Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

The premiere international & interdisciplinary professional organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, and community members interested in all aspects of Indigenous Studies.

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The elections are now closed. The Nominations Committee appreciates the participation of all members throughout the nominations and election process as well as those who agreed to stand for election. Your participation is a vital aspect of NAISA’s continued success as an organization.

The election results are as follows:

President Elect:
Aroha Harris
Caskey Russell
Troy Storfjell
Nominations Committee:
Jenny Davis
Jennifer Gomez Menjivar

Nominations Committee
Danika Medak-Saltzman and Julie Reed, co-chairs
Nepia Mahuika
Niigaan Sinclair
Veronica Tawhai
Adam Gaudry

Annual Meeting


Los Angeles, California | May 17-19, 2018

The NAISA Council invites scholars working in Native American and Indigenous Studies to submit proposals for individual papers, panel sessions, roundtables, or film screenings. 

Click here:  for more information.

NAIS Journal

2017 NAISA Editor Search


Dr. Jean O’Brien and Dr. Robert Warrior will complete their term as Founding Editors of NAIS: Native American and Indigenous Studies at the end of the 2019 NAISA annual meeting. The NAISA Council has initiated the search for their successor(s), whose appointment will be a four-year term beginning June 1, 2019. To assure a smooth transition, the new editor(s) will be named in mid-2018.


Position Description


The Editor or Editors of NAIS give leadership to the organization and production of NAISA’s scholarly journal. The awarding-winning NAIS is published bi-annually through an agreement between NAISA and the University of Minnesota Press. Individuals or groups of two or more are welcome to apply for the editorship.




Please submit a letter that addresses your qualifications and offers a sense of your vision for NAIS, as well as your CV. All applications are due by January 1, 2018. The council will conduct interviews at the 2018 annual meeting. Candidates for the position of Editor should be prepared to attend and participate in interviews at the annual meeting. We strongly encourage candidates to discuss their intentions with their academic administrators (deans, department chairs, etc.) so that they can come to the interview prepared to articulate the institutional support they will receive if appointed to the editorship (for example, course releases, graduate and/or other student or staff support, any additional financial contribution). The new Editor will be expected to be in regular contact with the current Editors during 2018-2019 to ensure an orderly transition, taking over full responsibility on June 1, 2019


The Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in Indigenous Literatures and Cultures with a strong focus on Indigenous literary practices and literary studies and on Indigenous pedagogies and ways of knowing as well as with an interest in collaborative engagement with Indigenous communities. Given its location, the Department’s greatest need exists in the area of North American Indigenous literary practices and studies. In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, the selection will be limited to Indigenous peoples. Candidates in this group are asked to self-identify. 

The University of Victoria, one of Canada’s leading comprehensive institutions with a reputation for excellence in research and teaching, is located on the traditional territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt, and WSÁNEĆ peoples, whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. The University is known for its diverse Indigenous faculty and staff from both local communities and around the world. In January 2017 the University adopted an Indigenous Plan in response to current Indigenous student enrolment and programming, the goals, aspirations and concerns of Indigenous students and faculty, and the wishes and needs of Indigenous community members. The Department of English shares the University’s commitment to supporting Indigenous faculty, staff, and students, and to enhancing its Indigenous focus.

The successful applicant will join an exciting, collegial department with an excellent record in teaching and research in both traditional and emerging areas. The Department is strongly committed to excellence and equity as well as to increasing the diversity of approaches and perspectives in research and teaching. Tenure-track and tenured faculty have a 2/2 teaching allocation. All tenure-track and tenured faculty are expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching, to maintain an active agenda of research, and to participate in university, professional, and community service.

The appointment will be effective 1 July 2018.


The Department is seeking a colleague who can contribute to teaching and research in Indigenous Literatures and Cultures with a strong focus on Indigenous literary practices and literary studies (in North America or elsewhere) and on Indigenous pedagogies and ways of knowing, as well as with an interest in collaborative engagement with Indigenous communities. The successful candidate will have

• a Ph.D. (by date of appointment) in an area of Indigenous Literatures and
Cultures and Indigenous Literary Studies (in North America or elsewhere);
• a demonstrated capacity for scholarship using Indigenous methodologies in
the study and the teaching of Indigenous Literatures (in North America or
• evidence of excellent teaching or excellent teaching potential with a
commitment to Indigenous and non-Indigenous pedagogies in diverse
• a demonstrated capacity to draw on experiential knowledge in research and
• a capacity to supervise and mentor students;
• a commitment to participating in program development and curricular
innovations, as well as to advocating in these domains;
• an interest in undertaking ethical engagement and collaboration with
Indigenous communities, organizations, and/or institutions.

Related Links

Department of English
Faculty of Humanities
Indigenous Plan
Indigenous Focus
Support for Indigenous Students and Communities
Interdisciplinary Minor in Indigenous Studies

Additional information


Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of
the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria
Faculty Association.

Contact information

Qualified applicants may apply by sending a cover letter accompanied by a complete curriculum vitae (and, if relevant, all university transcripts); a writing sample (or a copy of a relevant publication) along with brief statement of current research interests; and a teaching dossier (with a statement on teaching philosophy and, if available, teaching evaluations). Qualified applicants should arrange to have confidential letters sent from three referees.

Please send applications (electronic only, in pdf or Word) to the Chair of English (Dr. Michael Nowlin) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Application deadline

October 31, 2017

Equity statement

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University. All qualified candidates are encouraged to
apply; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, the selection in this appointment will be limited to Indigenous peoples. Candidates in this group are asked to self-identify. 

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process may contact Grace Wong Sneddon, Adviser to the
Provost on Equity and Diversity at (250) 721-6143. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.