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Assistant Professor and Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of American Indian Studies

American Indian Studies
Seattle, Washington State
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Aug 19, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of American Indian Studies (AIS) at the University of Washington invites applications for two full-time (100% FTE, 9-month term) positions, one tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, and one either at the rank of Assistant (tenure-track), Associate (tenured), or Full Professor (tenured) with the title/rank commensurate with experience/qualifications. These new faculty will teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels and engage in research that builds and expands AIS’s concentrations in Indigenous media, governance, environment and health, culture, and history. Additionally, they will be expected to incorporate Indigenous theories and methodologies within their research, teaching, service, mentorship, and community engagement, as well as engage with Indigenous communities in their work. Participation in department and university service, as well as professional and scholarly development in American Indian and Indigenous studies are also expected. These positions are part of a multiyear cluster hire in American Indian and Indigenous studies across the College of Arts and Sciences. We are excited to welcome new colleagues whose work will complement AIS’s faculty and who are eager to connect with Indigenous studies faculty in other units across the College and UW.

Located on the lands and waters of Coast Salish peoples and serving a region with a diverse array of reservation, rural, and urban Indigenous communities, both the College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Washington have made significant investments in American Indian and Indigenous studies. As the home of American Indian and Indigenous knowledges at UW since 1970, AIS is a multidisciplinary academic unit that offers an undergraduate major and minor, an Oceania and Pacific Islander Studies minor, as well as a graduate certificate. The department’s faculty members represent a range of disciplines and approach their teaching and research from decolonizing, community-based, tribally specific, and global perspectives. AIS is the hub of a robust and connected community of Indigenous peoples at the University of Washington, which we have built through campus-wide efforts including the UW wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House, Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies (CAIIS), Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI), Burke Museum, Office of Tribal Relations, and Native American Advisory Board, as well as a yearly Tribal Leadership Summit and extensive campus conferences and symposia. AIS faculty are campus leaders in facilitating the recruitment and retention of American Indian, Alaska Native, First Nations, and Indigenous faculty and students, making UW a vibrant community for an Indigenous scholar.

University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. These positions have an anticipated start date of September 2023 and hold a 9-month service period (September 16 through June 15).


Competitive candidates will demonstrate a record of innovative and effective teaching and student mentoring, as well as research rooted in American Indian and Indigenous studies. By the time of appointment, applicants should have earned a PhD, or foreign equivalent, in an applicable field of study.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a writing sample (either a published journal article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter), a diversity and equity statement, and three confidential letters of reference. Apply to: . Priority will be given to applications received by October 15. Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled. Please contact AIS Administrator Marcia Feinstein-Tobey ( with any questions.

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