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.

Special Information (This section includes information such a notation if the position is subject to the availability of funding, the location of the position if other than the Flagstaff Campus, and tenure track eligibility).

This three-year Lecturer position is renewable pending satisfactory job performance, availability of funding, and program needs. This position is not tenure eligible. NAU borders the Navajo Reservation (the largest reservation in the United States) and sits at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, which are held sacred by thirteen tribes in Arizona.


Job Description

The Departments of Global Languages and Cultures (GLC) and Applied Indigenous Studies (AIS) invite applications for a full-time, benefit-eligible, three-year renewable Lecturer position. Responsibilities include teaching Navajo language courses and developing (as well as coordinating) a Navajo Studies minor that substantively explores other facets of Navajo (Diné) culture. In addition to mentoring and advising students, developing co-curricular programming, and engaging in appropriate outreach activities, department-level service will be required.

Minimum Qualifications

- Completed Masters-level degree that includes courses in Native American and/or Indigenous Studies.

- Two years of experience teaching Navajo language courses at the post-secondary level.

Preferred Qualifications

- PhD in American Indian studies, Indigenous studies, or closely related field.

- Potential to develop an innovative emphasis in Navajo Studies that will be particularly beneficial to Navajo students, the largest contingent of Native American students at NAU.

- Advanced proficiency in Navajo and English (written and spoken).

- A record of successful teaching of university-level Navajo language courses to English-speaking students.

- Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.

- Demonstrated experience interacting and working with Navajo communities.

General Information (This section includes information about the University or the specific department or program, and background checking requirements. All job duties should be included in the Job Description section).

Northern Arizona University has a student population of about 26,000 at its main campus in Flagstaff and at over 30 sites across the state. Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 67,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

The mission of the Department of Applied Indigenous Studies is to provide students with the knowledge and tools to contribute to the sustainability of indigenous communities in the 21st century. Using a curriculum to community approach, students in AIS are prepared to move from learning to action, applying Native ways of knowing for the benefit of indigenous communities within the US and abroad. The AIS curriculum revolves around four key areas: (1) Tribal policy, politics, and administration (2) Indigenous environmental science, health, and management (3) Cultural resource management, indigenous knowledge, and expressive culture and (4) Sustainable economic development and indigenous entrepreneurship. For more information on AIS, visit:

The Department of Global Languages & Cultures is committed to providing an educational experience that allows students to understand the world’s peoples and their diversity. This implies contributing to the formation of citizens able to participate in local, national, and global communities and environments. For more information visit:



Application Deadline

This position will be open until filled or closed.   Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2014

Application Procedure

Applicants must send an attachment that includes: a letter of interest (addressed to Dr. Patricia Frederick, Chair, Department of Global Languages and Cultures and Dr. Chad Hamill, Chair, Department of Applied Indigenous Studies), a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio (teaching philosophy, syllabi, teaching evaluations), unofficial academic transcripts, and letters from three professional references. Application materials are to be submitted electronically, scanned in the order listed above and uploaded as a single PDF or Word document.

Application and application materials MUST be uploaded into Peoplesoft:

Any questions regarding the process PRIOR to submission of materials should be addressed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Affirmative Action Office at 928-523-3312/TDD -928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Form A-1 Revised 2/11