Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, specializing in Native American and Indigenous Studies

$70,000 - $75,000 yearly
  • University of Colorado Denver / Ethnic Studies Program
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • Nov 09, 2021
Full time Engineering

Job Description

The Ethnic Studies Program has an opening for a full-time Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, specializing in Native American and Indigenous Studies. The Ethnic Studies Program trains students in comparative Ethnic Studies. Students learn to think about race historically, relationally and intersectionally. 

We seek a comparative Native American and Indigenous Studies scholar who can situate settler colonialism, native sovereignty, and land rights in different geographic and national contexts. We especially welcome additional expertise in the following fields to help us expand our course offerings based on our students’ interests: arts and artivism, disability studies, environmental racism, food ways, health disparities/public health, Indigenous Pacifics/Oceania, history of science.

The faculty member will be expected to conduct research and teach courses in Native American and Indigenous Studies. In addition to developing new Native American and Indigenous Studies courses, the faculty member will be expected to teach American Indian Cultural Images and History of the American Indian. The faculty member will also be expected to serve as the advisor for the undergraduate American Indian Studies certificate. This is a full-time tenure track faculty position located at the Denver Campus.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position has been established at $70,000 to $75,000.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

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Minimum Qualifications

  • Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. at time of appointment in Ethnic Studies, American Indian Studies, Native American Studies, Indigenous Studies, American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, or a related field.

Required:  Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Publications in peer-reviewed, academic outlets, and/or evidence of an established research plan.
  • Experience teaching diverse undergraduate students and experience teaching online courses.


  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse students and colleagues.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse colleagues on department, college, and university initiatives.
  • Outstanding student engagement skills, such as evidence of or plans for including students in your research; mentoring students outside of class; requiring out-of-class components in your courses (office hours visits); incorporating inclusive pedagogies; engagement in safe space trainings, etc.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion, evident in research, teaching, and service.
  • Ability to create virtual community, such as participating in and organizing virtual events.
  • Ability to teach effectively in person and online.

   Special Instructions to Applicants: Required Application Materials:

To apply, please visit: and attach:

  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications (2 page maximum)
  2. A teaching statement (2 page maximum)
  3. A one-page statement on scholarship that identifies the key questions driving your research
  4. A current Resume/CV
  5. List of three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references)

Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process. As the search advances, candidates will have an opportunity to share examples of syllabi and a writing sample of no more than 25 double-spaced pages. The committee plans to virtually interview the semi-finalists. Additionally, candidates who proceed to the final stage in the process should be prepared to conduct an on-campus job talk and teaching demonstration.    Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below Application Materials Instructions: Application Deadline: Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at, refer to requisition ID: 23257.

Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified, but preference will be given to complete applications received by November 30, 2021. Those who do not apply by November 30, 2021 may or may not be considered.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Rachel Harding at

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.