Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

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The University of Texas at Austin, MLA, Center for Mexican American Studies - Department of Mexican American & Latina/o Studies

The Department of Mexican American and Latino/a Studies at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Native American/ Indigenous Studies with a primary focus in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands to begin in fall 2015. The hire is part of current efforts to build the new Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS) and the program in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS). We welcome interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches as well as innovative theoretical perspectives that consider Latina/o and Indigenous populations comparatively and simultaneously as often mutually constituted. We are particularly interested in candidates who specialize in areas that complement the University’s existing strengths and who have the potential to raise the national profile of the Department. Field specialties include but are not limited to Native/Indigenous Legal Studies, Indigenous Governance, Sustainability Studies, Media Studies, Language Revitalization or Language in Contact, Transnational Indigenous Studies, New Indigenous Migrations, Religion, and Community Health. We are seeking candidates with a research and teaching specialization in the US-Mexico borderlands, broadly defined, including North, Caribbean, Central, and South American Indigenous diasporas.


The preferred candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand by August 2015 and will be expected to teach key undergraduate and graduate courses for Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, which would be cross-listed with and serve the students in the Native American and Indigenous Studies program. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop a strong research profile, direct graduate research, and engage in service activities for the program, department, college, and university. Applicants will be expected to work collaboratively in an intercollegiate and interdisciplinary setting. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a successful publishing and research trajectory, as well as a solid record as an effective classroom teacher. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Background check conducted on selected applicant. Position funding is pending budgetary approval.

Application Instructions

To apply, send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and a list of three professional references to Dr. James Cox at . Electronic submissions only, please. Review of applications will begin on November 10, 2014. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. However, applications received after this date may not receive full consideration.