The Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies

College of Education, University of Arizona

Announces an Assistant/Associate Professor Position in Indigenous Education

Position Summary

The Language, Reading and Culture (LRC) Program in the Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies (TLS) Department announces an Assistant/Associate professor position in Indigenous Education effective August 2014. TLS is committed to creating and supporting a community of Indigenous scholars engaged in critical exploration and redefinition of Indigenous education research and engagement. The UA also has an important responsibility to the 22 federally recognized tribes in Arizona, and Native American students at UA, who represent over 75 Native American tribes. With this position, the College of Education seeks to further strengthen our undergraduate and graduate programs by integrating Indigenous knowledge systems, epistemologies, and decolonizing research methodologies. Related existing departmental faculty research and teaching interests include Indigenous youth language learning and practice; Indigenous language and culture maintenance/revitalization; transnational Indigenous teacher education; and Indigenous knowledge/Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) systems.

LRC attracts diverse and highly qualified students, including Native American students and Latin American Indigenous students, to our master’s and doctoral programs. LRC is also engaged in inter-university Indigenous education collaborations, with Indigenous scholars and students across Arizona and in Hawaii, Alaska, New Zealand, Canada, and Mexico. TLS faculty are working on incorporating Native American education-related offerings into our early childhood, elementary and secondary teacher preparation programs and our undergraduate education non-teaching degree programs. Our location, longstanding involvement with Native American and minority education, collaborative work environment for faculty research and grant development, and existing initiatives offer opportunities for teaching, research and service with diverse populations; UA’s American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI), widely-recognized for Indigenous language teaching, language revitalization and documentation; SEED (Scholarships for Education and Economic Development), a vibrant international exchange program for diverse Indigenous teachers and curriculum developers from Mexico; and Project SOAR, a service-learning experience that connects Native American undergraduate mentors with Native American students . The UA further provides collaborative opportunities with renowned Native American faculty and programs in Linguistics, Indigenous Law and Policy, and American Indian Studies.


Earned doctorate in education or related field. Strong commitment to and experience in Indigenous and equity education, and a clear research and teaching agenda in Native American and Indigenous education, including one or more areas such as:

§ Indigenous language maintenance, revitalization, planning and policy

§ Indigenous teacher preparation

§ Indigenous children’s/young adult literature

§ Indigenous education and new technologies

§ Indigenous knowledge systems including Traditional Ecological Knowledge, STEM education, and place-based education

Indigenous scholars are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with proficiency in one or more Indigenous languages and/or experience working with Indigenous populations in schools and/or communities are especially encouraged to apply.


§ Faculty load includes teaching, research and service

§ Develop a strong program of research, publication, and grant support

§ Teach graduate and undergraduate courses in areas of specialization

§ Advise masters and doctoral students, and participate on graduate student committees

Application Process: Please complete application form (Job 53712) and attach a letter of interest, research and teaching interest statement, CV, 3 publications/papers, and contact information for three professional references on-line at:

Applications will be reviewed starting November 15, 2013, continuing until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Leisy Wyman, Indigenous Education Search Chair at