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Open Rank (Assistant, Associate, Full) Professor American Indian Studies

Arizona State University
Arizona, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 13, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Criminal Justice & Criminology, Geography, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences, Political Science & International Relations, Sociology
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
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Full Time
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American Indian Studies

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Arizona State University


The American Indian Studies Program (AIS) in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on the Tempe Campus of Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time faculty position (open rank – Assistant, Associate or Full Professor). The anticipated start date is August 2022. This is an academic year, benefits-eligible, tenure eligible position. To apply:



Assistant, associate, or full professor level with a specialization or focus on Indigenous geographies. Areas of Specialty may be in any one or a combination of the following: Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous methodologies, community and regional planning, design, architecture, environmental studies, sustainability, geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies, cartography; placemaking, placekeeping, data sovereignty (GIS and mapping), TEK; Planning on Indigenous Lands, Contemporary Indigenous Architecture, Indigenous Design and Planning, Indigenized Mapping, Reclaiming Geospatial Data; Demography.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a rigorous research program; teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in American Indian Studies; contribute to curriculum development and graduate advising; serve on school, college and university committees; and provide service to the school, professional associations and the community. The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.



American Indian Studies at Arizona State University is a diverse and innovative graduate and undergraduate degree program at one of the top universities in the Southwest.  AIS offers a B.S. degree, an undergraduate minor, and an M.S. degree.  At ASU, AIS emphasizes tribal governance and planning, food sovereignty and sustainability, Indigenous community health and research, Indigenous print and material cultures, land-based pedagogies, and Indigenous intellectual history.  The AIS faculty is embedded in Indigenous communities, actively collaborates with other departments and programs across the campus, and engages in a national and international network of professional associations and consultancies. Centered in the ancestral homeland of the Akimel O’odham, ASU is a crossroads for Arizona’s twenty-two Indigenous nations, including one of the largest Native urban populations in the US. ASU has an enrollment of more than 4,000 American Indian students from Arizona and elsewhere.  See our website for more information: 



  • Earned Ph.D. or equivalent in American Indian or Indigenous Studies, social sciences, humanities or a related field by time of appointment.



  • Knowledge of Indigenous sovereignty, culture, and federal Indian law and policy.
  • An active research agenda that utilizes Indigenous research paradigms, methodologies and epistemologies.
  • An active teaching agenda in Indigenous issues, research methodologies and epistemologies.
  • Effort and ability to obtain external research grants.
  • Work with tribal governments or communities.
  • Experience teaching Indigenous students at the university level.
  • Experience working collaboratively with other departments and programs across disciplines.
  • Demonstrated success meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities.
  • Evidence of commitment to creating and maintaining an inclusive environment.



The initial deadline to apply is December 10, 2021, for full consideration.  If the position is not filled, applications will be evaluated every other Friday thereafter until the search is closed.



  • Only electronic submissions will be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications should be submitted at:
  • Applicants must submit: (a) curriculum vitae, (b) a letter of application including a statement on how they meet the required and desired qualifications stated above, how they fit into our American Indian Studies program, strengths they will bring to the program; (c) a statement of their teaching philosophy; (d) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence; (e) at least one (1) representative writing sample(s); (f) the names and contact information (telephone, mailing address, or email address) for three professional references.



Questions concerning American Indian Studies and the position should be addressed to David Martínez at or (480) 727-9818.


Background check is required for employment.


Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. and


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