Faculty (open-rank), Indigenous Studies

Position Summary

The State University of New York at Buffalo invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions, one at the Associate or Full Professor rank and one at the Assistant Professor rank, as part of a multi-year faculty hiring initiative in Indigenous Studies. The College of Arts and Sciences is the recent recipient of a $3.2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the creation of a new Department of Indigenous Studies with an innovative and interdisciplinary structure. Academic and community engagement within this new department will recognize Indigenous nationhood and sovereignty as foundational to building ethical and productive scholarly, educational, and experiential learning relationships with Indigenous people, organizations, and communities.

Deeply committed in supporting present and future generations of Indigenous students and scholars, UB’s Department of Indigenous Studies will promote research, educational, and outreach initiatives aligned with community priorities to ensure the continuity of Indigenous knowledge and languages, and the health and sustainability of Indigenous people, land, and water. The mission of the Department of Indigenous Studies is to foster excellence in Indigenous-centered scholarship, research, and teaching, and to promote multidisciplinary research and teaching beneficial to Indigenous Nations, communities, and organizations in local, national, and global contexts.

While the research foci are open, selected areas of expertise could include Indigenous ecological knowledge, environmental justice, literary studies, political history, language, ethics and philosophy, gender and sexuality, and media and popular culture. Although we recognize the importance of studying Indigeneity in global contexts, scholars focusing on Native North America are strongly desired.

Located on the traditional territories of the Seneca Nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the University at Buffalo is New York State’s largest and most comprehensive public university. A premier center for graduate and professional education, UB is a member of the Association of American Universities and is among the leading research-intensive public universities in the United States.

University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Minimum Qualifications

PhD or equivalent terminal degree in a humanities, social sciences, sciences, interdisciplinary fields, or other field relevant to the study of Native American and Indigenous Studies conferred by time of appointment. Candidates with superior qualifications who will complete all the PhD requirements within the first appointment year may be considered for a non-tenure-track appointment. After the PhD is conferred, the appointment would be converted to Assistant Professor. If applying at the level of Associate or Full Professor, candidates should demonstrate a distinguished record of teaching, research, and service.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated engagement with Indigenous communities and a verifiable relationship to an Indigenous community. Preference also will be given to those candidates with a record of socially engaged research, experience teaching relevant courses at a post-secondary level, and experience mentoring Native and other underrepresented students.

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