• Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), A Van Nu Po, Santa Fe, NM, USA
  • Jun 10, 2024
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Job Description

The Indigenous Liberal Studies (ILS) Department invites applications for instructional assistant professors to build our adjunct pool in Indigenous Liberal Studies. These applicants need to have a 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: none
  • Start Date: as needed
  • 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 Teaching Philosophy 
Summary of Responsibilities: Candidates will teach undergraduate courses on a variety of topics, including their area of specialization. The candidates will support IAIA’s mission, vision, and core values. 
Essential Functions include teaching all levels of Indigenous and Native American Studies. An explicit number of office hours would be required. 
Required Education: 
  • 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 professional achievement and a proven background in social sciences. 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 college students and faculty colleagues. 
  • Requires ability to see, view, and review a wide range of relevant academic information. 
  • 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. 
  • The successful candidate will support IAIA’s mission, vision, and core values. 
  • In line with its enabling federal legislation, IAIA extends preference to Natives in employment.
  • All employees must have a satisfactory background check. 
  • This job description is not a contract for employment.