RT Instructor – Native American Studies Indigenous Language Curriculum Resource Specialist

Job Details

POSITION AVAILABLE:  The Department of Native American Studies seeks a Renewable-Term Faculty Member specializing in Indigenous Language Revitalization Curriculum Development.

SALARY:  Negotiable (9-month joint appointment).

LENGTH OF APPOINTMENT: Three-Year Renewable-Term

BEGINNING DATE: August 2017.

DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:

Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma—a dynamic and growing academic unit—is pleased to announce that we are seeking applications for a renewable-term faculty member specializing in Indigenous Language Revitalization and Curriculum Development. This individual will teach undergraduate courses.  Areas of teaching may include but are not limited to Revitalization Theory and Practice, Language Acquisition Methods, Language and Culture, Language and Technology, Language and Community Collaboration, Language and Teacher-Training.  Significantly, this individual will serve as a resource to the Native American language program through which we offer a full and growing curriculum of instruction in Indigenous languages with classes offered in Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, and Kiowa languages.

The successful candidate will have an M.A. or M.S. in Native American Studies, Linguistics, Linguistic Anthropology, Second Language Acquisition, Indigenous Language Revitalization, Education, or a relevant field. A successful candidate in this area will be an active participant in the national and international language revitalization scholarly community. We expect the successful candidate to have direct experience working with Tribal Nations and Native communities who are actively trying to revitalize their language through the development of workshops, centers, curricula, technology, etc.  Candidates should demonstrate a willingness to engage in outreach to Native communities in Oklahoma.

APPLICATIONS:

The position will begin in August of 2017.  To apply, submit all materials (application letter, vitae or resume, and three reference letters) to the following email: Nasjobs-curriculum@ou.edu. Direct inquiries to Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham, Chair of the Department of Native American Studies and Search Committee Chair at acobb@ou.edu.

CLOSING DATE:  Screening of applications will begin November 28, 2016 and the position will remain open until filled.

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.  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. 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 has excellent resources for collaborative work on American Indian languages. The state is home to 39 Native nations and over 40 American Indian languages representing at least 6 families. OU has a large Native American student body and active Native faculty and staff.  Notably, Norman, Oklahoma has the third highest Native American population in the United States for towns of 100,000 or more.  The campus is also home to significant Native American holdings and collections in the Fred Jones Museum of Art, the Western History Collection, and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is a large and comprehensive center for research and public programs. Housed in a state-of-the-art facility and winner of both the National Medal for Museums and the Best in Heritage international award from the European Heritage Association, the museum maintains a strong commitment to community service and has an established tradition of working with American Indian communities. The Sam Noble Museum is also home to the Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair.

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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