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University of Hawaii, Manoa (USA:Hi) - Assistant Professor in American Studies[edit | edit source]

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Teach undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary courses in American visual culture and/or art history in the Department of American Studies, 
  2. Teach "Survey of Global Arts" in the Department of Art and Art History on a rotating basis 
  3. Engage in research, teaching, and service in the department, university, profession, and the community,
  4. Perform other duties as assigned by the chair.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. PhD in American Studies, Art History, Visual Studies, or a closely related field. PhD must be in hand by date of hire (August 1, 2020). 
  2. Ability to teach and conduct research in American visual culture and/or art history with an emphasis on American colonial, postcolonial, Indigenous, and/or transcultural contexts, 
  3. Demonstrated successful teaching experience at the college level, 
  4. Evidence of scholarly achievement.

Desirable Qualifications: 

  1. Ability to teach American Studies core classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, 
  2. Knowledge of Asia and the Pacific region,
  3. Engagement in digital humanities, public humanities, and/or community focused activities,
  4. At least 2 years of successful teaching at the college level,
  5. Publications in refereed journals or other appropriate media. 

To Apply: Click on the "Apply" button at the top right corner of the screen to complete an application and attach required documents: 1) letter of application stating clearly how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications; 2) curriculum vitae (place education and degrees first); 3) transcripts showing highest degree received (copies are acceptable, however official transcripts will be required at time of hire); 4) statement of current and future research (1 page); 5) statement of teaching experience/philosophy (1 page); 6) a published article or chapter or other writing sample of approximately 10,000 words or less and 7) names and full contact information for three references.  In addition, three letters of recommendation submitted directly by the recommenders should be addressed to Shellie Kimura at sskimura@hawaii.edu via UH FileDrop Service at https://www.hawaii.edu/filedrop/with the Expiration Time for the file upload to 7 days.

Deadline: 1' December 2019 '

Acknowledgment received: 

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview): 

Preliminary interview scheduled (please specify: MLA, phone, Skype, etc.):

Rejection (after preliminary interview):

Campus interview scheduled: 

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES: Any updates? 2/5

-campus visits completed [2/9]

University of Michigan (USA:Mi) - Open-rank tenure-track faculty in American Studies / Ethnic Studies[1] (applied X1)[edit | edit source]

The University of Michigan’s Department of American Culture seeks qualified applicants for an open-rank tenure-track faculty appointment.

We seek a theoretically sophisticated and interdisciplinary scholar whose work is situated in American studies and/or critical ethnic studies, with interests in empire and militarization, settler colonialism, diasporic and transnational literatures, environmental humanities, and/or migration studies. The search will consider scholars whose work focuses on the U.S. as well as those who incorporate comparative and transnational frameworks in relation to the U.S.  The ideal candidate will possess cross-cutting interests and could teach topical courses aligned with Native American and Indigenous studies, and/or Arab American studies.

This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2020. A Ph.D. degree in any relevant field in the humanities or social sciences is required prior to appointment.  Applicants must demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching and research.

Applicants should submit a digital dossier via email to ac-position@umich.edu under the subject line “AC Position” and attach each of the following components as a separate PDF file:

All applicants should provide:

  • Cover letter addressed to “Chair, AC Search Committee”
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing sample (limit to 25 pages)
  • Statement of current and future research
  • Statement of activities contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion. (limit to 2 pages)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and experience
  • Evidence of teaching excellence (i.e., student evaluations of teaching, syllabi of courses taught, teaching awards)
  • Sample syllabus for and/or a list of potential course offerings  

In Addition:

  • Untenured applicants - please provide three letters of recommendation, which should be sent to ac-position@umich.edu directly from the signer’s (or credentialing service’s) institutional email address
  • Tenured applicants - please provide names and contact information of suggested reviewers.

Application Deadline for full consideration is September 15, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Deadline: 21 September 2019 (US Central Time, UTC-6)

Acknowledgment received: X1

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview): x2 (11/05)

Preliminary interview scheduled (please specify: MLA, phone, Skype, etc.):

Rejection (after preliminary interview):

Campus interview scheduled: December

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES:

[11/8] Campus interview updates?

[11/19] For those who had video interviews: has anyone heard either way (rejection or invitation)? 

[11/19] No! Haven't heard a peep. Anyone else?

Assistant Professor of American Studies at Skidmore College (applied X1)[edit | edit source]

AMERICAN STUDIES. The Department of American Studies at Skidmore College, a highly selective liberal arts college in Saratoga Springs, New York, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position, beginning September 2020.

Strong commitment to interdisciplinary undergraduate education and teaching experience. A demonstrated interest in contributing to broader cross-disciplinary and emerging areas in our liberal arts curriculum, particularly the Black Studies Program. Applicants should be able to demonstrate their ability to teach diverse student populations.

Teaching load of five courses a year (18 credit hours). Candidates should be able to teach courses that cover a broad historical range and have the following specializations: race/ethnic studies and material culture.

Skidmore College is on a semester calendar and offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and their qualified dependents, including domestic partners and same-sex spouses. In keeping with Skidmore’s strategic plan to enhance the diversity of our campus community, we encourage candidates from historically under-represented groups to apply. 

Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

CREATIVE THOUGHT MATTERS.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.

To apply, please fill out an online application at https://careers.skidmore.edu/postings/3380 and attach the following required documents: a cover letter, C.V., three letters of support, and statement of teaching and research interests, by October 1, 2019.

This system can support attachments up to 1.9MB. All “required” documents must be attached through the online application system to complete the application process. If you have questions please contact Breann Oswald, Employment Coordinator in Human Resources at: boswald@skidmore.edu or (518) 580-5802.

The department will interview candidates via Skype and/or Zoom in November 2019.

Ph.D. in American Studies preferred.

Deadline: October 1, 2019

Acknowledgment received: X1

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview): 1/21

Preliminary interview scheduled (please specify: MLA, phone, Skype, etc.): Zoom interview scheduled 

Rejection (after preliminary interview):

Campus interview scheduled: 

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

[11/17] Anyone heard anything?

11/18 No news here (X2)

Nov 19: No news here after Skype interview completed week of Nov 4-8


12/08: anything? 

Dec 8: Nothing here, but I assume they have completed or are in the midst of campus visits, may even have an offer out to someone.


Jan 21: Badly worded rejection email that says "We received applications from several fine candidates..." [x3]

Assistant Professor of American Studies at Wesleyan University (applied X1)[edit | edit source]

The American Studies Department at Wesleyan seeks a scholar-teacher in nineteenth-century U.S. cultural studies/history for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1, 2020. Gender, social reform, and empire are the areas within the field that are the Department’s highest preferences; additional areas of focus may include religion, immigration, and urbanism. We seek an interdisciplinary historian with a Ph.D. in American studies, history, or a related field entailing an immersion in historical research and analysis.  Due to the current composition of the Department, candidates with Ph.D.s in literary studies will not be considered. Candidates should be actively engaged in scholarly research and writing and prepared to teach four courses per year (two per semester) to undergraduates. Additional duties include advising and mentoring students and participating in faculty governance at the departmental and university level. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in hand (within the field specifications stated above) by the time of appointment to be hired as an Assistant Professor; a successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but must complete the Ph.D. (within the field specifications stated above) within one year of hire. Applications from candidates who have held a tenure-track job for more than two years will not be considered.  

