Native American studies

Chair: Department of American Indian Studies, University of Washington

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Institution Type: College / University
Location: WashingtonUnited States
Position: Associate ProfessorDepartment ChairFull Professor

Chair: Department of American Indian Studies

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington seeks candidates for a full-time associate or full professor, to serve as Chair in the Department of American Indian Studies.

American Indian Studies (AIS) at UW is a multidisciplinary academic department that offers an undergraduate major and a minor. It is also home to the Native Voices graduate program in indigenous film, video, and digital media.  The department faculty represent a range of disciplines and approach their teaching and research from a decolonized, community-based and global perspective.  The department works with national and regional Native American communities through the UW Tribal Leaders Summit, Native American Advisory Board, UW powwows, the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House project, and campus symposia and conferences. It is a campus leader in facilitating the recruitment and retention of Native American and indigenous students.

We seek a scholar of Native American and Indigenous studies and will consider applicants in all areas of specialization.  The critical qualifications are a Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree in the candidate’s field; a record of distinguished scholarship and teaching; experience working with Native American communities and organizations; administrative experience that includes strategic educational planning, budget management, development and grant writing skills, advising, and personnel management.

The chair will provide leadership for the department’s educational mission, work to enhance professional development opportunities for faculty, advocate for AIS in relations with college and university administrators, administer and develop department budget and resources, supervise staff, and promote mutually beneficial relations with regional Native communities and organizations.

University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. The chair has the discretion to set a teaching schedule compatible with departmental leadership as his/her highest priority.

The start date for this position is negotiable but may be as early as July 1, 2014.  Candidates should provide a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, statement of administrative philosophy and experience, teaching evaluations, and the names and contact information for at least three references. References will not be contacted until a candidate is being considered for a campus visit.  Applications will be reviewed beginning January 22, 2014, until the position is filled.  Application materials are being accepted on-line at:

The American Indian Studies Department is committed to building and supporting a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women, racial and sexual minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans.  The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Contact: If you have any questions about this position, the department, or the University of Washington, please contactDaniel Hart

American Indian Studies


Application materials should be submitted at:

Primary Category: Native American History / Studies
Secondary Categories: Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies
Contemporary History
Cultural History / Studies
Digital Humanities
Film and Film History
Human Rights
Journalism and Media Studies
Research and Methodology
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Posting Date: 11/01/2013
Closing Date 01/29/2014