Two-year Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies
American Studies Program, Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
June 30, 2023
Starting Date: 
November 4, 2022
Post date: November 4, 2022

The American Studies Program at Williams College invites applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP) to begin July 1, 2023. We seek a scholar of Black Studies, and/or Latinx Studies, who uses comparative race, ethnicity, or indigeneity in their approach. Scholars whose research and teaching foreground racial capitalism, disability, environment, or social movements/activism are especially encouraged to apply, as are scholars with degrees in interdisciplinary fields. The candidate must have the PhD in hand at the start of the appointment, and be prepared to teach an introduction to American Studies course and/or a junior-level theories and methods seminar in American Studies. The successful candidate will be appointed full-time for a term of two years and will have a teaching load of two courses each semester. Compensation includes salary, insurance benefits, and an allowance each year for professional travel expenses.  

We especially welcome applications from groups traditionally underrepresented in the academy. Williams is an institution that places a high value on undergraduate teaching. Thus, the search committee seeks applicants whose supporting materials demonstrate a commitment to inclusive teaching and working effectively with a student, staff, and faculty population that is broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religious views, socioeconomic status, experience with higher education, and more. 


Application Instructions 

The American Studies Program at Williams is a small but vibrant program with a diverse faculty and dynamic and engaged majors, whose numbers are growing. Started over 80 years ago, the American Studies Program at Williams is one of the oldest in the country. Today, our courses engage the prominent theories, methods, and topics in the interdisciplinary field, especially as they relate to slavery, colonialism, capitalism, and empire. Information about the Williams College American Studies Program is available at Applications should be submitted via lnterfolio and should include: 

  a cover letter of no more than two pages describing your research, scholarship, teaching experience, and course offerings

  a curriculum vitae

  a writing sample of no more than 25 pages

  two reference letters, one of which must address teaching 

a sample syllabus for one elective of your choosing and either a syllabus for an introduction to American Studies course or a junior-level theories and methods in American Studies course

 Completed applications submitted by January 9th will receive full consideration. Inquiries should be sent to Jan Padios, Chair of the American Studies Program, at Fax and email applications will not be accepted. Please note that all offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check (­check-policy/). 

Williams College is a liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. The college has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Please visit the Williams College website ( Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non­discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.



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