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Associate Professor and Professor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies

Position overview

Position title: Associate or Full Professor of American Indian and Indigenous Studies
Salary range: The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at the time of appointment. See Table 1 for the salary ranges. Off-scale salaries and other components of pay, i.e. a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. A reasonable estimate for this position is $88,300 - $123,400 at the Associate level and $103,500 - $228,400 at the Professor level.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: July 1st, 2023

Application Window

Open date: February 14, 2023

Next review date: Saturday, Sep 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Feb 9, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for an open field position in American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor to be located in a department in the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts. This position is part of a coordinated recruitment of three tenured scholars in the three divisions of the College of Letters and Science. This search, along with a search in the Division of Social Sciences is being conducted in 2022-2023. Please visit this link to apply to the Division of Social Sciences listing. A third search, in the Division of Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences, is being conducted 2023-2024. This coordinated recruitment significantly expands American Indian and Indigenous Studies research and teaching at UCSB, building upon a substantial and dynamic cadre of recently-appointed early career faculty across the divisions and disciplines and several senior faculty who have been dedicated to program building in this area for years. Each appointment is expected to be in a department within each of the three divisions, although it is possible to consider a joint or cross-divisional appointment.
We invite applications in any of the following fields and areas of expertise: American Indian and Indigenous Studies; Linguistics; History; Literary and Cultural Studies; Religious Studies; Music; Visual and/or Performing Arts; Film and Media Studies; Women, Gender and Feminist Studies; or other relevant fields. In addition to scholarly and pedagogical contributions to their home departments, preferred candidates demonstrate leadership potential in advancing the American Indian and Indigenous Studies program and related initiatives on campus. This includes working with interdisciplinary and interdivisional faculty and students as well as with community members to promote and sustain a vital, innovative, and intellectually expansive community for American Indian and Indigenous-centered methodologies and scholarship at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.

This position is open until filled. Please address inquiries to NishatTasnim Maisha at:

Commitments and Acknowledgements:

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands and waters. UCSB’s AIIC Academic Council’s members are committed to working collaboratively with tribes, bands, councils, committees, and families among the local Chumash Peoples and other Native and Indigenous peoples of lands currently known as the Americas and beyond. We seek counsel, direction and partnering with those who have cared for these lands and waters across millennia. UCSB currently sits on a distinguished traditional place of learning, known to have drawn Peoples from distances for thousands of years in safety, community, and sharing, not only of resources but also of knowledge. In partnership with Chumash Elders and scholars and Native and Indigenous Peoples and scholars from the Americas and beyond, we listen to and learn from place-based understandings of land, language, culture, and peoples, thereby shifting epistemological perspectives in ways that strengthen and intertwine current disciplinary practices.

Background/AII Institutional History:

The AIIC (American Indian and Indigenous Collective) continues the vision and mission initiated by generations of student organizing, student-driven research and community building. UCSB’s American Indian and Indigenous Student Association (AIISA) was founded over fifty years ago, just 25 years after the university itself. The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Minor was instituted 20 years ago, and 10 years ago American Indian and Indigenous graduate students initiated and founded the AIIC (American Indian and Indigenous Collective) Research Focus Group. Under the aegis of an AIIC umbrella, initiatives and programs serving UCSB and Native and Indigenous communities at large were sustained and developed. These include STANDS (Students Taking Action for Native Dreams and Success), a student-initiated college outreach program to junior and high school American Indian and Indigenous students. Also, an American Indian and Indigenous Gardens Alliance was established in consultation and collaboration with local Chumash community members and UCSB Native students in 2015 and continues today. Community sustaining activities affiliated with the gardens such as the Native Families project, the Native Arts Collaborative, and University/Community partnership with the AIIGA continue to emerge from the AIIC umbrella. In response to student demand the AIIS minor was expanded in 2018 to include several course options within Environmental Studies which focus on Traditional Ecological Knowledges, Sustainability, and Indigenous Environmental Justice. The most notable development reaching beyond the UCSB campus is the annual AIIC Symposium, which in 2023 is ten years strong. The AIIC and the symposium graduate student visionaries want to provide opportunities for all students and community members to forge relations and scholarship with Native and Indigenous relatives near and far by sharing knowledges, stories, and communities. Pre-pandemic in-person attendance was consistently over 125 and virtual participation reached over 450 global participants in 2022.

UCSB’s AIIC Academic Council, established in summer 2016, is a product of this ceaseless work. In June 2016 at the request of Native (graduate and undergraduate) student activists, a meeting was held with UCSB senior administrators to demand the reinstatement and expansion of academic and student services and programs for American Indian and Indigenous students at UCSB. At that time the AIIC Academic Council was created to serve as a liaison body between UCSB administration and the Native student community. The AIIC AC’s establishment and commitment to consensus decision making fosters shared constituent and community governance and involvement. The Academic Council includes the participation of eight recently hired, early career scholars across the divisions in the College of Letters and Science. In tandem with the opening of an AII Center on campus, an AIIC-Academic Council plan for a Major in AIIS is currently under review and includes the template for establishing a department. Please visit the UCSB American Indian and Indigenous Studies website at


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD (or equivalent) in any area related to humanities, art, ethnic and community studies

Preferred qualifications

· Original and significant research in fields that advance American Indian and Indigenous studies
· Demonstration of effective teaching and mentoring
· Expression of an innovative vision of the future of American Indian and Indigenous Studies
· Evidence of committed professional, campus, and community leadership
· Demonstration of ability to maintain effective relationships with tribal bands and communities
· Ability to enhance equity and diversity through teaching, mentorship, research, and service

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

    The diversity statements will be reviewed for evidence of teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that promote diversity and equal opportunity, such as effective strategies used for the educational advancement of students in various under-represented groups; demonstrated contributions to the advancement of equitable access and diversity in education; and contributions furthering diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through participation in such activities as recruitment, retention, and mentoring of scholars and students.

  • Writing Sample#1 - Please submit a writing sample of your scholarship (of roughly 25 to 40 pages)

  • Writing Sample#2 - Applicants are welcome to submit a second writing sample. Semi-finalists may be asked to submit a second writing sample, if not submitted at the time of application.

  • Syllabi Sample - If not provided at time of application, semi-finalists may be asked to provide sample syllabi.


Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Applicants must provide information for 3-4 references. The committee will solicit letters of recommendation for finalists.

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Campus Information

The University of California 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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA