Visiting Assistant Professor Specializing in Indigenous Rights and Gender

University of Dayton
Ohio, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Nov 9, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, American Studies, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies, Other Humanities, Religion, Women's & Gender Studies
Salary Band
Not specified
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Summary:

The University of Dayton is seeking a Visiting Assistant Professor in Indigenous Rights and Gender, to begin August 16, 2022. The position is for one academic year with the possibility of renewal. This opportunity is a result of the collaboration between Human Rights Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies, and Race & Ethnic Studies, with the goal being that this hire could help build capacity and interest in ongoing work at the University of Dayton that links our three interdisciplinary programs. The position will entail a 3/2 teaching load, including introductory courses in the three programs, suitably advanced courses commensurate with candidate’s qualifications, and professional mentorship.

We seek a teacher-scholar prepared to contribute to the ongoing development of our curriculum concerning Indigenous Studies, specifically at the intersection of Race and Ethnic Studies (RCE), Human Rights Studies (HRS), and Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS), as well as one that will contribute to the annual Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium [] . This individual will also have the opportunity to contribute to other ongoing university initiatives, such as the Social Practice of Human Rights [] , the Global Voices Symposium [] , and/or the Hanley Sustainability Institute. At the University of Dayton, we strive to foster an inclusive climate because we know that it is only through embracing diversity and inclusivity that we can accomplish our commitment to pursuing social justice as a means of becoming the university of the common good.

Minimum Qualifications:

* ABD nearing completion in the humanities, social sciences, or interdisciplinary studies related to Indigenous studies or appropriate terminal degree in a related field or discipline, such as Law.
* Promise of excellence in:
-- Research that specializes in Indigenous Studies with an interdisciplinary focus.
-- Teaching at the intersection of Indigeneity, gender, and human rights.

Preferred Qualifications:

While not everyone may meet all preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

* PhD in humanities, social sciences, or interdisciplinary studies related to Indigenous studies at the time of application, and/or appropriate terminal degree in a related field or discipline, such as Law.
* Successful experience teaching courses in Race and Ethnic Studies, Human Rights Studies, and/or Women’s & Gender Studies.
* Successful experience with and service to Indigenous nations, communities, and organizations.
* Successful experience in developing extra- and co-curricular programming that focuses on Indigenous concerns, Human Rights concerns, and/or Gender concerns.
* Evidence of:
-- Interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches to teaching and/or research, especially practical and/or applied approaches.
-- Experience with inclusive-teaching practices.
-- Ability to collaborate with others, both within the university and/or the broader community.
-- Commitment to mentoring undergraduate students.
* Successful experience engaging with global human rights norms and institutions and with making connections to local or regional issues related to Indigenous rights.
* Willingness to develop curriculum in areas including, but not limited to, Women’s & Gender Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies, and Human Rights Studies.
* Successful experience in other relevant areas or subfields such as sexuality, queer/two-spirit studies, UNDRIP, and/or Indigenous epistemologies that can help develop further links between our three programs.
* Effective oral communication skills.
* Effective interpersonal communication skills.
* Commitment to the breadth of education including educating the whole person in the Marianist tradition to support the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and a commitment of service to the community, university, and profession.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants are asked to submit the following materials for review by December 15, 2021:

* Application letter describing the candidate’s a) academic preparation; b) scholarly agenda; and c) teaching interests and interdisciplinary, intersectional, and inclusive teaching practices, particularly for teaching courses in RCE, HRS, and WGS.
* Curriculum Vitae
* Unofficial copy of graduate transcript
* If PhD is not complete, include a letter from the degree advisor attesting to progress towards completion of the degree.
* Contact information for three people who will submit letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation will be requested at a later date

A smaller pool of candidates later will be asked to provide the following materials for review:
* A writing sample of approximately 25 pages, and/or other appropriate disciplinary research materials
* Three professional letters of recommendation
* Statement of teaching philosophy and/or 1-2 sample syllabi

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

To comply with federal rules, UD will require all employees including student employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The University will accept valid religious or medical exemptions and seek to reasonably accommodate them. Links to the most up-to-date COVID-19 health information, an easy-to-navigate index of the University's COVID-19 guidelines, and resources can be found at .

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Closing Statement:

The University of Dayton is a top tier, Catholic research university with offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, the University is a diverse community committed to advancing the common good through intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, community engagement and local, national and global partnerships. Guided by the Marianist educational philosophy, we educate the whole person and link learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The University is also pleased to provide support for spouses of prospective and newly hired faculty through its dual career program. While we cannot guarantee placement, we serve as an effective resource and support system for your spouse. Information can be found at

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