cluster hire led by the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) that seeks, over the next three years, to hire 10 new faculty members in the tenure stream who have lived experience and expertise in Indigenous knowledges, epistemologies, methodologies, histories, traditions, languages, or systems of laws and governance. These positions should not be concentrated in one unit or Faculty; the goal must be to deepen Indigenous expertise across the campus. The Task Force further urges the allocation, within this cluster hire, of three Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) in the areas of Indigenous Sustainability Sciences, Indigenous Health Sciences and Indigenous Humanities.
  • Within Faculties: Require the articulation of local targets for Indigenous hires in the next five, ten and fifteen years, with Faculties regularly reviewing their progress and reporting to the Provost annually on this issue in the context of yearly reporting on equity in academic recruitment.

While taking up this call to recruit Indigenous tenure stream faculty in the most robust way possible, the University is also urged to explore the potential to recruit Indigenous academic staff to posts outside the tenure stream, such as Professors of Practice or ranked Contract Academic Staff.

Progress

  • The Department of Political Science and Department of History/Classics in the Faculty of Arts have filled two provostial licenses. 
  • Independent of the provostial licenses, three Indigenous tenure track hires have been made since the submission of the Task Force Report in the departments of Anthropology, Art History and Communication Studies, and Linguistics (Faculty of Arts).
  • Independent of the provostial licenses, one other Indigenous tenure track hire has been made since the submission of the Task Force Report in the department of Biology (Faculty of Science.
  • Independent of the provostial licenses, two other Indigenous tenure track hires have been made since the submission of the Task Force Report in the Faculty of Law. 
  • Independent of tenure track hiring, Indigenous Casual Academic Staff hiring has also occurred, usually in support of specific programming, in the Indigenous Studies Program (Faculty of Arts), the School for Continuing Studies, and the Indigenous Health Professions (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences).
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