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Post-Doctoral Fellow in American Studies

Christopher Newport University
Newport News, VA
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Working Title:

Post-Doctoral Fellow in American Studies

Appointment Type:

Full Time

Purpose of Position:

Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies invites applications for a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in American Studies, effective August 2022. The successful candidate will hold a concurrent title as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership and American Studies. Applicants must be committed to undergraduate education and demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching and research with undergraduates.

The successful candidate will have an appropriate Ph.D. by August 2022, a teaching/research focus and expertise in the one of the following areas: the American constitutional tradition, America’s intellectual history, public law in the United States, the judiciary, American diplomacy, America’s national security policies or grand strategy, or contemporary constitutional issues. The successful candidate must be academically qualified and prepared to teach in the American Studies core, including AMST 100, the foundations of America, and at least one of the following courses: AMST 120, Encounters with the Constitution, or AMST 200, the evolution of America, or AMST 300, a course that focuses on America’s role in the world, as well as upper level courses in the candidate’s expertise.

The Center for American Studies is an interdisciplinary center that promotes teaching and scholarship on America’s founding principles and history, economic foundations, and national security. The nominal teaching load for the Post-Doctoral Fellow is 2-2. Phi Beta Kappa membership is highly desirable.

Departmental Information:

The Department of Leadership and American Studies at Christopher Newport University comprises 16 faculty and offers a second major and a minor in Leadership Studies, and a major and minor in American Studies. The Leadership Studies minor won the Outstanding Leadership Program Award in 2019 from the Association of Leadership Educators. The newly developed second major in Leadership Studies began in the Fall 2020 semester. Our Center for American Studies promotes undergraduate and faculty research on America’s founding principles and history, economic foundations, and national security in order to promote sensible notions of political liberty, economic liberty, and civic responsibility. The Center sponsors undergraduate programming, annual conferences, national security workshops, a Junior Fellows program, and undergraduate research. Candidates wishing to know more about the department and its academic programs are invited to visit

Faculty Information:

Selected by The Princeton Review to be included in The 387 Best Colleges: 2022 Edition, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience – great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia, enrolls approximately 5,000 students, and is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service. Our Fall 2021 incoming class presented average high school GPA and SAT scores of 3.8 and 1213, respectively. Academic programs at Christopher Newport University encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide as 3rd among public regional universities in the South and 6th overall, and has recently completed more than $1 billion in capital construction on its 260-acre campus.

Christopher Newport is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. Our faculty enjoy an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect that rewards outstanding teaching and fosters active intellectual and creative engagement. Faculty are productive scholars and researchers, supported by professional development funds. Faculty and administrators regularly consult and collaborate as the University works to sustain a culture of scholarly inquiry, informed debate, and civic action that enriches students, faculty, and the surrounding community. The result is a supportive and cohesive academic setting in which the University cultivates and carries forward its mission. The University is among the highest ranked in the nation for its quality of life and innovative spirit. For further information, please visit our website at

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Application Instructions :

To apply, candidates must visit to upload a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable for initial screening), statement of teaching philosophy, a one-page statement articulating how your teaching, scholarship and service would contribute toward fostering an inclusive learning environment on campus, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of recommendation. (Letters should be uploaded with application materials or emailed to [email protected]). Letters of reference will be the only documents accepted via email.

Review of applications will begin on April 21, 2022.
Applications received after April 21, 2022, will be accepted but considered only if needed.
Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.

Christopher Newport University (CNU) will make a reasonable effort to accommodate persons with disabilities in the application and/or interview process. Persons with disabilities who require accommodation should contact the CNU Human Resources Office by calling (757) 594-7145.

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EEO Statement :

Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully Committed to Access and Opportunity. Notice of Non-Discrimination & Title IX Policy Statement:

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