The Native Nations Institute (NNI) within the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy seeks candidates for a one-year NNI Post Doctoral Indigenous Data Sovereignty Fellow position. Candidates with interests and/or research portfolios in Indigenous data sovereignty, governance, and data science issues that affect Indigenous Peoples locally, nationally, or globally will be considered. Skills and content expertise can be in diverse areas including public health, the environment, climate, ethics, public policy, Indigenous methodologies, quantitative or qualitative methods, and more. However, we are particularly interested in candidates pursuing research related to Indigenous data sovereignty, governance, or data science. The Post Doctoral Fellow will be expected to work collaboratively with other university departments, state, tribal, and local entities, and national and global organizations. The Post Doctoral Fellow will participate in designated research activities of the Tribal Data Sovereignty and Governance Program under the mentorship of Dr. Stephanie Russo Carroll (formerly Rainie), NNI Associate Director, and will collaborate with the NNI Research Team and others. Dr. Carroll’s Tribal Data Sovereignty and Governance Program, an Indigenous-led research group, collaborates with national and international leaders in Indigenous data sovereignty and governance, including the US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network and the Research Data Alliance as well as its hosted International Indigenous Data Sovereignty Group. In addition to the research program, the successful candidate will be expected to develop and/or teach January In Tucson courses as part of the Indigenous Governance Program and present at national and international conferences and workshops.
The ideal candidate for this position will model the highest degree of professionalism as demonstrated in their work ethic and interpersonal engagement with colleagues. They will be a self-starter who takes initiative to master new skills and content areas in order to continually improve in the position. We are looking for someone who will work independently to take ownership of specific projects through to their successful completion but also will contribute to a team environment to advance the larger research mission of the University. The ideal candidate will be able to work collaboratively with a diverse array of colleagues across the globe. Good communication and the ability to excel in a virtual team environment is a must.
The NNI, Udall Center, and the UA place a very high priority on Indigenous research, outreach, and service in the Southwest, United States, and around the globe. The UA resides on the traditional territory of the Tohono O’odham Nation and Tucson shares geography with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. In Arizona, there are 22 federally-recognized tribes. The UA has a University Office for Tribal Relations and an Assistant Vice President who sits on the President’s cabinet. The UA Strategic Plan for Native American Advancement and Tribal Engagement includes efforts to strengthen and develop collaborations among current academic units, programs, and tribes to enhance recruitment and retention of Native faculty and students, expand curricular offerings, and increase the proportion and impact of Native faculty and administrators. The UA has a Native Faculty group comprised of approximately 30 Indigenous scholars who either have faculty appointments or have a doctoral degree in their field. The UA has a vibrant American Indian Studies Program and Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. The UA has multiple Native student groups including Native American Student Affairs and the American Indian and Indigenous Health Alliance student group. The UA is a top producer of Native doctoral degrees, tied for #1 in 2017 (2017 NSF Survey of Earned Doctorates).
The Native Nations Institute in the Udall Center was founded in 2001 by the University of Arizona and Udall Foundation as a self-determination, governance, and development resource for Indigenous nations. A program of the university’s Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, NNI works with Indigenous nations and organizations to support Indigenous self-determination, strengthen Indigenous governance capacities, and achieve community and economic development objectives. It does this through practical research, educational programs, and hands-on collaboration designed to assist Indigenous peoples in (re)building their nations according to their own designs.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Duties & Responsibilities
Creates and enacts mentoring plan with NNI’s Associate Director, including finalizing research/service/teaching effort, training opportunities, and other commitments.
Researches and writes about tribal and other institutional policies, practices, and codes related to Indigenous data sovereignty, governance, and research ethics.
Writes proposals for funding to develop, implement, and evaluate Indigenous data sovereignty and data science projects.
Participates as directed in other primary and secondary research on governance and community development among Indigenous nations in the United States and elsewhere.
Assist with the US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network Advisory Council Engagement, Funding, and Website Committee efforts.
Collaborates and networks with the Research Data Alliance.
Participates with the International Indigenous Data Sovereignty Interest Group at the Research Data Alliance and other global partners to advance Indigenous data sovereignty through research, scholarship, teaching, and engagement.
Helps assure the highest academic standards and rigor in research processes and products.
Engages in the administrative and intellectual responsibilities of NNI’s research function, including participating in Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Governance team meetings, as well as regular meetings for assigned projects and initiatives.
Additional duties may be assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Doctoral degree in social, behavioral, biological, or health sciences disciplines with relevance to the position description and requirements.
Experience writing journal publications on Indigenous governance, health, community development, education or related activities.
Experience carrying out qualitative and quantitative research on Indigenous policy, governance, and/or federal Indian policy, or closely related areas of research.
Substantial familiarity with American Indian policy in the United States.
Preference will be given to applicants that meet ABOR minimum qualifications and one or more of the following:
Ability to interact effectively with a diverse array of individuals and groups.
Ability to work independently and professionally with minimal supervision and direction.
Strong science and/or policy communication skills.
FLSA Exempt Full Time/Part Time Full Time Number of Hours Worked per Week 40 Job Category Postdoctoral Research Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits Posted Rate of Pay $55,000 Annually