To apply, visit http://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/6872. A complete application includes a letter of application, curriculum vitae, dissertation abstract or book abstract, 20- to 25-page writing sample, statement of current research, and documentation of teaching experience, including teaching statement, course syllabi, and student evaluations. As part of the teaching statement (or cover letter), we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body. Applications should be submitted online at http://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/6872. At the time of application, candidates will also be asked to provide the email addresses of at least three referees from whom we will obtain confidential letters of recommendation. All materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received no later than September 27, 2019, to be considered, so it is requisite for candidates to submit the application early enough to provide their recommenders with time to submit their letters by September 27.  We advise candidates to apply by early September so that requests to their recommenders can be generated.  

Acknowledgment received: X1

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

Preliminary interview scheduled (please specify: MLA, phone, Skype, etc.): Zoom interview scheduled 

Rejection (after preliminary interview):

Campus interview scheduled: 

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES: Heard anything? (11/17)

Nope! [11/18]

[11/25] Any new updates?

[12/12] rejection

Deadline: September 27, 2019

Assistant or Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Virginia[edit | edit source]

The Program in American Studies at the University of Virginia invites applications for a position in Latinx Studies, at the assistant professor (tenure-track) or associate (tenured) levels.  Anticipated start date is August 25, 2020.  Applicants must have a record of interdisciplinary research and/or teaching in Latinx Studies. The American Studies program at the University of Virginia is comprised of faculty whose work engages methodologies that range across the humanities and social sciences. Faculty engage with other projects taking shape at the university, including, but not limited to, studies of comparative race and ethnicity, the Americas, and the Global South. A new colleague may be interested in an approach that extends beyond the limits of one or another discipline within the interdisciplinary scope of Latinx Studies.  The Program in American Studies is especially, though not exclusively, interested in candidates’ whose research focuses on histories of one or multiple diasporic groups, on past or contemporary social movements, on ideas of peoplehood or Latinx political influence in the United States, on religious and other cultural practices.



Applicants at the assistant professor rank must hold a PhD at the time of appointment.  Applicants at the associate professor rank must hold a Ph.D. at the time of application and must have a strong publication and teaching record.

TO APPLY:

Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs  search for requisition #R0010XXX complete the application, and attach the following:

  1. cover letter of interest describing research agenda, teaching experience and demonstrated past experience working on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion and/or working with diverse populations
  2. curriculum vitae 
  3. sample article- or chapter-length piece of scholarship (Attach to Writing Sample 1)
  4. contact information for three references.
      • Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box.***
      • Applications that do not contain all the required documents will not receive full consideration.***



Review of applications will begin on Nov. 15th, 2019.



Questions about this position should be directed to Carol Westin, caw2rd@virginia.edu.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to: Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor at nr7f@virginia.edu.

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

Georgetown University, Qatar (Qat) - Assistant Professor, American Studies[edit | edit source]

Georgetown University in Qatar invites applications for a core faculty position in American Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor. Core faculty positions are full-time positions designed to replicate the institutional commitment to academic freedom and professional opportunities associated with tenure-track and tenured appointments.

We are especially interested in candidates with research and teaching interests in American studies in an international context. Applicants must demonstrate evidence of an active research agenda and the promise of future research productivity, as well as a strong commitment to excellence in teaching. The successful applicant will take their place at a top-ranking research institution, and will have as colleagues a team of internationally-recognized scholars.

The teaching load for core faculty is 2-2. Assistant Professors are eligible for one semester of fully-paid Junior Faculty Research Fellowship, typically taken in the third or fourth year of service at GU-Q.

Qatar offers a diverse, safe, and family-friendly environment. Compensation and expatriate benefits packages are extremely competitive and include: university provided, fully-furnished housing; a transportation allowance; medical insurance with international coverage; and a tax equalization policy for U.S. taxpayers. GU-Q provides generous research support and support for conference travel. Faculty members at GU-Q are eligible to apply for Qatar National Priorities Research Program grants from the Qatar National Research Fund for various research opportunities.

For more information on GU-Q, see https://www.qatar.georgetown.edu. For a glimpse of what it is like to teach and live in Qatar, see: https://youtu.be/HNoERrWln4k.

