Assistant Professor

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The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies (SHPRS) seeks an early-career scholar who investigates the history of Indigenous Peoples of the “North American West.” We are defining the region in its broadest terms, cultural, geographic, and political. We include the entire western region of North America, a geographic focus that transcends national boundaries, to include borderlands and diasporic communities. Scholars whose work engages one or more of the following themes are particularly encouraged to apply: migration and diasporic communities, kinship, sovereignty, race and ethnicity, and/or gender. We are especially interested in applicants who are reflective about their methodologies in ways likely to engage both public and academic audiences – that is, scholars who can lead conversations not only about what we know but about how we know it. We wish to hire a scholar who will be able to work in a multi-disciplinary environment, engaging a diverse student audience across multiple learning platforms to provide exemplary teaching, research, and community engagement. For information about history at ASU see:
    Required Qualifications:
  • A PhD in History or Indigenous Studies with an emphasis in history by the time of the appointment.
  • Evidence of research excellence in the field of Indigenous history.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach a diverse student body.
  • Scholarship and service that reflects a commitment to social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • The ability to communicate clearly with a wide range of people, both academic and nonacademic.
  • Ability or willingness to teach online.
    To guarantee full consideration, applicants must apply online at submitting the following:
  • A letter of application stating their qualifications;
  • a CV clearly identifying areas of specialization;
  • name and contact information for three references;
  • a statement (250-300 words) addressing how their past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence. Further supplemental materials, such as evidence of teaching effectiveness, may be requested of the final candidates, but please do not send them in your initial packet.
The applicant’s last name must appear in the name of each document that is uploaded as part of the dossier. The cover letter may be addressed to Dr. Katherine M.B. Osburn, Search Committee Chair, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at
Application deadline is November 7, 2021. If not filled, applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the search is closed.
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Tempe, AZ 85281, USA

The NAISA logo was designed by Jonathan Thunder, a Red Lake Ojibwe painter and digital artist from Minnesota. NAISA members inspired by canoe traditions among their own people sent examples to Thunder, who designed the logo with advice from the NAISA Council. The color scheme was chosen to signify those Indigenous peoples who are more land-based and do not have canoe traditions.