Assistant or Associate Professor of Alaska Native Studies

Assistant or Associate Professor of Alaska Native Studies

  • 527379
  • Anchorage, Alaska, United States
  • Faculty Full-time
  • On Campus
  • UNAC Grade 30
  • UAA College of Arts & Sciences

Alaska Native Studies Program invites applications for an assistant or associate tenure track professor of Alaska Native Studies. The successful candidate will help build a major in Alaska Native Studies and enhance the minor, OEC and AA degree. Alaska is the state with the highest percentage of Native Americans and the candidate would be located on the ancestral homelands of the Dena’ina Athabascan, Ahtna Athabascan, Alutiiq/Sugpiak, and Eyak peoples and immersed in a setting where the contributions of Alaska Natives are finally being recognized.

Responsibilities include teaching several sections of Alaska Native Perspectives each year and upper division courses depending on candidate specialization. Additional professional responsibilities include research, scholarship and creative activity, and service to the University, profession, and community. These responsibilities generally include advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participating in traditional academic functions. Candidates are asked to demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service.

The Alaska Native Studies is part of the College of Arts and Sciences which is the largest academic unit in the state. Students graduating with an associate degree or a baccalaureate degree from UAA are required to have both a diversity and inclusion course and an Alaska Native themed course. This is part of fulfilling mission of UAA to serve "the higher education needs of the state, its communities, and its diverse peoples." Anchorage has some of the most diverse schools in the nation and top two most diverse census tracts. While the student body does not match the diversity of the community, nearly half of UAA students are first generation. Because faculty and student success are inextricably linked the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence offers myriad training for faculty to develop their skills.

To thrive in this role the applicant should have a passion for Indigenous studies, commitment to equity in education and experience in building academic programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate must receive a terminal degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in the department’s core discipline, sub-discipline, or related field as defined by the department.

Position Details:

This position is located on the University of Alaska campus in Anchorage. This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant or Associate Professor faculty position. Salary will be based upon applicable academic preparation and experience complete with a competitive employee benefits package:

  • 12 paid holidays per year as well as paid time off
  • Tuition waivers for yourself and family members
  • Affordable Medical, Dental and Vision Care coverage
  • An employee assistance program and a free wellness program with financial incentives for participation
  • State of Alaska retirement plan
  • Regular professional development training

Applications will be accepted for review on February 02, 2024, to ensure consideration, please apply by 11:55 PM, Alaska Standard Time on February 01, 2024.


This position is represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT (UNAC). http://www.unitedacademics.net/


The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.


UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.


The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.


If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Maria Williams, Professor, at mdwilliams6@alaska.edu.

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