Assistant Professor of Native American Studies and Food Systems

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The University of Maine Native American Programs and Cooperative Extension seek applications for a full-time, continuing/tenure-track faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Native American Studies and Food Systems.  This position is a joint appointment – 70% teaching and research with Native American Studies and 30% with Extension. The faculty member will be based at the University of Maine, in Orono. This is a 10.5-month position with an anticipated start date of August 29, 2022.
This position focuses on teaching, research, service and outreach to Native American Tribal Nations and their food sovereignty programs.  While background and research experience on Tribal food sovereignty across North America is highly valued, this position emphasizes partnerships and collaborations with the four (Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot) Tribal Nations in Maine, working with UMaine faculty and staff to develop and assist these Tribal Nations in pursuing culturally and spiritually appropriate food systems.
The teaching responsibility of this position will ordinarily entail three courses per year in the Native American Studies Program.  Possible classes to be taught include classes related to Native American food systems, sovereignty, and possible topics and/or service learning classes related to the background of the applicant, as well as introductory courses that would contribute to the minor in Native American Studies. Service to the program, College, University, and profession is also expected.
This faculty member will develop and pursue a productive agenda in applied research and scholarship, and will seek external funding to sustain it. Collaboration with colleagues within Native American Programs, Cooperative Extension, and other related programs (such as the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions and the Climate Change Institute) at the University of Maine is expected. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will serve as the tenure home. Start-up support is expected to include additional summer salary.
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