Assistant Professor of Northwest Coast Native Arts

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Classification:Assistant Professor (F9)
Grade:UNAC Grade 30
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Southeast
School/Business unit:School of Arts & Sciences
Location: Juneau
Categories: Arts/Museum, Education/Instructional

Position Summary:

The Department of Humanities at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Northwest Coast Native Arts. This position is charged with developing and implementing a vibrant Northwest Coast Native Arts program for UAS, with program offerings that align with associate and baccalaureate-level degrees already in place at UAS. This includes curriculum development, student recruitment and retention, and collaboration with external partners. UAS currently has active partnerships with Sealaska Heritage Institute and the Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe). In addition, the position will develop program-related spaces and activities that foster a positive and productive artistic atmosphere, to include visiting artists, an artist in residence program, and studio spaces.

Duties:

This position is charged with developing and implementing a vibrant Northwest Coast Native Arts program for UAS, with program offerings that align with associate and baccalaureate-level degrees already in place at UAS. This includes curriculum development, student recruitment and retention, and collaboration with external partners. UAS currently has active partnerships with Sealaska Heritage Institute and the Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe). In addition, the position will develop program-related spaces and activities that foster a positive and productive artistic atmosphere, to include visiting artists, an artist in residence program, and studio spaces.Essential

Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • MFA in Visual Arts, including individual shows at galleries and museums and inclusion in publications on Native American Art
  • Ph.D. in hand by August 2018 with demonstrated extensive study in Indigenous knowledge.

Required Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

  • Demonstrate a substantive scholarly background in Northwest Coast Native Arts.
  • Must have an active agenda of research and/or creative expression in the field along with a strong record of publication and/or creative presentations.
  • Must show potential for, or evidence of, a commitment to student success, excellence in undergraduate teaching and advising and the ability to develop academic programs and curriculum.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Indigenous studies and Alaska Native peoples and organizations.
  • Must have the ability to collaborate successfully with Indigenous and other community partners.

Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Abilities 

  • Demonstrated ability in the creation of Northwest Coast arts.
  • Experience working with people of diverse cultural backgrounds, first generation students, or other underrepresented backgrounds in higher education is preferred.

Candidates are requested to provide: Curriculum Vitae; Cover letter; Contact information for three professional references; Statement of Philosophy of Teaching; and at least five examples of original artistic creations or research publications.  Contact uas.hr@alaska.edu for technical support or additional questions when completing your application.

This is a 9-month, tenure-track, full-time, UNAC Faculty position complete with a competitive salary and full UA employee benefits package.  This recruitment is open until filled with initial applicant review taking place on January 7th, 2018. This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit agreement.

The UAS Department of Humanities openly embraces diversity and inclusivity and a commitment to the decolonization of institutions of higher learning.  We seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts students of all races, genders, classes, sexualities, nationalities, religions, and abilities.  The University of Alaska Southeast is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce.  Our campus is located in Southeast Alaska in the cultural homeland of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples.  We are connected statewide with other Alaska Native faculty through the Alaska Native Studies Council and nationwide through the Coalition of Native American Language Schools and Programs.

For more information about the UAS School or Arts & Sciences please visit us online: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/artssciences/index.html

UAS Background:

The University's mission is student learning enhanced by faculty scholarship, undergraduate research and
creative activities, community engagement, and the cultures and environment of Southeast Alaska. UAS
strives to be a destination of choice for students seeking excellent academic programs and engaging
learning opportunities that integrate the environment and cultures of Southeast Alaska.

UAS is actively engaged with community partners in the development and implementation of its
Northwest Coast Arts program--including Alaska Native corporations, non-profits, tribes, and community
organizations. UAS also has an articulation agreement with Sealaska Heritage Institute and the Institute of
Native American Arts (IAIA) to enhance opportunities for student and faculty collaboration.

UAS is located 12 miles north of downtown Juneau in a beautiful setting overlooking Auke Lake and the
Mendenhall Glacier. Juneau (population 32,000), the capital of Alaska, is a picturesque city with a mild,
maritime climate, exceptional outdoor and recreation values, and a lively arts community.
UAS is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and
compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. We strongly encourage applications from women,
minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and candidates who share our commitment to diversity.

For additional information about UAS, please visit our website at www.uas.alaska.edu.


UAS is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and candidates who share our commitment to diversity.

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