Director of the Native America Studies Program/Coca Cola Professorship

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 Director of the Native America Studies Program/Coca Cola Professorship

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma is seeking outstanding candidates for a full-time, twelve-month, tenured Associate or Full Professor position as Director of Native American Studies with primary responsibility to provide leadership for all aspects of the Native American Studies Program.  The director also holds the Coca Cola Professorship.  Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent and must be qualified for tenure at the University of Oklahoma.  Candidates must have demonstrated excellence in research and teaching related to Native American Studies, experience working with tribal communities, and a commitment to providing service to Native American communities.  Prior administrative experience and evidence of obtaining external support for academic programs are desirable.  It is expected that the Director will maintain an active research program and teach courses appropriate to Native American Studies.  Salary will be commensurate with the background and experience of the successful candidate.  Appointment to begin July 1, 2014.

Native American Studies is an interdisciplinary, undergraduate and masters degree-granting program at the University of Oklahoma, devoted to academic activities that examine Native American cultural, historical and contemporary issues.  This position will offer the Director exciting opportunities in expanding the program, as well as in establishing new partnerships with Oklahoma in tribal and indigenous communities and beyond through research, teaching, and other mutually beneficial interactions.  Native American Studies also is dedicated to providing an academic context that will broaden an understanding of cultural diversity.  The Director, who reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will be expected to develop a strategic plan for the future growth of the Program, seek external funding for program development, as well as provide sound administrative and managerial leadership for all aspects of Native American Studies.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vita and a letter summarizing teaching experience and the kinds of courses the candidate would teach in the future, current research activities with plans for future work, and a description of previous administrative experience and involvement with tribal communities.  Applicants should also provide three letters of recommendation.  Application materials should be sent to:

Kelly R. Damphousse

Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Ellison Hall, Room 323, University of Oklahoma, 633 Elm Avenue

Norman, Oklahoma 73019-3118

We will also accept electronic applications in PDF format, sent to  Initial review of applications will begin on February 28, 2014, and continue until an appointment is made. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.  The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Joshua B. Nelson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of English

University of Oklahoma


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