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Assistant Professor of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies

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Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Social Science, Instruction, Women's and Gender Studies, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Department: Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline
October 1, 2021; position is open until filled

Required Application Materials
Please submit an application letter that outlines the candidate’s research interests; a CV; a statement on teaching philosophy; a sample syllabus (use the "additional required document 1" field to upload); and the names and contact information of three references; documents may be uploaded as prompted in the online application process. The letter of interest should include a statement that describes the candidate’s engagement with and professional contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2021.

Position Announcement
The Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon (UO) seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in Pacific Islander studies beginning Fall 2022. We welcome applications from scholars working on any dimension of Pacific Islander studies, with a preference for expertise in Indigenous feminisms. We encourage applications from scholars in any discipline, especially those engaged in intersectional analyses, including gender, sexuality, comparative, relational, and interdisciplinary approaches. The successful applicant will be expected to teach introductory, upper-division, and graduate courses in Pacific Islander studies, as well as other, more general courses that contribute to the Ethnic Studies major, the Native American and Indigenous Studies major, and the Ph.D. program.

Questions should be directed to Brian Klopotek, Department Head,

Department or Program Summary
The Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon is a vibrant and collegial community. Currently, the department ranks number three in terms of undergraduate ethnic studies degrees granted in the US, with demand for our classes on a steep incline. The department offers a BA/BS in ethnic studies and a minor in ethnic studies; administers a minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies with a major expected to be approved in fall 2021; administers a minor in Latinx studies; and welcomes our first cohort to a new Ph.D. program in Indigenous, race, and ethnic studies in September. This faculty line in Pacific Islander studies is part of a cluster hire in Native American and Indigenous studies at UO, with other positions in history, anthropology, and English/environmental studies. The research and teaching of the UO Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies examines the way that race, as a system of domination, is intimately tied to issues of gender, class, sexuality, migration, indigeneity, and colonialism. With our students, we interrogate historical and contemporary manifestations of white supremacy and explain how systems of domination and acts of resistance create and recreate racial and colonial subjects. Our Native American and Indigenous Studies program highlights the unique political and cultural status of Indigenous peoples in colonial and settler-colonial societies, beginning in Kalapuya ilihi radiating outward in relational circles of connection.

Minimum Requirements
The successful candidate will have earned a Ph.D. by Fall 2022. Candidates must show evidence of commitment to scholarly excellence, as seen in publications, grants, fellowships and research collaborations. Evidence of teaching experience and excellence or potential for excellence in Indigenous, race, and ethnic studies is required.

About the University
The University of Oregon is located in Kalapuya ilihi, the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya peoples. Following treaties in 1851 and 1855, Kalapuya peoples were dispossessed of their indigenous homelands and forcefully removed to the Coast Reservation in western Oregon. Today, Kalapuya descendants are primarily citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and they continue to make important contributions to their communities, to the UO, to Oregon, and to the world. We express our respect to the many Indigenous peoples who have ancestral connections to this territory, as well as to all other displaced Indigenous peoples who call Oregon home.

The University of Oregon has a student body of approximately 22,615 undergraduate and graduate students. Of these, 33% are students of color, with just under 100 students of Pacific Islander heritage. Campus resources for Pacific Islanders include a small body of staff and a student organization, while Pacific Islanders also participate in broader coalitions such as the Asian/Desi/Pacific Islander Strategies Group and the Native Strategies Group.

Located 110 miles south of Portland, the Eugene metro area (pop. 215,000) is in a region noted for its dynamic quality of life and progressive cultural environment. We are about an hour's drive from the Pacific coast to the west and the Cascade Mountains to the east. The University is an AAU research institution and a member of the Pac-12 conference.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

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