Term Instructor or Term Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Studies

Term Instructor or Term Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Studies

  • 527460
  • Anchorage, Alaska, United States
  • Faculty Full-time
  • On Campus
  • UNAC Grade 40
  • UAA College of Arts & Sciences

The Alaska Native Studies Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) invites applications for a full-time non-tenure track Instructor or Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will teach four courses per semester and participate in service activities. The appointment has a start date of August, 2024 for up to two academic years.

The Department seeks a candidate dedicated to equity and diversity of the campus community. This individual will integrate and expand the mission of Alaska Native Studies Program at UAA and support the minor and the AA degree.

Responsibilities include teaching multiple sections of Alaska Native Perspectives each year and upper division courses in the policy track of the Alaska Native Studies minor and advising students in the minor and OEC. The position also included service to the University, profession, and/or community which typically includes supporting departmental activities, participation in campus and system-wide committees, and traditional academic functions. Candidates are asked to demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their teaching and 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 teaching Alaska Native/Indigenous studies, a commitment to equity in education and experience working with a wide range of students.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Masters degree in Alaska Native or Indigenous Studies or a related social science discipline with evidence of teaching and/or research in Alaska Native or Indigenous Studies is required for an Instructor.

A PhD in Alaska Native or Indigenous Studies or a related social science discipline with evidence of teaching and/or research in Alaska Native or Indigenous Studies is required for a non-tenure track Assistant Professor.

Position Details:

This position is located on the University of Alaska campus in Anchorage. This is a full-time, non-tenure track, Term Instructor or Term Assistant Professor 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 DAY BEFORE REVIEW DATE, February 01, 2024.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

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


This position is term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.


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 Nelta Edwards, Professor, at nmedwards@alaska.edu

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