College of Education at the University of Arizona Announces an Open Rank Position in Indigenous Education

College of Education

The University of Arizona

The Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies

College of Education, University of Arizona

Announces an Open Rank Position in Indigenous Education

The internationally recognized Language, Reading and Culture (LRC) program in the department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies (TLS) at the University of Arizona (UA) announces an open position in Indigenous Education effective August 2014. The UA not only lies in a dynamic transnational border region, but in close proximity to rich Native American cultures, including 22 federally recognized tribes in the state of Arizona. Native American students on the UA campus represent over 75 Native American tribes with the majority coming from Arizona tribes and reservations.  As a land grant institution, the UA has an important responsibility to Native American students and Nations. With the current open position, the College of Education at the UA seeks to further strengthen our undergraduate and graduate programs with the integration of Indigenous knowledge systems, epistemologies, and decolonizing research methodologies.

This position offers an opportunity to join a department comprised of two outstanding programs: Language Reading and Culture (LRC) and Teaching and Teacher Education (TTE). TLS faculty engage in interdisciplinary research and teaching, and demonstrate a deep commitment to social justice. TLS provides a collaborative work environment for faculty research and grant development and encourages cross-program and cross-departmental research initiatives, along with opportunities of collaboration across the college and the university. Existing faculty research and teaching interests in the area of Indigenous education include Indigenous youth language learning and practice; maintenance and revitalization of Indigenous language and culture; transnational Indigenous teacher education efforts; and Indigenous knowledge systems, including Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) systems. Additional faculty areas of expertise and interest across the department include multicultural, multilingual and multiliteracy education; anthropology and education; immigrant education; applied linguistics; language policy and planning; literacy processes and pedagogy; early childhood education; world children’s and adolescent literature; STEM education; technology and literacy; teacher education; and environmental learning and sustainability education.

LRC attracts diverse and highly qualified students, including Native American students and Indigenous students from Latin America, to our master’s and doctoral programs. LRC is also engaged in transnational inter-university collaborations in Indigenous education, providing opportunities for faculty and students through courses, conferences, etc. with a global network of Indigenous scholars and students across Arizona and in Hawaii, Alaska, New Zealand, Canada, and Mexico. Faculty across the department are additionally working on incorporating Native American education-related offerings into our department’s early childhood, elementary and secondary teacher preparation programs and our undergraduate education non-teaching degree programs. Thus, LRC is committed to creating and supporting a community of Indigenous scholars engaged in critical exploration and redefinition of how research in Indigenous education gets done and how it is engaged in community, university, and other academic disciplines.

Our location in the southwestern United States and our long history of involvement with the education of Native American and minority youth throughout the state and in the border region offer many opportunities to conduct field-based research with diverse urban and rural populations. The position will provide opportunities to work with the UA’s distinguished American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI), widely-recognized for its influential efforts in Indigenous language teaching, language revitalization and documentation. Teaching, research and outreach activities are also possible with SEED (Scholarships for Education and Economic Development), a vibrant, international Indigenous education exchange program that annually brings diverse Indigenous teachers and curriculum developers from Mexico for a year-long program in collaboration with institutions in Mexico. The College of Education offers additional opportunities for collaboration with Project SOAR, a service-learning experience that connects Native American undergraduate mentors with Native American middle school students in the Tucson area. The University of Arizona further provides opportunities for collaboration with renowned Native American faculty and programs in Linguistics, Indigenous Law and Policy, and American Indian Studies.

Qualifications:

Earned doctorate in education or in a closely related field.  Strong commitment to and experience in Indigenous and equity education, and a clear research and teaching agenda in Native American and Indigenous education, including one or more of areas such as the following:

*  Indigenous language maintenance, revitalization, planning and policy

*  Indigenous teacher preparation

*  Indigenous children’s/young adult literature

*  Indigenous education and new technologies

*  Indigenous knowledge systems including Traditional Ecological Knowledge, STEM education, and place-based education

Responsibilities:

*  Faculty load includes teaching, research and service

*  Develop a strong program of research, publication, and grant support

*  Teach graduate and undergraduate courses in areas of specialization

*  Advise masters and doctoral students, and participate on graduate student committees

Indigenous scholars are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with proficiency in one or more Indigenous languages and/or experience working with Indigenous populations in schools and/or communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Compensation:

Competitive salary plus opportunities for summer teaching and research support.

Application Process:  Please complete the electronic application form (Job 53712) and attach a letter of interest, a statement of research and teaching interests, your curriculum vitae, three representative publications/papers, and names and contact information for three professional references on-line at: http://www.hr.arizona.edu

Applications are now being accepted and will be reviewed starting on November 15, 2013. Review will continue until the position is filled.

For further information please call (520) 621-2928, or contact:

Dr. Leisy Wyman (lwyman@email.arizona.edu) Committee Chair

Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies

P. O. Box 210069

College of Education, University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ 85721-0069

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Visiting Lecturer or Visiting Instructor – American Indian Studies / University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012-2013

Visiting Lecturer or Visiting Instructor – American Indian Studies / University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012-2013

https://jobs.illinois.edu/default.cfm?page=job&jobID=17893

Position Description:

American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a position as Visiting Lecturer or Visiting Instructor for the 2012-2013 academic year. Renewal of this position beyond the first year is possible depending on the program’s needs and demonstrated classroom success. For information about AIS at Illinois, see http://www.ais.illinois.edu.

The primary duty of this faculty member will be teaching general education and other basic courses in American Indian and Indigenous studies. Teaching load will be 3/3, with additional teaching in the summer possible. Depending on experience and scholarly background, courses might include Introduction to Native Studies, Indigenous Expressive Culture, Indigenous Thinkers, Contemporary Issues in Indian Country, Language and Culture of Native North America, Native Religious Traditions, Introduction to American Indian Literature, Federal Indian Policy, or American Indians of Illinois.

Opportunities for professional development are available for the faculty member in this position, including course development resources and travel funding. Further, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the life of the AIS program, including conferences, events, and program governance.

Candidates are required to have a minimum of 2 years’ teaching experience at the college level. In addition, candidates seeking Lecturer status are required to have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Those seeking Instructor status are required to have a Master’s degree. The target starting date is August 16, 2012. Salary is competitive and is dependent on qualifications and experience. The initial appointment will be for one-year. The appointment may then be renewed by the Program annually for subsequent years based on funding and strong performance reviews.

Applicants need to submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, and the contact information for three references on teaching accomplishments. The teaching statement should include evidence that the applicant has been or would be a successful instructor in sections of 40 or more.

To apply, create your candidate profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload the applications materials. To ensure full consideration, all application materials must be submitted by April 30, 2012. Applicants may be interviewed before this closing date, but no hiring decisions will be made until after this closing date. For further information about the application procedures, contact the Program by email at ais@illinois.edu. AIS asks that all candidates review the program’s statement on identity and academic integrity, which can be found online at http://www.ais.illinois.edu/about/integrity/.

Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu)