Visiting Assistant Professorship in Native American and Indigenous Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego is a private Roman Catholic university that sits on the Indigenous homeland of the Kumeyaay people. The San Diego region is the third most populated area for American Indians in California and is surrounded by four autonomous Indigenous nations: the Kumeyaay, Luiseno, Cupeno, and Cahuilla. These four nations, represented by 17 federally recognized tribes, make San Diego County home to the largest concentration of individual tribes in the United States. San Diego is also the second largest city in the state, near the busiest port of entry on an international border, and hosts significant ethnic, immigrant, and refugee communities from around the globe, including Central America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Africa. Serving more than 5,500 undergraduate students, the university holds a commitment to advancing academic excellence, global citizenship, ethical knowledge and conduct, and compassionate service. The Department of Ethnic Studies is a vibrant, interdisciplinary program that critically situates itself within this geopolitical site and engages students in the historical, cultural, and socioeconomic dynamics of race and ethnicity in US, Indigenous, and transnational contexts. At the heart of our work is a commitment to applied social justice and community service learning that directly supports the values of Catholic Social Teaching. The Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professorship in Native American and Indigenous Studies beginning in Fall 2018. The Visiting Professor will teach three courses over the year and work closely with faculty mentors.

Job Requirements:
Qualified candidates must hold a PhD or terminal degree in Ethnic Studies or a related field and have expertise in Native American and Indigenous Studies as well as Comparative Ethnic Studies. Applicants must have an active research agenda and be able to teach introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in Native American and Indigenous Studies as well as Comparative Ethnic Studies; an ability to teach Introduction to Ethnic Studies is required. Demonstrated experience working with Native American and Indigenous tribes and communities and mentoring American Indian and Indigenous students is strongly preferred. Persons offered employment must successfully complete a pre-employment background check. They also will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. Serious candidates are encouraged to request official transcripts to help expedite the hiring process. Additional Details: The Professorship includes a competitive salary, benefits package, and travel funds for research and conferences. The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Candidates from underrepresented and underserved groups are encouraged to apply. The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three-year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.

How To Apply:
To apply, go to, search for IRC27298 and apply as an applicant. Once you have applied, please submit your entire application materials as a single PDF file to Applications should include: 1. Cover letter that includes relevant teaching experience, research, and experience working with Native American and Indigenous communities 2. Teaching statement that describes teaching philosophy for a small, liberal arts Roman Catholic university 3. Curriculum Vitae 4. Sample course syllabi for a lower-division Introduction to Ethnic Studies course and lower- or upper-division Native American and Indigenous Studies course 5. Three reference letters (emailed directly by your recommenders to mailto: For full consideration, all materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Jesse Mills, Search Committee Co-Chair and Persephone Lewis, Search
Committee Co-Chair
Department of Ethnic Studies University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, Maher Hall 210 San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 260-7740

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