Copy of Assistant Professor of Indigenous and Environmental Studies

The University of Oregon, situated on the traditional homelands and political territories of the Kalapuya people, is conducting a collaborative search initiative of four hires across five units in Native American and Indigenous Studies. The Department of English and the Environmental Studies Program invite applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor in Indigenous and Environmental Studies to begin on September 16, 2022. The position will be jointly appointed in ENG (.60 FTE) and ENVS (.40 FTE) with English serving as the tenure home. The PhD can be in Native American and Indigenous studies, English, environmental studies, natural or social sciences, humanities, or other interdisciplinary fields. 

We seek candidates with research agendas grounded in Indigenous knowledges and methodologies, and in commitments to Indigenous sovereignty, self-determination, and environmental justice. Special consideration will be given to those working at intersections including but not limited to the following: Indigenous knowledge systems, cultural practices, and narrative/expressive traditions; critical frameworks of decolonization, relationality, reciprocity, responsibility, and kinship; land, water, and natural resource access/governance; Indigenous foodways and food sovereignty/security; climate change, public policy, and the law; literature, art, media, and social movements; gender, sexuality, and queer/two-spirit studies; and animal/multi-species studies. Demonstrated record of relationships with and service to Indigenous nations, communities, and organizations is preferred. We actively welcome applicants from communities historically marginalized and currently underrepresented in the academy, including but not limited to Native American and Indigenous peoples, Black and peoples of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans, and people with disabilities.

Teaching and service responsibilities will be divided between units commensurate with the FTE of the joint appointment. Candidates can expect to teach 5 courses per year across three 11-week quarters with options to teach summer courses where applicable. Expectations of teaching include introductory, mid-level, and advanced undergraduate courses; graduate seminars in areas of specialization; mentorship of MA and PhD students; and directing undergraduate and graduate theses. We especially encourage applicants committed to coursework that encourages undergraduate inquiry and research, supports graduate research and professional development, and speaks to diverse student populations, including Indigenous and students of color. 

Faculty will join an energetic intellectual community committed to junior faculty support and success. Combined with the English Department’s foundation reputation in Literature and the Environment and growing strengths in Comparative Ethnic American literatures, UO is an internationally recognized research and teaching destination for Environmental Studies and the Environmental Humanities. Established UO programs such as the Tribal Climate Change Project, the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, and growing strengths in race, ethnicity, and environmental justice and in Latinx environmentalisms promise to amplify this profile further. Recently funded programs like the Provost’s Environment Initiative and the establishment of the Center for Environmental Futures and the Pacific Northwest Just Futures Institute for Racial and Climate Justice funded by the Mellon Foundation position the UO as a premier site for Environmental Studies research and teaching for years to come.

UO is also an emerging center for Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) comprised of over 40 Indigenous and allied faculty and staff across campus, a strong Native American Student Union, and a tightly knit Longhouse community that advances Indigenous strategic initiatives on campus. In addition to longstanding programs including the Northwest Indian Language Institute, the Tribal Climate Change Project, the Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples lecture series, and the Honoring Tribal Legacies initiative, the past decade has seen the implementation of a Native American and Indigenous Studies undergraduate minor; a tribal liaison position; dedicated recruitment, retention, and advising officers; the NAIS Academic Residential Community; the Indigenous Pre-College Academy Summer Bridge Program; and Illioo Native Theater. Fueled by this growth, UO will launch a NAIS undergraduate major in fall 2021 while also investing in a four-position NAIS hiring initiative across five units on campus.

Minimum Requirements: PhD in Native American and Indigenous Studies; Environmental Studies, Sciences, or Humanities; English; Ethnic Studies; or related fields at the time of appointment. Demonstrated record of or potential for publication and evidence of an active research agenda grounded in Indigenous knowledges/methodologies and in commitments to Indigenous sovereignty, self-determination, and environmental justice.

Application Materials: Candidates are asked to apply online at and to submit the following materials, which may be packaged into a single PDF or submitted as individual documents: 

• Application letter of no more than 2 single-spaced pages that demonstrates qualifications, current and future research trajectories, teaching experience, and other relevant information 

• Curriculum vitae with a minimum of 3 references, which may be requested at a later date

• Research writing sample of no more than 25 double-spaced pages

• As part of the application process, applicants seeking faculty positions at the University of Oregon are required to submit a statement about their past, present, and future contributions to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their professional careers. For this position, the search committee asks for a statement of no more than 2 single-spaced pages that demonstrates substantive commitments to DEI and/or evidence of collaboration with and service to Indigenous nations, communities, organizations, and/or students.

The deadline for applications is Nov. 3, 2021. If you are unable to use academicjobsonline, please contact to arrange alternate means of submitting materials.

The University of Oregon is situated on the traditional homelands and political territories of the Kalapuya People, the First Peoples of the Willamette Valley, whose descendants are now citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. One of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities, the UO holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body while raising average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. The UO’s beautiful, 295-acre campus features state-of-the art facilities in an arboretum-like setting. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 173,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.

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