Assistant Professor
Montana State University - Bozeman, MT

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The Department of Native American Studies is in the College of Letters and Science. It is the only Indigenous Studies/Native American Studies program in a mainstream institution accredited by the World's Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium. The Katz Family Endowed Chair in Native American Studies is one of only three such chairs in the United States.

The Department offers a non-teaching undergraduate minor in Native American Studies (NAS), a graduate certificate in NAS and a Masters of Arts in NAS. Courses in Native American Studies are an integral part of the Diversity Category in the University Core requirements. The teaching load is five courses over the academic year and may include undergraduate and graduate courses.

Duties and

Duties include advising and mentoring Native American Studies graduate students, teaching courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise, and maintaining a strong program of research and publication.


Terminal degree by date of hire, with documented research program in an area relevant to Native American Studies and Native communities;

Demonstrated record of or potential for attaining excellence in teaching;

Demonstrated record of or potential for attaining excellence in research;

Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary issues affecting Native communities, and protocol for engaging ethically with Native communities;

Evidence of community-based research with, commitment, and service to one or more Native communities; and,

Evidence of ability to instruct and engage in research from an Indigenous perspective.


Generalist with specific research and teaching interests in one or more of the many areas relevant to Native American Studies, including but not limited to: linguistics and language revitalization; Native art history, appreciation, and/or creation; Native spirituality and/or philosophies; Native gender studies; Native media production; contemporary issues; higher education and/or tribal colleges; Native economics and economic development; Indigenous science;

Familiarity with issues affecting Native peoples of the Western hemisphere especially, and ability to put these in comparative contexts;

Familiarity with and willingness to explore uses of technology in teaching, including online instruction and growing collaboration with tribal colleges in Montana and beyond.

The Successful
Candidate Will

be a researcher and teacher who will help the Native American Studies Department continue to provide outstanding scholarship, teaching and service.


In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.


Screening of applications will begin on February 15, 2013 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


To apply, submit the following :
  • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
  • (2) a current curriculum vitae, and
  • (3) statement of teaching philosophy and relevant course syllabi, and
  • (4) samples of relevant publications, research papers or dissertation chapters (or excerpts thereof); and
  • (5) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references. An application packet addressing all the above requirements and qualification as listed is highly encouraged. Missing materials and information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

    Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #13-147" in the subject line of the email.
    • Submit materials to:

    • Professor Kristin Ruppel, Chair
    • NAS Search Committee
    • Department of Native American Studies
    • Montana State University
    • PO Box 172340
    • Bozeman MT 59717-2340
    • (406)994-3881

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