The American Indian Studies Program


Probationary tenure-track faculty position in the American Indian Studies Program at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 18, 2014.  Please visit our website ( for a complete position description and qualifications requirements.


Required are coursework and a terminal degree in American Indian Studies (or related field in the humanities, social sciences, or education) with a research focus in American Indian Studies from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.  Preparation in American Indian Expressive cultures will be highly valued.  Candidates who are ABD may be considered, but all requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed by August 18, 2014.  The successful candidate will have evidence of effective teaching.  Salary will be commensurate with teaching experience. The successful candidate will also demonstrate evidence of strong scholarship or scholarly potential.

Active engagement with American Indian communities is an asset, as is the ability to bring diverse perspectives to our campus.


The successful candidate will teach courses as assigned in the American Indian Studies Program, including courses in the American Indian Studies core curriculum; those related to domestic intercultural immersion; contemporary issues in American Indian communities; theories and research methodologies in American Indian Studies; and courses in the candidate’s area of preparation

The successful candidate will also be expected to participate in the expansion of the Program and its core curriculum. Applicants will be asked to develop new courses, including introductory, upper division, and online courses; participate in research and scholarly activities; provide academic advising to AIS majors and minors as assigned; engage in service to the university and community; and participate in AIS Program, college, and university committee work. The successful candidate will be expected to create and sustain relationships with regional American Indian communities.



Established in 1976, American Indian Studies is a vibrant interdisciplinary program with a major and a minor. Our major, created in 1996, was the first in the UW System.  Please visit our website to view the courses we offer, cross-listed with affiliated departments.  UW-Eau Claire has an active Native American Student Association which organizes and hosts an annual spring pow wow. Additional information is available on our website:



Wisconsin is home to eleven federally recognized tribes, several of which are within a few hours’ drive of our campus.  With approximately 10,700 students, UW-Eau Claire is consistently rated as one of the top public regional universities in the Midwest and enjoys a national reputation for excellence in liberal education, faculty-undergraduate research, and study abroad.  Faculty resources include the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, both of which offer professional development opportunities and the potential for interdisciplinary collaboration.


Send letter of application, including description of teaching philosophy, including written evidence of effective teaching; writing sample (15-25 pages); undergraduate and graduate school transcripts, curriculum vita, and three letters of recommendation to:

Dr. Debra K. S. Barker, Director

  American Indian Studies Program

                                                                                      University of Wisconsin

    Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54702-4004

                                                                                      (715) 836-6045,

To ensure priority consideration, completed applications must be received by October 18, 2013. However, screening may continue until position is filled. The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Applicants’ names are subject to public release unless confidentiality has been requested in writing. Names of all finalists must be released upon request. A criminal background check will be required prior to employment. UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO employer dedicated to enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusivity.  To learn more, visit our web site: