Ohio State University, Department of Comparative Studies

Position ID:OSU-Department of Comparative Studies-ASSTPROFINDIGENOUS [#22414]
Position Title: Assistant Professor-Indigenous knowledges
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Columbus, Ohio 43221, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Science and Technology Studies / indigenous STS
Appl Deadline:2022/10/21 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/08/19, finished 2023/04/22)
Position Description:   URMs  

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In partnership with The Ohio State’s The STEAM Factory, the Department of Comparative Studies seeks to hire someone in a tenure-track assistant professor position Indigenous knowledges. We seek candidates whose research addresses the intersections between race, Indigeneity, and education with a focus on Indigenous knowledges and interdisciplinary learning. In addition to meeting instructional needs in American Indian Studies the person hired will, when appropriate, engage in the Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Themes initiatives in Indigenous Studies and Mobility, Immobility, and Migration, the Center for Ethnic Studies, and initiatives across the university intersecting with Indigenous studies from interdisciplinary perspectives. The successful candidate will collaborate with The STEAM Factory in its community engagement, participatory research design and innovation, and interdisciplinary research initiatives.

The Department of Comparative Studies looks forward to building cross-disciplinary and cross-campus collaborations as well as supporting the formation of equitable community and Tribal partnerships. This hire in the Department of Comparative Studies is part of a five-faculty cluster hiring collaboration with the Departments of English, Linguistics, Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Each of these departments will hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Indigenous Studies. Moreover, the Department of Comparative Studies is conducting two additional tenure track searches. One in “Race, Science, and Technology” as well as a Provost’s tenure-track Fellow to Faculty position in “Race and Health Equity.”


This appointment will begin August 15, 2023, and the successful applicant must have a Ph.D. in hand by the start of employment. The Ph.D. may be in any relevant field of study and ABDs are welcome to apply. We seek candidates whose research and teaching engage Indigenous Studies, Race, and STEAM Education, whether in the United States or in other parts of the world. Promise of or commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and inclusive pedagogy are required. Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

About Columbus:

The Ohio State University occupies the ancestral and contemporary territories of the Shawnee, Potawatomi, Delaware, Miami, Peoria, Seneca, Wyandotte, Ojibwe, and Cherokee peoples. Ohio State was the location of the first meeting of the Society of American Indians (SAI) in 1911, and today the university has an American Indian Studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences which offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate Minor. The Office of Student Life supports Native American/Indigenous Initiatives through its Multicultural Center. Additionally, the Ohio State University campus located in Newark, Ohio, supports the Newark Earthworks Center, an interdisciplinary academic center that develops projects and research about Indigenous people, cultures, and tribes that produced monumental earthen architecture in the region. The Ohio State University campus is in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the Midwest’s fastest-growing city and the nation’s 14th largest city. Columbus offers a diverse array of welcoming neighborhoods and a vibrant arts and culture scene. Additional information about all that the Columbus area has to offer is available at https://visit.osu.edu/experience.

Application Instructions:

Apply to Academic Jobs online. A complete application consists of a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and an equity engagement statement. The cover letter should be no more than three pages and should address your strengths in research, teaching, service, and community engagement. The Equity Engagement statement should be no more than three pages and should articulate your demonstrated commitments and capacities to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, mentoring, and/or outreach and engagement (especially among underrepresented groups). Review of applications will begin on October 5, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled (semi-finalists will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation by October 24th and arrangements for zoom interviews will be made at that time). Inquiries may be directed to Maurice Stevens, search committee chair, at stevens.368@osu.edu.

The Ohio State University is committed to enhancing academic excellence. Recruiting, supporting, and retaining faculty of the highest caliber is a core component of this commitment. In support of this, The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has created the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation (DCFR) to be responsive to the needs of new and prospective faculty. This support includes dual careers services, consultation and resources related to relocation, as well as identifying opportunities to engage on campus and the surrounding community. While employment opportunities are not guaranteed, resources and consultation are available to support the partners of new and prospective faculty as they are considering The Ohio State University and throughout their transition.

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. Over the next few years, The Ohio State University is committed to welcoming 350 new faculty hires, many of which will contribute to growing our role as a premier research university equipped to answer and interrogate the critical domestic and global societal challenges that deter equality and inclusion. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

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451 Hagerty Hall
1775 S College Road
Columbus, OH 43210