Career and Education

The items listed here invite applications or submissions — for positions, papers, fellowships, and other career-enhancing opportunities —  from members of the AIRA community. If you are interested in learning more, download the materials or follow the link(s) provided. Do not contact AIRA for more information, as we are only listing the opportunities as a service to the community and don’t know the answers to questions you may have.

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Opportunity: Call for proposals on “Indigenous Education and Activism: What is Your Contribution?”
Additional Information: The Indigenous Education Research Conference will be held at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque on April 26 and 27, 2017. Topics of interest include the social, cultural, political, geopolitical, and economic contexts of indigenous education as they relate to youth, community, language, popular movements, empowerment, decolonization, solidarity, leadership, legacy, sovereignty, space, place, praxis, sustainability, self-determination, and transformation, etc. The intended audience for this conference includes Indigenous youth, educators, scholars, and community members. The goal of this year’s meeting is to inform and address the following questions from a variety of standpoints: (a) How can activism influence the formation of an “educated person?” and (b) How does activism operate in the daily experiences of Indigenous youth and teachers in a school and community setting? Registration to attend the meeting is only $30 before April 7, and then $40 after that date.
For more information: Submit proposals and demographic sheet by January 16th, 2017. To submit your proposal material, please attach a pdf or word document of pertinent information to There is also a call for posters. Additional details and information may be found here:
Deadline:  January 16, 2017! So act quickly!

pportunity: New Online Undergraduate and Graduate-Level Courses in Indigenous Research Methods
Additional Information: Even though AIRA’s certification program has been discontinued, Lori Lambert, AIRA’s founder, is teaching two online courses this spring in Indigenous Research Methods and Methodologies for students who want to learn and apply these methods to their research. One is a graduate-level class at the University of Montana, and the other is an undergraduate class offered through Stone Child College. Both are online courses designed for researchers who wish to conduct research in Indigenous communities. Neither is guaranteed for transfer credit, so students who need transfer credit for their program of study or in order to apply financial aid to tuition should check with their advisors before registering. The course at the University of Montana is for graduate credit and from the Department of Public Health. It is 3 credits and 15 weeks. The course at Stone Child is 3 credits and is also 15 weeks. It is for undergraduate credit. Download the course description and a summary of basic information here.
For more information: Students should apply for the graduate course through the University of Montana graduate school. Contact Dr. Kari Harris,, for more information about course dates and tuition, and to get application materials. (Please note that if you are an undergraduate student, you cannot get graduate credit from the U. of Montana course, but only undergraduate credit.) Students should apply for the undergraduate class through Stone Child College. Contact Lavern Parker,, for more information about course dates and tuition, and to get application materials.
Deadline:  Information about deadlines is available from the two programs referenced.

Opportunity: ICQI Qualitative Book, Dissertation, and Lifetime Achievement Awards
Additional Information: We are now taking submissions for the Qualitative Book, Dissertation, and Lifetime Achievement awards. The awards will be presented at the Thirteenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (QI2017) in May 2017.
For more information: Submission instructions for each of the three awards is linked to a menu here. Submission and registration links for the Congress are here.
Deadline:  Qualitative Book Award nominations are due by November 4, 2016; Lifetime Achievement Awards by January 15, 2017; Dissertation Award nominations are due by January 16, 2017.

Opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Education focusing on STEM for children and adults from historically underrepresented communities.
Additional Information:
The program is a two-year residency with the Education Research Collaborative at TERC (Cambridge, MA), and is focused broadly on transformative research on teaching and learning that intentionally seeks to expand formal and/or informal educational opportunities for children, youth and adults from historically underrepresented communities. We are particularly interested in research focused in the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) or interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary studies across the sciences, mathematics, humanities, and arts. A distinctive feature of the program is strong and steady mentoring directed at supporting the development of fellows as early career scholars, with academic writing for publication and grant writing as main emphases. Past fellows have also had opportunities to teach as an integral part of mentors’ research projects and at local universities.
For more information: Further information on the program can be found at

Opportunity: Two (2) Tecumsah Postdoctoral Positions at Purdue University
Additional Information: Purdue University invites applicants for two postdoctoral positions for the 2017-2018 academic year. A second year of funding could be available depending upon disciplinespecific interests of the applicant. We seek candidates who will have completed their PhD program before August 2017, with demonstrated potential for scholarly contribution including publications. Potential college placements include: Agriculture, Engineering, Health and Human Sciences, Krannert School of Management, Liberal Arts, Pharmacy, Science, or Veterinary Medicine. The Tecumseh Postdoctoral program was established to support Native American participation in the University at all levels.
For more information: Download the complete Position Announcement document here.
Deadline: Applications should include a pdf file comprised of a cover letter, CV, copies of recent publications, names and contact information of individuals for 3 reference letters, a titled statement of proposed research interests, identification of home department and potential faculty collaborators at Purdue, and a statement describing participation in diversity initiatives, and involvement in Native American communities. Salary is $50,000 plus benefits. All materials should be emailed to Professor Dawn G. Marsh ( Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Opportunity: A new journal is available to our community. “IK: Other Ways of Knowing” is an electronic, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of indigenous knowledge from a global perspective. The journal is published twice yearly by the Pennsylvania State University Libraries, and is co-sponsored by the Penn State Libraries and the Penn State Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK). One annual issue is guest-edited and theme-based; the second annual issue is an open content issue edited by the Penn State Libraries and ICIK team. The call for publications is here.