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Page for Academic Positions in American Studies that begin in 2018.

Last Year's Page: American Studies 2017

See also: Ethnic Studies 2017-2018 and Womens/Gender/Queer Studies 2017-2018

Adjacent field pages: History 2017-18 and English Literature 2017-2018

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Full-Time / Tenure-Track Positions in American StudiesEdit

Oberlin College (OH) - TT Asst. Professor - Comparative American Studies (Native American and Indigenous Studies)Edit

The Comparative American Studies Program at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in Native American and Indigenous Studies. Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of four years beginning Fall 2018 and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor. The CAS Program seeks candidates from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields who examine Native American and indigenous experiences through one or more of the following frameworks: empire, race, gender, sexuality, law and politics, transnationalism, culture, community or activism.

About: The Comparative American Studies Program has 4 full-time faculty who approach the study of the United States with expertise drawn from many interdisciplinary fields, including American studies, ethnic studies, gender and sexuality studies, and visual culture studies. The Program has particular strengths in Asian American studies, Latina/o studies, feminist studies, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer studies. For further information on the Program, please see http://new.oberlin.edu/arts-and-sciences/departments/comparative_american/ Phone: 440-775-8907.

Responsibilities: The incumbent will teach the standard teaching load (currently 4.5 courses per year) including a regularly offered introductory course in Native American and Indigenous Studies and two other courses in the incumbent’s area of expertise. The Comparative American Studies Program is committed to interdisciplinary and intersectional pedagogy at the undergraduate level. Faculty are expected to integrate issues of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and citizenship within comparative and/or transnational frames in their teaching. The faculty member in this position will also participate in the core CAS curriculum, including Introduction to Comparative American Studies and/or one of our advanced research seminars. The incumbent will also be expected to engage in sustained scholarly research and/or other creative work appropriate to the position and participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including academic advising and service on committees.

Qualifications: Among the qualifications required for appointment is the Ph.D. (in hand or expected by the first semester of academic year 2018-19). Candidates must demonstrate potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. Oberlin College believes that diversity is essential to the excellence of our academic program. Applicants are asked to include in their cover letter information about how their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and/or community service will support Oberlin College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion; see http://new.oberlin.edu/student-life/diversity/. Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations and should describe previous activities mentoring minorities, women, or members of other underrepresented groups. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Quick Link for Posting: http://jobs.oberlin.edu/postings/5054

Compensation: Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

Special Instructions to Applicants: To apply, candidates should visit the online application site found at https://jobs.oberlin.edu. A complete application will be comprised of 1) a Cover Letter that includes an articulation of the applicant’s teaching and scholarship; 2) a Curriculum Vitae; 3) Unofficial transcript; 4) a writing sample of 20-30 pages; and, 5) Letters of Reference from three (3) recommenders*

  • By providing three (3) Professional References (names and email addresses), you agree that we may contact them through our applicant web portal. Reference writers will be asked to submit an electronic Letter of Recommendation on behalf of the applicant. Please note: At this time we are unable to accept Letters of Recommendation from an Interfolio email address.
  • Review of applications will begin on October 13, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications received by the October 13 deadline will be guaranteed full consideration. Questions about the position can be addressed to the search committee at cassearch@oberlin.edu.

Princeton University (NJ) - TT Asst. Professor - Asian American Literature and CultureEdit

Princeton University's Department of English and Program in American Studies invite applications for a joint appointment at the assistant professor level from scholars specializing in Asian American literature and culture. We welcome applicants working in all areas, periods, and critical approaches, particularly those addressing issues related to race and ethnicity using a multidisciplinary lens. Princeton University is committed to undergraduate as well as graduate teaching and advising, and the successful candidate will teach at all levels and supervise doctoral research.

Please apply online at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/3441 with a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, a dissertation or book abstract, writing sample (under 30 pages), and a statement of teaching philosophy.

  • Consideration of applications will begin on October 5, 2017; the application deadline is October 15, 2017. Interviews will be conducted at the American Studies Association annual meeting in Chicago, November 9-12, 2017. Alternative arrangements will be made for candidates who are unable to attend the ASA meeting.

