Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma—a dynamic and growing department— is pleased to announce that we are seeking applications for the Horizon Chair in Native American History and Culture. This is an endowed open rank position and those at the advanced assistant, associate, or full professor level whose scholarship and teaching focuses on the pre-and early colonial eras through the nineteenth century, are encouraged to apply.

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 or visit us on social media on Facebook or 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 2,700 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, the goal of which is to make OU the premier institution 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 University of Oklahoma is home to graduate programs in a wide range of NAS allied fields, including Native American Anthropology, Art History, History, Law, Literature, and Philosophy. NAS offers language instruction in Cherokee (Tsalagi), Choctaw (Chahta), Creek (Myskoge), and Kiowa (Cáuigù), and houses an expansive Native American languages Collection.

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 teacher with a Ph.D. in Native American and/or Indigenous Studies or a relevant allied field, such as History, Anthropology, and Art History. 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; (5) commitment to cross-departmental and cross-college collaborations. The demonstrated ability to obtain external research funding is preferred.

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.

To apply, all materials (application letter, vitae, and name and contact information for three potential references) should be submitted online at

Three letters of recommendation will be required prior to a campus interview. We will begin reviewing applications as they are submitted and the position will remain open until 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 2022.

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to:  admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.

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