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American Indian Studies- Assistant Professor

California State University - Fresno
United States, California, Fresno
Mar 16, 2024

American Indian Studies- Assistant Professor

Job No: 531649
Work Type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Social Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time


California State University, Fresno
College of Social Science
American Indian Studies /Women's Studies Program

American Indian Studies- Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Tenure Track
Fall 2024 (August 2024)

The Fresno region is home to eight federally recognized tribes and sixteen state registered tribes and a vast and energetic urban Indian community. American Indian Studies connects with tribal and tribal-serving agencies, leading urban Indian health organizations, and collaborative partnerships that produce robust wellness, educational, STEM, law, arts-based, and tribal land/water systems projects.


California State University, Fresno's American Indian Studies program invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor in American Indian/Native American Studies. We seek candidates who hold broad field experience and who specialize in one or more research areas such as Traditional Ecological Knowledge and sustainability, education, tribal administration, oral traditions, literature, urban Indians, sovereignty movements, and transnational feminisms. Candidates should demonstrate a capacity to teach about California Native Americans and Northern hemispheric Native Americans. Global Indigenous Studies and transnational expertise are welcome in complement to the above.

We seek candidates eager to engage in tribally-based teaching and research modalities, community collaborations, and program development. American Indian Studies is dedicated to advancing the self-determination of American Indians, communities and tribes.

We seek outstanding candidates whose expertise will shape the growth of the American Indian Studies program as it grows into full scale undergraduate and graduate degrees. Successful candidates will demonstrate engagement with Ethnic Studies and tribal-centered research, teaching, and pedagogy, and Decolonialism. Candidates will also have demonstrated experience in working collaboratively with campus and regional, state and national tribal partners in the fields of their expertise.

Candidates should expect to contribute and participate in American Indian Studies teaching of majors and minors; support student research and fieldwork; and contribute to the General Education curriculum, including Ethnic Studies Area F. The AIS faculty work with programs across campus and tribal community partners to offer students opportunities for personal and professional growth. As such, we work directly with tribal partners to strategize curriculum and programmatic offerings that are tribal serving. AIS faculty regularly provide advanced mentorship in the American Indian Honors Program, the AIS Internship Program, the McNair Program, the COSS Honors Program, and more. Campus and community partners extend American Indian Studies and Fresno State's reach to the eight federally recognized, sixteen state registered tribes, federally unrecognized tribes, tribal-serving and urban Indian organizations in the Central Valley and state of California.

Successful applicants may teach in the following American Indian/Native American/Alaskan Native Studies subfields, as pertains to their field of expertise, including but not limited to: pre-colonial cultural-intellectual systems; federal-Indian law; tribal administration; Traditional Ecological Knowledge; "Indian Education"; American Indians in California; urban Indians; American Indian sovereignty and self-determination; American Indian cultural studies: oral traditions, literatures and arts; policy and grant writing; and, American Indian Studies in Ethnic Studies. We are interested in candidates who are qualified to teach at least three out of the five major/minor required courses and who are also prepared to develop their own courses:

AIS 5: American Indian History
AIS 10: Introduction to American Indian Studies
AIS 50: Contemporary American Indians
AIS 101: American Indian Law
AIS 103: California American Indians Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.

Our Students: California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.):
  1. An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in American Indian Studies/Native American Studies, Ethnic Studies, or another closely related discipline. Fields may be an interdisciplinary relevant to one of the subfields of the candidate.
  2. Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For appointment, the doctorate must be completed by the date of appointment (August 1, 2024).

Required Experience:
  1. Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from American Indian tribes and tribal communities as well as diverse ethnic, cultural, gender and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  2. An excellent record of scholarly work
  3. A dedication to teaching
  4. A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  1. A commitment to growing your own research and scholarship within the scope of American Indian/Native American/Alaskan Native Studies and the subfield of record; build on and develop cross-departmental partnerships; and work with tribes, urban Indians, and tribal serving organizations on community-serving projects that align with the broader and subfields noted.
  2. Previous research, scholarship, and teaching in the areas of American Indian epistemologies, sovereignty movements, and American Indian self-determination
  1. Successful candidates will participate in state and national associations related to the field of American Indian/Native American Studies and subfield expertise

Preferred Experience :
  1. Education in Ethnic Studies, Indigenous Studies, and transnational studies is welcome

Application Procedures: To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by October 30, 2023; review of applications may continue until the position is filled. This position automatically closes on March 31, 2024. Note: All positions at Fresno State are subject to funding availability.

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Attach the following:
  1. Cover letter specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications;
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Diversity statement that demonstrates commitment and potential to contribute to Fresno State's goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion through personal experience or perspective, scholarship, teaching, or service (2-pages)
  4. Teaching philosophy statement (2-pages)
  5. Sample syllabus
  6. Writing sample
  7. Names and contact information of three referents.

The committee will request current letters of recommendation; do not attach.

We will request finalists to send official transcripts from all relevant educational programs. In addition, we will request the three professional references to submit current letters of recommendation.

Candidates invited for an on-campus visit must submit by mail/e-mail within the designated deadline. The Search Chair will send information and requests for these items:
  1. Three current letters of recommendation
  2. Official transcripts

Committee Information and Search process:

Search Chair: Dr. Leece M. Lee-Oliver
Director of American Indian Studies,
College of Social Science

About Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, visit:

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Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process. For additional information, please visit: . We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, the anticipated hiring range is $5,800-$6,300 per month for Assistant Professor (12 monthly payments per academic year). As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package.

About the College and Department:

The College of Social Sciences at Fresno State offers a broad and exciting range of majors, minors, and certificates that help us understand our world: from the study of history, political, social, and cultural issues, to projections for our future, our degree programs are designed to develop essential skills necessary to adapt to a constantly changing world and to provide leadership for the new millennium.

Our Department: American Indian Studies () is an interdisciplinary program that offers students opportunities to study the governments, nations, cultures, social and political structures in American Indian societies and American Indian societies within the context of the United States. Under the guidance of its first Director, American Indian Studies is so named to reflect the self-determination efforts of the American Indian Movement. Today, AIS maintains that commitment in the classroom and community. The AIS Program's curriculum prioritizes American Indian scholars, cultural-intellectual systems, traditional knowledge, sciences, and epistemologies. We engage pedagogical and leadership methodologies to provide all students with diverse learning experiences to grow their understanding and competency in American Indian Studies. Our program is host to an American Indian honors program and internships that prepare students to live and work in American Indian, Indigenous, and diverse communities locally and globally through direct experience with tribes and tribal-serving organizations.

The interdisciplinary nature of American Indian Studies allows students to gain an understanding of the core fields of American Indian Studies and also create degree pathways that serve their unique academic and professional goals. American Indian Studies curriculum intersects the fields of history, law, education, philosophy, environmental science, anthropology, economics, cultures and languages, media studies, health and wellness services, and women and gender studies. AIS also works in direct relationship with the Fresno State Library () and is developing curriculum to engage with the California Water Institute ().

Territorial Acknowledgement:

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land.

Other Campus Information:

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A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website: .

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California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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Out of State Employment
Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.

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