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American Indian Studies: Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Aug 26, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, American Studies
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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POSITION: A probationary tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor is available in the American Indian Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. The program seeks a dynamic candidate with expertise in Indigenous environmental humanities who is committed to teaching excellence and to maintaining an active program involving undergraduates.  This appointment carries an initial two-year probationary appointment beginning with the 2023/2024 academic year, with the appointment starting on August 21, 2023. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Earned doctorate in American Indian/Native American/First Nations/Indigenous Studies or a closely related field from a regionally accredited higher education institution by August 21, 2023. ABD applicants may be considered but must complete the terminal degree by August 21, 2023.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated ability of university teaching at the introductory and upper division levels, with emphasis on Environmental Humanities. In addition, applicants who have research and teaching specializations in some combination of the following fields are especially encouraged to apply: Critical Race Theory, Indigenous Research Methods, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Indigenous language (preferably those within Wisconsin), Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Stewardship, Resource Development, Land Restoration with Indigenous Nations/communities, Environmental Law and Policy, and/or Social Justice. The candidate needs to provide evidence of strong scholarship or scholarly potential, and demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.

DUTIES: Teach a 12-credit course load each fall and spring semester, consisting of required courses for the American Indian Studies Program or other courses as assigned by the AIS program director; engage in research and scholarly activities; provide academic advising to students assigned; and participate in program, college, and university service work, including equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

PROGRAM: The American Indian Studies Program offers a major, minor, and certificate programs. AIS faculty and instructional academic staff come from different departments and disciplines across campus, but share a commitment to social justice issues and Indigenous and decolonized pedagogies (for more information, please visit our website at

UNIVERSITY and EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY: UW-Eau Claire, an institution of approximately 11,500 students and 1,200 faculty and staff, is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad. We strive for excellence in liberal education and select graduate and professional programs through commitment to teaching and learning and dedication to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation. To learn more about UWEC, visit

The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, is at the center of a metropolitan area of approximately 100,000 people located 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The area features beautiful parks and trails, strong public schools, a vibrant arts and music scene, local food culture, and abundant recreational opportunities.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications are submitted electronically. Please follow instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire Web site: must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login."  Click the link to the American Indian Studies: Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities position (Job ID # 18726) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically.  Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.  Please be sure you have included the following in PDF format:

  • Letter of application Curriculum vita Unofficial graduate school transcript(s) Statement of teaching philosophy Three letters of recommendation (if your letters are sent directly from your references, please have them sent directly to Dr. Heather Ann Moody at Writing sample of 20-25 pages

Please direct requests for additional information to:

Dr. Heather Ann Moody, Director of the American Indian Studies Program
Phone: 715-836-4690

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by October 1, 2022. However, screening may continue until position is filled. The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Employment will require a background check. Employment will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding past conduct related to sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

The UW-Eau Claire Police Department is dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure environment for learning and working. Although crime at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is  limited, the   University Police want students, faculty and staff to be aware of crime on campus and the area surrounding the campus. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose annual information about campus crime.  Visit Campus Security and Fire Report  ( .  Also visit our Campus Security Authority policy (

UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer dedicated to enhancing

diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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