Job Opportunity – University of San Diego – Tribal Liaison/Professor of Practice

The University of San Diego (USD) is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal, professional and scientific knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service. USD invites applications for the position of Tribal Liaison/Professor of Practice starting August 15, 2014. This is a full-time, benefit-based, 10-month position with two integrated areas of duties: half of the position serves as the University’s Tribal Liaison, supervised by the Associate Provost for Inclusion & Diversity; half as Professor of Practice, supervised by the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and the appropriate Department Chair.


The Tribal Liaison responsibilities include linking the University and its resources to the many tribal communities in its service area. Federally-recognized American Indian Tribes are considered sovereign nations, which underscores the need for appropriate interpretation of law and cultural protocol. Key responsibilities are becoming the campus expert in University and Tribal protocol issues, and developing and implementing programs, activities and networks that connect the University to urban- and reservation-based American Indian communities. The Tribal Liaison will advise on and implement best practices for the recruitment and retention of American Indian students, staff, and faculty at USD, function as a liaison between the campus community and American Indians and Tribal Nations in the larger San Diego County area and beyond, and work to build collaborative relationships among those entities. The Tribal Liaison will provide guidance and assistance to administrators, faculty and staff regarding tribal events, issues, educational needs, and protocol.


The Professor of Practice position is a non-tenure track instructional appointment in the College of Arts & Sciences. Responsibilities include: 1) teaching four courses per academic year; 2) holding one office hour per week per course taught; 3) performing departmental and/or college service duties as needed. Teaching duties include: designing syllabi and selecting instructional materials in coordination with the Chair; leading lectures and discussions, preparing and grading examinations, mentoring students in office hours, and assigning final grades.

A Master’s degree or equivalent in an academic discipline, with expertise in American Indian Studies, Ethnic Studies, or a relevant field required. A Doctoral or terminal degree preferred. This is a 10-month assignment paid over 12 months. For a full description of the position, qualifications, and other information, visit the University of San Diego Human Resources jobs website and reference job number IRC#12831. Inquires should be directed to Esteban del Rio, Ph.D., Associate Provost, Inclusion & Diversity, at


TO APPLY, complete BOTH of the following:


• Search IRC#12831 and choose the “Apply Now” button on the jobs website ( and follow instructions. If you have any questions or difficulties regarding the website, please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at


• Submit via email: 1) a cover letter that includes relevant teaching experience, research, and direct experience working with and in American Indian communities; 2) resume/vita; 3) sample syllabi; and 4) have three reference letters sent directly to by your recommenders.

Review of applications begins March 14, 2014 (review date extended). Priority will be given to those who apply before that date. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

USD is an Equal Opportunity employer, and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.