Associate Director of Native American Studies

$80,000 - $110,000 yearly
  • Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University
  • Stanford University, Serra Mall, Stanford, CA, USA
  • Sep 09, 2022
Full time Education

Job Description

The Native American Studies Program is an undergraduate program within the Center for the

Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE). This Center is a vital part of the School of

Humanities and Sciences (H&S), which serves as the foundation of a liberal arts education at

Stanford. H&S encompasses 23 departments and 25 interdisciplinary programs. H&S is home to

fundamental and applied research, where free, open, and critical inquiry is pursued across


CCSRE is an interdisciplinary program that provides policy, financial resources, and

administrative support to the undergraduate ethnic- specific programs of Native American

Studies (NAS), Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies, Asian American Studies, and Jewish Studies. NAS

offers courses, community engaged learning experiences, and other undergraduate

opportunities that offer a well-rounded interdisciplinary curriculum for its majors and minors.

NAS Program Description

Since 1997, the NAS major and minor has offered students interdisciplinary analytical tools for

the study and research of Native American experiences. NAS classes cover a broad selection of

topics and are offered in departments ranging from Sociology to Anthropology to Psychology,

representing the breadth of academic interests and disciplinary training among our diverse

faculty and lecturers. The NAS program provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding

the historical and current experiences of persons of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native

Hawaiian ancestry. The NAS faculty recognizes that the term NA refers to a heterogeneous

population and that there is neither a single NA identity nor one community that comprises all

Native Americans. NAS brings together courses that address historical, humanistic, political,

and social dimensions of Native American life and is an appropriate course of study for students

interested in a variety of Native American concerns, including: public policy; health; the arts

and cultural contributions; current social significance; indigenous histories; inter- group

relations; and the ongoing construction of the category of Native American as it impacts vital

theoretical and practical issues.

NAS Associate Director Position Summary

The Associate Director (AD) for NAS will help to build student community within the major and

minor, foster student engagement with its intellectual concerns, forge connections with

scholars across the University as well as nationally and internationally, and build relationships

with members of the community, including alumni. The AD’s time will be focused in several

areas: approximately 65% spent teaching (4 courses per academic year); 20% devoted to

program development; and 15% to academic administration, student advising, and general


This is a 100% FTE, 12-month, 3-year fixed term exempt staff position that reports directly to

the Executive Director of CCSRE. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of

research interests, statement of teaching experience, and names and contact information of at

least three references. 

Teaching (65% time)

  • Stanford operates under a quarter system. The teaching load for the NAS AD is 4 courses annually in NAS and CCSRE, including Introduction to NAS, at least one additional course in NAS, and two courses addressing race and ethnicity suitable for cross-listing with CCSRE. At least one of the four courses will contribute to the CCSRE core curriculum; this course will be chosen in consultation with the Associate Director of Academic Programs. The structure and topics of these courses may change depending upon programming needs, and the NAS AD will negotiate the exact profile of courses each year with the NAS Faculty Director in consultation with the CCSRE Faculty leadership team and the Associate Director of Academic Programs.

Program Development (20%)

  • Work with the NAS Faculty Director to organize and build the curriculum for the program.
  • Organize programming to build an intellectual community in NAS, help recruit faculty teaching for the program, promote student engagement with the field, and facilitate cooperation between the NAS Program and the Native American Culture Center (NACC).
  • Lead undergraduate student outreach efforts for the major and minor, including initiating student-oriented events in collaboration with the NACC and CCSRE, developing curricula, supporting student scholarships and internships, overseeing periodic reviews of the undergraduate program in consultation with the CCSRE Academic Programs team, and contributing overall to growing the major.
  • Maintain a program of research, conference presentations, and publications to remain conversant in the current state of the field and support cutting-edge student research and faculty teaching.
  • Work with the CCSRE Director of Academic Programs and Associate Director of Academic Programs to support, staff, and refine the CCSRE core curriculum in which NAS students take part.
  • Work with the CCSRE Executive Director and Associate Director of Academic Programs to develop beneficial workshops, colloquia, and lectures for faculty, students, and the community at large.
  • Represent the NAS Program at academic conferences and activist organizations as relevant.
  • Serve as spokesperson for NAS to internal and external professional and academic audiences, in relief of or in assistance to the NAS Faculty Director.
  • Establish relationships with collaborating programs at Stanford and outside the university.
  • Identify, publicize, and write grants to support course development and course enhancement; solicit, collate, and submit proposals from faculty and from the Program (with administrative staff).
  • Hire and supervise lecturers and graduate student teaching assistants and mentors, when appropriate.
  • Work with faculty and staff from a variety of departments and programs to coordinate course offerings and other learning opportunities and to ensure that NAS follows academic policies and participates in campus-wide educational initiatives.
  • Develop and maintain the NAS Program webpage on the CCSRE website to foster NAS’s on-line presence and image.
  • Work with the Office of Development and the CCSRE Executive Director to cultivate and maintain relationships with donors.
  • Work with the CCSRE Executive Director and faculty to draft public statements if needed.
  • Other duties as they arise.

Academic Administration and Advising (10%)

  • Review and approve annual list of cross-listed courses (collated by administrative staff).
  • Review and approve program and degree information published on ExploreCourses, ExploreDegrees, and Program website (created by administrative staff).
  • Review and approve Program publications, including course posters, course fliers, ads, and Program website (created by administrative staff).
  • Serve as initial advisor to students interested in the NAS studies major, minor, or honors and assist them in selecting faculty advisors.
  • Provide pre-major advising through VPUE to 3-5 freshman class members interested in NAS Studies.
  • Review major/minor/honors proposal materials in consultation with the CCSRE Academic Programs team.
  • Consult, as needed, with student services staff to track NAS students’ academic progress.

General Administration (5%)

  • Work with NAS Faculty Director and CCSRE Executive Director to review and approve annual non-salary budget for the NAS program, if applicable (prepared by administrative staff).
  • Consult with the NAS Faculty Director, CCSRE staff, and Native American Cultural Center staff regarding the allocation of funding, organization, and publicity for events, cosponsorships, course enhancement, and student research grants.

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • A Ph.D. or equivalent in a Humanities, Social Science, Law, Ethnic Studies, or related discipline with significant focus on Native American experiences. Commitment and ability to foster appreciation and understanding of NAS through strategic planning, academic programming, teaching, committee work, and community building.
  • Demonstrated capacity to produce and evaluate interdisciplinary research, as evidenced by professional publications or equivalent achievements.
  • Two to five years of teaching experience, with significant focus in NAS.
  • Substantial programmatic experience, including involvement in planning lectures, student events, and serving on faculty committees.
  • Proven success as a team participant (with a wide range of people including faculty, administrative staff, and students) as well as demonstrated leadership ability with excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Strong public relations skills, including skill with public speaking, media relations, event planning, and the design of publicity and other collateral materials.
  • Familiarity with university requirements, fellowship opportunities, and academic resources is extremely valuable.
  • Experience with donor cultivation is valuable.

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