JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Assistant or Associate Professor of American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Please see the following job announcement for an Assistant or Associate Professor of American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Category: Faculty and Other Academic

Assistant or Associate Professor of American Indian and Indigenous Studies  

The American Indian Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign ( invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor or tenure-eligible associate professor with a target start date of August 16, 2013.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
American Indian Studies is searching for a scholar in interdisciplinary American Indian or Indigenous Studies. While fields and regions of coverage are open, evidence of innovative transnational, comparative, creative, or interdisciplinary approaches to American Indian or Indigenous studies is preferred. The successful candidate will have a record of research excellence and publication in American Indian or Indigenous studies (tenured) or demonstrate potential to develop such a record (tenure-track). Along with research and publication, the position requires significant contributions to undergraduate teaching, graduate mentoring, and program, university, and other forms of professional service. Current program faculty conduct research in comparative Indigenous studies, media studies, expressive culture, intellectual history, literary history, educational history, sports, social and political theory, language revitalization, policy, governance, health, militarization, and performance, and the search committee will be interested in candidates who can complement those areas. A joint appointment or teaching arrangement with another academic unit on campus is likely.
Minimum qualifications include the PhD or equivalent by the start of appointment, clear knowledge and experience in American Indian and Indigenous studies, scholarly achievement and promise, and evidence of teaching excellence. Experience working with American Indian or other Indigenous communities is a plus.
To ensure full consideration, create your candidate profile through and upload your letter of application detailing current research plans, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references by October 26, 2012.  For inquiries regarding the position, contact search committee co-chairs, Jodi Byrd ( and Vicente Diaz (
Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (
College Name or Administrative Unit: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Title: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences- Assistant/Associate Professor-American Indian Studies (F1200131)

Hopi runners in the audience

I recently returned from attending the American Indian Studies Association (AISA) Conference in Tempe, Arizona. I delivered a paper titled “Hopi Footraces and American Marathons, 1912-1930.” This paper, in its article form, will appear next month in American Quarterly. I was happy to see that some Hopis came to my talk, including two students from ASU. Since I first presented on this topic, I cannot recall the last time I had Hopi long distance runners in the audience. Both of these students were runners.

After the session I talked at length with the students about how the world focuses so much attention on Louis Tewanima, but back home our people realize that while Tewanima was good, other Hopi runners were just as good or better than the famous Olympian from Shungopavi. Although these students already knew about Tewanima, they had not heard of the other runners that I mentioned in my paper. I also did not know about these runners before I started this project.

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a faculty at the University of Illinois is the opportunity I have to make my research available and meaningful to the Hopi community. This has always been the driving force behind my work.

Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert