Tohono O'odham Studies Director

$67,000 yearly
  • Tohono O'odham Community College
  • S-cuk Du'ag Mascamakud "Main Campus"
  • Jan 29, 2024
Full time Education

Job Description

Job Title: Tohono O’odham Studies Director

Reports To: Academic Dean

Status: Full-time/ Regular/ Salary

Salary: $67,000 annual


SUMMARY: The Tohono O’odham Studies Director will provide leadership and expertise in the ongoing effort to ensure that the Tohono O'odham Himdag infuses the academic life and organizational culture of Tohono O’odham Community College. The Director will lead the development and implementation of the Tohono O’odham Studies curriculum, to include development of a Bachelor’s degree in Tohono O’odham Studies. The Director will serve as the Tohono O’odham Studies Area Chair and will coordinate with the O’odham Language Center at the College as well as with external partners. The Director will support the T-So:son (Our Core Values) including T-Wohocudadag – Our Beliefs, T-Apedag – Our Well-Being, T-Pi:k Elida – Our Deepest Respect and I-We:mta – Working Together.



  • In collaboration with others, design and develop all courses for the Bachelor’s Degree in Tohono O’odham Studies;

  • Shepherd the Bachelor’s Degree in Tohono O’odham Studies to completion, including registering it with the US Department of Education and other pertinent entities;

  • Provide leadership to strengthen the Tohono O’odham Himdag across the curriculum;

  • Responsible for review, development, and implementation of Tohono O’odham Studies curriculum;

  • Carry out the duties of the Area Chair for Tohono O’odham Studies;

  • Collaborate with the Tohono O’odham Language Center;

  • Observe and practice Tohono O’odham protocols concerning relationships and interpersonal communication;

  • Establish and maintain ties to O’odham elders and other community members;

  • Teach a minimum of nine (9) credit hours of O’odham Studies courses per semester;

  • Participate in the Himdag Committee;

  • Perform other duties of a similar nature or level as required.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in the Indigenous Studies, American Indian Studies, or closely related discipline is desired.

  • Experience with, or willingness to learn, multimedia presentation, Zoom and online course delivery, and course development and teaching.

  • Knowledge of Tohono O’odham history and culture

Additional Consideration May Be Given To Individuals with the Following Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Indigenous Studies, or closely related discipline;

  • Experience working with entities on Native Nations;

  • Fluency in Tohono O’odham language;

  • Knowledge and understanding in the history and contemporary issues facing Native peoples. Familiarity with Tohono O’odham Nation and Tohono O'odham Community College research protocols;

  • Three to five years of instructional experience in an academic environment;

  • Demonstrated experience designing courses and/or programs


  • Valid Arizona Driver’s license with no DUI's or major traffic offenses within the past three years.

  • Must successfully pass a background check and fingerprint clearance.


  • History and culture of Tohono O’odham people

  • Knowledge of the struggles of Indigenous peoples to regain their language and culture


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;

  • Fluency in the Tohono O’odham language, or, excellent understanding of language loss and ability to work with those who are working to reclaim the O’odham language

  • Ability to supervise personnel and to lead curriculum development and research efforts;

  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with individuals of varied social and cultural backgrounds.