University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: 2 open-rank positions in American Indian Studies

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

is excited to announce two

Open-Rank Positions

in American Indian Studies.


Please share will all interested individuals. Thank you

The American Indian Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign ( invites applications for (2) assistant, associate, or full professor positions (full time, tenure-track or tenured position). These positions are part of a multi-year hiring commitment in American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Target start date is August 16, 2021. Salary commensurate with rank and qualifications.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

The American Indian Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is searching for scholars in interdisciplinary American Indian and Indigenous Studies. The successful candidate will have a record of research excellence and publication in American Indian and Indigenous studies (tenured) or demonstrate potential to develop such a record (tenure-track). Along with research and publication, the position requires significant contributions to undergraduate teaching, graduate mentoring, in addition to program, university, and other forms of professional service. Candidates from all disciplinary backgrounds across the Humanities, Arts, Natural and Social Sciences, Law, Education, and Health will be considered. A joint appointment or teaching arrangement with another academic unit on campus is possible.Â

Our program understands American Indian and Indigenous Studies to be simultaneously regional, hemispheric, and global while always anchored by the epistemologies of, and responsibilities to, those on whose lands we are located. Therefore, as a program situated in Illinois, preference will be given to research that centers Native peoples from regions of North America where our campus is located, including the Lower Great Lakes, the Eastern Woodlands, the Upper Mississippi, and the Mississippi cultural regions.

A Ph.D. or other equivalent terminal degree in a humanities, social sciences, sciences, education, law, interdisciplinary fields, or other field relevant to the study of American Indian and Indigenous Studies required before starting date of employment. Candidates with superior qualifications who will complete all the Ph.D. requirements within the first appointment year may be appointed at the rank of Instructor. After the Ph.D. requirement is met, the appointment will be changed to Assistant Professor. If applying at the level of Associate Professor or Full Professor, candidates should demonstrate a distinguished record of teaching, research, and service.

Applicants must submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, up to two samples of work and contact information for three professional references. Letters of recommendation may be requested electronically from references at a later date.

To apply, create your candidate profile through the University of Illinois application login page at and submit your application materials by Feb 5, 2021. Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered.

Questions about the position or application procedures may be directed to Professor Brenda Farnell at

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives that have state, national, and global impact. The College meets these objectives by embracing and valuing diversity and difference in hiring faculty who contribute to diversity and excellence within the Illinois community through research, teaching, and/or service.

The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign sits on the lands of the Peoria, Kaskaskia, Piankashaw, Wea, Miami, Mascoutin, Odawa, Sauk, Mesquaki, Kickapoo, Potawatomi, Ojibwe, and Chickasaw Nations. These lands are the traditional territory of these Native Nations prior to their forced removal; these lands continue to carry the stories of these Nations and their struggles for survival and identity. As a land-grant institution, the University of Illinois has a particular responsibility to acknowledge the peoples of these lands and the histories of dispossession that allowed for the growth of this institution for the past 150 years. We are also obligated to reflect on and actively address these histories and the university’s role in shaping them. This acknowledgement and the centering of Native peoples is a start as we move forward for the next 150 years.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.  As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.