Assistant or Associate Professor of Contemporary Native North American Studies

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The University of Virginia American Studies Program, the Dept. of Anthropology, and the Dept. of Religious Studies invite applications for a joint tenure-track position in Native North American Studies at the rank of assistant or associate professor. The position will be a joint appointment in American Studies and in either Anthropology or Religious Studies, and responsibilities will include service and teaching half-time in both units. Applicants must be on track to receive a PhD in American Studies, Anthropology, Religious Studies, or other relevant fields by August 2019 and must hold a PhD at the time of appointment. We seek scholars who are actively engaged with one or more Native North American communities, and whose scholarship is centered around Native perspectives, past and/or present. The candidate must be able to make connections with disciplinary conversations taking place in either Anthropology or Religious Studies, as well as to the interdisciplinary framework of American Studies. The successful candidate will have broad knowledge of their PhD field, deep expertise about a particular culture, region, or community, and an ongoing program of research and publication. We encourage candidates whose work could engage with Native Americans of Eastern North America and with recently federally recognized Virginia Tribes. We welcome comparative approaches to Native North America that include global indigeneity, as well as work solely rooted in North America writ large (including US territories overseas). Background on UVa: The candidate will have the opportunity to participate in scholarly networks at UVa such as the Americas Center/Centro de las Américas, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, Mellon Indigenous Arts Initiative, Mellon Global South Initiative, Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and African American Studies, and the Power, Violence and Inequality Collective. The American Studies Program is also home to minors in Asian Pacific American Studies and Latinx Studies. The Anthropology Dept. is launching major concentrations in “Indigenous Worlds,” “Culture and Communication,” and “Material Culture and Heritage” in 2019-20. The Dept. of Religious Studies offers MA and PhD programs in American Religions, and is launching in 2019 a number of interdisciplinary research clusters of potential relevance, and hosts a humanities lab on religion, race, and democracy. This position is part of a pan-University, interdisciplinary cluster hire in Race and Inequality. This cross-Grounds initiative builds on UVa's commitment to creating, advancing, and sustaining a research mission devoted to the study of race, civil rights, and social justice. The cluster includes four tenure-track searches to be conducted by departments across the College of Arts & Sciences, with participation by the humanities, science, and social science divisions, as well as the School of Law and the Curry School of Education. To apply, visit and search on Posting Number 0624045. Complete a Candidate Profile and attach a cover letter describing research agenda and teaching experience, a CV, a list of three references, a statement describing your contributions to diversity and inclusion ( (Other 1), and a sample article or chapter-length scholarly work (Other 2). Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2018 and the search will remain open until filled. For questions regarding the position or application process contact Sylvia Chong, Chair, Search Committee, UVA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.