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Employment and Fellowships

Advertising Guidelines

The American Studies Association publishes "Employment and Fellowship Opportunities" as a service of ASA to both employers and job applicants. ASA recommends that all positions for American Studies practitioners should be advertised in "Employment and Fellowship Opportunities." Association members should notify appropriate officials at their institutions of this service and advise them to take advantage of it.

American Studies

Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track: American Studies, Scripps College

Scripps College, a women’s liberal arts college with a strong interdisciplinary tradition, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in American Studies with an emphasis on Comparative Ethnic Studies to begin in the 2016-17 academic year.  The teaching load is 5 courses and senior thesis advising. Participation in the Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities program is expected. Candidates with interdisciplinary training and a strong theoretical foundation in issues of race and historical processes of racialization and the study of popular culture are particularly encouraged to apply.  Ph.D. in American Studies or a related discipline, teaching experience, and evidence of research potential required.  Preference will be given to applicants with a commitment to the College’s goal of improving higher education for under-represented students.

Applicants should submit the following materials online at http://apply.interfolio.com/29809 by the application deadline of September 1, 2015: letter of application; CV; three letters of recommendation; teaching portfolio (including sample syllabi and evidence of teaching experience and excellence) and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages. For matters other than the submission of material, contact Professor Warren Liu, Chair, American Studies Search Committee, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Interviews will be conducted at the American Studies Association meeting in Toronto in October.

Scripps College is one of seven members of The Claremont Colleges Consortium located 35 miles east of Los Angeles.  In a continuing effort to build a diverse academic community and to provide equal educational and employment opportunities, Scripps College actively encourages applications from women and members of historically under-represented groups.

Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track: American Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, AMERICAN STUDIES: The American Studies Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in global/transnational American Studies beginning Fall 2016.  The successful candidate will offer introductory, methods, and capstone courses in American Studies, as well as, courses in her or his area of expertise. 

Required Qualifications:  Applicants must have a PhD in American Studies or a comparable interdisciplinary field in hand or expected by June 2016, college-level experience teaching, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity.

Preferred Qualifications:  Research areas are open, but expertise in one or more of the following subfields is desirable: empire/borders/migrations; science and technology studies; indigenous/Native American studies.  In addition, preference will be given to those whose teaching experience includes core American Studies courses.

American Studies is one of the oldest interdisciplinary programs at Hobart and William Smith Colleges; it offers a major or a minor, and crosslists broadly with departments and programs across the institution.  The teaching load is 3/2 (or 2/3). The Colleges have a generous leave policy to support faculty research.


Applications are due by September 1st, 2015.  Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials through Interfolio, including a letter of application, curriculum vitae, (unofficial) copies of graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, a writing sample, and three letters of reference.  Materials may be submitted online at https://apply.interfolio.com/30440.

Alternatively, materials may be mailed to Joseph Mink, Chair, American Studies Search, Stern Hall, 300 Pulteney Street, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY 14456.  Questions regarding the search should be directed to Joseph Mink, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Questions regarding Interfolio should be directed to Peggy Ferran, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to attracting and supporting a faculty of women and men that fully represent the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the nation and actively seek applications from under-represented groups. The Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status, or sexual orientation or any other protected status.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are a highly selective residential liberal arts institution located in a small, diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  With an enrollment of approximately 2,000, the Colleges offer 62 different majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program.  Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service are also at the core of the Colleges’ mission.”

Chairs, Deans, and Directors

Director: American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming invites applications for the position of Director of the American Heritage Center. The Center (http://www.uwyo.edu/ahc/) is a major archival repository holding more than three thousand manuscript collections.  Our collecting areas are regional, national, and international in scope.  The AHC maintains the university’s rare book collection and serves as the University archives. The Center draws scholars from the US and abroad, and serves students at UW, teachers, and the public. The successful candidate will have the experience to sustain and advance the Center’s stature as a research and outreach institution of national and international distinction. Candidates may hold the degree of PhD, or (with second advanced degree in a scholarly field preferred) other relevant terminal degree. The position requires demonstrated knowledge of collections and institutional administration, leadership in collections or comparable academic settings, record of professional achievements, demonstrated ability to manage personnel and budgets; and experience in cultivating relationships with donors and other external constituents.

See full announcement: http://www.uwyo.edu/hr/hremployment/listjobs.asp?jobtype=3.

