Assistant Professor in Comparative Cultural Studies-specialization in Indigenous or Latinx Studies

This is a tenure track, full-time, benefit eligible, academic year appointed position on the Flagstaff Mountain campus beginning Fall 2022.  The department of Comparative Cultural Studies brings together studies of art history, comparative religions, humanities, intellectual history, museum studies, arts and cultural management, and Asian studies in a multidisciplinary curriculum featuring three majors (the BA in CCS, the online BA in Humanities, and the ASN-IGP, an Integrated Global Program in Asian Studies). The Department offers minors in art history, arts and cultural management, Asian Studies, humanities, museum studies, and the comparative study of religion, as well as and a robust suite of courses serving NAU’s General Studies and diversity requirements. Our thirteen faculty (including two Fulbright scholars, two Guggenheim scholars, one Regent’s Professor, and several award-winning teachers) are credentialed across a variety of humanities disciplines and are active scholars in their fields. Our students master skills of comparative interpretation through engagement with diverse cultural texts and contexts. Course offerings range from the environmental humanities, ancient and contemporary religions and visual cultures, technology and the arts, regional and cultural studies, and the digital humanities. 

The Department of Comparative Cultural Studies (CCS) at NAU seeks to hire an assistant professor with expertise in an area of Native American or Latinx Studies that corresponds to one of the department’s disciplines: Art History, Environmental Humanities, Museum Studies, (Public) Humanities, and/or Religious Studies. The successful candidate will offer courses in their specialty and contribute to the mission of NAU’s new General Studies Program, which includes courses in Indigenous Peoples, US Ethnic Diversity, and American Institutions. In addition, the successful candidate should be prepared to make contributions to diversity and inclusion within the department and the College of Arts & Letters.

Northern Arizona University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution that values cultural and intellectual diversity and strives to become the nation’s leading university serving Native Americans. This hire is part of an ambitious cluster hire in Latinx and/or Indigenous Studies, an initiative that reflects our institutional commitment to the advancement and success of students and faculty of all ethnic backgrounds, as well as to support efforts promoting justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. Hires in Latinix and/or Indigenous Studies will be made this year in the departments of Comparative Cultural Studies, Music, Anthropology, Applied Indigenous Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, and Psychological Sciences.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD conferred by appointment date in one of the following fields: Art History, Museum Studies, Religious Studies, or any Humanities discipline (Comparative Literature, English, History, etc.) with an emphasis in Indigenous and/or Latinx studies

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching at the college or university level in one of the following fields: Art History, Museum Studies, Religious Studies, or any Humanities discipline (Comparative Literature, English, History, etc.)
  • Evidence of research/scholarship with a focus on Native American and/or Latinx cultures
  • Evidence of engagement with and service to tribal nations, Indigenous or Latinx communities, or Native American/Latinx serving organizations
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and/or service

Application procedure: To apply for this position, please click on “apply now” button on this page. The online application must include the following attachments:

  • cover letter highlighting your qualifications for this position
  • curriculum vita with contact information
  • sample syllabi and other evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • a writing sample demonstrating research/scholarship in Native American and/or Latinx Studies
  • names and contact information for three references who may be asked to provide letters of reference at a later date
  • a diversity statement not to exceed 750 words that highlights an understanding of the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a university setting. Please include examples from past experiences and reference plans to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in your teaching, research, and service.

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