American Indian Studies

Tenure-track faculty position in American Indian Studies

September 25, 2019

The American Indian Studies Program seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member, at either the assistant or associate professor rank. The research specialty for the position is open. 

Qualifications: Candidates must have a doctorate from an accredited institution and a thorough knowledge of the field of American Indian Studies. Experience in administration or the desire to work in a leadership position is desired, as the successful candidate may become Director for American Indian Studies.

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

Responsibilities: Faculty success at CSUN is measured by three criteria: teaching effectiveness; contributions to one's field of study; and service to the University and Community. The standard teaching load is 12 units (4 courses per semester). However, the teaching load for the first two years is reduced by 3 units per semester to a 3/3 schedule. Competitive reassigned time is available for research and other service at the department, college or university level. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses offered by the American Indian Studies Program, but teaching in other departments is possible, depending upon the candidate’s interests.

The Director schedules classes, manages the Program's budget, and supervises tenure-track and part-time faculty members. The Director is a faculty advisor for the American Indian Student Association. The Director develops curriculum as needed and works closely with University administrators. The Director receives two course reassignments each semester (2/2 teaching responsibilities).

Application Deadline: Screening of applications will begin December 1, 2019. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Applicants must submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three current letters of recommendation.  In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses, and certificates. 

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

CSUN’s Commitment to You: CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. As both an AANAPISI & HSI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution & Hispanic Serving Institution), CSUN welcomes candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.  

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The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated 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 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the American Indian Studies Program at (818) 677-5280.