San Francisco State University (CA) - TT Assistant Professor - Criminal Justice Studies - focus on National Security, Racialization, and State PowerEdit

San Francisco State University, School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in national security, racialization and state power beginning August 2018.  The School seeks individuals with a background in Criminal Justice Studies with a specialization in racialization, state power, and repression, with an emphasis on discourses and practices of national security and either: A) surveillance; and/or B) the criminalization of immigration. We are particularly interested in scholars who focus on the contested dynamics of national belonging in an era of neoliberal globalization, particularly the construction of national identity and constitutive others through a discourse of safety, and the subsequent development of state capacities to surveil, arrest, detain, deport, and/or execute said others. Scholars may also consider the transnational implications of judicial and legislative decisions about civil liberties in the context of heightened concerns over national security. In particular, we welcome scholars that study social movement mounted by racialized communities, and/or broader elements in civil society. Currently, tenure track faculty in criminal justice studies have expertise in youth crime, policing, mass incarceration, the racialized and gendered dynamics of criminalization and poverty and the politics of the criminal justice system from an interdisciplinary crime, law and justice perspective. The successful candidate would build on this body of expertise by developing new curricular offerings in one of two areas: 1) war, militarism and surveillance internationally and domestically; and/or 2) immigration, immigration policy, immigration enforcement and social movements by immigrants. This would expand our department’s offerings by adding a transnational focus to our faculty’s current emphasis on the social, political and legal construction of crime. Students would benefit from increased understanding of the dynamics of displacement, immigration, racialization, and punitive responses in the U.S. and internationally. Courses in these areas could help prepare students for future careers in government and law, growing fields that require critical understanding of the issues of national belonging and civil and human rights.  The School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) is a collaborative interdisciplinary school of public affairs oriented scholars that delivers degree programs in Criminal Justice Studies, Environmental Studies, Public Administration, and Urban Studies and Planning. Students in these programs are immersed in a problem-oriented learning environment that extends beyond the classroom and into the community, the public arena, and the world. Building on an ethos of social justice and sustainability, faculty prepare PACE graduates with critical and analytical skills necessary to understand and address the issues and challenges of the twenty-first century.  

Qualifications: Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in Law and Society, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies, or related field.   Candidates should have a strong background in racialization, state power, and repression, with an emphasis on discourses and practices of national security and either: A) surveillance; and/or B) the criminalization of immigration. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to teach courses in the areas of Criminal Justice Studies and Public Administration. Preferred candidates should have experience teaching, or mentoring minorities, or other underrepresented groups. Candidates must have an active record of scholarship related to their specialty area.   Candidates must be able to demonstrate how they have or will incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in their courses and/or scholarship/creative works.

Responsibilities: The position requires undergraduate teaching in Criminal Justice Studies with the possibility of undergraduate and graduate course in other PACE programs, mentoring and advising undergraduate students, developing an active ongoing scholarship program in one’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments. Detailed position description is available at http://pace.sfsu.edu/.  

Rank and salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

San Francisco State University is a member of the CSU system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. San Francisco State University faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work. Our goal is to attract a world-class and diverse faculty committed to build a multicultural educational environment.  San Francisco State University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected category. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups.   A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any employment with the CSU. 

Application process: Submit letter of intent/interest, a current CV, a sample of scholarly papers, teaching philosophy, description of research interests and names and contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date. 

  • Submit all materials online to pace@sfsu.edu by October 15, 2017. Review of applications will continue until position is filled. 
  • Also posted at Ethnic Studies 2017-2018

San Francisco State Univeristy (CA) - TT Assistant Professor - Criminal Justice Studies - Criminal Justice Administration and AdvocacyEdit

San Francisco State University, School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in criminal justice administration and advocacy beginning August 2018. 

The department/school seeks individuals with a background in Criminal Justice and Public Administration with a specialization in advocacy and administration. The criminal justice system is administered through a network of public, private, and nonprofit organizations. At the federal level the Department of Justice alone has 144 programs that provide funding to state and local governments as well as for-profit and nonprofit organizations to deliver services and provide training as part of the criminal justice systems. Included in this network are more than 12,000 “crime and legal-related” nonprofit organizations in the United States, as well as countless state and local agencies vital to funding and implementing criminal justice reform and active in advocating for needed reforms. Other types of nonprofits are also involved in this network – they include small, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, grantmaking and philanthropic organizations, or nonprofits engaged more peripherally in criminal justice work. The bottom line is that criminal justice reform administration & advocacy is a collaborative endeavor at every level, requiring today’s criminal justice professionals to be able to work collaboratively at the intersections of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, as well as across levels of government. PACE seeks an assistant professor to teach and conduct research at these intersections, helping students understand the criminal justice system as a whole and preparing them to work at various junctures in that system. This hire will be responsible for teaching undergraduate courses in the criminal justice and urban studies & planning programs, as well as courses related in public or nonprofit administration in the Master of Public Administration Program. The hire would also help build a Criminal Justice Studies undergraduate track into the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program, and/or build the criminal justice administration emphasis in MPA. Work or field experience related to the criminal justice system is preferred.  

