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 University of Toronto (St. George campus) invites applications for a continuing full-time teaching stream appointment in the area of Indigenous Teaching and Learning. The successful candidate will be cross-appointed in the Centre for Indigenous Studies (49%) and in the Faculty of Arts and Science (51%). The appointment is at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream and will commence on July 1, 2018.

Responsibilities include teaching large and small undergraduate courses in Indigenous Studies and working with units across the Faculty of Arts & Science in developing curriculum based on Indigenous methods of teaching and learning, including decolonizing and anti-colonial perspectives. 

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and an emerging record of leadership in enhancing undergraduate education in Indigenous Studies and Indigenous education. 

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Indigenous Studies or a related field at the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with extensive research and teaching experience demonstrating a deep understanding of Indigenous knowledges, methodologies, and epistemologies, as well as a long-term ethical engagement with Indigenous communities, organizations, and institutions and evidence of understanding the importance of consensus-building relationships. The successful applicant must have experience as a course instructor, a record of excellence in teaching in both small and large enrollment class settings, teaching-related activities such as curriculum development and student mentoring, and a demonstrated commitment to pedagogical practice and teaching-related scholarly activity. Evidence of excellence in teaching and pedagogy will be demonstrated by strong letters of reference reflecting on both excellent teaching and evidence of committment to pedagogical enquiry, teaching evaluations, and the teaching dossier (including a teaching statement and course syllabi) submitted as part of the application. Engagement with Indigenous communities will be demonstrated through strong reference letters and other supporting documentation.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

All qualified applicants are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course syllabi, copies of teaching evaluations, and the names of the referees who have been asked to submit letters of reference. Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files as follows: (1) Cover letter and CV; (2) Teaching dossier. 

Applicants should arrange to have four letters of reference, including one that speaks directly to Indigenous community engagement, sent directly to the Director, Centre for Indigenous Studies via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “Indigenous Teaching and Learning – (your full name)’ by the job deadline date of November 15, 2017. 

Inquiries should be directed to //This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information about the Centre for Indigenous Studies, see The Centre for Indigenous Studies houses an interdisciplinary program within the Faculty of Arts & Science and a research centre serving the University of Toronto and the broader community. The undergraduate program is dedicated to the scholarly study and research of the priorities and aspirations of Indigenous peoples in Canada and throughout the world. An important goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to learn and think about Indigenous knowledges in creative, transformative, and critical ways. The undergraduate program offers courses that engender a rigorous and respectful understanding of Indigenous peoples’ languages, knowledges, cultures, histories, politics, arts, intellectual traditions, teaching traditions, and research methodologies. A key feature of the program is its respect and promotion of Indigenous knowledges, as evidenced by the commitment to Indigenous language instruction and courses devoted to the topic of Indigenous knowledges. The Centre also houses research programs. The Centre has a strong relationship with First Nations House, a student support service that is part of Student Life.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially 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. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.