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 English at UNLV seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Native American/lndigenous literatures. Appointment will begin fall 2018, and applicants must have Ph.D. in English or related discipline by time of appointment.

The teaching load includes undergraduate and graduate courses in and beyond area of specialization. Though we invite applications from candidates with expertise in any historical period or subfield, we are especially interested in those with strengths in one or more of the following areas: critical race theory; hemispheric and/or transnational literatures; gender and sexuality; and/or environmental criticism.

The English Department at UNLV houses several scholarly and creative journals, including MELUS (Journal of The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States), and the College of Liberal Arts is home to a robust, multidisciplinary community of scholars in American Studies. The English Department is also closely affiliated with the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain lnstitute (BMl), an international literary center bringing writers into the heart of public life.

Ranked by U.S. News & Wold Report as the most ethnically diverse campus in the United States and by the U.S. Department of Education as a Minority Serving lnstitution (MSl), a Hispanic Serving lnstitution (HSl), and an Asian American and Native American Pacific lslander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), UNLV is continually working to expand the diversity of its faculty. The Department of English is actively committed to promoting equity and diversity, seeking faculty whose teaching, research, writing, and life experiences will help to sustain and extend these core values.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and C.V. Though the search will remain open until the position is filled, priority will be given to applications received by November 1, 2017. Skype interviews will be conducted in December.

Applications should be addressed to Kelly J. Mays, Search Committee Chair, and submitted online at For assistance with UNLV's online applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-3504 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it... For other questions, please contact the Search Committee Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..