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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

Lecturer: Sports Studies, University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is seeking a sport studies scholar for a three-year renewable lectureship teaching in the sport studies curriculum of the Department of American Studies. The position is effective August 17, 2016.

The teaching load is four undergraduate courses each semester; teaching assignments might include Inequality in American Sport; Women, Sport and Culture; Sport in America after 1900; and Race and Ethnicity in Sport. Teaching in the summer session for additional salary is also a possibility. Some undergraduate advising will be expected.

Applicants must have the PhD or equivalent in the area of sport studies, American studies, or related field in hand by August 17, 2016.  Applicants must have experience teaching undergraduates in sport studies or sport history.

Applicants should apply online via the Jobs@UIOWA website: https://jobs.uiowa.edu/faculty/view/67947

Review of applications will begin February 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of American studies and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are strongly committed to diversity; the strategic plans of the University and College reflect this commitment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer: Contemporary Native North American Studies, University of Virginia

The University of Virginia Program in American Studies invites applications for a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Lecturer in contemporary Native North American studies (including Canada, United States and Mexico). We seek a scholar and teacher whose work is grounded in knowledge of a particular culture or region gained firsthand through direct interaction with Native people, while also situating this knowledge in relation to wider movements, theories and trends. The successful fellow’s work will ideally connect the local, the regional/national, and the global through engagement with issues of language and cultural heritage, or media production and representation. We would welcome applications from scholars whose work develops understandings of Native North American aesthetics, such as ethnopoetics, translation, or contemporary art forms (material or expressive cultures, music, dance, theater, storytelling, museums, or film).

The Fellow will hold an appointment in American Studies or a joint appointment in American Studies and a department relating to area of research and teaching. In addition, the Fellow will participate in the newly formed Americas Center, an interdisciplinary center that draws together and anchors the University’s dispersed expertise in the Americas within and across national and ethnic boundaries. The Fellow will conduct their own research, teach one course per semester, and take the lead in organizing a symposium in the second year of the appointment on a topic relevant to the Fellow’s research on contemporary Native North America. This symposium will ideally lead to a publication and significant funding has already been allocated by the Dean’s Office of the College of Arts and Sciences for the symposium.

Applicants must be on track to receive a Ph.D. in a relevant field by May 2016 and must hold a PhD at the time of appointment.

The anticipated start date for the Fellowship period is August 25, 2016 and will end May 31, 2018. Pay is competitive, and benefits are included.

To apply, submit a Candidate Profile online through Jobs@UVa (https://jobs.virginia.edu), search on posting number 0618012, and electronically attach a letter of application, C.V. (including a list of three references), and a two page outline of the proposed symposium (attach under Writing Sample 1). Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2016. However, the position will remain open until filled. Questions regarding the application process in Jobs@UVa should be directed to Carol Westin, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment. The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Chairs, Deans, and Directors

Director of the Environmental Program, Tenured: Rubenstein School, University of Vermont

The University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources invites applications from outstanding candidates for the position of Director of the Environmental Program. The position carries the rank of Professor or Associate Professor. We seek a recognized scholar to provide vision and leadership that will enhance the Environmental Program’s excellence; the Director will also continue to pursue scholarly activities of the highest quality in his/her field of study. We offer the prospect of joining UVM’s vibrant campus-wide community of environmental scholars, as well as opportunities to contribute to the University’s renowned focus on environmental issues and research. Scholars with a terminal degree in the ecological sciences, in natural / physical sciences, in social sciences, arts and humanities, or in interdisciplinary environmental studies, and demonstrated leadership experience, are welcome to apply.

Founded in 1972, UVM’s Environmental Program (http://www.uvm.edu/envprog/) is among the oldest environmental studies curricula in the country, and is one of the most prominent majors on campus. The Program’s Director oversees an undergraduate Environmental Studies major and minor, about 500 students in all, housed within three campus units: the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. The Environmental Program is known for its emphasis on sustainability education, global environmental equity, and social and environmental justice, and it supports high impact educational practices through independent student research, experiential learning, and community engagement.

