FEATURED JOB: Assistant Professor of History-Fort Lewis College

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Native American History / Studies

The History Department of Fort Lewis College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professorship in History, with a specialization in the history of Native Americans within what is now the territory of the United States, either before or after 1776. The position will begin in Fall 2023. Strong commitment to undergraduate teaching is necessary; teaching experience preferred; evidence of scholarly potential desired. We welcome candidates with broad expertise in US history and in public history, preferably with a secondary field in one or more of the following areas: environmental history, gender and sexuality studies, or the history of indigenous peoples outside the United States. In addition to courses in the applicant's specialty, such as a two-semester survey of Native American history, the successful applicant will be expected to teach, in rotation with other members of the Department, the United States history survey, Introduction to Philosophy and Methods of HistoryPhilosophy and Methods of History, and the Senior Research Seminar. A PhD in History is strongly preferred, but ABDs in History will be considered upon receipt of a letter from the dissertation advisor verifying that the PhD is close enough to completion to be finished within one year of the hire.

Position Summary 

This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position, in the Department of History, with a specialization in the history of Native Americans within what is now the territory of the United States, either before or after 1776.   

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Ph.D in History, with a specialization in Native Americans within what is now the territory of the   United States, either before or after 1776. (ABDs will be considered, but must have a letter sent from the dissertation advisor verifying that the Ph.D degree is close enough to completion to be completed within one year of the hire).  
  • Ability to teach and conduct research in Native American history.   
  • Experience and/or strong interest in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students   
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities   

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Teaching experience.  
  • Desirable Secondary Fields:  Environmental history, Gender & Sexuality Studies, or the history of indigenous peoples outside the United States.  
  • Broad expertise in US history or public history.  
  • Training or experience in teaching historiography and methods of historical inquiry.  
  • Experience teaching underrepresented populations.  

Major Responsibilities 

  • Teaching 21 credits (7 Courses) per academic year (4:3 or 3:4 Teaching Load)     
  • Teaching courses in Native American history and core courses in the Department of History.  
  • Maintain an active program of scholarship, mentor students, and supervise undergraduate research in the Department.  
  • Participate in the governance of the Department and the College, including curricular development.  
  • Hold regular office hours  
  • Engage authentically with students, the department, and colleagues  
  • Take responsibility for all grading of student work and submitting grades at the end of each semester  
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities  
  • Maintain knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508.  
  • Produce and remediate digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards.  
  • Perform other duties as assigned  

Work Conditions 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic)   
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time   
  • Ability to maintain a teaching environment, both in the classroom and in a computer lab, that is efficient and organized   



Salary $54,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package. The anticipated start date is in August 2023.  

Application Process 
A complete application packet includes: 

  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for the position 
    • Include details regarding how your personal and professional experiences allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion.  “How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis College’s commitment to equity and inclusion?” 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references 

Submit materials as one PDF file via email to: 




Application materials received by November 10, 2022, will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. 


The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts,  and pass a background check. 

The College and the Community

Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas.

Equal Opportunity

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See www.fortlewis.edu/CARE.

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination? Other discrimination questions?

Office of the Title 9 Coordinator
Kate Suazo
230 Skyhawk Station
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-6729 cmsuazo@fortlewis.edu

Office of the Equal Opportunity Coordinator
David Pirrone
192 Education Business Hall
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-7182 djpirrone@fortlewis.edu


Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request.

* Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.

ADAA Accommodations

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email kpolens@fortlewis.edu at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

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