Faculty, Assistant Professor - American Indian Studies - Utah Valley University in Orem Utah

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Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah

United States


Detailed Job Description

The Department of History and Political Science for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on American Indian Studies beginning Fall 2015. The candidate will teach courses in American Indian Studies, General Education courses in American Institutions, department service courses, and other courses according to need and interests. Terminal degree (Ph.D. or J.D.) must be completed by date of appointment. Candidates must have teaching experience at the university level, and show evidence of teaching, scholarship, and service.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited institution with terminal, earned degree appropriate to discipline. ABD accepted. Knowledge and skill in current instructional theories, strategies, techniques, and discipline content. Evidence of potential for scholarly/creative work consistent with a teaching university. See preferred qualifications for discipline or program-specific minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

Terminal degree (Ph.D. or J.D.) must be completed by date of appointment. Candidates must have teaching experience at the university level, and show evidence of teaching, scholarship, and service.

Demonstrated experience working with Native American youth. Teaching experience in American Indian Law along with legal and political issues.


American Indian history from the Pre-Columbian period to the present.

Contemporary American Indian social, political, and cultural issues.

American Indian tribal government and law.

Federal Indian policy.

Tribal legal procedures, including litigation, administrative, and appellate issues.

Tribal legislative affairs.

American Indian water rights and natural resource law and issues.

Close acquaintanceship with policies and procedures of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Close acquaintanceship with two or more tribes in the Great Basin region, especially Navajo Nation, Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, Northwest Band of the Shoshone Nation, Paiute Tribes of Utah, Skull Valley Band of Goshute, San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. White Mesa Community.

Teaching, learning, and assessment strategies for lower and upper division university courses.


Demonstrated research skills.

Effective communication skills.

Evidence of successful teaching, research productivity, service, and commitment to professional development.


Manage, motivate, and evaluate students in lower and upper division university courses.

Manage programmatic functions within a large organization with excellent interpersonal and collegiality skills.

Pay Range


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please list a minimum of three contacts. References may be contacted at some point during the screening and selection process.

Keyword Phrases

  • History/Political Science
  • student centered teaching organization
  • building communities of engaged learners
  • beautiful mountain location
  • History
  • American Studies
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Not Specified
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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