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Assistant Professor-Tenure Track, Native American Education

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School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Tacoma

Organization: School of Education

Title: Assistant Professor-Tenure Track, Native American Education

Position Details

Position Description

Note: this position is contingent upon availability of funding

The University of Washington Tacoma’s School of Education announces an opening for a full-time faculty appointment, Assistant Professor-Tenure Track, Native American Education, to start with us in the 2022-2023 academic year. The expected start date is September 16, 2022.

Faculty Description:

Below is a general summary of key duties of full-time tenure-track assistant professors at UW Tacoma in the School of Education and the specific expectations of this position:

  1. Teach 6 courses during the regular academic year (September-June) in areas of expertise based on the needs of the school. This position will primarily support instruction in the current EdD Muckleshoot Cohort and teaching a Since Time Immemorial/STI course in our forthcoming BA in Education (expected launch in the 2022-2023 academic year). The candidate may teach in other programs based on areas of expertise.
    1. Compensated summer teaching duties may also be available based on available resources and enrollments.
  2. Actively participate in accreditation, assessment, curriculum development, program review, and related activities to assist the school with its ongoing continuous-improvement efforts.
  3. Service expectations to the school, campus, and relevant external bodies including:
    1. Serving on program-level, school-wide, campus/UW Tacoma, and/or UW committees as needed.
    2. Maintain external relationships with local communities, school partners, state-level organizations, and Tribal Nations in the state to stay well-connected to current issues of professional practice. Specifically, we would expect this person to support the ongoing work of strengthening and maintaining our connections to Tribal Nations, Indigenous education entities, in addition to other community relationships within Washington State and the Pacific Northwest.
    3. Advise and mentor undergraduate, master’s, and/or doctoral students.
  4. Maintain an active scholarly record appropriate for a UW faculty member in the rank of tenure-track assistant professor.  


  1. Earned doctorate (or a foreign equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher education in the areas of educational leadership, educational policy studies, Native American Studies, teacher education, or a related field. Degree must be conferred by September 16, 2022.
  2. Broad knowledge of P-12 school-based settings and systems. 
  3. Demonstrated expertise respectfully collaborating with Indigenous communities and Tribal Nations to advance community and educational goals.
  4. Demonstrated expertise using and centering Indigenous pedagogies within P-12 settings or working within Indigenous education settings.

Priority review of applications will begin on Friday, November 12, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.


To apply, please submit electronically, in either rich-text format or Word documents, the following documents using the Interfolio platform; any additional materials submitted outside of the platform will not be processed or reviewed:

  1. A cover letter, no longer than 2 pages, that includes the following:
    1. Your interest in this position, including how you meet all of the minimum qualifications.
    2. A description of your teaching philosophy, describing how your expertise, knowledge, and skills will contribute to the mission and values of the School of Education and UW Tacoma as an urban-serving campus. 
  2. A separate diversity, equity, and inclusion statement, no longer than 2 pages, that includes the following:
    1. A description of your prior experience respectfully collaborating/working with Indigenous communities and Tribal Nations in the areas of Indigenous educational settings.
    2. A description of how you have directly supported the success of communities, employees, families, and learners from diverse ethnic, racial, tribal, gender, and other groups historically underrepresented and underserved in PK-12 education, and your plans to continue these efforts at UW Tacoma in this role.
  3. A current curriculum vitae.
  4. 3 professional letters of recommendations. Each must be on official letterhead, signed/dated, and include each recommending person's name, title, and contact information. A candidate who is ABD (“all but dissertation” in the doctoral program) will need to submit a letter from the dissertation committee chair to verify progress and timeline for degree completion.
  5. A representative written scholarly product, such as a dissertation chapter, publication, or report.

Specific inquiries about the position may be directed by e-mail to the School of Education Office of the Dean at

About Us

School of Education

The School of Education at UW Tacoma is one of seven academic units on campus. The mission of our school is: “to prepare ethical and reflective educators and leaders who transform learning, contribute to the community, exemplify professionalism and promote diversity.” Central to our values is a commitment to promoting equity and social justice in our schools and society. More information about our conceptual framework, mission, and values is located on our website:

School of Education at UW Tacoma Land Acknowledgment

The School of Education community here at UW Tacoma acknowledges that we learn, live, reflect, and teach on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish people. As our campus is specifically situated on the traditional homeland of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, we will make intentional efforts to create inclusive and respectful partnerships that honor Indigenous cultures, histories, identities, and sociopolitical realities.

We in the School of Education also have a moral responsibility to fully acknowledge our Indigenous connections, as well as critically reflect on the histories of dispossession and forced removal that has allowed for the growth and survival of this institution.

Let us continue to advocate for and partner with our Indigenous neighbors as we continue our lifelong work together as a dynamic and inclusive community of educators, leaders, and learners.

To learn more about the UW Tacoma School of Education’s land acknowledgement, visit:

UW Tacoma

One of three campuses of the University of Washington located on the traditional ancestral homeland of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, UW Tacoma is an urban-serving university that shares the University of Washington’s commitment to high-quality teaching and research and is committed to participating in the educational, cultural, and economic development of the South Puget Sound. UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty, and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth. For more information about UW Tacoma, visit

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