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Indigenous/Tribal Governance, Master of Public Admin, Full-Time, Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor

University of Central Oklahoma
Oklahoma, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 10, 2021

Job Locations: Main Campus - Edmond, OK; 1 Santa Fe and/or the Carnegie Center – Oklahoma City

Preference Date: July 1, 2022

Applications will begin to be reviewed December 1, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Required Documents :

Submit a letter of interest; curriculum vita; list of references with all contact information; 3 letters of reference; 1 – 2 page essay on diversity, equity, and inclusion; 1 – 2 page essay on teaching philosophy; sample syllabi and any other teaching artifacts if available; 1 writing sample; research agenda; and, copies of all transcripts.

The Department of Political Science seeks to appoint a full-time, tenure-track faculty member with specialization in Indigenous/Tribal Governance for the Master of Public Administration program. The Department of Political Science at the University of Central Oklahoma is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse faculty and to creating a welcoming environment for all.

Overview :

Teaches, advises and mentors students, evaluates student performance, and maintains department and student records in accordance with university policies. Adheres to the educational philosophy of the university. Works in a collaborative manner with colleagues and professional peers. Participates in university meetings that relate specifically to faculty. Serves on department, college, and university committees as requested. Prepares departmental reports as requested. Engages in teaching, service, and scholarly and/or creative activities as defined by the tenure and promotion policy in the UCO Employee and Faculty Handbook. Teaching, research, departmental/school and university service is expected. This position is full-time, tenure-track position.

The University of Central Oklahoma seeks to strengthen its support for and relationship with Native American and Indigenous communities and nations through academic pursuits, partnerships and historical recognitions. Ongoing activities include recruitment of Native American students, faculty and staff; curricular offerings; and, student programming related to Native American Heritage month and Indigenous Peoples Day. The Master of Public Administration, as a graduate program, has been an affiliate of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Administration and Affairs since 2013. The program has been commended and recognized by outside evaluators for excellence in public service education and commitment to creating an inclusive environment.

The Department of Political Science, the location of the MPA program, develops leadership qualities in students, thus expanding the scope of their career opportunities. The institution’s educational emphasis is on faculty mentorship in student-centered education, with a commitment that respects equity and diversity. The position in Indigenous/Tribal Governance is central to the development of an initiative that strengthens Native Nation Building and Indigenous Governance in Oklahoma and beyond through the provision of professional training, leadership development and graduate education. Self-identifying Indigenous candidates may share their Indigenous heritage and community connections.

Position :

Teaches (4 classes per semester), advises, supervises and mentors graduate and undergraduate students. Actively participates in the governance of the Master of Public Administration program. Works in a collaborative manner with colleagues and professional peers. Serves on department, college, and university committees. Participates in university meetings. Prepares departmental reports as requested. Engages in teaching, service, and scholarly and/or creative activities in the field(s) of demonstrated expertise, and as defined by the tenure and promotion policy in the UCO Employee and Faculty Handbook .

Duties and Responsibilities :

Teach in the core curriculum of the MPA program at the graduate and undergraduate levels, liaise with Indigenous communities and organizations, contribute to the ongoing development of curriculum, and maintain an active research agenda. Must be willing to teach in a variety of instructional formats (in-person, hybrid, and online) as needed and appropriate. Teaches, advises, and mentors students; engages in service on the department, college, and university levels; and maintains an active program of research, scholarly, and/or creative activities.


Experience Required:

Applicants should have either an earned doctorate, Ph.D., and/or juris doctorate, J.D., in any sub-field related to indigenous governance/public administration and/or international relations/public administration and/or law, or a J.D. with an emphasis in indigenous/tribal law, or related area. The Ph.D. and/or J.D. must be from a regionally accredited or an internationally recognized institution (exceptions require approval from the UCO Office of Academic Affairs). Possesses excellent communication, problem-solving, and organizational skills.

Qualifications :
  • University teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching.
  • Demonstrated publication record.
  • Developed research agenda.
Preferred Experience:
  • Extensive experience working with Indigenous/Tribes and organizations.
  • History of developing graduate curriculum, mentoring and advising graduate students.
Land Acknowledgement

The MPA faculty acknowledge and honor the indigenous peoples whose unceded traditional lands overlap in Oklahoma – the Apache, Arapaho, Caddo, Comanche, Kiowa, Osage, and the Wichita. We also remember the 60 tribes who were relocated during the genocidal disruptions of the removal era, including, but not limited to, the Muscogee, Sac and Fox, Seminole, Cherokee, Delaware, Osage, Ponca, and Pawnee nations. In the United States, Oklahoma has the third-largest number of tribes, behind Alaska and California.

Inclusive Community at UCO :

The University of Central Oklahoma affirms and promotes diversity in areas including race, class, gender identity, ethnicity, culture, religion, ideology, (dis)ability, affectional orientation, gender expression, and other aspects of self-identification. The university’s appreciation of diversity includes an awareness of the historical heritage on which the university was founded and the many struggles and sacrifices, both historically and currently, that confront underrepresented communities. Given this awareness, UCO actively strives to enrich the experience of the entire community by implementing practices that remove barriers to those communities served least well by existing institutions and systems. UCO does this not only because it is right, but also because diversity enriches the experiences and expands the social and conceptual horizons of students, faculty, and staff members while enhancing the university’s ability to contribute to the intellectual, cultural, economic, and social advancement of the communities and individuals it serves.

Master of Public Administration Mission Statement

As the flagship public service program for Oklahoma’s metropolitan university, the University of Central Oklahoma MPA serves diverse communities by preparing ethical, transformation leaders who creatively and analytically inform public dialogue and manage policy through collaborative action by preparing graduates for careers in government, nonprofit organizations and other public service fields.

Physical Demands :

Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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