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


Position Summary

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a creative, collaborative, self-motivated, enthusiastic professional for the position of Director for the College of Arts and Sciences’ new initiative, Humanities for the Public Good (HPG). Funded in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, HPG will support the university’s leading faculty and student humanists in activities that place inquiry and engagement with the public at their very center. What distinguishes the initiative is an integrative approach, one that seeks not additive or incremental change, but a broad new, unifying vision: a call to action and public engagement. This vision will inform and direct our investments in the humanities going forward, building on the success of existing humanities-focused initiatives and ensuring their prominence at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Humanities for the Public Good will 1) employ new educational models for the humanities that reconfigure education and promote public humanities in the curriculum; 2) integrate contemporary, digital approaches into research and education; and 3) expand public humanities through increased engagement with diverse communities beyond the academy.

The Initiative Director is charged with the overall responsibility for implementing, promoting, coordinating, and facilitating Humanities for the Public Good. The position includes the following duties:
- contributing intellectual insight to discussions around overall program direction; 
- meeting with humanities chairs, faculty, staff, students, and community partners to plan goals and programs of the initiative;
- creating and leading a steering committee for the new initiative with the project’s primary investigator, the Senior Associate Dean for Fine Arts & Humanities; 
- conducting an extensive survey of the activities, courses, and programming already in place that encompasses work related to the public engagement at the heart of HPG, creating a comprehensive baseline of public humanities activities at UNC-Chapel Hill; 
- playing a central role in identifying, nurturing, and organizing the broad thematic work which will be showcased in biennial symposia;
- participating in the selection of recipients for programmatic funding (including project awards, travel awards, course development grants, graduate student top-up funding); 
- proactively cultivating beneficial connections with other efforts at UNC-Chapel Hill that have common ground with Humanities for the Public Good, promoting synergies between already established publicly-focused programming; 
- identifying imaginative ways to promote the initiative on campus and to the wider public; 
- assisting faculty working in public humanities to connect with resources that will help them secure external funding for research, teaching, and service; 
- providing HPG’s written and electronic communications with external audiences and internal University constituencies, creating content for a webpage.

The Director also may teach a course in the College of Arts & Sciences aligned with a public humanities theme, which could serve as a model for other publicly-engaged courses. This would be accomplished through a secondary faculty appointment.

This position reports to the Senior Associate Dean for Fine Arts & Humanities, who also serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) for the initiative.

Educational Requirements

Ph.D. in an academic field that relates to arts, humanities, or qualitative social sciences preferred. Master’s degree in a subject or field in the arts, humanities, or qualitative social sciences appropriate to the mission of the program is required.

Qualifications and Experience

At least four years of experience in a public humanities environment, with an understanding of public humanities and its place in the academy and beyond. Ability to work independently with limited supervision. Excellent oral, written, and digital communication skills. Demonstrated project management experience, excellent time management skills and demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines in an evolving environment. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with colleagues, faculty, students, staff, volunteers, community partners, and the general public. Demonstrated adaptability and flexibility, as well as willingness to adjust to job duties as changes in technology and user needs dictate. Strong planning, organizational, and coordination skills to manage simultaneous projects effectively. Ability to develop publicity and marketing materials. Ability to develop and implement budgets for large-scale academic initiatives.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Instructions

Applicants must provide a curriculum vitae/resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for at least three references.

Open until filled; review of applications will begin 07/06/2017.

Department Contact Information

Department Contact Name and Title Yulia Strizheus, Executive Assistant
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Office of Human Resources Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

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