Women's and Ethnic Studies Program at the University of Colorado

The Women's and Ethnic Studies Program at the University of Colorado is seeking a tenure-track assistant professor focused on indigenous struggles in the United States with a possible transnational perspective. The candidate needs to have a Ph.D. in a relevant field. Application Due: Dec 15th, 2008.

Scholar in Native American Studies Women's and Ethnic Studies: University of Colorado


The Women's and Ethnic Studies Program (WEST) is seeking a tenure-track
assistant professor focused on indigenous struggles in the United States
with a possible transnational perspective. Attention to how colonialism,
racism, class, gender, sexuality, and religion shapes native struggles is
key. Candidate may have an interdisciplinary background with grounding in
history, literature and/or other relevant fields. The candidate needs to
have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (or be very close to finished). We are
seeking a candidate dedicated to innovative scholarship, liberatory
pedagogy, and community engagement.


WEST is a newly established interdisciplinary program (with both a domestic
and transnational scope) that offers a B.A. and separate minors in Women's
Studies and Ethnic Studies. WEST faculty includes a diverse group of
prolific scholars who care deeply about quality teaching. The gorgeous
campus is located in one of the most beautiful spots of the world (the
university looks out over the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak). UCCS was
rated #1 in the country for its engagement in the community and ranked in
the top ten among public universities in the West. The University serves
many first-generation college students, is growing rapidly, and prides
itself for its student-centered and multicultural vision. If you are looking
for a place where you can thrive as a scholar, take risks and teach
cutting-edge curriculum, work with a diverse student body and a
collaborative, interdisciplinary team of faculty and community leaders,
please send your application to:


Becky Thompson, Director
Women's and Ethnic Studies
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, COH 1
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
719-262-4553
bthompso@uccs.edu; aherrera@uccs.edu; jmuller@uccs.edu


The initial deadline for applications is December 15th, 2008, however,
applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send a
letter of application, curriculum vitae, a sample of scholarly writing;
teaching syllabi, transcripts, and the names of three references. The
starting date is August 2009. The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
fosters equity in employment by promoting diversity and assuring
inclusiveness. UCCS is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment
for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To achieve that goal, we
conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.


Native American Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs


Department in which it is housed: Women's and Ethnic Studies


Name/title of director: Becky Thompson


Degrees granted: B.A. in Women's and Ethnic Studies; minor in Ethnic
Studies; minor in Women's Studies


Description of offerings: Native American communities; global indigenous
struggles; changing legal structures; health; borderlands; government policy


Goals: Interdisciplinary course of study including attention to indigenous
people globally. Attention to their historical and contemporary experiences,
the complexity and contributions of native cultures, and changing legal
opportunities and challenges. The density of native communities,
reservations, pueblos and nations within Colorado and in the four corners
region makes Colorado Springs a focal point for the culture and history of
the region. Students will acquire particular knowledge and sensitivity in
order to work as educators, administrators and other professionals with
native communities. Course work includes class-based curriculum alongside
community building and engagement.


Areas of faculty interest/expertise:


Marguerite Cantu (Communications); intercultural communication, Native
American communities;


Minette Church (Anthropology); archeology of Native North America with
emphasis on post-contact southwest and plains


Michelle Companion (Sociology); health, federal Indian policy, Native
American communities


Edgar Cota-Torres (Languages and Culture); borderlands (Mexico and US)


Fernando Feiu-Moggi (Languages and Culture); Guatemalan cultural history


Bernice Forrest (History); traditional Native American thought and selected
eastern peoples, vision and history in Native American and African American
narratives


Christina Jimenez (History); History of indigenous communities in Latin
America (focus on Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru, Bolivia, and
Brazil).


Roche Lindsey (Anthropology); archeology of Colorado


Kimbra Smith (Applied Anthropology); constructions of indigenous belonging;
racialized geographies (Ecuador/Andes); economic and social justice;
culturally relevant pedagogy


Linda Watts (Anthropology); linguistics, North American Indians, Southwest
Indians


Resources available:


American Indian Science and Engineering (AISES, Marguerite Cantu); ten year
old organization and national society that bridges traditional cultures with
technology


Multicultural Affairs and Outreach Office (Anthony Cordova)


Native American Women's Association (Colorado Springs)


Native American Advisory Council (through the El Pomar Foundation, Colorado
Springs)


Title IX-Native K-12 program (Colorado Springs)


First Nations Day (annual event, Colorado Springs)


White Bison-Wellbriety program (Don Coyhiss).


Wellbriety Indian Center in Colorado Springs (WICCS) under development (Don Coyhiss). The Center will include a research library, youth program, elder program, kitchen, offices for community work, etc.


Special collections at the Penrose Branch of the Pikes Peak Public Library


Pow Wows, political mobilization, health and wellbeing projects, and urban
community work reflecting the remarkable range of reservations, communities,
and pueblos in the region


Colorado Indian Commission (Denver)


Columbus Day/Indigenous Day Organizing (Denver)


Native American Scholars Plate (Denver)


Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce (Denver)


Native American Rights Fund (Boulder)


Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change (Boulder)

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