Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Community-Engaged Plains Archaeology

Date Posted: 
March 22, 2024
Closing Date: 
June 1, 2024

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Saskatchewan invites applications for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Community-Engaged Plains Archaeology. This position is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Canada Research Chairs (CRC) are part of the national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top countries in research and development (

The ideal candidate is an expert on the evolving cultural history of the North American Plains region, as well as in Indigenous archaeology and community-based or community-engaged research. Expertise in precontact and/or post-contact archaeological and cultural contexts is welcome. Ideally, this researcher would bring a mix of professional and academic experience to the post. Topically and methodologically, the incumbent will have expertise in one or more areas of archaeology such as the following: cultural resource management, archaeological science, landscape or environmental archaeology, material culture, identity, ethnoarchaeology, ethnohistory, cultural contact (e.g., fur trade), public archaeology/ outreach, cultural tourism.

This call is for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair position. For a Tier 1 Chair, the successful applicant will be appointed as a Full or Associate Professor.  Tier 1 Chairs are outstanding and innovative world-class researchers whose accomplishments have had a major impact in their field and are recognized internationally as leaders in their field.

Candidates should exemplify excellence, creativity, and leadership in research through an internationally recognized research program. The successful candidate will possess a PhD in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a related discipline with established expertise in Plains archaeology. Candidates must have an established research program with a focus on the Plains region. This includes demonstrated research impact through quality publications in peer-reviewed venues or equivalent (including community-engaged research products), in a field relevant to the focus of the Chair. It will also include demonstrated capability as an instructor including the training of highly qualified personnel. The successful applicant will be appointed as a tenured or tenure-track faculty member, and is required to prepare the CRC nomination with the assistance of USask upon appointment.  The CRC nomination is subject to review and final approval by the Canada Research Chairs Program. 

Interested candidates must visit the posting at the following link to view instructions on how to apply:*e2kgf4*_ga*MTE3MjgyOTU2Mi4xNjI4MDkyNjM0*_ga_7P8QY8C9QK*MTcxMDk0ODQ3MC4xMjI4LjEuMTcxMDk0ODQ3OS41MS4wLjA&referralToken=UZ5JEjxSXUiaSsX4UA_jkA. As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to complete a voluntary employment equity survey. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. The application materials must clearly indicate how the minimum qualifications have been met and should highlight any special experience that connects the candidate to the ideal qualifications. Complete applications will include a curriculum vitae; a research statement noting the impact the candidate’s research has had on the field; a teaching statement; a statement on their approach to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and the names and contact information of three references. Review of applications will begin June 1, 2024; however, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2025.

For questions related to this position or the selection process, please contact Dr. Clint Westman, Department Head, Anthropology (1-306-966-4179;