University of Montana Department Chair and Associate Professor, Native American Studies

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The Native American Studies Department at the University of Montana, Missoula, ( invites applications to serve as department chair and associate professor position (full time tenure-track position).

The Native American Studies Department offers a major and a minor. We teach both Native and non-Native students; many are non-traditional students, with a current influx of veterans. Native American Studies is an academic discipline committed to examining contemporary and past experiences and life ways of the Indigenous Americans from their perspectives. The curriculum is designed to provide a study of American Indians from a holistic and humanistic viewpoint by focusing upon their cultures, history, literature, languages and contemporary life. Courses are designed for both Native American and non-Native American students so they can better understand similarities and difference, thereby leading to the development of better communications and cross-cultural relationships. Our alumni include a tribal councilman and a sixth-generation non-Native Montanan who is an executive director of a human rights organization. The NAS Department provides significant service to the university, offering courses that are required by various departments across the curriculum. NAS faculty also occasionally work on MA and Ph.D. graduate student committees, including Masters and Ph.D. committees in Interdisciplinary Studies, Anthropology, Education, English, and History.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The Employer and the Union acknowledge the distinct role, special place and unique contribution of Native American Peoples in Montana. Further, they recognize that Native American faculty are underrepresented in the University as a whole. The Employer and the Union are committed to appointing a larger number of Native American faculty. ( )

The successful candidate will have a record of research excellence and publication in Native American studies. Along with research and publication, the position requires significant contributions to undergraduate teaching, undergraduate student mentoring, in addition to program, university, and other forms of professional service. Current faculty in our unit conduct interdisciplinary research in a range of fields including history, comparative Indigenous studies, media studies, expressive culture, literature, educational history, sports, social and political theory, language revitalization, governance, sovereignty, and health and healing.

Candidates from all disciplinary backgrounds will be considered; however, the search committee is interested in candidates who complement the expertise of our current faculty, and we are particularly interested in candidates whose research focuses on Native American religions, philosophies, oral traditions, geography, community development, tribal economics or expressive culture (art, visual media, and language). The position also calls for the development and implementation of on-going relationships with American Indian tribes and tribal communities in relation to the NAS Department. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to help develop programming for the Elouise Cobell Land and Culture Institute which will open in fall 2014.

Required Experience

Minimum qualifications include the PhD and college or university faculty experience or equivalent by the start of appointment, clear knowledge and experience in Native American Studies, scholarly achievement and promise, and evidence of teaching excellence. Experience working with American Indian or other Indigenous communities is a plus, as is administrative experience that includes strategic educational planning, budget management, advising, and personnel management.


Visit to submit application materials online for full consideration. Screening of applications will begin March 14, 2014, and continue until the position is filled.  Applicants will be asked to submit:

  • A letter of application detailing current research agenda;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A statement of administrative philosophy and experience;
  • Teaching evaluations;
  • And a sample syllabi.

Three (3) confidential letters of reference are also required. These letters must be submitted via e-mail to (in one of the following formats: doc, xls, txt, rtf, pdf, gif, jpg, htm, html) and must reference the position title and department in the e-mail.

For inquiries regarding the position, contact search committee co-chairs, Kathryn Shanley at or Neyooxet Greymorning or the Native American Studies department at (406) 243-5832. Note: Applications submitted to the search committee chairs or department will not be fully considered. Please submit materials online via the following link:

The start date is August 16, 2014. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

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