• Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), A Van Nu Po, Santa Fe, NM, USA
  • Mar 03, 2023
Full time Education

Job Description

The Indigenous Liberal Studies (ILS) Department invites applications for a full-time assistant professor in Indigenous Liberal Studies with a proven background in Native American/Indigenous studies, social sciences, and research methodologies. Liberal Arts from a Native perspective is the unique focus of IAIA’s Indigenous Liberal Studies Department. We offer an AA degree in Native American Studies and a BA degree in Indigenous Liberal Studies. Each degree program integrates natural sciences, social studies, fine arts, traditional arts, and humanities with Indigenous understanding(s) through a variety of courses. Knowledge from a Native perspective and teaching as a sacred art are the foundation, as well as the mission, of Indigenous Liberal Studies.
  •  Application Deadline: April 15th, 2023
  • Start Date: August 2023
  • A complete application consists of a) letter of interest detailing applicant’s competencies and ability to carry out essential functions, b) CV-Curriculum Vitae, c) one academic letter of recommendation and two professional references, d) Transcripts for highest earned degree, e) statement of Research Interest, Diversity Statement, and Teaching Philosophy 
Summary of Responsibilities: The selected candidate will teach undergraduate courses on a variety of topics, including their area of specialization, and will assist with the development, implementation, and review of Indigenous Studies curriculum to support the growth and advancement of the department. Participation and engagement with local, national, and/or international Indigenous communities is expected. The successful candidate will support IAIA’s mission, vision, and core values. 
Essential Functions include teaching all levels of Indigenous and Native American Studies, including workshops and classes in tribal communities or institutions. It is expected that the candidate will teach three courses per semester along with overseeing independent studies, internships, and senior projects. Supervision of senior student capstone research utilizing a variety of Indigenous, and traditional/alternative qualitative and descriptive quantitative research methods is expected. All ILS faculty are required to provide students with proficient advising and mentorship in the ILS degree Program and career opportunities. An explicit number of office hours, participation in committee work, assistance with assessment/accreditation activities, participation in in-service activities, interdisciplinary collaboration, and mentorship is required.
Required Education: 
  • PREFERRED: Doctorate degree or doctoral candidate in Native studies or a closely related field. 
  • REQUIRED: a minimum of a Master’s degree in Native Studies or a closely related field
  • recent and relevant experience teaching Indigenous and Native American Studies at the college level. 
Required Competencies (Skills/Knowledge and Abilities): 
  • Applicants need to demonstrate a high level of professional achievement, a proven background in social sciences, and Indigenous research methodologies. A broad knowledge of Indigenous communities, particularly Southwestern Indigenous Peoples, and their epistemologies is a must. ILS teaches courses face-to-face as well as online, therefore knowledge of best practices for both platforms is necessary, along with a sensitivity towards Native Americans and an ability to motivate and teach students from diverse ethnic backgrounds. 
Candidates with any of the following expertise will be considered
  • Tribal sovereignty and governance, Indigenous identity, decolonization, cultural preservation, language revitalization, Native education, Indigenous research methodologies and theory, Federal Indian policy, history, Native environmental justice, tribal critical race theory, racialization and criminalization, and Indigenous rights. 
  • Research which contributes to Indigenous communities. 
Working Conditions: 
  • Requires ability to effectively use an electronic technology for extended periods of time. 
  • Requires ability to instruct for extended periods of times, in a classroom environment. 
  • Requires ability to use computers, projectors, and other academic instructional technology. 
  • Requires ability to exercise effective communication skills using the spoken and written word to a wide range of audiences, but in particular to college students and faculty colleagues. 
  • Requires ability to see, view, and review a wide range of relevant academic information. 
  • On occasion may be asked by Department Chair/Dean to perform other duties. 
  • Performance evaluation will be assessed on academic results as described herein. 
  • The Dean, in conjunction with the Indigenous Liberal Studies Department Chair, reserves the right to revise this job description at any time, with or without notice. 
  • All employees must have a satisfactory background check. 
  • This job description is not a contract for employment.