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Opportunities - Page One
Here you will find opportunity listings for the following categories:
We will update this page if we receive additional opportunities for events, etc. that will occur before our issue publication date.
We receive these announcements from various sources including Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP) and NativeShare

Title: Instructors’ Position(s), Ethnic Studies Department, The University of Oregon (2010-2011)
Deadline: Open until filled.

The University of Oregon Ethnic Studies Department is establishing a pool of applicants for short-term teaching appointments in the following fields: African American, Arab American, Asian/Pacific American, Chicana/Chicano, Latina/Latino, Native American, and comparative ethnic studies. Positions may be part-time, temporary, limited duration appointments not to exceed one year however, these positions are renewable for up to three years. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis and pool will remain active one year or until all available positions have been filled. Screening of applications will take place as positions become available and continue until positions are filled. The first screening will begin after March 31st 2010.

Candidates with a Ph.D. are preferred but candidates with a Master’s degree or who have advanced to candidacy in a Ph.D. program will also be considered. The Department is particularly interested in special topics classes and introductory classes in the following areas: Arab-American, Asian/Pacific-American, women of color feminisms, and comparative ethnic studies.

Title: New Media Arts Instructor, Institute of American Indian Arts
Deadline: Please visit website

This instructor, in collaboration with the Department Chair, will take the lead in the development and delivery of required courses in interactive media, animation, and related graphic design courses. In addition, incumbent will function in a leadership role in developing the new media arts curriculum and assessment of student learning.

Graduate degree in media, graphic design or related field, which includes directly-related technological expertise with superior skill with MacIntosh-based systems; and at least 6 months of recent college-level new media-related instructional experience, is required. Must have demonstrated background as a creative and accomplished scholar in the field of New Media Technology. Prior experience in the development of college-level new media curriculum is essential. Experience teaching Native American students is preferred.

Title: Math Instructor, Institute of American Indian Arts
Deadline: Please visit website

The Math Instructor will lead the development and delivery of required courses in college math including algebra and geometry. In addition, faculty member will function as a Math Lead, taking a leadership role in developing the math curriculum and assessment, which will include supervising and hiring qualified adjunct math faculty, and collaborating with and reporting to the chair of Essential Studies. Incumbent will also teach developmental math courses to prepare identified students for college-level math

A graduate or an undergraduate degree in mathematics, or a graduate degree in a related field is required and must have at least 6 months of recent college level mathematical instructional experience. Applicants must have a demonstrated background as a creative and accomplished scholar in the field of Mathematics. Prior experience in the development of college-level math curriculum is essential. Experience teaching Native American students is preferred.

Title: Science Instructor, Institute of American Indian Arts
Deadline: Please visit website

The Science Instructor will lead the development and delivery of required courses in Environmental Science, which could include introductory courses in related science areas, such as Geology, Chemistry, Botany or Biology, with a focus on all aspects of sustainability. In addition, incumbent will take a leadership role in developing all aspects of the science curriculum, including assessment of student learning.

A graduate degree in Science Education, Environmental Science or a related scientific field is required and must have at least 6 months of college level teaching experience of comparable scope. Applicants must have demonstrated background as a creative and accomplished scholar in the field of science. Prior experience in the development of college-level science curriculum is essential. Experience teaching Native American students is preferred.

Title: Sr. Campaign Specialist, National Education Association Great Public Schools for Every Student
Deadline: March 5, 2010

The essential functions of this position involve developing, maintaining, and supporting the technical infrastructure used by NEA for political mobilization. The work includes interpreting political targeting data and developing strategies to assist affiliates in implementing NEA’s strategic goals. The incumbent communicates, advocates, and builds effective relationships with internal NEA audiences (e.g. affiliates and constituency groups), as well as with external organizations and coalitions to support NEA's strategic goals, and makes formal and informal presentations to individuals in furtherance of NEA priorities. The incumbent also responds to inquiries and requests for assistance from affiliates; develops and disseminates program and training materials; and maintains awareness of advances in political technology for impact analysis and infrastructure development. The incumbent monitors and analyzes state affiliate activities and progress; establishes and maintains effective communications systems; coordinates with state and national campaign staff to establish action priorities; and plans and coordinates the annual calendar of activities. In addition, the incumbent uses a personal computer, associated software, other office technology and travels frequently.