A candidate for the position of Director of the Environmental Program is expected to have a strong record of achievement in scholarly research and publication. The candidate should also have demonstrated leadership and administrative experience working across disciplines and perspectives, a background that includes teaching and advising at the university level, and strong communication and collaboration skills. As the leader of the Environmental Program, the Director will articulate a vision for transformative undergraduate learning, inaugurate innovative practices of sustainability education and collaborative learning, and sustain and strengthen connections with other environmentally-oriented programs at UVM.

As administrator, the Director will be responsible for faculty mentoring, curriculum and program planning, budgeting, and related activities. This is a 9-month tenured faculty position in the Rubenstein School, and reports to its Dean. The Director will devote approximately half time to program leadership, and half to research and teaching. The current leadership model includes an interim Associate Director who is a member of the Environmental Program faculty, and who assists the Director with day-to-day administrative responsibilities. Two additional staff support student services within the program.

The mission of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (http://www.uvm.edu/rsenr/) is to understand, nurture, and enrich interdependence between people and healthy ecological systems. The School’s tenure track, research, and teaching faculty includes social and natural scientists, arts and humanities scholars, and planners and designers who engage an array of environmental problems and challenges. With about 600 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students, the Rubenstein School offers six undergraduate majors and programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

The University of Vermont is located in Burlington, and is situated between the Green and Adirondack Mountains, on the shores of Lake Champlain. Founded in 1791, UVM is a public land-grant institution. It is ranked tenth best Green College in the country by The Princeton Review and one of the top public universities in the country by US News and World Report. Burlington is consistently rated as one of the most desirable U.S. cities in which to live. The area is rich in cultural and recreational activities. The University of Vermont is an equal opportunity employer; we strongly encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

Applications should be filed electronically at http://www.uvmjobs.com under position number 005878. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, Curriculum VitŠ, and the names and contact information for three to five referees who will provide letters of reference upon request. Applicants should also submit a statement (one page maximum) that responds to two questions:

In our changing world, what are the key opportunities and challenges facing undergraduate environmental studies programs today? What will define UVM’s Program to be among the foremost environmental studies programs in the future?

Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. We anticipate a start date of July 1, 2016. Inquiries should be directed to Prof. Patricia A. Stokowski, Chair, Environmental Program Director Search Committee (802-656-3093; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

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Director: Humanities Center, University of Rochester

The University of Rochester seeks a director for its new Humanities Center. Building upon a long tradition of strength in humanistic inquiry, the Humanities Center has been established to support and lend vision to the study of the humanities and arts at the University of Rochester. It represents a call to action for the community of researchers in the humanities and offers opportunities to explore innovative possibilities for scholarly exchange and collaboration in an interdisciplinary setting, offering programs for faculty, graduate and undergraduate students and the public. The faculty member selected for this position will be the first to hold the named and endowed position as the Ani and Mark Gabrellian Humanities Center Director.

The Humanities Center is guided by the director, who will report to the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, in consultation with an executive committee of eight faculty members representing each of the academic departments that are the core of the Center. The director will hold a senior tenured faculty appointment in one of these departments and have a distinguished record of scholarly publication. Selection of the director will be overseen by the dean and a faculty search committee, which is largely independent of the executive committee. Other leaders, members of the Board of Trustees, and friends of the University will also be consulted about this 5 year, renewable appointment.

Responsibilities focus on overseeing the day-to-day work of the Center and collaborating with the executive committee and faculty at large on programs and strategies to fulfill the mission of the Center as it evolves along with the University. In this capacity, the director will lead strategic planning that is critical for the Center’s success, including expansion of programs and managing budgetary needs, and will promote the Center in conversation with interested parties, donors, and other University associates. Ongoing activities, carried out in cooperation with administrative and student support staff, also include overseeing the selection of speakers, noted invitees and all programs associated with the Center (such as the Humanities Project, Digital Humanities events, The Distinguished Visiting Humanist Program, The Ferrari Symposia, and participation in Central New York Humanities Corridor projects), as well as overseeing the application process and selection of external and internal fellows each year.

The director will expand the role of our undergraduate community in the humanities and will serve as a strong advocate to the deans, on behalf of faculty and the executive committee, on matters related to the Center and to the humanities on campus more broadly.

