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November 29th, 2012

Position announcement: Director for American Ethnic Studies

The College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for director of the American ethnic studies program. The program will grow significantly over the next three years to meet the requirements to become a department and to contribute to the university’s goal of being recognized as a Top 50 public research university by 2025, http://www.k-state.edu/2025.

This is a 12-month, tenure line appointment with a reduced teaching load. Promotion, tenure and reappointment criteria are available at http://www.k-state.edu/academicpersonnel/fhbook/fhsecc.html#70. Start date is July 1, 2013.

Requirements include a strong record of teaching, research and service that focuses specifically on historically underrepresented racial and ethnic populations in the U.S. Candidates with a doctorate in ethnic studies or related interdisciplinary field are especially encouraged to apply. Regardless of research field, the successful candidate will demonstrate an emphasis on interdisciplinarity and have a clear and demonstrated understanding of how race, culture, language, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and multiple perspectives in the U.S. context intersect with important elements of inequality and opportunity.

Candidates should also demonstrate academic administrative experience with diverse groups of professionals, a strong commitment to supporting research and scholarship within an interdisciplinary department, and a vision for the program’s future. The successful candidate will also have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, will be able to exhibit innovative thinking about the program’s ongoing development and resource challenges, and will possess a commitment to working with the dean and college department directors or heads.


The director will:

  • provide leadership for the development of the program according to program, college and university strategic goals;
  • oversee and supervise programmatic functions, such as scheduling, budgeting and personnel;
  • represent the program on and off-campus;
  • mentor faculty members in their research and teaching;
  • teach, advise and pursue focused research interrogating the multiple perspectives and contexts for historically underrepresented racial and ethnic populations in the U.S.;
  • foster a sense of community by promoting open communication, cooperation and collegiality among faculty, staff and students;
  • work with the college, Kansas State University Foundation and alumni to attract funds and resources;
  • and relate effectively to individuals of diverse backgrounds.

Required qualifications

  • Doctorate in a discipline with a clear teaching, research and service focus specific to historically underrepresented racial and ethnic populations in the U.S.
  • Strong background of interdisciplinary scholarship
  • Excellent leadership and administrative skills 
  • Experience working with diverse groups
  • Qualifications consistent with the rank of associate professor or professor

Preferred qualifications

  • Demonstrated success in a leadership or administrative role
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain and administer external funding, including philanthropic gifts
  • Qualifications consistent with the rank of professor

Department information

Created as a secondary major over 20 years ago, American ethnic studies is a now an academic major with strong support from the college administration. The position of director is one of two hires for 2013, with a third new position anticipated the following year. By the end of spring 2015, the program will have four tenure-track faculty and begin the transition to the status of a department.

Currently, one tenure-track faculty, one interim director and three instructors comprise the core faculty. The program has 19 undergraduate majors and 79 minors in the program. In addition, the program is supported by 27 affiliated faculty from around the university and advised by an 11-member governance board. The program’s core areas of scholarship inquiry may be found at its website, http://www.k-state.edu/ameth/.

College information

The programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, http://www.k-state.edu/artsci/, are central to K-State’s historic and present missions. The college contains 27 departments and programs and offers a number of special programs and secondary majors. With more than 7,000 students, it attracts the largest enrollment of any K-State college. It also offers approximately 85 percent of all freshman courses and 65 percent of all credits taught. The university is aggressively implementing a plan to be nationally recognized as a Top 50 public research university by 2025.

Application information

Review of applications will begin Jan. 14, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must submit: (1) a letter of application that describes their qualifications and background, (2) a one-page statement outlining a vision for expanding the department’s capabilities and productivity, especially in research, scholarship and creative activity, (3) a curriculum vita and (4) the names and contact information for three references. Submit materials -- preference is for a single PDF file -- to Karen Solt, College of Arts and Sciences, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS  66506-1005. Call 785-532-6900 for questions.  Submissions by email are preferred to solt@k-state.edu. Contact Karen Solt with any questions. Kansas State University is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees. A background check is required.

November 10th, 2012

Maidu Poet Janice Gould 
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
4pm Student Union Little Theatre

Native American Lesbian Poet will give a public reading

November 10th, 2012

"Can I Kiss You?" with Mike Domitrz
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
7pm Union Grand Ballroom

This program is sponsored by The Women's Center and Wildcats Against Rape (W.A.R.)

November 1st, 2012

Showing of "For The Next 7 Generations"
Friday, November 9, 2012
5:30pm Union Little Theatre

This film is about the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers that came together from the 4 corners of the earth to form an alliance: The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. It tells the story of their concerns and how they came together. It is filmed on location of each of the grandmothers and the conference forming the alliance. The first in a series of events brought to you for Native American Heritage Month by the Native American Student Assoc. www.ksu.edu/nasa (for future events), Office of Diversity, and SGA. This movie is also sponsored by the Flint Hills Wisdom Keepers Foundation www.fhwisdomkeepers.org.  Film trailor can be previewed at www.forthenext7generations.com. Please visit our NASA website for future events including Native American Heritage Day 11/12. Any questions can be routed to Georgia Perez, NASA Advisor or Brandy Tholstrup, NASA President.

October 17th, 2012

Judy Ancel 
Immigration and the Right to Work: The 2012 Election and Beyond 
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 7pm 
Leadership Students Building Town Hall Room

Judy Ancel, Director of the Institute of Labor Studies at UMKC, has worked with unions, immigrant workers, and immigrant rights organizations, and has testified to the legislatures of Kansas and Missouri.  She is a strong opponent of the exclusionist legislation pushed by Kansas Secretary of State Chris Kobach.