The School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) is a collaborative interdisciplinary school of public affairs oriented scholars that delivers degree programs in Criminal Justice Studies, Environmental Studies, Public Administration, and Urban Studies and Planning. Students in these programs are immersed in a problem-oriented learning environment that extends beyond the classroom and into the community, the public arena, and the world. Building on an ethos of social justice and sustainability, faculty prepare PACE graduates with critical and analytical skills necessary to understand and address the issues and challenges of the twenty-first century.  

Qualifications: Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in Criminology, Public Administration, Public Policy or related field.  Candidates should have a strong background in criminal justice administration and advocacy in the context of the range of non-profit, for-profit and state community-based interventions and strategies in the criminal justice system, including the study of the ways these interventions impact traditional criminal justice strategies. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to teach courses in the areas of Criminal Justice Studies and Public Administration. Preferred candidates should have experience teaching, or mentoring minorities, or other underrepresented groups. Candidates must have an active record of scholarship related to their specialty area.  Candidates must be able to demonstrate how they have or will incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in their courses and/or scholarship/creative works.

Responsibilities: The position requires graduate and undergraduate and graduate teaching in Criminal Justice Studies and Public Administration with the possibility of undergraduate and graduate course in other PACE programs, mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students, developing an active ongoing scholarship program in one’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments. Detailed position description is available at http://pace.sfsu.edu/.

Rank and salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

San Francisco State University is a member of the CSU system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. San Francisco State University faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work. Our goal is to attract a world-class and diverse faculty committed to build a multicultural educational environment. San Francisco State University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected category. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups.  A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any employment with the CSU.

Application process: Submit letter of intent/interest, a current CV, a sample of scholarly papers, teaching philosophy, description of research interests and names and contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date. 

  • Submit all materials online to pace@sfsu.edu by October 15, 2017. Review of applications will continue until position is filled.

University of Southern California (CA) - TT Open Rank Professor - American Studies / Ethnic Studies (2 Positions)Edit

The Department of American Studies & Ethnicity, Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, California, is seeking two open rank tenure-track assistant, associate or full professors in the field of American Studies and Ethnic Studies with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2018. The successful candidates will be intellectually expansive scholars trained in the humanities and/or social sciences. The candidate must have a doctoral degree in appropriate field of study prior to appointment.

To learn more about the Department, visit our website at http://dornsife.usc.edu/ase/

  • Apply at: https://usccareers.usc.edu/job/-/-/1209/5311364
  • We will begin reviewing applications on October 1, 2017. Applications should include: 1) A letter of application that specifically addresses the candidate's qualifications for the position, with areas of specialization, research and teaching interests clearly identified, 2) a current CV, 3) the names of three individuals who can be contacted by USC for a letter of reference 4) a writing sample (limited to 40 pages).

Williams College (MA) - TT Asst. Professor - American Studies / Native American StudiesEdit

The Program in American Studies at Williams College invites applications for a full-time position in Native American Studies, to begin July 1, 2018. Our expectation is to make a tenure-track hire, at the rank of assistant professor, but we are also open to making a senior appointment. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in American Studies or in a related discipline, but period and research specialization are open. The successful candidate will be able to teach a range of courses in Native American Studies and American Studies.

The American Studies program at Williams, among the oldest in the US, strongly values interdisciplinary work and is one of the college’s key sites for comparative work on race, ethnicity, and diaspora; we are deeply committed to building Native American Studies not only within the unit but at the college more broadly. We value the diversity of our program faculty, and we are especially interested in candidates from underrepresented groups as well as individuals who have experience in working with diverse student populations. Information about the program can be found at: https://american-studies.williams.edu/

Please send the following application materials to the program chair, Mark Reinhardt, via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/43136: a letter of application, which includes a summary of current scholarship, teaching experience, and any additional relevant information for the search committee; a curriculum vita; a separate brief description of two or three courses you would be especially interested in teaching; an article-length writing sample; and three letters of recommendation.

Visiting Positions / Limited-Term AppointmentsEdit

See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2017-18Edit

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