Overview

Established in 1887 as a school for the education of American Indians, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke serves a distinctly diverse student body and encourages inclusion and appreciation of the values of all people. Located in the heart of Pembroke, N.C., UNCP boasts an enrollment of 7,500 in 41 undergraduate and 18 graduate programs and offers a personalized learning environment where faculty and staff are dedicated to engaged scholarship, high academic standards, creative activity, and public service. Spread over 281 acres, the campus offers a sense of community and belonging-–a place where faculty and staff feel supported, take pride in the university’s mission, and are devoted to excellence in teaching, learning and research, and to developing leaders who make a difference in their communities.

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, and Chair of the Department of American Indian Studies (AIS). The Dr. Adolph L. Dial Distinguished Endowed Professor will engage in research and foster the understanding of the American Indian cultures and communities of the southeastern United States. The value of the endowed position is currently $1.7 million.

As Chair, the incumbent will serve as the primary administrator of the American Indian Studies program. Under the general direction of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Chair will provide administrative oversight over all aspects of the program, including the supervision, performance evaluation, and professional development of the AIS faculty and staff. He/she will be responsible for ensuring the offering of a high-quality curricular program. The Chair will also work closely with the Office of Admissions, and will engage with prospective students, as well as promote the AIS program broadly, to cultivate interest in the program. He/she will work with the student-serving offices at UNCP to monitor the progression of students in the program, and will develop intervention strategies for students deemed to be at risk. The Chair will work to grow and develop the AIS program both on campus and online, within the region and nationally. UNCP is committed to honoring its heritage and legacy, while further establishing its reputation and status as a regional university. This individual is expected to establish and maintain positive involvement with the local Lumbee Tribe, other American Indian tribes throughout North Carolina, and the eastern United States.

Legislatively designated as North Carolina’s historically American Indian University, UNC Pembroke is situated in the Town of Pembroke in Robeson County, home of the Lumbee Tribe, the largest tribe east of the Mississippi. UNCP was founded in 1887 and has the distinct honor of being the only four-year accredited public university in the United States established by American Indians solely 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 12%, with more than 30 tribes represented. In addition to a growing and robust Museum of Southeast American Indians, UNCP recently established an American Indian Heritage Center and initiated a graduation requirement that all undergraduate students must complete courses related to indigenous cultures and communities to promote its increased awareness and appreciation.

This is a 10-month permanent position with a tenure appointment at the rank of full professor with an undergraduate and/or graduate teaching load of no more than two courses per semester. The distinguished professor will receive annual discretionary funds of at least $25,000 to support the research and initiatives of this position. In addition to excellence in teaching, faculty are expected to mentor/advise students and engage in scholarship and professional service to the university, department, and community.

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.

Application Instructions: To apply, please upload the following to our Online Employment System at https://jobs.uncp.edu: 1) a letter of interest, 2) curriculum vitae which includes names, addresses, and phone numbers of three academic references, 3) a 2-page research statement and a 2-page teaching statement as one document, 4) a 500-word diversity statement, 5) a sample or proposed syllabus from a relevant course, and 6) a sample publication. Transcripts needed only upon request. Communications can be directed to: Dr. Jane Haladay, Chair of Search Committee, Dept. of American Indian Studies, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Box 1510, Pembroke, NC 28372 or haladayj@uncp.edu.

Review of credentials will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled.

Minimum Training and Experience Requirements:

A PhD, tenure eligibility, and appropriate accomplishments for the rank of full professor in the Department of American Indian Studies are required. Candidates with PhDs in related disciplines will be considered.

Other Required Qualifications:
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. Qualified candidates will have an outstanding record of teaching, scholarship, and service deserving of tenure. This record may include evidence of externally funded grants and research publications.

Management Preferences:  The preferred applicant will have research focusing on American Indians of the southeastern United States. Preference will be given to candidates with PhDs in American Indian Studies, Native American Studies, and Indigenous Studies. Candidates with PhDs in related disciplines will be considered.

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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