Assistant Professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies position

Author: Katie Schlotfeldt

The Department of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame seeks an innovative and dynamic early-career scholar of Native American and Indigenous Studies to hire at the rank of assistant professor with a start date of July 1, 2021.  This position is open in terms of research focus, but a PhD in American Studies, Native American Studies, or related interdisciplinary field is strongly preferred.  Candidates with a PhD in another field will be considered if they demonstrate extensive interdisciplinary training in a field closely related to North American Indigenous studies at the PhD level.  An ideal candidate might also have a demonstrated track record of socially-engaged research, experience teaching and mentoring Native and other underrepresented students, and/or a record of collaboration with Native communities.  Although we recognize the importance of studying indigeneity in other global contexts, we are only considering scholars who focus primarily on Native North America for this position.

The University of Notre Dame is a Catholic institution located on the traditional homelands of Native peoples including the Pokégnek Bodéwadmik / Pokagon Potawatomi, Haudenosauneega, Miami, and Peoria, who have been using this land for education for thousands of years, and continue to do so.  The Department of American Studies at Notre Dame consists of fourteen interdisciplinary faculty members and nearly one hundred highly-engaged undergraduate majors.   As our departmental motto puts it, we challenge students to “study America in all its diversity.” 

The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and those candidates attracted to a university with a Catholic identity. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a). 

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV via Interfolio no later than October 15, 2020.  The search committee will request letters of recommendations and writing samples from selected applicants in November. Please direct any questions to

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