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Arizona State University, School of Social Transformation

The School of Social Transformation (SST), part of The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, seeks applications for Director of the Center for Indian Education (CIE) with a concurrent appointment as a tenured faculty member at the Associate Professor or Professor rank.  The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2024.

Essential Functions:

•             Advance the vision of CIE as stated above.

•             Provide strong administrative leadership

•             Serve as co-editor of the JAIE

•             Develop grants and donor relations

•             Demonstrated effectiveness serving Indigenous student populations, diverse faculty, and/or reaching out to tribal communities

 About the Center for Indian Education

The CIE was founded in 1959, and is the oldest research center focused on Indigenous education issues in the world, as well as one of the oldest Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) recognized research centers. The CIE houses the Journal of American Indian Education (JAIE), now in its 62nd volume year. The CIE engages in research focused on Indigenous education and related issues, and has published policy briefs for the U.S. Department of Education, the Spencer, Mellon and Ford Foundations, and the state of Arizona, and convenes local, state, national, and international conversations. CIE has a history of partnering with indigenous communities to offer doctoral programs and teacher preparation programs focused on building capacity in Indian country and in specific indigenous communities.

About the School of Social Transformation

SST is an innovative, interdisciplinary unit that places just solutions to societal challenges at the center of its scholarship and teaching. SST champions ASU’s vision of the New American University, measuring itself “not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed.” SST faculty represent humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary fields (including creative arts), and they are distinguished nationally and internationally for their scholarship. The faculty seek to train students to think in more complex ways about race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, social and economic justice, immigration status, and labor; to be accountable to the communities with which they engage; and to foreground social transformation on local, national, and global levels. The school’s location in Arizona, where demographic changes and social issues reflect the challenges taking place nationally, highlights the relevance of the school’s mission.

The successful candidate will develop vision and goals for CIE, including how it will work with tribal nations and communities in Arizona and elsewhere. This should include but is not limited to collaborating with American Indian Student Support Services (AISSS), Office of American Indian Initiatives (OAII), Office of American Indian Projects (OAIP), Labriola National American Indian Data Center, and American Indian Studies (AIS).  As an intellectual leader, the director must be strongly committed to supporting and advocating for the educational needs of tribal nations and communities.

About the University 

ASU Tempe offers the resources of a major metropolitan area (5 million) in a state with spectacular natural beauty and recreational areas, sublime winters, and a culturally rich population. Learn more about SST and ASU at and, respectively. Arizona State University is a leading public university ranked #1 Most Innovative School by U.S.  News & World Report seven years in a row and is leading a bold reinvention of higher education as the New American University. ASU is a research-intensive university and has developed numerous new programs and units that defy and bridge disciplinary boundaries to enable the exploration and discovery of new knowledge while developing solutions to the most challenging issues of our time. Located on four campuses and two research parks in the Phoenix metropolitan area, ASU is one of the largest universities in the United States and has strong and simultaneous commitments to educational access, research, and teaching excellence. With the University’s location in the nation’s fifth largest city, the Phoenix region provides a rich context for applied research and community engagement around issues of human communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

•             Ph.D. or Ed.D. (or other appropriate terminal degree) in American Indian Studies, Indigenous Studies, Ethnic Studies, Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, or related interdisciplinary field

•             Administrative experience commensurate with the director position

•             Compelling record of ongoing, high-quality scholarship appropriate to rank

•             Demonstrated interest in generating external funding (fellowship, grants, etc.)

•             Strong, demonstrated commitment to work with sovereign Native nations

•             Demonstrated commitment to working with faculty, staff, students and communities to advance  the principles of the ASU Charter

Desired Qualifications:

•             Potential to represent CIE prominently both nationally and internationally

•             Experience with donor relations and fundraising development efforts

This appointment reports to the Director of the School of Social Transformation and is subject to all the rules and regulations of the University and the Arizona Board of Regents governing faculty members and academic administrators.

Application Instructions
To apply, please submit the following materials electronically to

1.       A cover letter outlining a research program, a teaching philosophy, an administrative philosophy, and relevant administrative experience.

a.       Cover letter can be addressed to Dr. Amber Wutich, Search Committee Chair.

2.       A curriculum vitae.

3.       A list of three references, including contact information.

This is a paperless search; only electronic materials will be accepted. Applicant’s last name should appear in each uploaded file name.

Initial deadline for receipt of complete applications is November 11, 2023.  If not filled, review of complete applications will continue every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Amber Wutich at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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