Assistant/Associate Professor of American Indian Studies

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California State University, Northridge seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member at the assistant or associate professor rank to be the Director for the American Indian Studies Program. Qualifications: Candidates must have a doctorate from an accredited institution and a thorough knowledge of the field of American Indian and Indigenous Studies. Experience with program administration is desirable, as it is expected that the successful candidate will become the Director for the American Indian Studies Program upon arrival at CSUN or soon thereafter. At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. Responsibilities: Faculty success at CSUN is measured by three criteria: teaching effectiveness, contributions to one’s field of study, and service to the University, and Community. In addition, the Director for AIS works closely with other faculty members, American Indian students, and community members toward building links between CSUN and the American Indian community in Los Angeles County. The Director schedules classes, manages the Program’s budget, and supervises tenure-track and part-time faculty members. The Director is a faculty advisor for the American Indian Student Association. The Director develops curriculum as needed and works closely with University administrators. The standard teaching load at CSUN is 12 units (four courses) per semester, but the Director receives two course reassignments each semester and a summer stipend. Application Deadline: Screening of applications will begin December 1, 2018. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled. How to Apply: Applicants must submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three current letters of  recommendation to the Interfolio application web address below. In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses, and certificates. This institution is using Interfolio’s ByCommittee to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge to: https://apply.interfolio.com/57080 About the University: One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts more than 330,000 alumni who elevate Southern California and beyond. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 11,700 jobs each year. The LAEDC recognized CSUN as its 2015 Eddy Award winner for its positive economic impact. Serving more students on Pell Grants than any other institution in California, CSUN is also a social elevator and one of the most diverse universities in the country. CSUN ranks 13th in awarding bachelor’s degrees to historically underrepresented students and enrolls the largest number of students who are Deaf and hard of hearing of any U.S. state university. The journal Nature recently named CSUN a Rising Star for scientific research, and the NSF ranks CSUN in the top five nationally among similar institutions for graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the sciences. CSUN is where individuals rise. And through them, so does Greater Los Angeles and beyond. About the College: The College of Humanities comprises nine departments: Asian American Studies, Central American Studies, Chicana/a Studies, English, Gender and Women's Studies, Linguistics/TESL, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. The College is also home to six interdisciplinary programs: American Indian Studies, Civic and Community Engagement, Jewish Studies, Liberal Studies, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, and Queer Studies. The College offers thirteen bachelor's degrees, six master's degrees, and twenty -three minor programs and supports the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration of our faculty and students. The College plays a fundamental role in the university's general education program and in meeting the university's commitment to serving the needs of the region. About the Program: The American Indian Studies (AIS) Program contains an interdisciplinary minor in American Indian Studies that offers courses in American Indian history, cultures, and tribal sovereignty with a focus on Southern California tribes, and other indigenous peoples in colonial and settler colonial context. The program seeks to revise Western knowledge of the history and culture of the United States to include American Indian perspectives and contributions, while promoting the sovereign status of tribal nations. The program seeks to demonstrate the relevance of American Indian Studies and American Indian perspectives to contemporary political, economic, and social issues in the United States and the globe.