Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma—a dynamic and growing academic unit—is pleased to announce that we are seeking applications for an associate or full professor of Native American Studies specializing in Spirituality and the Environment. 

The teaching load for this position is 2/1 and includes the ability to create and teach specialized upper division courses and graduate seminars in addition to core requirements. 

For more information about Native American Studies at OU, please visit our website at and social media – Facebook and Twitter. The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research/creative activity, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges.

In addition to establishing the new Native Nations Center for Research, The University is launching the Native Peoples Initiative (NPI), the goal of which is to make OU the premier center in North America for research that places the cultures of Native peoples and the sovereignty of Native nations at the center of academic study – spanning subjects from art, culture, religion, history to governance, law, health, business and the environment. 

The campus is also home to significant Native American holdings and collections in the Fred Jones Museum of Art, the Western History Collection, and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. OU has a large Native American student body and active Native faculty and staff. Norman, Oklahoma has the third highest Native American population in the United States for towns of 100,000 or more. The state is home to 39 Native nations and over 40 American Indian languages representing at least 6 families.  


We seek an outstanding scholar holding a Ph.D. in Native American and Indigenous Studies or a relevant field. The successful candidate will have: (1) a strong record of research productivity; (2) commitment to student mentoring; (3) excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching and learning; and (4) evidence of applied expertise through collaborative community engagement with tribal nations and Native American communities. The demonstrated ability to obtain external research funding is preferred.  Open research area.   

The successful candidate will contribute to the mission and goals of the Native American Studies Department by adding to and enhancing NAS’s existing curriculum. This position includes the ability to create and teach specialized upper division courses and graduate seminars. 

Application Instructions

To apply, all materials should be submitted online at
A complete application must include: a curriculum vitae; a letter of application (cover letter); a writing sample; and the names and contact information of three references. Three letters of recommendation will be required prior to a campus interview. We will begin reviewing applications on January 31th, 2021.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Direct inquiries to Dr. Raymond Orr, Chair of the Department of Native American Studies and Search Committee Chair at The position will begin in August of 2021.

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