Naisa

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.

As part of Northwestern University’s Indigenous Studies Research Initiative, the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Native American and Indigenous Studies. We seek a scholar, writer, or artist with expertise in the cultures, cultural production, and/or history of indigenous peoples, particularly, but not limited to, the native peoples of North America. This person will be jointly appointed between the Humanities Institute and an appropriate humanities-related department, and will work closely with Northwestern undergraduates and graduate students. Candidates must have completed all degree requirements for a PhD or MFA before September 1, 2016.

Northwestern’s home region—the Greater Chicago area—is full of rich potential for scholars working in the field of Native American and Indigenous Studies, including close collaboration with the Newberry Library’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, The American Indian Center of Chicago, the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, and Great Lakes native communities.

For more information, including instructions for how to submit an application, visit the Kaplan Institute’s website: http://www.humanities.northwestern.edu/people/open-positions/

Applications will be accepted online only. Application materials include a cover letter, CV, writing sample of approximately 25 pages or comparable evidence of scholarly or artistic accomplishment, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references, whom we will contact for letters of recommendation. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on December 1, 2015, and the search will remain open until an offer is accepted. Inquiries about the search may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

As part of Northwestern University’s Indigenous Studies Research Initiative, the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Native American and Indigenous Studies, to begin September 1, 2016. We seek a scholar, writer, or artist with expertise in the cultures, cultural production, and/or history of indigenous peoples, particularly, but not limited to, the native peoples of North America. The Fellow will be jointly appointed between the Humanities Institute and an appropriate humanities-related department. Candidates must complete all degree requirements for a PhD or MFA before September 1, 2016.

The fellow will pursue a program of independent scholarship under the guidance of a faculty mentor and will teach two undergraduate courses per year. The fellow will also give one public lecture per year. This position is a two-year, full-time fellowship with benefits.

Northwestern’s home region—the Greater Chicago area—is full of rich potential for scholars working in the field of Native American and Indigenous Studies, including close collaboration with the Newberry Library’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, The American Indian Center of Chicago, the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, and Great Lakes native communities.

For more information, including instructions for how to submit an application, visit the Kaplan Institute’s website: http://www.humanities.northwestern.edu/people/open-positions/

Applications will be accepted online only. Application materials include a research statement of the project to be undertaken during the fellowship period, CV, writing sample of approximately 25 pages or comparable evidence of scholarly or artistic accomplishment, a sample syllabus, graduate transcripts, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references—including the dissertation advisor—whom we will contact for letters of recommendation. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by January 4, 2016. Inquiries about the search may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.


The Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Indigenous Environmental and Sustainability Studies whose research and teaching engages American Indian and Indigenous Studies through the study of tribal ecosystems. Applicants should demonstrate training in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and be scholars of the ways Indigenous nations and communities understand their environments within their diverse cultures and epistemologies. We seek candidates who have experience working with tribal communities concerning issues such as health, wellness, food sovereignty, food security, water security, climate change, treaty rights, and environmental concerns as they relate to tribal ecosystems, and whose scholarship addresses the entangled relations among Indigenous nations; Indigenous communities; federal, state, and local governments; Western science; Indigenous cultural revitalization movements; and Indigenous knowledges.

American Indian Studies (AIS) at UW is a multidisciplinary academic department that offers an undergraduate major and a minor. It is also home to the Native Voices graduate program in Indigenous film, video, and digital media. The department faculty represent a range of disciplines and approach their teaching and research from a decolonized, community-based and global perspective. The department works with national and regional Indigenous communities through the UW Tribal Leaders Summit, Native American Advisory Board, the UW wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House, and campus symposia and conferences. AIS is a campus leader in facilitating the recruitment and retention of American Indians, First Nations, and Indigenous faculty and students.

This search is open to candidates in relevant fields, including but not limited to Biology, Forestry, Fishery Sciences, Marine Sciences, Botany, Environmental Studies, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Anthropology, and Geography. The successful candidate will demonstrate the potential for excellence in research, teaching, and community engagement. A Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) or comparable terminal degree must be in hand by the start date. The appointment will begin in September 2016. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.

This is one of three new positions at the University of Washington to address environmental equity and justice, indigenous environmental and sustainability studies, and diversity and access. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review all three job announcements prior to submitting their application.

Please submit electronically to: http://apply.interfolio.com/32471 a letter of application, your curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, a statement of your research and teaching goals, two relevant course syllabi, two course teaching evaluations, and a writing sample: either a published journal article or book chapter, or the prospectus and a chapter from your dissertation.

