American Indian Studies

American Indian Studies

Job opening: Assistant Professor in American Indian Studies


Candidates must have a doctorate with a thorough knowledge of the field of American Indian and Indigenous Studies from an accredited institution. Preference for candidates who focus on Environmental Justice and Climate Justice in American Indian communities, whether on tribal lands or beyond. The candidate must demonstrate commitment and ability to effectively (1) teach, work and mentor a diverse student population and (2) to link one’s research to teaching. Preference for candidate with expertise in one or more of the following areas relating to American Indians and the environment: impact of climate change, climate justice, sustainability, food sovereignty, Indigenous knowledge systems, e.g. traditional environmental knowledge (TEK), environmental justice and environmental racism. Additional expertise is desired in one or more of the following areas: Indigenous legal orders, Federal Indian law, Indian land claims, gender studies, settler colonial studies, Indigenous feminisms, and Indigenous research methodology.

 Preference given to candidates who have developed or intend to develop research projects in collaboration  with a California tribe or tribes, and to candidates who indicate ability to develop new courses in American Indian Studies and Sustainability Studies.

 At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.


The candidate will work closely with other faculty, American Indian students, and community members toward building links between CSUN and the American Indian community in and around Los Angeles. Candidate will be expected to teach existing courses in CSUN’s American Indian Studies program, such as AIS 101 (Introduction to American Indian Studies), and candidates who can teach existing courses in CSUN’s Sustainability program, such as SUST 300 (Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Sustainability), will be given preference.

 Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin December 14, 2017. The position will remain open until filled.

 How to Apply:

Applicants must submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three current letters of recommendation to the Interfolio application web address below.  In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates. Questions can be directed to Dr. Brian Burkhart, Director, American Indian Studies Program.

 This institution is using Interfolio’s ByCommittee to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge to:




Welcome to American Indian Studies

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The interdisciplinary minor in American Indian Studies offers courses in contemporary and historical cultures of First Nations. Topics that are examined include American Indian contemporary social issues, American Indian law and policy, literature, music, art, and spirituality. The Program is designed to enhance the understanding and appreciation of American Indian cultures and the unique sovereign status of First People nations. Many of the courses satisfy requirements in several majors and AIS 101: Introduction to American Indian Studies and AIS 301: First Peoples and Popular Culture will meet General Education requirements.

In addition, the Program provides background for undergraduate or advanced study in anthropology, art, business, criminology, education, English, geography, health sciences, history, political science, prelaw, psychology, religious studies, sociology, and women's studies and for comparative study in other ethnic study programs.

Mission Statement:

The American Indian Studies Program promotes an understanding of American Indian history, cultures, and tribal sovereignty with a focus on Southern California tribes, and other indigenous peoples in a global context.  The program seeks to revise Western knowledge of the history and culture of the United States to include American Indian perspectives and contributions.  The program seeks to demonstrate the relevance of American Indian perspectives to contemporary political, economic, and social issues in the United States and the globe.