The Department of History at the University of Michigan invites
applications for an open-rank tenured or tenure-track position
(Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) in Indigenous North
American History, 1500-1860 as part of the Provost's Anti-Racism
Hiring Initiative (ARHI). This program intends to build community
among scholars whose work is reshaping our understanding of race
and racism in the United States and the world. We specifically seek
a historian whose scholarship and teaching challenges the racial,
social, and/or legal categories that constrain the visibility - or
deny the existence - of Indigenous histories in North America. This
is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of
August 26, 2024.
The ideal candidate will contribute to the intellectual vitality of
the History Department and will work collaboratively with other
faculty members hired through the ARHI's interdisciplinary cluster
on "Indigeneity, Race, and American Belonging in the United States"
in Michigan's Departments of American Culture, Anthropology, and
the Law School. Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand or expected by
July 1, 2024, preferably in history, Native American studies or a
related field of inquiry.
The department has a 2/2 teaching load. Areas of teaching
responsibility include introductory, upper division, and graduate
classes on Native American history; U.S. history surveys; courses
on the colonial, revolutionary, or early national period; and other
upper division courses in their area of specialization.
Michigan's Department of History has undertaken a number of
initiatives intended to increase the range of perspectives and
experiences within our unit and the larger field. These include
recruitment and mentoring programs for prospective graduate
students which both give access and reasons to want to attend
Michigan; building new programs to train our current graduate
students for multiple career paths, including public facing
scholarship; and community partnerships which expand the circle of
people involved in discussions about the past. Additionally, we
remain committed to rigorous archival research and publishing
individually and collectively. This candidate would therefore join
an intellectual community in History and Native American Studies
committed to anti-racist scholarship, service, and teaching that
uncovers disparities, agency, and belonging from different vantage
Applicants must demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching and
research. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse
range of people, and who can contribute to the climate of
inclusivity and anti-racism are encouraged to identify their
experiences in their cover letter. Additional information about the
ARHI and the cluster is available here:
Information about Michigan's Native American Studies Program is
Information about Michigan's Department of History is available
HOW TO APPLY
Application Deadline for full consideration is November 1, 2023,
11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.
Qualified persons should submit preliminary application documents
as email attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org under the
subject line "Native American History ARHI Position."
Please include the following components (each submitted as a
separate PDF file):
Cover Letter addressed to the Chair, Native American History Search
Committee. Please be sure the cover letter includes: Your name and
address; your email address and phone contact information.
Writing Sample (limit to 25 pages)
Persons whose applications are selected for further review will be
individually asked to provide additional documents, including, but
not limited to,: evidence of teaching excellence, a statement of
teaching philosophy and experience, a diversity statement,
additional writing, letters of recommendation, and a statement of
current and future research plans.
Confirmation: Upon receipt of your preliminary application you can
expect an email acknowledgment with a request and instructions to
submit a voluntary survey to the College of Literature, Science,
and the Arts.
The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and
maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights and
dignity of each individual, without regard to race, color, national
origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual
orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status,
disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. The
University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career
couples and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Offers for this appointment are contingent upon a successful