Preference will be given to applications received by November 20.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.


 

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC) is seeking to hire a Curator of Hawaii and Pacific American Studies to conduct research, develop programs and foster collaborations within and outside the Smithsonian to further explore the history, art and culture of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islander Americans of the Pacific region (including Hawaii, the Pacific Islands and related U.S. territories, and the U.S. Pacific coastal region). More information about the position and how to apply can be found at http://smithsonianapa.org/jobs.

 

Background

 

Established in 1997 as an initiative critical to the mission of the Smithsonian, APAC’s vision is to enrich the appreciation of America’s Asian Pacific heritage and empower Asian Pacific American communities in their sense of inclusion within the national culture. Often overlooked in this story are the importance of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander American communities in Hawaii and the Pacific region. As the historic gateway and intersection between America and Asia, Hawaii is an ideal location to explore the role of Asian Pacific Americans in American society. With nearly 75 percent of Hawaii’s population made up of Asian Pacific Americans, it is a symbol of America’s multicultural, multiracial, multi-dimensional, transnational past, present and future. The exploration of the ideas and stories of the American Pacific region is a priority of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and its Strategic Plan known as the Blueprint. For more information about APAC go to http://smithsonianapa.org.

 

Duties

 

The purpose of the position is to serve as Curator of Hawaii and Pacific American Studies with the following primary responsibilities:

 

  1. Conceiving, conceptualizing, developing and implementing research projects, public programs, exhibitions, and digital initiatives about Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander American history, art and culture of the Pacific region (including Hawaii, the Pacific Islands and related U.S. territories, and the U.S. Pacific coastal region);

  2. Leading the development and/or coordination of APAC curatorial initiatives in collaboration with units across the Smithsonian, including the creation of a “Pacific America Lab” at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), and other programmatic collaborations that promote research and collections activities with regard to American Pacific communities;

  3. Collaborating with organizations outside the Smithsonian, including the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii, to support APAC’s research, public programs and exhibitions, and to bring APAC programs and exhibitions to Hawaii.

 

Qualifications

 

To be considered, candidates should demonstrate:

 

  1. Knowledge of Asian American and Pacific American history, art or culture and related underlying scholarly themes with a focus on, and with significant experience working in, the Pacific region (including Hawaii, the Pacific Islands and related U.S. territories) as evidenced by a Ph.D. or terminal degree in a related field and research/curatorial experience.

 

  1. Ability to plan and produce historical, art and culture initiatives, such as exhibitions, public programs, and multimedia products that focus on the Asian American or Pacific American experience. Experience contributing to innovative experiential educational learning programs is preferred.

 

  1. Ability to conduct research in a variety of academic settings and field situations.

 

  1. Skill in presenting research content, both orally and in writing, in ways that are effective, compelling and tailored to the audience and purpose of the communication.

 

Specifications

 

This is a 2-year temporary position that may be renewed based on curatorial priorities, the performance of the incumbent and the availability of funding.

 

The position is based in Washington, DC, but work may be required to be completed in off-site or remote/satellite duty locations.

 

This is a Grade 11 Trust position with a salary range of $63,722 to $82,840 if the employee is based in Washington, DC. Locality adjustments to this salary could vary if the employee is based in another U.S. city.

 

For more information about working at the Smithsonian go to http://www.si.edu/ohr/workingsi.

 

For information about Smithsonian employee benefits go to http://www.si.edu/ohr/benefits.

 

How to Apply

 

To be considered, candidates should apply by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with:

 

  • a cover letter that specifically describes how his/her background and experience meets the four qualifications noted above;

  • a current C.V. or resume;

  • a recent sample of the applicant’s research and scholarship abilities such as an exhibition catalog or writing sample or portfolio;

  • unofficial transcripts that reflect the applicant’s educational degrees and areas of study; and

  • three (3) professional and/or educational references (we will notify the applicant before contacting references).

 

Deadline

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No applications will be accepted after 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 31, 2015.


Call for Papers

2016 Alaska Native Studies Conference

Preconference April 14, 2016

Conference April 15-16, 2016 on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus

Theme:  Wellness & Healing: Indigenous Innovations & Alaska Native Research

Keynote speakers:  Dr. Michael Yellowbird (Arikara)

                             Dr. Shawn Wilson (Cree)

Deadline: November 15, 2015

For more information:   http://www.alaskanativestudies.org