Send applications (cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of at least three professional references) to Michele Peck, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), by September 15, 2015.

The University of Wyoming is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy. Please see http://www.uwyo.edu/diversity/fairness

We conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment.  Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check.

Communication / Media

Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track: Critical Media Production, UC San Diego

The University of California, San Diego Department of Communication is seeking an expert in Critical Media Production to begin in Fall 2016. Candidates work should address under-representation in media access; feature questions of communication ethics, social justice, and equity. Responds to ways that new communication-media platforms are transforming practices of consumption & production as well as cultural/political life, on local & global scales. Faculty should be prepared to teach an array of traditional/new media studio-based courses. Maintain research programs that engage interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities/social sciences. Blends written scholarship with creative practice in other genres/forms. Please apply by October 15, 2015 at http://apptrkr.com/643102.


Ethnic/Cultural Studies/Social Sciences

Open-Rank Professorships: Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Position Description: The Center for Africana Studies of the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences seeks two professors of Africana Studies, one at the rank of Assistant Professor and one at the rank of tenured Associate or Full Professor, in any discipline. The Center for Africana Studies (CAS) is an interdisciplinary program that advances scholarship and teaching in African American Studies, African and African Diaspora Studies, and Urban Studies. The successful candidates’ teaching and service will be evenly allocated between CAS and the home department of their discipline.

Qualifications: Successful candidates may be rising scholars with demonstrated research in their fields or established scholars with a substantial record of research, publication, and interest in institution building. Minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions: Please send a letter of application specifying an appropriate home department in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, a current CV, a statement of current research projects, and a copy of one representative publication online to the Search Committee Chair at the following website: http://apply.interfolio.com/30598. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2015

Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The university promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.

Government / Public Policy



Assistant or Associate Professor: Humanities (Urbanism), New York University

With the generous support of the Mellon Foundation, the division of the Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Science at New York University invites applications for two faculty positions in the humanities with areas of specialization in the study of urbanism, the urban environment, and cities, particularly non-Western. We aim to appoint the successful candidates at either the advanced Assistant or Associate Professor level, beginning on or after September 1, 2016, pending budgetary and administrative approval. Candidates should be prepared to teach relevant undergraduate and graduate courses within the appropriate department.

Applicants are invited from across the range of humanities disciplines. Desirable research and teaching interests include, but are not limited to: the built environment; architectural history; the humanistic study of urban design or urban ecology; and social and cultural urban processes.

Review of applications will begin July 1, 2015, and continue on a rolling basis. Finalists will be invited to campus during Fall 2015. Applications must include a curriculum vitae with the names of at least three references, a letter of application, and a writing sample (published article or book chapter). To apply, please visit: http://www.nyuopsearch.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=52494 and follow the application instructions.


Museum Studies

Assistant Curator, Full-Time: Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles

The Skirball Cultural Center seeks a self-motivated, detail-oriented, multitasking team member with superior research, writing, and communications skills for the position of Assistant Curator. This position reports to the Museum Director and works as a member of the curatorial team. This is a full-time position with benefits.


  • Assist in identification, development, and selection of exhibitions, including originating exhibition concepts and preparing exhibition proposals.
  • Assist in management of traveling exhibitions.
  • Assist in preparation of budgets and grants.
  • Research exhibition topics and contribute to exhibition objectives and written materials, including editing of exhibition didactics.
  • Work collaboratively to support smooth coordination of exhibition planning and implementation with all appropriate parties, including exhibition designer, production staff, education staff, store, operations, and registrars.
  • Work collaboratively with other Skirball departments to assist and support exhibition fundraising, programming, and publicity.


  • MA in humanities, history, art history, anthropology, museum studies, or related field
  • Previous museum work experience with changing exhibits
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, with strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop productive relationships across an organization
  • Demonstrated strength in organizational skills and attention to detail, deadlines, and follow-through
  • A keen appreciation and understanding of the Skirball Cultural Center mission and philosophy

Please send resume and cover letter by e-mail, FAX, or mail to:
Human Resources
Re: Assistant Curator
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
FAX: (310) 440-4595
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

For other employment opportunities with Skirball, please consult our website: http://www.skirball.org/about/employment

Music, Fine Arts, and Art History

Religious Studies

Women's / Gender Studies