Native American Studies – Sovereignty, Governance, and Policy

Job Details

POSITION AVAILABLE:

Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma—a dynamic and growing academic unit—is pleased to announce that we are seeking applications for an assistant, associate, or full professor of Native American Studies specializing in Sovereignty, Governance, and Policy.

DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:

We seek a scholar holding a Ph.D. in Native American and Indigenous Studies or a relevant field or a J.D. with a specialization in Indian Law. In addition, the successful candidate will have: (1) a strong record of research productivity; (2) commitment to student mentoring; (3) excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching and learning; and (4) evidence of applied expertise through collaborative community engagement with tribal nations and Native American communities. Evidence of sustained, demonstrated engagement and experience with Tribal Nations/Native communities is required.  The demonstrated ability to obtain external research funding or strong potential for research grant success is preferred.

The successful candidate will contribute to the mission and goals of the Native American Studies Department by contributing to NAS’s curriculum in sovereignty, law, policy—courses which are foundational to our undergraduate and graduate students.  The teaching load for this position is 2/2 (two courses each semester) and includes the ability to create and teach specialized upper division courses and graduate seminars in addition to core requirements.

APPLICATIONS AND TIMELINE:

To apply, all materials (application letter, vitae, and three reference letters) should be submitted to Nasjobs-governance@ou.edu.  We will begin reviewing applications on November 28th.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Direct inquiries to Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham, Chair of the Department of Native American Studies and Search Committee Chair at acobb@ou.edu.  The position will begin in August of 2017.

NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA:

The Native American Studies Department offers an undergraduate minor, B.A., and M.A. as well as a dual MA/JD degree program with the College of Law.  Our curriculum is organized around core courses in critical Indigenous theory and research methods and includes three areas of emphasis: (1) Tribal Governance and Policy; (2) Cultural Knowledges and Language; and (3) Indigenous Media and Arts.  Significantly, the state of Oklahoma provides an ideal location for the study of tribal governance and policy, as it is the home to 39 distinct and culturally diverse tribal nations.

Tribal Governance and Policy is an area in which OU has notable existing strengths, e.g., OU Law’s emphasis in Indian law and library resources; NAS’s joint M.A./J.D. with the College of Law; and the Western History Collection’s outstanding resources focused on the history of the tribes of Oklahoma.  In addition, faculty at OUHSC and OU’s main campus are participating in significant collaborative grants with tribal nations related to health, an area in which tribal governments need expertise.  And, OU is well known for its South Central Climate Science Center Consortium, in which two tribal nations participate as members.

Notably, Native American Studies is home to the newly established Native Nations Center, which will provide a hub for research activities, as well as tribal engagement and outreach.  The Department of Native American Studies also houses the Native American Language Program offering four Native languages for college credit. For more information about Native American Studies at OU, please visit our website at nas.ou.edu and our Facebook page at OU Native American Studies.

THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa.  OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges.

THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND ENCOURAGES DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE. WOMEN, MINORITIES, PROTECTED VETERANS AND INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

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