Associate/Full Professor in Native American Studies

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Bozeman, MT

Announcement Number: FAC – VA – 19042

For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Kristin Ruppel, Associate Professor and Search Committee Chair
406-994-5261
[email protected]

Working Title: Associate/Full Professor in Native American Studies **UPDATED**

Brief Position Overview
The Department of Native American Studies at Montana State University seeks an experienced educator and scholar who wishes to join an active and growing department. The Department of Native American Studies at Montana State University is the only Native American Studies/Indigenous Studies program in a mainstream institution accredited by the World’s Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium. This is a tenure track, Associate or Full Professor position to begin in August 2019.

Faculty Tenure Track: Yes
Faculty Rank: Associate or Full Professor, depending on qualifications
Position Number: 4A3773
Department: Native American Studies
Division: College of Letters & Science
Appointment Type: Faculty
Contract Term: Academic Year
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Union Affiliation: Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE: 1.0
Benefits Eligible: Eligible
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications
Contract Type: MUS
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Recruitment Type: Open

General Statement
The Department of Native American Studies at Montana State University seeks an experienced educator and scholar who wishes to join an active and growing department. This is a tenure track position at the Associate or Full Professor level to begin in August 2019. The successful candidate will be a researcher and teacher who will help the Native American Studies Department continue to provide outstanding scholarship, teaching and service. We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University.

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Duties and Responsibilities
Duties include advising and mentoring Native American Studies graduate students, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise, and maintaining a strong program of research and publication.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • PhD in Native American Studies or closely related field, or equivalent terminal degree.
  • Experience in a tenure-track position or equivalent research and teaching experience.
  • Established research program with a successful record of publishing high-quality and original research in appropriate disciplinary refereed journals.
  • Demonstrated experience in teaching, advising and mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Evidence of meaningful university and professional service, leadership, and/or outreach.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Generalist with specific research and teaching interests in one or more of the many areas relevant to Native American Studies, including but not limited to: linguistics and language revitalization; Native art history, appreciation, and/or creation; Native spirituality and/or philosophies; Native gender studies; Native media production; contemporary issues; higher education and/or tribal colleges; Native economics and economic development; Indigenous science.
  • Familiarity with issues affecting Native peoples of the Western hemisphere especially, and ability to put these in comparative contexts.
  • Familiarity with and willingness to explore uses of technology in teaching, including online instruction and growing collaboration with tribal colleges in Montana and beyond.
  • Evidence of progressive administrative experience.

The Successful Candidate Will

  • Be a dynamic teacher and scholar;
  • Have the ability to inspire and mentor students;
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate successfully and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, staff, and students;
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for diverse constituencies, and the ability to help students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed; and
  • Have dedication to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s initiative for diversity, equity and inclusiveness.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program
Approximately 50+ students are currently seeking a non-teaching minor in Native American Studies (NAS) and we have approximately 25 students in the Masters of Arts program and 35 in the graduate certificate program. There are opportunities to engage with the 776 Native students representing 53 tribes on campus. There are seven reservations in Montana and the state is home to 12 tribal Nations. The program has historically drawn students from international communities and has a solid reputation in indigenous education.

The Department
The Department of Native American Studies offers a non-teaching undergraduate minor in Native American Studies (NAS), a graduate certificate in NAS and a Masters of Arts in NAS. Courses in Native American Studies are an integral part of the Diversity Category in the University Core requirements. The teaching load includes undergraduate and graduate courses.

The Department is in the College of Letters and Science. It is the only Indigenous Studies/Native American Studies program in a mainstream institution accredited by the World’s Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium. The Katz Family Endowed Chair in Native American Studies is one of only three such chairs in the United States.

The College
The College of Letters and Science, the largest center for learning, teaching and research at Montana State University, offers students an excellent liberal arts and sciences education in nearly 50 majors, 25 minors and over 25 graduate degrees within the four areas of the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics and social sciences.

Building on the great strength of our traditional disciplines, the college provides exciting opportunities for faculty and students at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary inquiry.

Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: August 16, 2019
Position End Date (if temporary):

Applications will be:
Screening of applications will begin on August 15, 2019; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Diversity Statement
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; [email protected].

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: http://www.montana.edu/hr/disability_accommodation/complaints_grievances.html.

How to apply

Required Documents
1. Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Teaching Statement (max 2 pages)
4. Research Statement (max 2 pages)

For more information or to apply, please visit: https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/13589 

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