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American Studies

Chairs, Deans, and Directors

Communication / Media

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Digital Humanities and Community Engagement, Lehigh University

Lehigh University seeks applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Research Scholar in digital humanities and community engagement beginning August 2015. The annual salary is $50,000 with full benefits.

For more than a century, mighty Bethlehem Steel anchored Lehigh University’s hometown, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Now that the steel is gone, Bethlehem is experiencing the economic, social and cultural transformations of a city in transition to a post-industrial future.  Lehigh faculty, staff and students have begun telling the city’s story using new digital media forms, chronicling the near universal themes of a community grappling with compelling issues of social justice and its own evolving history.

We seek a postdoctoral scholar well-versed in digital media, methods and technologies, with scholarly interest in one or more of the following areas: documentary studies (film or other), community engagement, urban studies and social justice. The scholar will pursue digital humanities scholarship, teach one undergraduate course each semester, contribute to workshops in partnership with the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, and work one-on-one to help faculty integrate digital media into their courses.

The goal is to drive expansion of an undergraduate humanities curriculum that engages the local community, equips more faculty with enhanced skill sets in digital humanities forms, amplifies undergraduate humanities research, and leads to the development of an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in documentary studies.

The position is open to candidates with a Ph.D. received between August 2012 and August 2015. We seek scholars from a wide range of humanities disciplines as well as the humanistic social sciences. Please apply at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/5320 and submit a cover letter, vita, dissertation abstract, project description, and contact information for three academic references who will be prompted via email to submit letters electronically. The deadline for receipt of all materials is March 15, 2015. Inquiries should be directed to Professor Ed Whitley: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Lehigh University ranks in the top 50 among national universities in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report ratings and is in the most competitive category in both Peterson’s Guide and Barron’s Profile of American Colleges. Lehigh is located on a scenic, 1,600-acre campus in historic Bethlehem in eastern Pennsylvania.  It is about one and one-half hours from New York and Philadelphia. The Lehigh Valley is an attractive place to live and work with reasonable cost of living, easy commuting, and abundant cultural activities.

The College of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh University is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths or experiences in this area. Lehigh University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and Lehigh offers excellent benefits including domestic partner benefits. Please also see Lehigh Work/LifeBalance for Faculty: http://www.lehigh.edu/~inprv/work_life_balance.


Ethnic/Cultural Studies/Social Sciences

Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow: Latino Studies, New York University

Department of Social and Cultural Analysis-Latino Studies Program
New York University

The Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University invites applications for an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow position (non- tenure track) in the field of Latino Studies. This is a one-year teaching/postdoctoral position with a course load of 3 courses per year, with possibility of renewal for up to three years. Candidates may hold a degree in any field, and must have completed the Ph.D. no earlier than August 2008. Our chief priorities are an intellectually exciting research agenda, and teaching that engages interdisciplinary themes attractive to undergraduates. Scholars working in history, environmental studies, language, literature, or health studies are particularly encouraged to apply. The appointment will begin on September 1, 2014, pending budgetary and administrative approval.

Please send a letter of application, curriculum vita, writing sample, sample syllabus, and three letters of recommendation by March 14, 2014. To apply, see the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis website http://sca.as.nyu.edu. Instructions can be found under the homepage link “Employment Opportunities”.

NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Critical Caribbean Studies

Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers, in collaboration with the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, announce a one-year competitive postdoctoral fellowship. We seek scholars working on innovative cultural, artistic, historical, theoretical, and/or social studies. Scholars working on the Dutch or the French Caribbean, with a focus on transnationalism, migration, colonial legacies, decolonization, race and racism, and/or queer feminist studies, are especially encouraged to apply, but we welcome applications from all scholars who feel that their work would benefit from affiliation with the Caribbean studies community at Rutgers.  Selected fellow receives a stipend of $65,000, an annual research allocation of $3,000 and health benefits. For more information, go to http://apply.interfolio.com/26321

Deadline: Friday, January 9, 2015.

Rutgers University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The institution values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and especially encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities.

Associate or Full Professor, Tenured: Urban Studies, Barnard-Columbia

The Barnard-Columbia Urban Studies Program invites nominations and applications from leading senior scholars for a position as Associate or Full Professor in Urban Studies. We are seeking an active leader in the field of urban scholarship with a demonstrated record of scholarly accomplishment appropriate to appointment with tenure (including a PhD); and, a national and international reputation for scholarly productivity in research. Areas of specialization are open, but we are particularly interested in scholars who bring an international perspective to the study of urban life. In addition to candidates from the social sciences and history, we especially encourage applicants working in such areas as planning, geography, and the built environment to apply. The Urban Studies program at Barnard serves undergraduate liberal arts majors and non-majors from both Barnard and Columbia colleges. A commitment to undergraduate teaching and advising is expected. Candidates should also have a demonstrated record of, or interest in, program leadership.

Review of applications will begin February 15, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and a list of three academic references to https://careers.barnard.edu/postings/1315.

Barnard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community. We especially encourage women and candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. Barnard does not discriminate due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis, and to the extent permitted by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: African American Urban Studies, Carnegie Mellon University

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE). 

The Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University seeks a scholar in the humanities and/or social sciences doing history-related research in African American urban studies.  The fellow will pursue his/her own research project; interact with faculty, graduate and undergraduate students; and collaborate with the director on current center projects, including CAUSE 20th Anniversary events. The appointment is for nine months beginning August 24, 2015. 

The fellowship carries a stipend of $50,000, and $5,000 for research, benefits and other expenses.  Send a cover letter, c.v., two letters of reference, writing sample, and a three-to-five page project proposal.  The proposal should include a project description, chapter outline, explanation of the significance to relevant fields, and plans and goals for the fellowship term. 

Send to:
Professor Joe William Trotter, Jr.
CAUSE, Dept. of History
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890. 

Deadline for receipt of applications is March 31, 2015.  (Notification of decision by April 20) 

Women and minorities are urged to apply.  EEO/AA.

Government / Public Policy



Museum Studies

Music, Fine Arts, and Art History

Full-Time Curator: Community Folk Art Center (CFAC), Syracuse University

Community Folk Art Center, Inc. (CFAC) at Syracuse University is seeking to hire a full-time curator. CFAC is a multidisciplinary art center featuring three galleries, dance studio, ceramics studio classrooms, Visual Arts Room, 2D room and a Community Black Box Theater located in the heart of the Connective Corridor in Syracuse, New York. Past CFAC exhibitions have featured the art of Elizabeth Catlett, Faith Ringgold, AfriCobra, Amos Kennedy as well as work representing, Asian, Latino and Islamic art and culture. As the community service based unit of the Department of African American Studies, CFAC is seeking to hire an innovative curator who can expand our efforts to showcase art by emerging, mid-career and accomplished artists from the African Diaspora and diverse communities whose work engages the communities CFAC serves (locally, regionally, nationally and internationally).

The successful candidate must possess an MA or MFA and five years of curatorial experience, beyond the degree and/or equivalent combination of education and experience. Database management and computer experience (with emphasis on Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite) is required and must have experience in working with artists who utilize a variety of media including 2D, 3D, new media and emerging technologies. She/he will also have strong interpersonal and written communication skills as well as experience working with diverse communities.

The curator will be responsible for all aspects of the exhibitions beginning with identifying potential artists through de-installation. Additionally, the curator is responsible for updating and implementing our collections management procedures including an online database. The curator will also be responsible for designing and implementing public and community programs, in consultation with the Director of Education as well as create pre and post visit materials for gallery tours and on-site school visits, exhibition catalogs and postcards. The curator will also participate in the marketing and publicity efforts for exhibitions, prepare and maintain the curatorial budget and work with the executive staff to meet fundraising goals (including grant writing). Additionally the curator is expected to develop collaborative relationships with community based arts organizations as well as identify areas of collaboration with the schools and colleges at Syracuse University.

For a detail job description and online application instructions, go to https://www.sujobopps.com/postings/57962.  Cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references must be attached.
Application deadline is March 16, 2015. Priority will be given to applications submitted by February 28, 2015.  Syracuse University is an equal opportunity employer, as well as a federal contractor required to take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.

Religious Studies

Women's / Gender Studies

LGBTQ Cluster Tenured Faculty Search, University of California, Berkeley

The faculty cluster in the area of LGBTQ Equity, part of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California, Berkeley, is seeking to fill a tenured associate or full professor position with a start date of 7/1/2013.  We are looking for candidates with a demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary scholarship who are engaged in empirical research in the social sciences that has relevance to LGBTQ policy issues.  The work of the person hired should show commitment to exploring sexuality and/or gender identity from an intersectional perspective (attuned to the ways multiple social categories of difference such as sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, race, age, disability, class and immigration status overlap to impact real world communities).  Areas of specialization might include (but are not restricted to) political movements and coalition building; issues related to bisexual and/or transgender identities; systems of institutionalization (prisons, shelters, juvenile detention facilities) and LGBT populations within them; sexuality and different forms of governance structures (e.g., tribal communities in California or elsewhere in the Pacific Rim); the roles of medicine and technology in the construction of gendered bodies; issues related to youth and/or aging in LGBTQ populations.  For more information about the Haas Institute, see http://diversity.berkeley.edu/haas-institute.

The successful candidate will be housed in the academic unit(s) most relevant to their specialization.  Joint appointments are possible.  Part of the successful candidate’s teaching will preferably be for the LGBT Studies Minor and/or the graduate Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality, which are housed in Gender and Women’s Studies.  The successful candidate will be expected to become a core faculty member of the Cluster and be actively involved in planning Cluster programming and research, as well as sharing responsibility for the administration of the Cluster.  Qualifications include a Ph.D. or equivalent in a relevant field (for example, a J.D. for a law professor) at the time of application, outstanding research accomplishment, and the capacity for distinguished teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Applicants should have a demonstrable commitment to building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.  The Cluster is also interested in individuals who may have had non-traditional career paths or who may have taken time off for family reasons (e.g., children, disabled, or elderly), or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academe (e.g., in professional or industry service).

To apply, go to: http://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00105.  Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, summary of teaching experience and interests, up to three significant publications or works-in-progress, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references.  Early applications are encouraged.  The deadline for complete applications is January 31, 2013.

Letters of reference do not need to be sent at this time, but references may be contacted later with prior consent.  All letters of reference will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law.  Please refer potential referees to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.