Review of applications will begin October 1 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should provide a cover letter detailing their teaching and research interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names of three scholarly references. All application materials should be emailed to GUQ-AMST@georgetown.edu. Please reference “American Studies Search” in the subject line. Faxed applications will not be accepted.

Queries about the position should be directed to Dr. Ian Almond, chairperson of the search committee at: ia265@georgetown.edu.

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or other categories protected by law.

Deadline: 30 September 2019 (Qatar Time, UTC+3)

Acknowledgment received:

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

Preliminary interview scheduled (please specify: MLA, phone, Skype, etc.): Zoom interview scheduled [10/9]

Rejection (after preliminary interview):

Campus interview scheduled: [Oct. 27]

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

NOTES:

Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA) - Assistant Professor of Integrative Studies[edit | edit source]

The Department of Leadership and Integrative Studies in University College at Kennesaw State University is seeking applicants for a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Integrative Studies. The position will begin on August 1, 2020. The ideal candidate is a collegial scholar-practitioner with interdisciplinary expertise.

Teaching responsibilities include instruction in the Integrative Studies (INTS) degree program. Additional responsibilities include the presentation and publication of interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed scholarship as well as campus and external service. Priority will be given to candidates with successful teaching experience in a college/university.

Required Education - Experience - Skills (Minimum Qualifications): Candidates must have an earned doctorate with an interdisciplinary focus, or the foreign equivalent, and evidence of interdisciplinary scholarship. ABDs close to completion will be considered. Doctorate must be earned by July 31, 2020.

A record of scholarship is also required commensurate with experience. Willingness to engage in professional service at all levels of the campus and within relevant disciplines is also a requirement; Experience teaching and/or credentials to teach Integrative Studies at the university level; Knowledge of the application of technology to enhance teaching and learning; Evidence of scholarly presentation and publication potential; Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; Commitment to working with a diverse student population; Commitment to work in an environment that values diversity, inclusion, equity, and collaboration.

Questions About Position Opening:  Kate Schaab, kschaab@kennesaw.edu

Application Deadline Date: 11/08/2019

Full-Time / Tenure-Track Positions - 2020 Deadlines[edit | edit source]

Visiting Positions or Fellowships[edit | edit source]

Abbott Lowell Cummings Postdoctoral Fellow in American Material Culture

The American & New England Studies Program at Boston University seeks a recent Ph.D. in American Studies (preferred), or related interdisciplinary preparation, to serve as the inaugural Abbott Lowell Cummings Postdoctoral Fellow in American Material Culture beginning in the fall semester 2020. This fellowship is a two-year appointment for a scholar with doctorate in hand and received no more than five years previously. The position involves half-time teaching and half-time research and writing. Each year the Cummings Fellow will teach one undergraduate introductory course in American material culture and one upper-level seminar on a related topic. The fellowship includes support for travel to conferences and sources.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, sample syllabi for the introductory course in American material culture, a brief statement of research interest, and three letters of reference to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/15080. We believe that the cultural and social diversity of our faculty is vitally important to the excellence of our academic programs, and we encourage applications from candidates who will contribute to the diversity and inclusiveness of our teaching, research, and learning. Applications will be accepted until January 17, 2020. Please address any questions to Professor William Moore, Director of the American & New England Studies Program (moorewd@bu.edu).

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Boston University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Application Materials Required:

Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Statement
  • Sample Syllabi
  • Letter of Application
  • Three Reference Letters (to be submitted online by the reference writers at this site )
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:

https://www.bu.edu/amnesp/
226 Bay State Rd.
Boston, MA 02215


Deadline: January 17, 2020

Acknowledgment received: 

Request for additional materials:

Rejection (no interview):

Preliminary interview scheduled (please specify: MLA, phone, Skype, etc.):

Rejection (after preliminary interview):

Campus interview scheduled:

Rejection (after campus interview):

Offer made:

Offer accepted:

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Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2019-2020[edit | edit source]

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