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
* 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
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
Supplemental Pre-Employment Screening
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community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences and backgrounds.
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veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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Department Head, American Indian Studies
9006-American Indian Studies Prog
Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Exempt / Non-Exempt
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Documents required to be attached
electronically with this application
Letter of Interest
Statement of Research and Teaching Interests
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.