Assistant Professor of Indigenous Politics in a Global Context – Whitman College

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Located in the historic community of, Whitman's beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually diverse, dynamic, and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty serving roughly 1,500 students from the local region and across the globe. With exceptional students, accomplished faculty and staff, along with a fiercely loyal and growing number of engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.
The Department of Politics seeks applicants for a Tenure-track position beginning August 2022, with expertise in Indigenous politics in a global context, at the rank of assistant professor, Applicants must have a Ph.D. by the time of appointment.
We welcome candidates with a wide range of methodological approaches and disciplinary backgrounds. The successful candidate will have broad latitude to design undergraduate courses at the lower- and upper-levels that build on their scholarly interests. Course topics could include, but are not limited to, Indigenous politics; racial politics in a global context; international politics; political theory; settler-colonialism and decolonization; land and territory; international law; and/or geographically-focused classes. The candidate selected for this position will have the opportunity to contribute to the college's Center for Global Studies, as well as interdisciplinary programs such as Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, and Race and Ethnic Studies, as appropriate. Whitman College has a formal, ongoing collaborative relationship with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation. The candidate selected for this position would have the opportunity to participate in that collaboration, if desired.
The annual teaching load at Whitman is five course equivalents, which includes thesis mentoring. The College provides a generous pre-tenure sabbatical leave program and professional development support for both research and teaching.
Whitman College is committed to cultivating an inclusive learning community. Applicants should be able to demonstrate their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and articulate how their classroom and scholarly practices work to advance antiracism in the learning environment. This statement can be included in the cover letter or the teaching statement. In their cover letter, candidates should address their interest in working at a liberal arts college with undergraduates, majors as well as non-majors, at all levels of instruction.
To apply, go to BambooHR will prompt you to submit all of the required materials: a letter of application; separate statements addressing the candidate's teaching interests and scholarly/performance agenda; curriculum vitae; contact information for three references; graduate transcripts; and evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in undergraduate instruction.
Review of applications will begin November 4, 2021. is cultivating a community built on inclusion and belonging. We recognize the value of those who can offer historically underrepresented perspectives and encourage applications from those whose background, knowledge, and insights from lived experience can add to the college's working and learning environment. Whitman College is an EEO employer.
No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law.
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