Ancel’s interest in immigration issues grows out of years of teaching and activism related to working people in a global economy. Her many trips to Mexico have brought her in close touch with families surviving by sending a family member to the U.S.  She argues that current immigration laws fail to provide for our country's needs for immigrant labor, or for the needs of American working citizens.  She will offer a positive proposal for a sensible and humane immigration policy that can draw broad public support in the years ahead.

October 16th, 2012

Everyone Is Gay
Friday, October 22, 2012
7pm Forum Hall

Everyone is Gay began as a humorous online advice website for all, with an emphasis on LGBTQ youth. Founders Kristin Russo and Dannielle Owens-Reid now tour high school and college campuses nationwide, promoting a message of kindness and everyday change-making while keeping audiences of all ages engaged and, most importantly, laughing.

October 9th, 2012

Sean Arce to deliver lecture on Thursday

Sean ArceA teacher involved in the recent Arizona controversy over the teaching of ethnic studies in Tucson schools will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in Town Hall at Kansas State University's Leadership Studies Building.

Sean Arce, former head of the Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies program, will give the lecture “Ethnic Studies Banned in Arizona: An Effective Pedagogy and Curriculum for Latina/o Students."

Arce’s lecture will discuss the recent legislation passed in Arizona that has effectively eliminated the Mexican American Studies program in the Tucson school district. The program had received national praise and honor for its effectiveness in retaining and graduating Latino students, preparing them for college, critically engaging them in education and learning, and successfully encouraging involvement in the community.

Arce is the 2012 recipient of the Myles Horton Education Award for Teaching People’s History from the Zinn Education Project.

“We are glad to be able to use funds from the Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies to partner with the American Ethnic Studies program and the women's studies and English departments to bring Sean Arce to K-State,” said Melia Fritch, undergraduate and community services librarian at K-State Libraries. “We have a display of the curricular materials in question up in the center currently. The events in Arizona should be of interest to anyone involved in secondary education, ethnic studies and issues of governance in our schools.”

Arce’s talk is free and open to the public. For more information about the event or related materials in K-State Libraries, contact Fritch.

October 7th, 2012

National Coming Out Day October 11, 2012
Leadership Amphitheater at 7:00pm.

Open mic (for people to tell their coming out stories to an open and affirming audience) as well as a candle light vigil in order to share a moment of silence for those who have taken their lives or had their lives taken as a result of coming out (or not coming out).

October 6th, 2012

Sean Arce 
Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 7pm Leadership Studies Building Town Hall Room (pdf)

October 5th, 2012

"A Walk In My Shoes"
Friday, October 12, 2012
Town Hall in Leadership Studies Building 12pm

The College of Education invites you to attend a landmark video event, where six graduate students from six different countries tell their personal stories of coming to Kansas State University.  Come learn about their home, culture, education, and experience here at K-State.  The 35-minute documentary film will start at noon, followed by a question and answer session. (video clip)

October 2nd, 2012

Tony Diaz 
Friday, October 12, 2012 at 3:30pm Hemisphere Room of Hale Library

Founder and Organizer of the Librotraficante movement will be giving a lecture on campus

Sixth annual Encuentro highlights Hispanic Heritage Month activities:

Kansas State University will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15-Oct. 15 with a variety of events and activities that showcase Hispanic culture and issues.   For more information on Encuentro or any of the other events, go to www.k-state.edu/halo/encuentro/index.html.

 "K-State Events to support Librotraficante"   

Novelist Tony Diaz, a former K-Stater, is the Founder and Organizer of the Librotraficante movement.  As part of the national movement K-State is hosting several events:

Sept 20th and 21st: readings on Bosco Plaza

We will be reading excerpts from actual books listed on the banned books list. We will also be showing the trailer for “Precious Knowledge,” a documentary that details the struggles of the students involved in the Ethnic Studies ban in Arizona. 

Sept 21st and Oct 12th: showings of the documentary Precious Knowledge

We will be showing this documentary two times and facilitating discussion regarding the events surrounding the racist bans. So far in our discussions, we have identified 4:00 on Friday, the 21st of September as a good showing time. We will try to show the movie in Leasure in room 13.

  Librotraficante web page

Two-Spirits" A documentary by Lydia Nibly

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 6pm

Beach Museum

It centers on the life of a young Two-spirit/Transgender Navajo, F.C. Martinez, who was murdered in 2001. The film is both informative and engaging.

"Centered: 40 years of expanding Multiculturalism at K-State Libraries"
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 4pm
Hale Library 4th Floor (pdf)

September 24th, 2012

Sociology, American Ethnic Studies faculty have published in the Journal of Pan African Studies

The manuscript "Grass Tops Democracy: Institutional Discrimination in the Civil Rights Violations of Black Farmers," by Spencer Wood, assistant professor of sociology and interim director of American ethnic studies and Cheryl Ragar, assistant professor of American ethnic studies, was published in the September issue of the Journal of Pan African Studies.

Link to K-State Article

May 1st, 2012

Retirement Celebration May 15 for Juanita McGowan

Juanita McGowanA retirement celebration for Juanita McGowan, director of the American ethnic studies program and assistant dean for diversity for the College of Arts and Sciences, will be from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the K-State Alumni Center. Everyone is welcome.

Link to K-State Article