Assistant Professor

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Effective Date: Fall 2021 The Department of American Indian Studies at the California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) located on the traditional territory and homelands of the Luiseño/Payómkawichum people this land remains the shared space among the Kuupangaxwichem/Cupeño and Kumeyaay and Ipai peoples invites applications for a tenure-track position in American Indian Studies. We seek individuals with a commitment to the enhancement of our American Indian Studies major and department. This position is an excellent opportunity for scholars interested in a career at a teaching-centered institution that is home to the largest per capita American Indian student population in California. Our department provides students with a research, community, and place-based program of study. We accomplish this through an integrated approach to understanding tribal knowledge, sovereignty, diverse histories, tribal legal and political status, community, culture, and social needs of American Indians in California and the US. Students in AIS learn to work effectively with and for Original Nations and tribal communities as they interface with non-Indian communities to exercise tribal sovereignty. We offer both the undergraduate major and minor in American Indian Studies.  We are looking for a scholar who specializes in the following areas specifically from an American Indian Studies perspective: tribal governance and administration, community and economic development, indigenous planning, tribal business, innovation and entrepreneurship with a strong focus on place-based learning and decolonizing research. Candidates must have a PhD in American Indian Studies (Native American, Indigenous, First Nations), Public Administration, Business, or related disciplines completed before the appointment begins. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: PhD in American Indian Studies (Native American, Indigenous, First Nations) or related disciplines; ABDs are encouraged to apply, but the Ph.D. must be conferred by August 2021. A clear commitment to American Indian epistemology, in terms of theory, methodology, pedagogy as they pertain to the field of American Indian Studies. Demonstrated knowledge of sovereignty, culture, and federal Indian law and policy. Demonstrated experience in working in collaboration with California Native American tribes, communities, organizations and/or other Native American nations. Teaching experience that emphasizes Indigenous culture and knowledge is requisite. Ability to teach a variety of general education, upper-division, hybrid, and online classes, including independent studies as needed. Demonstrated active research agenda and a strong record of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). Evidence of ability to communicate American Indian perspectives including cultures and histories. Evidence of academic and/or professional background necessary to contribute to the development and growth of place-based curriculum and pedagogical practices. Evidence of potential ability to obtain external research grants. DESIRED/PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience teaching American Indian students at the University level. Evidence in developing curriculum in decolonization, tribal sovereignty, resistance, resurgence and resilience and courses addressing settler colonialism. Evidence of working collaboratively with other departments and programs across disciplines. DUTIES: The successful candidate will regularly offer a variety of general education, upper-division, hybrid, and online classes, including independent studies as needed and will help build the department’s American Indian Studies major. Additionally, the successful candidate may offer AIS related classes that are intersectional throughout CSUSM, including but not limited to, community and economic development, business and economics, entrepreneurship and innovation, planning and public policy. They will design and sustain an active research agenda and a strong record of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) within the discipline. In addition, they will engage in service and take on leadership positions within the department, college, university, and discipline as appropriate. APPLICATION: All applications must include: A completed Faculty Application. Cover letter that address the above minimum and desired/preferred. Curriculum vitae. Statement of teaching philosophy that describes the role faculty play in student success. Syllabi for two courses taught in AIS or closely related field, if available. Two representative writing samples or publications. Student evaluations from two classes, if applicable. Copies of all transcripts that include relevant course work. Three confidential letters of recommendation addressing the candidate’s qualifications. Statement of contributions working within tribal communities. TT Applicant Survey Submit application materials and direct any inquiries to: AIS Tenure Track Search Committee at A review of applications will begin on February 13, 2021; however, the position will be open until filled. This position is part of CSUSM’s inaugural Diversity and Equity Cluster Hire Initiative. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse community of scholars who will serve as role models for our diverse student body and who have a demonstrated commitment to the academic success of our students. Candidates can demonstrate their commitment to diversity and equity through their teaching or research and creative activity or service. CSUSM has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and named one of the top 32 Colleges most friendly to junior faculty by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education. Visit for more information. California State University San Marcos is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is strongly committed to promoting diversity in all areas of the campus community. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, physical or mental disability, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, and veteran or military status. The person holding this position is considered a limited mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 (revised July 21, 2017) as a condition of employment. This position is subject to employment verification, education verification, reference checks and criminal record checks. An offer of appointment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, including a criminal records check, and may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.
Listing Location

San Marcos, CA, USA