Native American Studies (Humboldt State University)

Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state

DESCRIPTION: Humboldt State University’s Department of Native American Studies invites applications for an academic year tenure-track faculty position in Native American Studies, with an emphasis on language, social and cultural areas, including Native languages, oral traditions, and tribal socio-cultural values. Teaching will be in lower and upper division courses, some of which are general education.

RANK, SALARY AND BENEFITS: We seek to fill this position at the Assistant Professor level; however rank and salary are dependent on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The current California State University Salary Schedule is available at:“>

Humboldt State University provides an excellent benefits package for faculty. Information about benefits plans can be found at:“>

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: An earned Ph.D. or equivalent in Native American Studies or related field from an accredited college or university is preferred at the time of appointment. Applicants with considerable progress towards terminal degree completion by appointment date will be considered. Completion of terminal degree is required prior to the start of the second probationary year following initial appointment. Demonstrated experience with at least one Indigenous language of California is preferred.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:

  • Record of, or potential for, excellence in teaching;
  • Evidence of ability to communicate Native American perspectives including cultures, histories, languages;
  • Academic and/or professional background necessary to contribute to the development of the NAS curriculum;
  • Experience working with or for Indian tribes and/or organizations;
  • Potential for, or evidence of, scholarship and/or creative activities;
  • Commitment to and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds;
  • Record of, or potential for, involving students in research and scholarly activity;
  • Potential for effective teaching or teaching experience using a variety of methodologies;
  • Interest and ability to teach a broad range of courses (major, general education, etc.); and
  • Willingness to participate in the development of online learning experiences.

    At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. For information on the University policy on support for non-immigrant probationary faculty visa acquisition, please visit:“>

    Evidence of degree(s) is required at time of hire.

    PROFESSIONAL DUTIES: Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence and to building a strong research record. The successful candidate will teach lower and upper division general education courses and upper division major courses. Instructional assignments may include: Introduction to Native American Studies, Oral Literature and Tradition, Native Tribes of California, Language and Communication in Native American Communities, Native Languages of North America, Indigenous Identities in Film, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, Native American Psychology, and Native American Literature. Instructional assignments will be consistent with the programmatic needs of the department and students.

    The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching; research, scholarship and creative activity; and service to the University, profession and to the community. These responsibilities include: advising students, participation in department, campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

    GENERAL INFORMATION: Humboldt State University was the first campus in the California State University system offering a stand-alone major in Native American Studies. The University currently offers a B.A. and several minors in Native American Studies. The Humboldt State University campus in Northern California is in close proximity to several thriving Native American tribes and communities. This location near American Indian tribes offers a supportive environment for the Native American Studies program and study of American Indian tribal issues. For more information, please visit:

    APPLICATION: Qualified candidates should submit electronically the following materials:

  • Letter of application;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy;
  • Statement of Research Interests;
  • Complete teaching evaluations for two courses, if available;
  • Syllabi from two courses taught in Native American Studies or closely related field; if available;
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation addressing the candidate’s qualifications as needed for this position;
  • Application for Academic Employment:“>
  • Supplemental Application for Academic Employment:“>
  • Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review).

    Additional application materials may be requested at a later time.

    Submission of the application materials should be sent as a single PDF document, in the order listed above to:

    Signed letters of recommendation may be e-mailed or mailed separately from the other application materials.

    In letter of application, please refer to Job #7640.

    Please direct any questions pertaining to this position, the Department of Native American Studies, or Humboldt State University to:

    Kim Berry, Search Committee Chair
    Acting Chair, Department of Native American Studies
    Humboldt State University
    One Harpst Street
    Arcata, California 95521-8299
    Phone (707) 826-4925

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than March 22, 2016. Early response is encouraged.

    It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Evidence of required degree(s), certifications(s), or licenses(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. A background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) must be completed satisfactorily as a condition of employment with the CSU. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Adverse findings from a background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.All CSU employees are obligated to respond to and report incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. The successful candidate for this position will be mandated to receive relevant training on an annual basis. The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

    Humboldt State University is a Title IX/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, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or