Instructor, Full-time Benefits Eligible, in American Indian Studies

  • Arizona State University
  • Tempe, AZ, USA
  • Nov 09, 2021
Full time Education

Job Description

American Indian Studies

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Arizona State University



  • The American Indian Studies Program (AIS) at Arizona State University seeks a highly collaborative and effective teacher to fill the role of Instructor. This appointment will be responsible for teaching both online and in-person courses in American Indian Studies, in addition to leading curriculum development for online program. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible appointment made on an academic year basis. Subsequent academic year renewals are contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of resources, and the needs of the unit.


Essential Functions of the Position:

  • Teach upper and/or lower division courses to undergraduate/graduate students. (4-4 teaching load)
  • Teach in person, hybrid, or online classes.
  • Collaboratively plan, design, develop and revise for-credit courses and course materials to meet University and department standards.
  • Champion the use of Canvas across all courses, and serve as the primary Canvas knowledge resource.
  • Identify and communicate contextual best practices for applying teaching and learning theories to curriculum design.
  • Maintain and expand face-to-face and online faculty training, workshop and seminar offerings.
  • Instructors are required to prepare syllabus, lectures and class materials, exams, order textbooks, and grade assignments and exams.





  • Qualified instructors will have earned a Ph.D. (or ABD), or MA in the relevant discipline by time of appointment.
  • Demonstrated excellence in college teaching.
  • Experience in developing interdisciplinary courses and curricula.



  • Knowledge of Indigenous sovereignty, culture, and federal Indian law and policy.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and teaching courses in person and in online and hybrid environments.
  • Knowledge of Canvas Learning Management system or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience in collaboration and managing collaborative projects in diverse environments.
  • Experience teaching Indigenous students at the university level.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population, including first-generation college students.


About American Indian Studies:

  • American Indian Studies at Arizona State University is a diverse and innovative graduate and undergraduate degree program at one of the top universities in the Southwest. AIS offers a B.S. degree, an undergraduate minor, and an M.S. degree.  At ASU, AIS emphasizes tribal governance and planning, food sovereignty and sustainability, Indigenous community health and research, Indigenous print and material cultures, land-based pedagogies, and Indigenous intellectual history.  The AIS faculty is embedded in Indigenous communities, actively collaborates with other departments and programs across the campus, and engages in a national and international network of professional associations and consultancies. Centered in the ancestral homeland of the Akimel O’odham, ASU is a crossroads for Arizona’s twenty-two Indigenous nations, including one of the largest Native urban populations in the US. ASU has an enrollment of more than 4,000 American Indian students from Arizona and elsewhere.  See our website for more information:


Application Instructions:

The initial deadline to apply is Friday, December 10, 2021. If the position is not filled, applications will be evaluated every other Friday thereafter until the search is closed.


Only electronic submissions via Interfolio will be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please submit all application materials to:


Applications must contain:

  1. Cover letter that addresses the required and desired qualifications;
  2. Curriculum vitae with contact information, including telephone number and e-mail address
  3. One-page statement of teaching philosophy
  4. Evidence of teaching effectiveness – e.g., student evaluations, syllabi, peer observation, annual evaluations, etc.
  5. Information for three professional references (their position, title, e-mail, phone number)
  6. A statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence.


About Arizona State University:

  • ASU is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.


Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

  • ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.


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Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


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