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American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota

Faculty Position: Open Search for a Tenured or Tenure-Track Professor in American Indian Studies


The Department of American Indian Studies, College of Liberal Arts, invites applications for a full-time professor (open rank, tenured or tenure-track) position beginning fall semester 2020.

Appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year (late August to late May) at a rank depending on qualifications and experience, and consistent with collegiate and University policy. Salary is competitive.

This search is open as to field. Among the areas we are interested in are Politics/Governance/Law, Native Arts, Environmental Studies, or Literature and Film. Expertise in Oceti Sakowin studies and/or Dakota language is desirable.

Appropriate terminal degree is required, as is an excellent record of research and/or creative production, teaching, advising, and service. If applying at the Associate Professor or Full Professor level, the ideal candidates will be those with a distinguished record of teaching, advising, and service, preferably including administrative experience at a research institution.

The Department

The Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota is recognized as one of the leading programs in the field of Indigenous studies. Founded in 1969, ours was the first department of American Indian Studies ever created in the United States. The department embraces global directions in Indigenous studies, even while remaining committed to the Dakota and Ojibwe communities of Mni Sota Makoce (Minnesota) and the region. Our internationally renowned faculty are committed to challenging conventional academic approaches while also giving students strong backgrounds in critical areas of language revitalization, policy and law, history, gender and sexuality, social theory, cultural studies, museum studies and heritage studies, education, the arts, literary criticism, film, and environmental studies. The department is recognized for its excellence in language teaching and revitalization, particularly in the Dakota and Ojibwe languages. All of this draws on the foundation of a thriving Native community on campus, in the Twin Cities, and throughout the state of Minnesota and the region. To learn more, visit


Faculty in the Department of American Indian Studies in the College of Liberal Arts are expected to maintain an active research agenda that includes publication, teach courses in area(s) of specialty as well as core AIS curriculum, advise students, and contribute service to the department, college, university, profession, and broader communities as appropriate. For information on workload guidelines and principles, visit

The Institution

Established in 1868, the College of Liberal Arts supports the University of Minnesota's land-grant mission as home to disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The College of Liberal Arts is committed to intellectual freedom, the pursuit of new knowledge, and the belief that the liberal arts are the foundation of academic learning. CLA prepares students to be independent, critical, and original thinkers, innovators in their chosen fields; to create meaning in their lives and in their life’s work; and to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities and the world. The College of Liberal Arts values diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives as key to innovation and excellent education. To learn more, visit our website at Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota, with its five campuses and more than 65,000 students, is one of the largest, most comprehensive universities in the United States, and ranks among the most prestigious research universities in the world. It is both a major research institution, with scholars of national and international reputation, and a state land-grant university with a strong tradition of education and public engagement. The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus is located in the heart of Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, which is rich in cultural and natural attractions. To learn more, visit The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Application Instructions

In order to be considered for this position, all external applicants must apply online at this link.  Please note: If you are a current University of Minnesota employee or student, you will want to apply at this link. You will have an opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach required materials. Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and curriculum vitae. The following materials must be attached to your online applications. 1) letter of intent, 2) curriculum vitae. Please also send 3 names, addresses and email contact information for three references to Additional materials may be requested at a later date. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2019. We encourage applications before that date, but applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. For further information, please email Angela Boutch, Administrative Manager, at The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

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