The Department of American Indian Studies at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) invites applications for the Dr. Adolph L. Dial Distinguished Endowed Professorship in American Indian Studies (AIS). The value of the endowed position is currently $1.5 million.

Legislatively designated as North Carolina’s Historically American Indian university and situated in the heart of the Lumbee Tribe, UNCP was founded in 1887 and is the only four-year accredited public university in the United States established by American Indians for the education of American Indians. UNCP’s Department of American Indian Studies was established in 1972 by Dr. Adolph L. Dial as the first AIS department in the Southeastern United States, and it remains the only freestanding AIS Department in the Southeast. UNCP’s current American Indian student enrollment is 13%, with more than 20 tribes represented. For information about the university and department, visit www.uncp.edu.

This is a 12-month position with a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor with a teaching load of no more than two courses per semester. The distinguished professor will receive annual discretionary funds of between $20,000-$50,000 to support the research and initiatives of this position.

The preferred applicant will have research focusing on American Indians of the Southeastern United States, and a central role of the Endowed Professor will be to lead the development of the Southeast American Indian Studies (SAIS) program and to assist in planning a future School of Southeast American Indian Studies at UNCP. The mission of the SAIS program is to promote cultural preservation, expression, research, and collaboration by and about Southeast American Indian tribes and communities. The SAIS program is committed to respecting the self-determination of American Indian peoples and to supporting the self-determination, self-sufficiency, and sovereignty of the Indigenous nations of the Southeastern United States. The successful candidate will have the latitude to implement their unique vision for the future of SAIS, making it a nexus of research linking UNCP researchers, resources, and programs to Southeastern American Indian communities. The candidate’s ability to successfully locate external funding sources will be an asset in this role.

The Endowed Professor will chair the AIS Department and provide administrative oversight to the newly formed American Indian Heritage Center and Museum of the Southeast American Indian. The successful candidate will assist in the development of a robust online program in AIS, and may teach undergraduate, upper-level, and/or graduate AIS courses, in addition to engaging in research and scholarship. There should be evidence of the candidate’s commitment and dedication to Indigenous pedagogies and methodologies, commitment to collaborating with students, faculty, and staff, and demonstrated experience working with Indigenous communities.

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, part of the University of North Carolina system, is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. UNC Pembroke has a student population of 8,000 in various graduate, undergraduate, and professional programs. UNC Pembroke has grown rapidly in recent years and today is one of the most ethnically and racially diverse universities in the eastern United States. Southeastern North Carolina offers proximity to major cities and nearby beaches and an affordable cost of living. Additional information about the university (uncp.edu) and department (uncp.edu/ais) is available online.

Minimum Training and Experience Requirements: A PhD and achievement of tenure and appropriate accomplishments for the rank of full professor are required. Preference will be given to candidates with PhDs in American Indian Studies, Native American Studies, Indigenous Studies, or the international equivalent. Candidates with PhDs in related disciplines will be considered. Review of credentials will begin immediately. Position is open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This position is subject to the successful completion of an employment background check. An employment background check includes a criminal background check, employment verification, reference checks, license verification (if applicable) and credit history check (if applicable). In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice. Candidates claiming Veterans Preference must attach a copy of their DD-214 as a part of the online application process.

UNC Pembroke is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibits discrimination against all individuals based on their age, race, color, genetic information, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and national origin. UNC Pembroke is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and seeks priority referrals of protected veterans for our openings.

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