Jessica Bissett Perea Receives P.L.A.C.E. Post-Tenure Award

P.L.A.C.E with CAMPSSAH is delighted to announce the second recipient of our Post-Tenure Start-Up Award – Jessica Bissett Perea, Associate Professor in Native American Studies!

Through the results of the COACHE survey at UC Davis (2017), within the UC system, and at universities across the country, it is known that the Associate Professor rank is one where job satisfaction plummets. There is a statistically significant relationship between the length of time at the Associate rank and the intensity of dissatisfaction. Additionally, scholars in the humanities, arts, and social sciences are more likely to spend longer at the Associate rank than STEM-based faculty (Stewart & Valian, 2018:314, O’Meara 2017). 

To help mitigate this issue, PLACE with CAMPSSAH offers newly tenured faculty a “start-up” package ($4,000 Academic Enrichment Fund per grant, two per year) to assist them in the development of a new project or allow them to refocus their energies in ways more attuned with their desired career path within the university. 

Professor Bissett Perea elected to use the grant to enroll in the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity’s Post-Tenure Pathfinders Program, which provides a space for newly-tenured faculty to “engage in a discovery process about what’s possible” in this new phase of their career and “build the support network necessary to move powerfully in that new direction.”

Bissett Perea’s areas of specialization are within Native American and Indigenous studies approaches to music, sound, and performance, Indigeneity-centered research methodologies, theories, and praxes, critical race, and gender. She is the author of Sound Relations: Native Ways of Doing Native Music History in Alaska (Oxford University Press, forthcoming fall 2021). Perea is currently working on her second book project, Performing Feminist Indigeneities: Sub/Arctic Interventions in Science and Technology Studies, which considers how indigeous-led and indigeneity-centered performing arts process and feminist analytics can both unsettle and decolonize colonial reserch structures and systems in science

You can learn more about P.L.A.C.E. with CAMPSSAH here.