Assistant Professor in Native American Studies

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
30 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
28 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department currently consists of 8 tenured and tenure-track faculty and 8 non-tenure-track instructors. The faculty members come from diverse disciplinary backgrounds that encompass both the humanities and the social sciences. Ethnic Studies’ mission is “to critically examine the interlocking forces of domination that are rooted in socially constructed categories of gender, sexuality, class, race, disability and national status. Our faculty and researchers are committed to interdisciplinary, indigenous, international, and comparative approaches that challenge systemic marginalization of diverse populations.
We are especially committed to nurturing civic-minded and culturally informed students who strive to strengthen the communities in which they reside. In support of the land-grant mission of Colorado State University, the Department engages with communities on and off campus in order to effect meaningful change in public policy and social life.” The Department of Ethnic Studies offers an MA, BA, and minor in ethnic studies, along with a graduate certificate, a BA degree, and minor in women’s studies. There are approximately 154 students enrolled in our programs.

Position Summary

The Ethnic Studies Department at Colorado State University invites applications for one 9-month tenure-track position in Native American Studies. This is an Assistant Professor position, and salary is commensurate with qualifications.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach four courses per year, including graduate and undergraduate courses, mentor students, have an active research agenda, and engage in outreach/service with Native American communities.

Starting date is August 16, 2018.

Required Job Qualifications

The applicant must demonstrate potential for excellence in research/scholarship in Native American Studies; potential for excellence in teaching Native American courses, potential for excellence in service/outreach, and strong communication skills. Service and outreach commitment to Native American communities should be established through past or current examples of mentoring, activism, and outreach.

Examples of potential candidates’ areas of expertise in Native American Studies include but are not limited to: Indigenous methodologies, Indigenous knowledge systems, land rights and tribal sovereignty, contemporary literary and visual culture, history, health, Indigenous education and leadership, tribal governments, sociopolitical and political economy, decolonial feminism, settler colonialism, and heritage language revitalization.

Ph.D. is required by the appointment date of August 16, 2018.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates who can teach the core ethnic studies courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels (i.e. introduction to ethnic studies, ethnic studies research methods, ethnic studies theory & history, etc). Candidates whose work is interdisciplinary, intersectional, and/or comparative are also strongly encouraged to apply. We particularly encourage applications from scholars with a doctorate in Native American Studies, or Ethnic Studies with an emphasis in Native American Studies; and, we also welcome applicants with degrees in related disciplines with a research and teaching focus germane to Native American Studies.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should upload by November 1, 2017 a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and the names and contact information of 3 individuals qualified to assess the candidates’ ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. Letters of recommendation will be requested via email from referees upon submission of an application and must be submitted on-line. Letters must be received by November 8, 2017 for full consideration.

Application materials of semi-finalist candidates will be made available for review by the entire tenure-track faculty of the Ethnic Studies Department.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

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Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Teaching Duty/Responsibility

Teach four courses per year in the Department of Ethnic Studies; advise undergraduate and graduate students.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

Engage in academic research leading to publications, such as peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, books, and other creative works.

Percentage Of Time 35 Job Duty Category Service Duty/Responsibility

Participate in department, college, and university committees; attend national, international, and/or regional professional conferences; engage in outreach and service in Native American and/or other marginalized communities.