Faculty Position Openings

The Five College Consortium, which is located in Western Massachusetts, is undertaking significant efforts aimed at expanding academic offerings in Native American and Indigenous Studies, and embedding Native and Indigenous epistemologies, methods, and content across the curriculum. This work includes curriculum development, faculty hiring, and student engagement, and is supported in part by generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional information on Five College NAIS is available here.

To support the goal of the Mellon NAIS grant, the member campuses of the Five College Consortium are conducting searches for three tenured/tenure-track faculty positions centered on Native American and Indigenous Studies, with a start date of Fall 2022. 

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Open Rank Professor of Native American History

Mount Holyoke College: Department of History

LOCATION: South Hadley, MA

OPEN DATE: JUN 11, 2021

The Department of History at Mount Holyoke College invites applications for an open-rank tenure-track position in Native American history to begin Fall 2022; geographic region open. Areas of specialization may include environmental history and traditional ecological knowledge, material culture, Indigenous epistemologies, political systems and governance, colonization, disease, intercultural relations, women and gender, Atlantic or Pacific worlds, Indigenous borderlands.

The successful candidate will contribute courses in North American history and participate in a vibrant Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies intellectual community. We seek candidates with a demonstrated record of authentic engagement with Native American and Indigenous communities. This position is part of a Five-College cluster hire in Native American and Indigenous Studies.

Mount Holyoke College is a member of the Five College Consortium, whose campuses (Hampshire, Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst) are undertaking significant efforts aimed at expanding academic offerings in Native American and Indigenous Studies, and embedding Native and Indigenous epistemologies, methods, and content across the curriculum. This work includes curriculum development, faculty hiring, and student engagement, supported in part by generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional information on Five College NAIS is available at: https://www.fivecolleges.edu/natam.

Please submit a letter of application, C.V., graduate transcripts, sample syllabuses of a Native American history survey course and a course in your field of specialization, a short writing sample, and statements covering (1) research interests, (2) teaching philosophy, (3) the mentoring of a diverse student body. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Review of applications to begin September 15, 2021. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference submitted on their behalf. Instructions and application portal are found here.

Mount Holyoke is an undergraduate liberal arts college with 2,200 students and 220 faculty. Over half the faculty are women; one-fourth are persons of color. Mount Holyoke College is located about 90 miles west of Boston in the Connecticut River valley, and is a member of the Five College Consortium consisting of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts.

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

 


Open Rank Professor of Environmental Science and Policy

Smith College: Massachusetts: Program in Environmental Science and Policy

LOCATION: NORTHAMPTON, MA

OPEN DATE: JUN 14, 2021

DESCRIPTION
The Environmental Science and Policy Program at Smith College invites applications for an open-rank, tenure-track position to begin July 1, 2022. We seek a candidate who studies the environment and centers their teaching and research in Native American and Indigenous methodologies, themes, or narratives; the Ph.D. can be in the natural or social sciences, humanities, or an interdisciplinary environmental field.

The successful candidate will prioritize issues of justice, equity, and inclusion. Strong candidates include, but are not limited to, those whose research seeks to understand and address environmental challenges, such as climate change, natural resource use and management, water and land access and governance, food security and food sovereignty, or public health. Demonstrated record of authentic engagement with Native American and Indigenous communities is desirable.

The teaching requirement is two courses per semester, with additional responsibilities for major and research advising. Teaching responsibilities include rotation in our program’s introductory and other environmental integration core courses, an intermediate-level course that focuses on Indigenous relationships with the environment, and one upper-level course per year in the candidate’s area of expertise. The successful candidate is expected to develop an active research program that engages undergraduate students. Strong candidates will have prior teaching experience. Details about the Environmental Science and Policy Program can be found at https://www.smith.edu/academics/environmental.

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is a leader in education of women with a demonstrated commitment to the study of the environment and sustainability. In addition to a strong interdisciplinary program in Environmental Science and Policy, exceptional institutional partners include: the Spatial Analysis Lab; the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS); the Botanic Garden; the MacLeish Field Station and Bechtel Environmental Classroom; the Center for Aqueous and Biogeochemical Research; Architecture and Landscape Studies studios, and the Five College Consortium, comprising Smith, Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Smith College offers opportunities to foster faculty success at every career stage.

The member campuses of the Five College Consortium are undertaking significant efforts aimed at expanding academic offerings in Native American and Indigenous Studies, and embedding Native and Indigenous epistemologies, methods, and content across the curriculum. This work includes curriculum development, a cluster hire in NAIS, and student engagement, and is supported in part by generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The successful candidate is encouraged to participate in the vibrant Five College NAIS intellectual community.

Diversity and a culture of equity and inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, historically underrepresented minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Submit application with a with a cover letter; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy; statement of research interests; a statement of no more than 500 words explaining how your teaching, research and mentoring may support Smith’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the contact information for three confidential references. Semi-finalists will be asked for additional materials. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2021.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT
Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Open Rank, MFA, Native American and Indigenous Poetry

University of Massachusetts Amherst: Department of English 

LOCATION: Amherst, MA

OPEN DATE: July 26, 2021

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

The Department of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for an open-rank tenure-track professor in its MFA program to begin September 1, 2022.

The successful candidate will teach Native American and Indigenous poetry courses, MFA workshops and seminars, and serve on MFA thesis committees. The successful candidate will also be expected to direct the MFA program in rotation with other faculty (directorship compensated by one-course release from standard 2-1 teaching load), and to participate both in an active and collegial Department of English and in the Five Colleges Native American and Indigenous Studies Certificate Program, a hub for NAIS scholarship and community in the Connecticut River Valley. Our MFA in Creative Writing is one of the oldest and most distinguished graduate writing programs in the country. 

Requirements:

  • MFA or PhD in Creative Writing

  • Evidence of outstanding college-level teaching, 

  • Strong publication record including at least one book (or a book under contract). 

Additional Information:
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the University offers an attractive benefits package.

Application Instructions:
Application should include: (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a 25-page sample of recent written work or published book (as PDF); (4) the names and email contact information for three references; and (5) a statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, identifying past experiences and future goals; these contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching and outreach activities.

All applicants must apply here by the priority deadline of October 29, 2021 to ensure full consideration. 

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.