Assistant Professor - Native American and Indigenous Studies

The American Studies program at Carleton College invites applications for a tenure-track position in Native American and Indigenous Studies to begin September 2023. This position is open in terms of research focus but a PhD in American Studies or Ethnic or Native American / Indigenous Studies is strongly preferred. Candidates with a PhD in another field will be considered if they demonstrate extensive interdisciplinary training in a field closely related to Native American / Indigenous Studies at the PhD level. Possible research focus areas, in addition to American Studies, include Art and Art History (including museum studies), Biology, English, or Political Science. Carleton is committed to developing its faculty to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Gender-diverse individuals and members of underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Successful candidates may have training in a range of disciplines and fields, but their research and teaching must primarily concern Native American and Indigenous Studies. They will be expected to teach undergraduate courses with a focus on Native American / Indigenous studies as well as courses in the partner department for a total of five courses over three trimesters per year. Departmental service responsibilities will be primarily contributed to American Studies. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to mentoring students from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, orientations, abilities, and cultural heritages. We seek applicants who understand the benefits that diversity brings to Carleton’s small residential community, and who are committed to furthering the College’s goals of closing equity gaps and providing a safe learning environment for all students. Successful applicants will be invested in building reciprocal relationships with local Native nations and Native community organizations.

An ideal candidate should also have a demonstrated track record of socially-engaged research, in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples, with a commitment to the transformative integration of Indigenous Peoples’ concerns or ways of knowing into their teaching and scholarship.

To apply, please visit the Carleton College website at and complete the online application by submitting a cover letter; CV; statement of teaching philosophy; and contact information for three references, including a reference from a community partner. Application deadline is October 15, 2022. Full letters of reference and a writing sample will be requested later. 

Carleton is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college with a student body of approximately 2,000. Located in the thriving two-college town of Northfield, Minnesota, it is forty-five miles from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, a metropolitan area with a vibrant Native community. This new position is a part of a broader institutional commitment to build capacity in Native American and Indigenous studies, in acknowledgement of Carleton’s location on the homelands of the Wahpekute and Mdewakanton Dakota peoples. The successful candidate will join another dedicated American Studies faculty member who teaches Indigenous Histories and Native American and Indigenous Studies, will be supported through a full time Indigenous Communities Liaison staff member, and will partner with an active student organization, the Indigenous Peoples Alliance. 

Carleton College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, disability, or age in providing employment or access to its educational facilities and activities.

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