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Open Rank - Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS)

Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York
Closing date
Dec 6, 2023

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Open Rank - Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS)

Location: Stony Brook, NY

Open Date:
Nov 03, 2023

Dec 05, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


The College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook invites applications for an open rank search in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS), with the expectation of hiring three new faculty members with appointments beginning in September 2024. This search is part of an initiative to establish a program in NAIS, including an undergraduate minor, and the appointment of a total of at least five faculty members over the next three years. This program, while engaging with the global, transdisciplinary scope of Indigenous studies, will have a regional emphasis on Long Island, the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, and a thematic emphasis on environmental sustainability and justice.

For this first phase of the initiative, we are especially looking for faculty who could develop and teach prospective core courses for the NAIS minor. We welcome applications from scholars in the humanities or social sciences specializing in environmental justice, cultural ecology and/or Indigenous feminisms, for prospective appointments in the departments of English, Anthropology, or Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Scholars whose work pertains to the program's geographic emphasis or eastern Algonquian peoples are especially encouraged to apply. These positions will have an expectation of working with local/regional communities through outreach efforts.

The positions will remain open until filled, with priority consideration for applications submitted by December 5th 2023.


Required Qualifications

PhD in NAIS or related field, or in a humanities or social science discipline with extensive training in NAIS, by September 2024

Disciplinary specialization appropriate to one of the departments listed in the ad

Evidence of the ability to conduct and publish scholarly research in NAIS pertaining to one or more of the disciplines listed in the ad.

Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in education

Preferred Qualifications

Record of peer-reviewed publications

Post-secondary teaching experience related to NAIS.

Evidence of outreach and engagement with off-campus communities.

Experience with professional organizations in NAIS, such as NAISA or the American Indian Studies Association.

Demonstrated interest in securing external research funding in relevant areas.

Mentoring experience (informal or formal) or training

Application Instructions

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Applicants should submit the following through Apply Now:

Cover letter

Research Statement

Teaching Statement

Diversity Statement (describing engagement with tribal communities if applicable)

Curriculum vitae

Scholarly writing sample (15-30 pages)

Sample undergraduate and graduate course syllabi

Contact information for three references

Campus Description:

Stony Brook University, one of four research intensive campuses within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, is widely regarded as its flagship. The University embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate and professional education of the highest quality, and its rankings bear that out. It is included among the top 1% of universities in the world by the 2018 QS World University Rankings and among the top 40 public universities by U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges rankings. It is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, composed of the top 62 research institutions in North America. As Long Island’s largest single site employer, Stony Brook has nearly 15,000 full- and part-time employees, including more than 2,700 faculty and an estimated 26,800 students — 17,900 undergraduate students and 8,900 graduate students — and offers more than 200 majors, minors and combined-degree programs. The Department of Athletics supports 18 Division I varsity intercollegiate athletic programs that compete at the highest level within the NCAA. Located approximately 60 miles east of Manhattan on Long Island’s beautiful North Shore, Stony Brook is situated on 1,454 wooded acres, encompassing 13 schools and colleges; a Research and Development Park; world-class athletics facilities, including an 8,300-seat stadium and a 4,000-seat arena; and Stony Brook Medicine, Long Island’s premier academic medical center. Also part of the University is a teaching and research campus in Southampton, New York, which offers graduate arts programs and is the site of the Marine Sciences Center. In addition, Stony Brook has a role in running, and performs joint research with, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the only Department of Energy Laboratory in the Northeast. Home to the Emerson String Quartet, the Pollock-Krasner House in East Hampton, NY, and the Humanities Institute, with endeavors that extend to the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya and the Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar, Stony Brook sustains an international reputation that cuts across the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

About the College:

As part of a great research university, the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University incubates creative work and scholarship in fundamental disciplines, connecting with medicine, technology, public policy, culture, education, the arts, business and environment. As the liberal arts college for the campus, we help students and faculty explore diverse possibilities that exceed their initial expectations and prepare for a lifetime of learning and discovery.

The selected candidate must successfully clear a background investigation.

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Stony Brook University is committed to excellence in diversity and the creation of an inclusive learning, and working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information,veteran status and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

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