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Assistant Professor, Native American and Indigenous Studies (EXPIRED)

University of Connecticut

Job category Junior faculty / Tenure-track or similar
AOS Native American and Indigenous Studies
AOS categories Native American Philosophy
AOC Native American and Indigenous Studies
AOC categories Native American Philosophy
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Storrs, Connecticut, United States
Job description

The University of Connecticut’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professors in Native American and Indigenous Studies. These are part of a larger cluster hire which also includes a tenured Associate or Full Professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies.

Applicants should have research and teaching interests focused on one or more of the following areas: Indigenous Cultures and Histories, Indigenous Ecologies, and Indigenous Knowledges. We are particularly interested in scholars of indigenous North America, South America, and Pacific Islands/Oceania, though applicants may work on any geographical region.

Applicants may be hired in the following departments: Anthropology, English, History, Literature Cultures & Languages, Sociology, Philosophy, or Political Science.  They may also choose to be affiliated or jointly appointed with the Human Rights Institute, El Instituto, American Studies, Africana Studies, Asian and Asian American Studies, or Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain a strong program of research and publication in Native American and Indigenous Studies. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their hiring department. They will also be expected to mentor graduate and undergraduate students, participate in public engagement, and contribute to the profile of Indigenous Studies at the university and in New England. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the commitment to, and support of, diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


  • Ph.D. completed in a humanities or social sciences discipline with a focus of Native American or Indigenous Studies
  • Strong oral and written communication
  • Ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity of the College


  • Experience with community-engaged scholarship.
  • A research and teaching focus in one or more of three broad areas:
    • Indigenous Cultures and Histories: cultural production/cultural resistance, indigenous media, language & power, law & sovereignty.
    • Indigenous Ecologies: dispossession, settler colonialism, climate justice
    • Indigenous Knowledges: decolonial theory, indigenous epistemologies, feminist theory.


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2020. The successful candidate’s primary appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Please apply online via https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/15896 and submit a cover letter that addresses the criteria for the position, including research and teaching interests. Additional required materials include a curriculum vitae, commitment to diversity statement and a sample article or chapter. Additionally, please follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct three reference writers to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. Preference will be given to those who apply by February 15, 2020; however, screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #494290)

For questions about this position, please contact either of the search committee co-chairs, Mark Healey at mark.healey@uconn.edu or Chris Vials at Christopher.vials@uconn.edu

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

How to apply
Application type Online
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Hard deadline February 15, 2020, 11:59pm EST
Web address for more information http://www.Click2Apply.net/mvxq3xfb42nt8bwn
Time created January 30, 2020, 1:12pm EST
Scheduled expiry date February 15, 2020, 11:59pm EST
Expired on February 17, 2020, 12:46am EST
Last updated April 18, 2020, 3:00pm EST
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