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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Position Responsibilities: The successful candidate will teach seven courses over three quarters, including both general education and advanced courses in Native and Indigenous Literatures as well as additional courses determined by the candidate’s expertise and departmental need. The Department, the College, and the University value teaching and we expect you to be an exemplary teacher; to be current in your discipline; to engage students actively in their own learning; and to maintain rigorous standards for course content. We expect you to provide students with feedback on their course work and examinations, and to be available to students through regularly-scheduled office hours.
Required Qualifications:
  • PhD in English, Native American or American Indian Studies, American Studies, or a related field by time of appointment (or soon after)
    • Candidates with an MFA who can demonstrate experience successfully teaching literature courses will also be considered
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching
  • Ability to teach courses in Native American Literatures and a secondary field, including both introductory and graduate courses
  • Demonstrated scholarly interest in the field of Native and Indigenous Literatures
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ability to teach courses in US Multiethnic Literatures that engage Native and Indigenous Literatures through a comparative lens
  • Familiarity with Native and Indigenous Literatures in Canada
  • Expertise in critical approaches to gender, race, and sexuality
  • Demonstrated scholarly and teaching interests in a broad range of Native and Indigenous cultural production, including the ability to teach film as well as visual, digital, and fine arts
Academic Emphasis: English
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience 
Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: To be considered for the position, application materials must be submitted via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE): please log in at:  and use Internet Explorer to fully utilize the online application system. 

Candidates should upload a letter of application; current curriculum vitae; graduate transcripts; a sample syllabus for an introductory course to Native and Indigenous Literatures; two sets of evaluations of your teaching from students in college or university literature courses; a one-page statement describing your teaching philosophy and pedagogy; and a list of the courses that you taught at the college or university level. 

Additionally, three letters of recommendation are required: letters can be emailed by recommenders or third-party dossier service to the VAP Search Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For fullest consideration, applications should be received by May 15th 2017. Finalist interviews will be conducted via Skype.

Other Information: For information about this position, call 360-650-3214 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Job Posted: 4/25/2017
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins May 15, 2017; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 170196
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