Naisa

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.


The University of New Mexico seeks a tenure-track faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level in Native American Studies (NAS).  This is a full-time appointment in the Native American Studies Program, housed in University College.  The successful candidate will teach in NAS and work collaboratively with other faculty to develop and deliver curricula which supports the Leadership and Building Native Nations concentration in the Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Native American Studies.  NAS is also in the process of establishing a graduate level program, and the successful candidate will teach courses in support of this program.  More information on NAS can be found at nas.unm.edu.  This appointment will begin Fall 2015.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

The University of New Mexico is a comprehensive Carnegie Doctoral/Research – Extensive University and a U.S. Department of Education Minority public institution, which serves some 30,000 students each academic term.  Offering degree programs at Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral levels in 85 areas of study, UNM is fortunate to be in a state with a significant population of Native Americans.  The University of New Mexico welcomes its responsibility to encourage and support the educational achievements of Native American students.  

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Applicant must posses a Ph.D. in Native American Studies, Political Science, Sociology, American Studies, Community Planning, or related disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields, by the start of the appointment.
  • Teaching or research experience with Native American people, communities or issues for a minimum of 6 months

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Clear knowledge and experience in working with Native American Studies and Native American communities
  • Teaching experience at the university level, particularly with Native American and other diverse student populations.
  • Experience with community-based research and organizing, and public policy
  • Research focus/interest on public policy, leadership, governance, or related areas
  • Demonstrated successful, or potential for successful, grant writing experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively, cordially, and cooperatively in a collegial environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities

The University of New Mexico actively seeks and encourages nominations of and applications from individuals who are from under-represented groups.  Applicants should also show a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

A complete application consists of 1). a signed letter of intent addressing the candidate’s research trajectory, teaching philosophy, community engagement approach, and a statement of how the candidate meets the stated qualifications for the position, 2). a current curriculum vitae, and 3). three professional letters of reference to be submitted by the recommenders directly to NAS Search Coordinator, Delia Halona at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by postmail to NAS, MSC06 3740, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM  87131-0001

For best consideration, applications must be received by November 14; however, position will remain open until filled.

Applications should be submitted to:  https://unmjobs.unm.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1412619101468

For inquiries regarding the position, contact the search committee co-chairs:

Dr. Tiffany Lee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dr. Lloyd Lee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or Native American Studies at (505) 277-3917

Note:  Applications submitted to the search committee chairs or to NAS will not be fully considered.  Please submit materials online via the following link:  https://unmjobs.unm.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1412619101468

The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, Educator,

For additional information about UNM see http://www.unm.edu