Postdoctoral Researcher in Global Indigenous Cultures and Environmental Justice

Syracuse University


Job # 077680
Job Title Postdoctoral Researcher - Center for Global Indigenous Cultures and Environmental Justice
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range $58,500 - $60,500
FLSA Status Exempt
as determined by supervisor
Job Type Full-time
Rank Post Doc
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description
The Center for Global Indigenous Cultures and Environmental Sciences (CGIC) in the College of Arts & Sciences at Syracuse University invites applications for two distinct Postdoctoral Fellowships: a fellowship in Native American and Global Indigenous Cultures and a fellowship in Native American and Indigenous Environmental Justice. We seek Fellows that will contribute to intellectual life of the Native American and Indigenous Studies program (NAIS) and would be eager to join our vibrant community of scholars, students, staff, and community organizations at the CGIC. Syracuse University sits upon the historic lands of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy – the oldest participatory democracy on Earth. This Confederacy composed of six nations – Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora and its constitution of representative governance formed the basis of American constitution. SU academic offerings include the Native American and Indigenous studies (NAIS) program and a certificate in Iroquois Linguistics. CGIC was established in 2022 with the generous support of the Mellon Foundation to support NAIS program’s students and affiliated faculty. NAIS faculty are interdisciplinary scholars within departments including, but not limited to English, Law, Religion, Anthropology, Arts & Music Histories, History, and Literatures, Languages and Linguistics.

These fellowships are one-year residential appointments starting August 2024. There is a possibility of an additional year’s renewal, based on the availability of sponsored funding. Fellows will be expected to advance their research, teach one course in NAIS, and actively participate in the CGIC’s events and initiatives. Fellows will be assigned a mentor throughout their term.

Qualified applicants must hold a PhD or terminal degree in any discipline with a focus on Native American and Indigenous studies from between 2021 and no later than June 2024. They should demonstrate strong scholarly potential within the fields of Native American and Indigenous Cultures or, Indigenous Environmental Justice from a global perspective, and excellence in inclusive teaching. Preference will be given to applicants whose work complements the mission and goals of the CGIC.
Fellows will be expected to advance their research, teach one course in NAIS, and actively participate in the CGIC’s events and initiatives. Fellows will be assigned a mentor throughout their term.
Application Instructions
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, CV, research statement, writing sample, and contact information for three references. A course syllabus for a proposed introductory course in Native American and Indigenous Studies is optional. The letter of interest should make clear for which fellowship they are applying (Native American and Indigenous Cultures or Indigenous Environmental Justice) and provide an overview of research and teaching experiences, and how these experiences complement the mission and goals of the CGIC. The Research Statement should be a one-page project statement that the candidate will advance during postdoctoral residency.

Review of applications will begin immediately, with preferences given to applicants who submit by June 15.
About Syracuse University
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Job Posting Date 05/07/2024
Open Until Filled Yes
Priority Consideration 06/15/2024
Job Category Faculty

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference List
  4. Writing Sample
  5. Research Statement
Optional Documents
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