Instructor in American Indian Studies

83814, Coeur D'Alene
Apr 20, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Community College


This faculty position provides instruction in American Indian Studies and is prepared to teach in a closely related field such as multicultural studies, history, anthropology, sociology, etc.  Housed in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division, this position coordinates the American Indian Studies program and serves as a liaison with Student Services, local American Indian tribes, community service organizations, and other educational institutions. The North Idaho College American Indian Studies program has one full-time instructor, which this position fills, and is an important part of providing students with a broad liberal arts education and preparation for academic transfer. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

This list includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Teach a minimum of the equivalent of 15 hours per semester as assigned, which will include defined reassignment to coordinate the American Indian Studies program, promote and facilitate long-standing relationships and agreements with local tribes and institutions of higher education, and cultivate positive relations with local agencies and service providers.  Maintains additional weekly contractual hours, including a minimum of five office hours, five campus hours and five discretionary hours divided between office and campus hours for a total of 30 hours per week on campus, or on reassigned activities as directed by the division chair.
  • Serve as liaison with Student Services, especially as related to student advising and programming for American Indian Studies
  • Use varied instructional delivery methods effectively, which may include online and asynchronous teaching technology
  • Be proficient with current, relevant instructional materials, adept at class preparation and presentation, development of syllabi and curriculum for all assigned courses
  • Prepare, give, and grade tests, assignments and other measures of student learning and ensure timely submission of grades to the registrar each semester
  • Receive training and keep skills current in using the electronic and physical equipment and software necessary to accomplishing teaching and advising responsibilities
  • Advise students using the current procedures outlined in the College Advising Handbook and elsewhere by the college
  • Develop and assess student-learning outcomes using effective tools and processes and incorporate results in order to modify instruction and materials in general education, degree program, course cluster, and/or certificate program, in coordination with colleagues
  • Participate in student recruitment, curriculum development, and serves on college committees
  • Attend and actively participate in faculty meetings
  • Participate in professional development activities
  • Orient associate faculty
  • May teach evenings and/or weekends
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the philosophy and mission of a comprehensive community college 

  Marginal Duties

  • Teach supplemental, night, and/or summer school courses as assigned by the Division Chair
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Division Chair


The following requirements represent the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required for an individual to satisfactorily perform each essential duty and be successful in the position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Master’s degree in American Indian Studies, Indigenous Studies, Ethnic/Multicultural Studies, Anthropology, History, Sociology, Education, or related field. Graduate and/or undergraduate coursework must exhibit a strong emphasis in American Indian Studies. The candidate must demonstrate knowledge and authentic experience with traditional and contemporary American Indian issues and history, culture and lifeways, and demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of students, faculty, and staff from multi-cultural backgrounds. Preferred: Prior successful teaching experience at the college level and working with American Indian Communities, knowledge of indigenous people in the region, as well as experience managing budgets. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills.
  • Ability to use a personal computer and associated peripherals and current version of Microsoft Windows and  Microsoft Office, Internet, and alternative delivery systems (e.g., internet and interactive video) at a proficient level. 
  • Ability to learn and use college systems used for teaching and advising, such as a Learning Management System and campus student information system 
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment including phone, fax, copier

Physical Demands & Work Environment

The physical demands & work environment described here are representative of those that must be met or are encountered by an employee in the normal course of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical requirements and environment are typical of those in a general office setting.  This job involves regular sitting, standing, walking, typing, moving, lifting objects up to 10 pounds and exposure to office lighting.  A wide variety of standard office equipment is continually used, including phone, fax, copier, printer and computer.