California State University San Marcos (CSUSM)

 AIS provides a bridge between campus and community activities and engagement. Our goal is to create culturally intelligent graduates who will contribute to the regional workforce, including working for Tribal Nations, in meaningful ways. All of our courses include tribal community engagement—with guest lectures, field trips, participatory research, and service learning activities.

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) San Marcos, CA, USA
Feb 10, 2020
Full time
The Department of American Indian Studies at the California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) invites applications for a tenure-track position in American Indian Studies. We seek individuals with a commitment to the enhancement of our American Indian Studies major and department. Our department provides students with a research, community, and place-based program of study. We accomplish this through an integrated approach to understanding tribal knowledge about the diverse history, government-to-government relationships, community, culture, and social needs of American Indians in California and the US. Students in AIS learn to work effectively with and for Original Nations and tribal communities as they interface with non-Indian communities to exercise tribal sovereignty. We offer both the undergraduate major and minor in American Indian Studies.  We are looking for a scholar who specializes in any of the following: history, business and economic development, health and wellness, or education with a strong focus on place-based learning and decolonizing research.   Candidates must have a PhD in American Indian Studies (Native American, Indigenous, First Nations) or related disciplines completed before the appointment begins with a clear commitment to American Indian epistemology, in terms of theory, methodology, pedagogy as they pertain to the field of American Indian Studies. The appointment will begin August 25, 2020. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: PhD in American Indian Studies (Native American, Indigenous, First Nations) or related disciplines; ABDs are encouraged to apply, but the Ph.D. must be conferred by August 25, 2020.   A clear commitment to American Indian epistemology, in terms of theory, methodology, pedagogy as they pertain to the field of American Indian Studies. Teaching experience that emphasizes Indigenous culture and knowledge is requisite. Demonstrated active research agenda and a strong record of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR).   Evidence of ability to communicate American Indian perspectives including cultures and histories. Evidence of academic and/or professional background necessary to contribute to the development and growth of place-based curriculum and pedagogical practices. Demonstrated experience working with Indian tribes and/or organizations. Evidence of potential ability to obtain external research grants. Demonstrated knowledge of sovereignty, culture, and federal Indian law and policy is required. Ability to teach a variety of general education, upper-division, hybrid, and online classes, including independent studies as needed. DESIRED/PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience teaching American Indian students at the University level; Evidence of working collaboratively with other departments and programs across disciplines. Demonstrated intercultural competence with diverse groups in teaching, research and/or service. DUTIES: The successful candidate will regularly offer a variety of general education, upper-division, hybrid, and online classes, including independent studies as needed and will help build the department’s American Indian Studies major. They will design and sustain an active research agenda and a strong record of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) within the discipline.    In addition, they will engage in service and take on leadership positions within the department, college, university, and discipline as appropriate. APPLICATION: All applications must include: Cover letter that address the above minimum and desired/preferred Curriculum vitae Statement of teaching philosophy; Syllabi for two courses taught in AIS or closely related field, if available; Two representative writing samples or publications; Student evaluations from two classes, if applicable; Copies of all transcripts that include relevant course work; Three confidential letters of recommendation addressing the candidate’s qualifications, and; Statement of contributions working within tribal communities. A completed   Faculty Application Applicant Survey 1920 Submit application materials and direct any inquiries to: Email:   aisTT1920@csusm.edu A review of applications will begin on April 1, 2020; however, the position will be open until filled. The University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups. CSUSM has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and was recently named one of the top 32 Colleges most friendly to junior faculty by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education.  Visit   http://www.csusm.edu/facultyopportunities   for more information. California State University San Marcos is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is strongly committed to promoting diversity in all areas of the campus community. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, physical or mental disability, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, and veteran or military status. The person holding this position is considered a limited mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 (revised July 21, 2017) as a condition of employment. This position is subject to employment verification, education verification, reference checks and criminal record checks. An offer of appointment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, including a criminal records check, and may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. https://www.csusm.edu/facultyopportunities/faculty_jobs/assist_prof-ais.html