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. 

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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 Sociology at University of Toronto Mississauga within the University ofThe Department of Sociology at University of Toronto Mississauga within the University ofToronto invites applications for one (1) full-time tenure-stream appointment at the rank ofAssistant Professor in Indigenous Studies. The appointment will begin July 1, 2018.

Successful candidates should have a Ph.D. in Sociology, Criminology, Law & Society orrelated field by the date of the appointment or shortly thereafter. The successful candidate’sresearch agenda will fall within the field of Indigenous Studies, with a particular focus on theexperiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada. The successful candidate’s record ofresearch, teaching and service should demonstrate an understanding of Indigenousknowledges, methodologies, epistemologies and pedagogies.

The successful candidate willdo research that draws on decolonizing and other indigenous perspectives and that isinformed by a long-term engagement with Indigenous communities, organizations andinstitutions.The successful candidate will show an emerging record of excellence in researchdemonstrated by: 1) a record of creative and professional work that engages with collaborative/collective knowledge building with Indigenous communities, both within andbeyond the university in various public fora, 2) impactful publications in venues important tothe field of Indigenous Studies (including academic journals, edited volumes andmonographs with academic and other presses, and relevant other outlets), 3) participationin professional and other associations and organizations critical to the production anddissemination of Indigenous knowledges, 4) a commitment to obtain fellowship and/or grantfunding from competitive funding sources, and 5) strong endorsements by referees.

The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated ability to develop an excellent teachingprogram informed by Indigenous pedagogies and be a strong mentor at the undergraduateand graduate level. We are particularly interested in candidates who want to participate inincreasing Indigenous knowledges, epistemologies, and methodologies throughout thedepartment and University. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated throughteaching accomplishments, letters of reference, and the teaching dossier outlining ateaching philosophy and approaches to knowledge building submitted as part of theapplication. Finally, the successful candidate must have a proven record of activities thatcontribute to equity and diversity across different communities.

The successful candidate will teach in the undergraduate program at the University ofToronto Mississauga and be part of a cross-departmental effort to seed an IndigenousStudies center at UTM. They will also be a member of the Graduate Department of Sociology, University of Toronto. The University of Toronto Graduate Program in Sociologyis a tri-campus program, staffed by faculty from the University’s three campuses, andhoused at the St. George (downtown) campus. There are also a range of opportunities foraffiliation and engagement with a range of institutions at the University of Toronto, including,but not limited to, Centre for Indigenous Studies, the Centre of Criminology and Socio-LegalStudies, and the Centre for Transnational and Diaspora Studies. The successful candidatewill join a lively intellectual community of world-class scholars at Canada’s leadinguniversity. The University of Toronto offers a wide range of opportunities for collaborativeand interdisciplinary research and teaching, and the excitement of working with a highlydiverse student population in a context that actively encourages innovative scholarship. The Greater Toronto Area offers amazing cultural and demographic diversity, including a vibrantIndigenous community, and one of the highest standards of living in the world.

Salary is commensurate with qualification and experience.

To be considered for this position, all application materials must be submitted at the linkbelow. Applicants should include 1) a cover letter describing their research agenda and theirimpact on collaborative knowledge building, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) a teaching dossier(including a statement of teaching philosophy). Applicants should also ask three referees tosend letters of recommendation directly to the department via email (on letterhead, dated,signed and scanned) to mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the closing date of October3, 2017.

Submission guidelines can be found at: submit attachments in PDF format only and label each file accordingly as coverletter, CV, or teaching dossier.


If you have questions about this position, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. information on the Department can be obtainedat (for undergraduate studies),and (for graduate studies).


The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community andespecially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women,Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons,and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. Thissurvey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot beaccessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregatedfor institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanentresidents will be given priority. Click here to apply: