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American Indian Studies - Assistant Professor

California State University - Fresno
California, United States
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Jan 19, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Humanities, American Studies, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies, Other Humanities, Women's & Gender Studies, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
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California State University, Fresno

College of Social Science

Title: American Indian Studies - Assistant Professor

Status: Tenure Track

Start: Fall 2022 (August 2022)

Our Region: The Fresno region is home to eight federally recognized tribes and sixteen non-federally and state recognized tribes and a vast and energetic urban Indian community. American Indian Studies connects with leading urban Indian health organizations, tribal and tribal-serving agencies, and collaborative partnerships that produce robust wellness, educational, STEM, arts-based, and tribal land/water systems projects.

Our Position: California State University Fresno’s American Indian Studies invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in American Indian Studies. We seek candidates from two streams of American Indian Studies/Native American and Alaskan Native Studies (AIS/NAANS) whose teaching and research emphasize either: (1) Environmental Justice and Sustainability – or – (2) American Indian Education. Candidates should demonstrate a capacity to teach about California American Indians and Northern hemispheric Native Americans. Global Indigenous Studies and transnational expertise are welcome.

We seek candidates eager to engage in tribally-based teaching, research, and community collaborations. American Indian Studies is dedicated to advancing the self-determination of American Indians.

We seek outstanding candidates whose expertise will shape the growth of the American Indian Studies program and who engage Ethnic Studies, Decolonial, anti-colonial, and tribal-centered research, teaching, and pedagogy. Candidates will demonstrate interest in collaborative work with campus and regional, state and national tribal partners in the fields of their expertise.

Candidates should expect to contribute and participate in American Indian Studies teaching of majors and minors, support student research and fieldwork, and contribute to the General Education curriculum, including Ethnic Studies Area F. The AIS faculty work with programs across campus and tribal community partners to offer students opportunities for personal and professional growth. To that end, AIS faculty also have opportunities to work with students and provide advanced mentorship in the American Indian Honors Program, the AIS Internship Program, and provide advanced mentorship to students in the McNair Program, the COSS Honors Program, and more. Campus and community partners extend Fresno State’s reach to eight federally recognized, sixteen non-federally recognized and state recognized tribes, and tribal-serving and urban Indian organizations.

Successful applicants may teach in the following American Indian/Native American Studies subfields, as pertains to their field expertise, including but not limited to: pre-colonial cultural-intellectual systems; federal-Indian law; “Indian Education”; American Indians in California; urban Indians; American Indian sovereignty and self-determination; tribal administration; American Indian oral traditions, literatures and arts; policy and grant writing; and American Indian Studies/Ethnic Studies. We are interested in candidates who are qualified to teach at least three out of the five major/minor required courses and who are also prepared to develop their own courses:

AIS 5: American Indian History
AIS 10: Introduction to American Indian Studies
AIS 50: Contemporary American Indians
AIS 101: American Indian Law
AIS 103: California American Indians

Our Students : California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Required Qualifications:

Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.):

An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in American Indian Studies, Ethnic Studies, or another closely related discipline. Fields may be an interdisciplinary relevant to Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development or American Indian Education.

  • Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from American Indian tribes and tribal communities as well as diverse ethnic, cultural, gender and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • An excellent record of scholarly work
  • A dedication to teaching
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • A commitment to growing your own research and scholarship within the scope of American Indian Studies, Environmental Studies and/or American Indian Education; build on and develop cross-departmental partnerships; and work with tribes, urban Indians, and tribal serving organizations on community-serving projects.
  • *Successful candidates in Environmental Justice and Sustainability will demonstrate previous research, scholarship, and teaching in the areas of American Indian epistemologies, sciences, and ecologies, and environmental justice movements and histories as they relate to American Indian self-determination
  • *Successful candidates in American Indian Education will demonstrate experience in national and/or statewide “Indian Education,” tribal critical race and education theory, indigenous pedagogies, histories of western and tribal educational systems, and education as a means for self-determination.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • A PhD in American Indian/Native American Studies and Ethnic Studies with an emphasis or degree in Environmental Justice and Sustainability or American Indian Education.
  • Additional expertise in Indigenous Studies and transnational studies is welcome.
  • Successful teaching experience at the undergraduate level.

  • Application Procedures: To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by February 21, 2022. If it chooses, the committee may review applications submitted after this date; review of applications may continue until the position is filled.

    Attach the following:z

    1) Cover letter specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications;
    2) Curriculum vitae;
    3) Diversity statement that demonstrates commitment and potential to contribute to Fresno State’s goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion through personal experience or perspective, scholarship, teaching, or service (1 page);
    4) Teaching philosophy statement
    5) Names and contact information of three referents. The committee will request current letters of recommendation, do not attach.

    Candidates invited for an on-campus visit must submit by mail/e-mail within the designated deadline. The Search Chair will send information and requests for these items:

    1) Official transcripts
    2) Three letters of recommendation

    Search Chair: Dr. Leece M. Lee-Oliver,
    Director American Indian Studies
    College of Social Science

    About Fresno State

    California State University, Fresno, is a forward-looking and diverse institution located in California’s Central Valley, known for its agriculture, reasonable housing costs, cultural diversity, and proximity to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada.

    The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land.

    California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, please visit The campus is ranked 24th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges.

    Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process. For additional information, please visit: . We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

    Fresno State’s Principles of Community

    These Principles were developed collaboratively by faculty, staff, and administrators. They exemplify what we aspire to be. Find out more about our Principles of Community at:

    We all play a role in fostering an inclusive work and learning environment of respect, kindness, collaboration, and accountability where every member of the student body, faculty, staff, and administration can thrive. Our Principles of Community reflect our core values of Discovery, Diversity, and Distinction as well as our deep commitment to our mission "to boldly educate and empower students for success."

    About the College and Department:

    American Indian Studies ( ) is an interdisciplinary program that offers students opportunities to study the governments, nations, cultures, social and political structures in American Indian societies and American Indian societies within the context of the United States. Under the guidance of its first Director, American Indian Studies is so named to reflect the self-determination efforts of the American Indian Movement. Today, AIS maintains that commitment in the classroom and community. The AIS Program's curriculum prioritizes American Indian scholars, cultural-intellectual systems, traditional knowledge, sciences, and epistemologies. We engage pedagogical and leadership methodologies to provide all students with diverse learning experiences to grow their understanding and competency in American Indian Studies. Our program is host to an American Indian honors program and internships that prepare students to live and work in American Indian, Indigenous, and diverse communities locally and globally through direct experience with tribes and tribal-serving organizations.

    The interdisciplinary nature of American Indian Studies allows students to gain an understanding of the core fields of American Indian Studies and also create degree programs that serve their unique academic and professional goals. American Indian Studies curriculum intersects the fields of history, law, education, philosophy, anthropology, economics, cultures and languages, media studies, health and wellness services, environmental, and women and gender studies and with the Henry Madden Library ( and the California Water Institute ( See the AIS virtual exhibition, “California American Indian Culture and Art as Pedagogy” created in collaboration with California culture bearers here:

    The College of Social Sciences at Fresno State offers a broad and exciting range of majors, minors, and certificates that help us understand our world: from the study of history, political, social, and cultural issues, to projections for our future, our degree programs are designed to develop essential skills necessary to adapt to a constantly changing world and to provide leadership for the new millennium.

    Other Campus Information:

    In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

    A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

    The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

    California State University, Fresno is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click

    California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

    Advertised: 18 Jan 2022 Pacific Standard Time
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