Visiting Assistant Professor in Native American and Indigenous Studies
Feminist Studies Department, University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) (Santa Cruz, CA)
February 28, 2019
Starting Date: 
July 1, 2019
Post date: December 5, 2018

The Feminist Studies Department [] at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor in Native American and Indigenous Studies. Under the direction of the Feminist Studies Department Chair, Felicity Amaya Schaeffer, the Visiting Assistant Professor will contribute to teaching and scholarly research in the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Program and home department of Feminist Studies.

The incumbent will have research and teaching experience in the field of Native American and Indigenous Studies, broadly defined, with a focus on (but not limited to) the peoples of North America. While the area of specialization is open, applicants with expertise in the histories, cultures, artistic and cultural production, sovereignty, political and social realities, and feminist approaches to knowledge systems and/or epistemologies of Indigenous people are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Visiting Assistant Professor will pursue a program of independent scholarship under the guidance of a faculty mentor and will provide intellectual expertise to the campus in his or her area of focus and engage with faculty colleagues and students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The candidate is also expected to participate in the broader Native American and Indigenous Studies community at UCSC while in residence. We especially welcome applicants with a demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively with Indigenous communities. This position carries a three to four-course workload over three quarters.

Application Instructions 


Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree). It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by June 30, 2019.


July 1, 2019, with the academic year commencing in September 2019. Degree must be completed by June 30, 2019 for employment beyond July 1, 2019.


Appointment will be for one year, from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.


Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.


Please refer to Position # JPF00675-19T in all correspondence.


- Cover letter that describes your relevant research, expertise, and experience with Native American and/or Indigenous Studies; teaching experience; and publication record (required)

- Curriculum vitae (required)

- One-page statement of past community engagemene (required)

- Writing sample (a maximum of 25 pages, required

- Sample syllabi (a minimum of two are required and a maximum of three will be accepted

- Diversity statement that addresses past or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or (optional) Guidelines on diversity statements can be viewed at

- Teaching evaluations (optional, a maximum of three will be accepted

Reference Requirement

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of three are required and a maximum of five will be accepted). Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at


Full consideration will be given to applications completed by February 28, 2019. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

Review Begins: 
March 1, 2019

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