Sessional Instructors, PENT Program, Bachelor Arts/Bachelor of Education Integrated Program

The Faculty of Education is seeking qualified sessional instructors to teach the following three-credit hour courses on the  Brandon University Campus for the 2020 PENT (Program for the Education of Native Teachers) schedule during the timeframe April 6-July 23, 2020. For all courses, applicants should hold a minimum of a Master’s degree. For education courses (prefix 01, 02, 03, 04), applicants should qualify for a Manitoba teaching certificate, have a good understanding of the Manitoba school curriculum, and have successful teaching experience. The course offerings and tentative schedule are as follows:


April 6 – 30, 2020 (9:00 – 11:30 a.m.)

This course is an introduction to the methods, materials, and rationale for English Language Arts in the Middle Years classroom. It covers the development of literacy, the influence of outside school experiences on language acquisition and development, the role of linguistics, the inter-relationship of the six areas of English Language Arts, organization and development of an effective educational experience for young adolescents and an overview of useful teaching practices and methodology ranging from direct instruction to whole language.


April 6 – 30, 2020 (9:00 – 11:30 a.m.)

A basic course designed to acquaint the student with the area of Native Studies. Native Studies II is an overview of modern Aboriginal writing, drama, art, film making, philosophy and cosmologies. Although some attention will be paid to the influence of traditional art forms and ceremonies, the emphasis will be on contemporary works.


April 6 – 30, 2020 (9:00 – 11:30 a.m.)
(cross registered with Fine Arts 32.261)

This course provides an introduction to Canadian Aboriginal art and art history, focusing on the geographical regions and cultural areas of the Northeast, Sub-arctic, northern Plains, Northwest Coast, and the Arctic. The art forms of each region will be examined in terms of cultural meaning, aesthetic form, and historical context, as well as museum collection and arts patronage by non-cultural survival and present day identity.


April 6 – 30, 2020 (1:30 – 4:00 p.m.)

The critique of Western research methodologies has been an important part of the decolonization project of Native Studies for some time. The role of imperialism in shaping these methodologies, and their impact on indigenous peoples, has been documented and continues to be studied. In recent years this work has been complemented by the development of indigenous research methodologies. We examine a few of these in this course, discussing their significance and value. We also explore several broader issues, such as the ethics of research involving indigenous peoples and some of the distinctive features of indigenous-centered research. Students will have the opportunity to select and evaluate a research project that makes some attempt to structure itself in a culturally-informed and appropriate manner.


June 29 – July 23, 2020 (9:00 – 11:30 a.m.)

A basic course designed to acquaint the student with the area of Native Studies. Native Studies I covers the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian Government, including Treaties, the Indian Act, Reserve systems, political and constitutional questions, family issues, education, health care, economic development, the justice system and land claims.


June 29 – July 23, 2020 (1:30 – 4:00 p.m.)

A scholarly investigation of the contributions Indigenous peoples from North America have made informing today’s health care practices and healing approaches. This course focuses on Indigenous epistemologies and worldviews about health and healing. Students will apply course content and guest lecture content towards Indigenizing helping approaches.


02:381 Teaching Aboriginal Studies
May 4 – May 28, 2020 (5:00 – 7:30 p.m.)

This course will assist teachers in integrating aboriginal studies into various subject areas in the school curriculum and in teaching separate courses in aboriginal studies where this is included in the course of studies. Consideration will be given to the place of aboriginal studies for both aboriginal and non-aboriginal students. It will include examination of the importance of relevant and accurate materials for the development of self-concept. Techniques of developing materials for or adapting existing materials to local communities will be included. History, local histories, aboriginal organization and government will be introduced. Materials will be examined for reading levels, content and suitability for various age groups.



Start Date:                         as scheduled
Salary:                                  $6,205/3 credit hour course
Application deadline:  Review of applications will begin on March 6 and applications will be conserved until all appointments are filled.



Interested educators are invited to submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names of three referees in a single pdf file to:

John Minshull, Director
PENT Program
Brandon University



Brandon University is committed to equity, welcomes diversity, and hires on the basis of merit.  All qualified individuals who may contribute to the diversification of the University, especially women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous persons, racialized persons, and persons of all sexual orientations and genders are encouraged to apply.  Canadian citizens and permanent residents are given priority.  Evidence of citizenship must be provided.

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment.  This starts with the hiring process.  If you require an accommodation during any phase of the evaluation process, please indicate it in your cover letter.  All information received related to an accommodation is kept confidential.  To ensure this employment opportunity is accessible to all interested individuals, this posting is available in an alternate format upon request.