Assistant Professor of Religion with a concentration in Native American and Indigenous Spiritual Traditions

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Texas Christian University's Department of Religion invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor of religion with a concentration in Native American and Indigenous Spiritual Traditions to begin August 2022. Recognizing the holistic, interconnected, and interdisciplinary nature of Native American and Indigenous Spiritual Traditions, we welcome applicants from a wide array of communities and fields of study. These might include, but not be limited to, communities connected to lands in what is now called Texas, the Great Plains, or the American Southeast or Southwest, and the intersection of these communities and traditions with fields such as decolonizing and Indigenous methodologies, Borderlands studies, Indigenous languages, Indigenous medicine and healing systems, and more. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in hand by the time of appointment. Preferred candidates should have demonstrated experience with specific Native or Indigenous communities and spiritualities, and commitment to building respectful and mutually beneficial relationships. TCU embraces the teacher-scholar model: excellence in teaching and published scholarship will be expected. The teaching load is typically five courses a year, three of which are introductory courses in religion that meet one or more of the learning outcomes associated with the “Religious Traditions” (RT) category in the TCU Core Curriculum. Upper-level courses will include classes on specific Native American or Indigenous Spiritual Traditions and issues utilizing the candidate’s particular area of expertise. We welcome candidates whose experience and training in teaching, research, or community involvement demonstrate their commitment to contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Preference will be given to candidates whose experience and training have prepared them to make significant contributions to any of the following interdisciplinary curricular initiatives in the AddRan College of Liberal Arts: the CALM (“Compassionate Awareness and Living Mindfully”) group, The Human-Animal Relationships minor, the Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Department, the Women and Gender Studies Department, and the university’s emerging initiatives and relationships with specific Native American and Indigenous nations and communities. There is also opportunity to collaborate with the university’s Native American Nations and Communities Liaison and the Native American Advisory Circle. The successful candidate will have a 3/2 teaching load, and the salary and benefits are competitive.
This position will begin in August 2022, and it will be part of a multi-position Diversity, Equity and Inclusion cluster hire by TCU's AddRan College of Liberal Arts on race, ethnicity, and social justice, which also involves searches in history, sociology, and religion. AddRan desires to build a cohort of teacher-scholars across disciplines and areas of specialization interested in teaching and conducting research on race, racism, ethnicity, and social justice. As part of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion cluster hire, AddRan College will provide the cohort with opportunities and resources to participate in mentoring and peer-support circles, research & writing workshops, and other ongoing professional development.
To apply, go to and upload a letter (signed and addressed to the Search Committee Chair) indicating qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, a one-page teaching statement, and a one-page statement indicating the applicant’s experience with and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion at this site. Three confidential letters of recommendation should be sent by recommenders or dossier service to Please address recommendation letters to Search Committee Chair Dr. Darren Middleton. Consideration of candidates will begin on October 12, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Select interviews will be held at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Antonio, TX between November 20-23, 2021.
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Fort Worth, TX, 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.