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Assistant Professor - Native American Scholarship and Performance

University of California, Berkeley, Music Department
Berkeley, California
Closing date
Feb 26, 2022

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The Department of Music and the Native American Studies Program in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley invite applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Native American Scholarship and Performance.

We seek applicants with experience in musical ethnography and practice in Native communities in North America specializing in one or more of the following research areas: sovereignty, indigenizing the academy, sound studies, environmental studies, climate change, traditional and contemporary musical practices, law and cultural policy, philosophy, queer studies, relational ontologies, technologies and indigenous music industries. We are especially interested in candidates who employ Indigenous methodologies and who have experience working in Native communities.

UC Berkeley is dedicating six new faculty positions to establish the university as an international center of excellence in Native American and Indigenous Studies. Building upon substantial existing campus assets-including an undergraduate major and graduate program in Native American Studies and strengths in Native American languages and literature, indigenous archaeology and cultural anthropology-the goal is to make UC Berkeley the pre-eminent institution of higher education in the field.

The successful candidate will hold a joint appointment in the Department of Ethnic Studies (Native American Studies program). The joint appointment promotes exchange and mutual support between Native American Studies scholars, creating opportunities for joint research projects and collaborative undergraduate and graduate teaching. Further information about the NAS program is available at the NAS Program web link.

The Department encourages applications from candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research, and service. We recognize that a diverse workforce is essential for maintaining legitimacy as a public university dedicated to serving the needs of our increasingly diverse state. The Department is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit

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Anticipated start: July 1, 2022

Campus Information:

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The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)
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