Call for applications for Indigenous Scholar in Residence Program

by Noreen Balos, Funding Peer
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 1:30 PM

Fort Lewis College is seeking applications for its Indigenous Scholar in Residence Program between Spring 2019 and Spring 2021 as part of its Literacy, Inclusion, and Transit (LIT) Project. Scholars of Native American or Indigenous Studies are invited to apply for residencies of between one week and one academic term.

Literacy, Inclusion, and Transit (LIT) Project
With support from the Mellon Foundation, FLC will launch the LIT (Literacies, Inclusion, and Transit) Project over the next three years, as a way to solidify and strengthen what we do as educators and position our students to be strong citizen leaders in the 21st century. The goal here is to develop and implement programs that foster the elements below in our students; we want them to engage with multiple literacies, embrace diversity and difference, and become adaptable to changing environments.

‚Äč-Literacies: We will enhance our curriculum with extracurricular activities and undergraduate research opportunities that ask students to engage with multiple ways of seeing and understanding the world. Through increased exposure to multicultural scholars and increased undergraduate research opportunities in the humanities, students will learn how to switch lenses and view experiences through multiple and varied perspectives.

-Inclusion: We will infuse the educational experience at FLC with opportunities that promote acceptance of difference and a desire to include rather than exclude peoples and perspectives. 

-Transit: We will ask faculty and students alike to explore ideas of motion, movement, and change. Whether physical, economic, social, or emotional, humans are increasingly within a world of transit. Encouraging students to understand this world of transit and develop the adaptability needed to thrive in it will position graduates so that they have the best chance of success in their chosen paths. 

This scholar will serve as a role model for the grounding philosophies of the LIT Project as well as an expert in one or more of the areas. The workshops, courses, and other activities could cover topics such as current developments in indigenous studies; indigenous perspectives in a specific discipline; enacting indigenous philosophies and worldviews in one’s studies and work; navigating the academy and job market as an underrepresented person; addressing the tensions associated with leaving a home community; succeeding in college as a first-generation student; and reimagining transition and change from other cultural perspectives.

Responsibilities will vary according to the length of the residency but may include teaching a course on a topic connected to literacies, inclusion, and/or transit; guest lectures in courses or guest instruction of a mini-unit for integration into existing courses; development of mentorship programs for faculty and staff; discussions/workshops for faculty, staff, and/or students; and public lecture open to all students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Compensation is $30,000 for one academic term (14 weeks) plus a small housing supplement; shorter residencies will be prorated proportionately. 

Applications should include a CV, a letter of interest that describes how this scholar’s work would contribute to the LIT project broadly and the potential activities listed above, and indicates a potential time-range of residency. Questions and applications should be forwarded to Dr. Jesse Peters, Interim Provost's email at

Please click here for more information about the LIT Project.
Please click here for more information about FLC mission and core values.