Title: Assistant Professor of First Nation Studies, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Deadline: April 9, 2010

Will teach 21 credits fulfilling the General Education and Ethnic Studies requirements for students, upper-level courses in First Nations Studies and courses in Humanities within the person’s area of expertise. Will perform scholarly activities consistent with rank and contribute to the ongoing programmatic development of the department, as well as facilitate close ties with local tribal nations, and participate in the development of the Professional Program in Education Center for First Nations Studies. Doctorate from an accredited institution in field related to First Nations Studies with a strong background in First Nations culture including fields such as history, education, or oral tradition is required. Experience working with tribal Elders and working with local tribal communities is preferred. Starting Date is August 23, 2010. Position is an academic year tenure-track appointment.

Title: Dean of Instruction, University of New Mexico (# 0804392)
Deadline: Open until filled— Review of Applications begins March 1, 2010
Phone: 505-863-7500

The University of New Mexico (UNM) is seeking an experienced leader for the position of Dean of Instruction of the UNM Gallup Campus. UNM-Gallup is one of four branch community colleges of the University of New Mexico and serves approximately 3,000 students. The Dean of Instruction is the College’s chief academic officer who reports directly to the Executive Director and has overall responsibility for leadership and administration of the instructional program.

This is a tenured position with the ideal candidate holding the qualifications to be appointed at the rank of professor in one of the academic disciplines at UNM Gallup. Salary is dependent upon experience with a range in the upper $90’s to low $100’s.

The University of New Mexico actively seeks and encourages nominations of and applications from individuals who are members of under-represented groups.

Title: Humanities Instructor, Oglala Lakota College (VA#519)
Deadline: Open until filled
Contact: Chris Janis, Personnel, Oglala Lakota College
Phone: 605-455-6029
Website: https://

Individual will work in the Department of Humanities under the supervision of Chairperson. Individual will teach a variety of composition, literature, grammar & linguistics and/or communications courses.

Duties include:

  • Teach a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.
  • Supervise part time instructors.
  • Coordinate and track Holistic Scoring.
  • Serve on one of the college wide committees.
  • Assist with curriculum development including incorporation of Lakota Perspective in all courses.
  • Serve as an academic advisor to students.
  • Participate in department development.
  • Fulfill all other duties and responsibilities as required by supervisor.

Title: Online Adjunct Instructor, Native American History, American Public University System
Deadline: Open until filled
Website: (select U.S. History - Undergraduate). (052)

American Public University System seeks online adjunct faculty to teach Native American history. Required: masters in history; 18 graduate-level credit hours in Native American history or a related field; experience teaching college-level courses in Native American history. Preferred: online teaching experience.

Title: ACT Board of Directors Position

Founded in 1959 and headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides a broad array of assessment, research, information, and program management solutions in the areas of education and workforce development. Working with the ACT Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for guiding the development and execution of the organization’s vision, mission, and strategic plans; managing its financial, administrative, and program activities; serving as the face and voice of ACT to internal and external constituencies; advocating on behalf of those it seeks to serve; and providing inspirational leadership.

Title: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Dean of General Studies Position (#600374)
Phone: 920-498-6286

GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (please visit website for full description)

  • Lead planning, budgeting, and resource allocation efforts
  • Provide organizational leadership for the General Studies Department.
  • Lead and conduct annual operational planning in accordance with College mission, vision, values, and strategic directions.
  • Monitor department productivity in relation to the DSDEO, key performance indicators (KPI’s), annual goals, and measures.
  • Develop, manage and monitor overall Department budget, ensuring well-planned resource allocation to maintain appropriate learning environments.
  • Use available evidence and data resources to support decision-making.
  • Direct, support and evaluate the work of staff
  • Assist Vice-President for Learning in supervision of instructional support areas.
  • Hire, supervise and evaluate department leadership and staff.
  • Collaborate with the associate deans and office supervisor in the management of the contract faculty and support staff.
  • Promote professional development of staff within the department.

Title: UMASS Amherst Repatriation Coordinator
Contact: Robert Paynter, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, UMASS Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks a Repatriation Coordinator to oversee compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. The position is a three year 12 month lectureship in the Department of Anthropology; The Repatriation Coordinator directs a small part-time staff and teaches two courses a year that complement the offerings of the Anthropology Department and the Certificate Program in Native American Indian Studies. This position will report to the Chair of the Department of Anthropology and be overseen by the Department of Anthropology’s Repatriation Committee.

