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 Department of American Indian Studies, College of Social and

Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona is seeking an outstanding

teacher/scholar/administrator for a full-time, tenured position as Head of

the Department of American Indian Studies. The position, anticipated to

begin at the start of the 2015-16 academic year, requires an excellent

scholar at the Associate or Full Professor level with a Ph.D. or equivalent

who is qualified for tenure at the University of Arizona. Topical specialty

and regional focus is open, though a specialization in North American

native communities is required. The Department of American Indian

Studies is administered by the Department Head with the participation of

the faculty consistent with the University of Arizona's culture of shared


The University of Arizona is a top-ranked, research-intensive, land grant

institution that embraces a distinctive interdisciplinary culture and tradition.

One of the premier departments in the field of American Indian or

Indigenous Studies in the United States, AIS at the University of Arizona

grants Ph.D., M.A., and J.D./M.A. degrees as well as minors at both the

undergraduate and graduate levels, and anticipates offering a B.A. degree

beginning in the Fall of 2015. AIS also offers graduate certificate programs

in American Indian Higher Education, Nation Building, and Natural


In addition to an outstanding record of scholarship and teaching in higher

education, candidates must offer evidence of administrative experience,

the ability to seek and obtain external funding, demonstrated experience in

working with tribal communities, and a commitment to serving American

Indians. The Department Head is expected to maintain an active research

agenda, to foster and support fellowship and grant seeking activity among

colleagues, and to teach courses appropriate to American Indian Studies.

This position offers exciting opportunities for expanding the program and

developing new partnerships with the twenty-two federally recognized

tribes/nations within Arizona and with American Indian nations/Alaskan

Natives throughout the Southwest and beyond. American Indian Studies

seeks to develop a strong understanding of the languages, cultures, and

sovereignty of American Indians/Alaskan Natives which honors our

ancestors and their wisdom.

Initial review of applications will begin on January 15, 2015 and continue

until the position is filled. The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity

employer that recognizes the value of a diverse community and

encourages applications from the full range of experience and ethnic

identity and gender.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans;

life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and

holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified

family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA

recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Duties and Responsibilities

* Provide leadership, guidance, and direction to the Department of

American Indian Studies.

* Lead a team of academically strong and diverse individuals and provide

guidance on issues including recruitment, retention, and management and

development of faculty and staff.

* Contribute to both graduate and undergraduate teaching, curriculum and

program development.

* Advance the Department's research funding and reputation.

* Organize and manage the Department for maximum efficiency.

* Actively encourage and support professional and academic development

of the faculty. Proactively promote pursuit of academic development up to

and including the Professor level.

* Establish relationships of trust, collaboration, and respect between

faculty, administration, and the community.

* Work to develop and secure support for multi-disciplinary relationships

and partnerships with other areas of the University of Arizona.

* Represent AIS appropriately in the larger college and university settings.

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum


Not applicable for this position.

Additional Minimum Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arizona conducts pre-employment screening for all

positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of

academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and work history. In addition,

a check of names and identification documents is conducted on all new

employees to ensure they are legally authorized to work in the United


What kind of criminal background check is

required for this position?

This position is non-security sensitive and requires a name-based criminal

background check

Supplemental Pre-Employment Screening


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As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, the University of Arizona recognizes the power of a diverse

community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences and backgrounds.

The University of Arizona is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities,

veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Position Title

Department Head, American Indian Studies


Job Number



9006-American Indian Studies Prog



Social and Behavioral Sciences


Posted Rate of Pay



Exempt / Non-Exempt




Appointed: Faculty


Name of Contact (for Applicants)

Mark Blair


Contact Information

E-mail and/or phone number

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Job Open Date



Job Close Date

Open Until Filled


Review begins on

(Continues until position filled)


Benefits Eligible



Full Time/Part Time

Full Time


Days and Schedule to be Worked

Number of Hours Worked per Week

Limited to current UA employees only



Documents required to be attached

electronically with this application

Letter of Interest

Statement of Research and Teaching Interests

Curriculum Vitae

Documents that may be attached

electronically or mailed directly to

department per instructions below

Additional application instructions

(include instructions for submission)

An application consisting of curriculum vitae, a list of three references, and

a letter of interest that summarizes teaching experience and courses the

applicant would teach, current research activities and future research

interests, previous administrative experience, work with tribal communities,

and evidence of success in garnering external funing.