For more information about the Center, please visit:

Review of applications will begin on January 16, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by January 30, 2016.

Candidates should provide a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a short statement about the role of the humanities and such a Center in higher education and university life, and the names of five references, who will not be contacted without permission. Please submit all materials online at http://www.rochester.edu/faculty-recruiting/positions.

The University of Rochester, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education.

Communication / Media


Ethnic/Cultural Studies/Social Sciences

Postdoctoral Fellow: Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy, Carnegie Mellon

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.

The appointment is for nine months beginning August 22, 2016.  The fellowship carries a stipend of $50,000, and $5,000 for research, benefits and other expenses.

Application: 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, Baker Hall 244
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

Deadline for receipt of applications is March 31, 2016.  (Notification of decision by April 20)  Women and minorities are urged to apply.  EEO/AA. 


Government / Public Policy



Mellon Postdoctoral Research Scholar: Digital Humanities, Lehigh University

Lehigh University seeks applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Research Scholar in digital humanities and community engagement beginning August 2016. 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, community engagement, urban studies and social justice. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in documentary film or digital storytelling. 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 scholar will also take the lead in organizing a conference at Lehigh during the Spring semester of 2018 that will provide a showcase for student, faculty and community work and a forum for interaction with nationally and internationally recognized figures in digital humanities.

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 2013 and August 2016. 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/6903 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, 2016. Inquiries should be directed to Professor Edward Whitley: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Lehigh University ranks in the top 50 among national universities in the 2015 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.

Museum Studies

Music, Fine Arts, and Art History

Religious Studies

Women's / Gender Studies

Assistant Professor, Adjunct: Center for the Study of Women, University of California Los Angeles

Two Adjunct Assistant Professor Positions with the UCLA Center for the Study of Women

To Apply: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF01878
Deadline: Sunday, February, 28, 2016

The Center for the Study of Women in the UCLA College of Letters and Sciences in conjunction with UCLA’s Gender Studies Department and the Institute of Society and Genetics invites highly qualified applicants for two non-tenure track Adjunct Assistant Professor openings for the 2016-17 Academic Year (renewable for a second year at the discretion of the Center for the Study of Women).

The Adjunct Assistant Professors will conduct and engage in research in the fields of gender and/or sexuality studies with preference for projects in postcolonial science and technology studies, environmental justice, critical race studies, and biohumanities. Adjunct Assistant Professors are expected to contribute to the Center’s research activities and programs on the topics of “Food, Water, Shelter,” “Feminism and the Senses,” “Chemical Entanglements,” or “Life (Un)Ltd,” and to participate in the annual Thinking Gender conference. For information about the Center’s research, visit http://www.csw.ucla.edu/research/projects.

Adjunct Assistant Professors will also teach one course in either the Gender Studies Department or Institute of Society and Genetics at UCLA. We welcome applicants whose experience in research and teaching has prepared them to contribute to UCLA’s commitment to excellence and diversity.

Applicants should have received their PhD in a social sciences or humanities discipline between January 1, 2012 and no later than June 30, 2016. We are seeking applicants who do not already hold a permanent tenure-track position elsewhere. Immediately pending or recent PhDs and postdoctoral fellows are invited to apply.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy.


* A doctoral degree in social sciences or humanities is required by date of anticipated appointment of July 1, 2016. Recent PhDs are encouraged to apply.
* Knowledge of gender and LGBT issues, strong research skills, and experience with quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis.
* An outstanding aptitude for independent public policy, social science, humanities, and/or public health research, preferably demonstrated through research and writing as a graduate student or experience after graduate school.
* Strong academic records and communication skills.


Review for the position will close on February 28, 2016. The following application materials are required:

* Cover Letter: summarize qualifications for the position
* Curriculum Vitae (10 pages maximum)
* Abstract with current project title (1 page, 250-300 words)
* Detailed Narrative Statement (2,000 words): describe proposed research project addressing: articulation of research question; relevance to gender, feminist, sexuality studies; and how it will advance CSW projects (Life(Un)Ltd, Feminism & the Senses, Chemical Entanglements, or Food, Water, Shelter)
* Writing Sample (30 pages maximum)
* 3 References (contact information only)