The Department of American Indian Studies (AIS) at the California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is located on the traditional territory and homelands of the Luiseño/Payómkawichum people this land remains the shared space among the Kuupangaxwichem/Cupeño and Kumeyaay and Ipai peoples. The AIS department invites applications for two tenure-track positions in American Indian Studies. We seek individuals with a commitment to the enhancement of our American Indian Studies major and department. This position is an excellent opportunity for scholars interested in a career at a teaching-centered institution that is home to the largest per capita American Indian student population in California.
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, sovereignty, diverse histories, tribal legal and political status, community, culture, social and educational needs of American Indians in California and the US. Students in AIS learn to work effectively with and for Tribal Nations and communities as they interface with non-Indian communities to exercise tribal sovereignty. We offer both the undergraduate major and minor in AIS.
We are seeking scholars with expertise in the following areas, particularly from an AIS lens: Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Decolonial Studies, California Indian Studies, History and Policy, Indigenous Cultural Rights, Business and Economic Development, Health and Wellness, or Education. It is essential for these scholars to prioritize place-based learning and demonstrate a commitment to decolonizing research methodologies.
Candidates applying for this position should hold a PhD in American Indian Studies (Native American, Indigenous, First Nations) or a closely related field, with completion prior to the appointment start date. Furthermore, candidates should demonstrate a clear commitment to American Indian epistemology, encompassing theory, methodology, and pedagogy as they relate to the field of AIS.
The appointment will begin August 2024.
The successful candidate will regularly offer a variety of general education, upper-division and lower division, in-person, hybrid, and online classes, including independent studies as needed and will help build the department’s AIS 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 the AIS discipline as appropriate.