Title: Ed. Research Analyst (Institutional Researcher) at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, NM
Deadline: March 10, 2010
Contact: Bernadine Fisherman, SIPI Human Resource Specialist
Phone: (505) 346-2329

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, a national Indian community college and 1994 land-grant institution located in Albuquerque, New Mexico is recruiting for an Ed. Research Analyst or Institutional Researcher.

The incumbent is responsible for professional education research work related to institutional planning, research and evaluation, assessment, and developing knowledgeable systems that support the mission and purposes of SIPI. Under the general direction of the President, or designee, the incumbent will perform a wide variety of analytical tasks and projects utilizing specialized software, data-mining, developing research data files, developing on-line web pages, producing statistical cost benefit, and evaluation analysis of projects. Responsibilities include education data analysis and collection, writing of reports and proposals, methodology design, survey monitoring and data quality, and development and publication of data documentation and substantive reports and their dissemination. May supervise and evaluate staff and develop and manage budgets as Institutional Researcher unit develops.

Title: Vice President of Academics and Student Affairs, Leech Lake Tribal College
Deadline: Please visit website
Phone: 218-335-4290

Leech Lake Tribal College seeks an experienced and educated applicant for the Vice President of Academics and Student Affairs. The Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs is the chief academic officer of the College, reports directly to the President, and acts as the executive officer in the absence of the President. (S)he serves as advisor to the President on academic affairs, and directs and coordinates the activities of Deans and Chairpersons of the College; directs and supervises the Director of Library Services, the Director of Assessment, the Dean of Instruction, the Director of Community and Continuing Education, and Dean of Student Services.

The VP works with the LLTC community to develop and implement a unified academic vision that will lead all academic programs to higher levels of excellence, is responsible for the development, coordination, and implementation of curricula and instruction at LLTC. (S)he has responsibility for academic and student affairs budgets; assumes responsibility for maintaining accreditation of academic programs and implementing student learning outcomes assessment for all academic programs; and supports faculty enrichment and development in teaching, scholarship, and solicitation of grants.

Title: Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU
Deadline: March 31, 2010
Contact: Dr. Carol Lujan, Chair, Search Committee, Arizona State University
Phone: 480-965-3634

The American Indian Studies Program announces a full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin in the fall of the 2010 academic year.

American Indian Studies at Arizona State University is a young, yet leading undergraduate degree program among Southwestern research universities. AIS offers a B.S. degree and an undergraduate minor, and houses Wicazo Sa Review: A Journal of Native American Studies, and the annual American Indian Studies Association conference. AIS emphasizes tribal sovereignty, cultural integrity, and identity of the American Indian nations and peoples, creating a learning environment conducive to critical and creative thought. The AIS faculty is embedded in indigenous communities, works cooperatively with other departments and programs across the campus, and engages in a national and international network of professional associations and consultancies. Centered among twenty-two Arizona Indian nations and a large Native urban population, ASU has an enrollment of more than 1300 American Indian students from Arizona and elsewhere.

Title: Director of Native American Initiatives, SACNAS
Deadline: Please see website
Location: Tanaya J. Winder, Assistant Director
Contact: Beth Roszman, Director of Operations
Phone: 831-459-0170

The Director of Native American Initiatives is responsible for managing multiple programs, services and outreach related to Native American initiatives. The Director of Native American Initiatives works in a collaborative role with SACNAS Board of Directors, executive director and staff.

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Promote increased Integration of Native American (NA) Representation within the Organization
  • Facilitate increased NA participation on committees/volunteer efforts and on the SACNAS Board of Directors Develop processes to keep staff, board and membership more informed about NA issues Develop the Circle of Elders project; incorporating more traditional structures into our work/organization Expand Current NA Programs Expand/grow SYNAPSE program, including peer-to-peer mentoring between Utah SYNAPSE participants and new programs in other regions Manage NA portion of the Annual conference program including the Powwow, NA keynote speaker, NA reception and Gathering Room.
  • Continued focus on highlighting NA contributors/voices in our publications; and potential additional external communications Increased Partnerships Develop recruitment plan and tools targeted to NA students by expanding partnerships with higher educational institutions such as tribal colleges and tribal community colleges with science programs.
  • Expand and cultivate relationships with relevant partner organizations and government agencies
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