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American Indian and Indigenous Studies/Open Rank Professor

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American Studies - 311100

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Position Type:

Permanent Faculty

Working Title:

American Indian and Indigenous Studies/Open Rank Professor

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Tenured/Tenure Track

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Full-Time Permanent

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Position Location:

North Carolina, US

Hiring Range:

Dependent on Experience and/or Qualifications.

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Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

The American Studies department is home to undergraduate programs in American Studies and in American Indian and Indigenous Studies, as well as a doctoral program in American Studies and a master’s degree in Folklore. Our American Studies programs encourage undergraduates to explore the complex, variable, and contested nature of what it means to be American through coursework, fieldwork, and critical and creative projects. Students in American Indian and Indigenous Studies develop an acute understanding of issues involving Indigeneity, colonialism, cross-cultural interaction, diversity, globalization, art, politics, and social justice. Our students graduate with a comprehension of the dynamics of American culture that prepares them to make a responsible and critical difference in a wide range of professions. Our faculty is a vibrant and committed group of scholars with a wide range of disciplinary expertise and interests that span global, temporal, and local concerns. Our department and faculty collaborate with multiple units on campus, including the Center for the Study of the American South, the Southern Oral History Program, the Southern Historical Collection at Wilson Library, Carolina Performing Arts, the Ackland Art Museum, and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the flagship institution of a state university system comprising 17 campuses across North Carolina. It is situated in the Research Triangle, an area anchored by the town of Chapel Hill and the cities of Durham and Raleigh, which are home to vibrant intellectual communities at our neighbor institutions, such as Duke University, North Carolina Central University (an HBCU), and North Carolina State University.

Position Summary:

The Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for an open rank position in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. This position aims to build upon ties to the Native peoples of present-day North Carolina through research and teaching focused on Native peoples located in North Carolina today or on nations with ties to the land within what is now North Carolina. We seek a visionary scholar whose research, teaching, and service centers Indigeneity, the region’s deep and complex history, and the enduring presence of Indigenous spaces and localities. The department embraces a capacious definition of scholarship and welcomes applicants from traditional disciplines as well as emerging fields of inter- and transdisciplinary exploration. We are particularly interested in engaged scholars with a demonstrated record of accomplishment in contributing to critical conversations in the academy, producing public-facing work, and collaborating with Indigenous communities.

This search completes a four-position cluster hire inaugurated in 2022 in coordination with the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences’ s formation of a Working Group to seriously explore the development of an independent Curriculum in Global Indigeneity and American Indian Studies. To learn more about Global Indigeneity and American Indian Studies at UNC, click here:

Selected candidates will contribute to our ongoing process of reimagining scholarly, curricular, and community engagement around Native North America and Global Indigeneity in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, the successful candidate will pursue a robust research agenda, teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and serve on undergraduate Honors, master’s thesis, and doctoral dissertation committees. The Department of American Studies is currently the home for an undergraduate major concentration and minor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies, and American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Southern Studies are both counted as signature strengths of our Ph.D. program. To learn more, visit us at:

UNC-Chapel Hill is the largest public university in a state with the second largest Native American population east of the Mississippi River, including the Coharie Indian Tribe, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, Meherrin Indian Tribe, Occaneechi Band of Saponi Nation, Sappony, and Waccamaw Siouan Tribe, as well as several urban and regional organizations. The campus has a robust set of resources supporting Native peoples, including the American Indian Center, the Carolina Indian Circle for undergraduates, and The First Nations Graduate Circle. Library holdings at UNC are among the finest in the world for the study of the Native South and are growing; they include the Southern Historical Collection, the Southern Folklife Collection, and such digital projects as Documenting the American South. The successful candidate will also have opportunities to cultivate collaborative relationships with other academic departments and units such as the Sonja Hayes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, the Carolina Latinx Center, and the Asian American Center, as well as the Institute for the Study of the Americas, Center for the Study of the American South, Ackland Art Museum, Digital Innovation Lab, Research Laboratories of Archaeology, and the Critical Game Studies Initiative within the Digital Literacy and Communications Lab, among other local and regional institutions.

The Department of American Studies is committed to a vision of the University where all members of the community feel welcome, valued, and can thrive.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or be able to obtain a Ph.D. within the first year of hire in an appropriate field of study, and we welcome applications from specialists in American Indian and Indigenous Studies working in and across a broad range of disciplines.

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Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

Not Applicable.

Special Instructions:

Please upload a one-page statement on how their scholarship might contribute to Global Indigeneity and American Indian Studies at UNC.


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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