Rush for Indigenous hires at universities opens door to failure, impostors: academics  

May 10, 2019

Some academics have expressed concern to CBC that the rush for new Indigenous hires at universities across Canada might have significant consequences for both applicants and departments. Métis scholar Jenny Ferguson said that hiring committees need to ensure that postings go to Indigenous scholars who serve their communities and participate in local organizing. Linc Kesler, an associate professor of English and Indigenous studies at UBC in Vancouver, added that he has seen committees hire Indigenous professors who are underqualified and unprepared for the rigours of academia. “If there is not a candidate who emerges as a very promising colleague, then suspend the search and search again rather than feel that you are forced into making a choice that you are not confident of,” said Kesler. CBC (National)