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Assistant Professor of American Studies (Visual Culture)

William & Mary
William & Mary
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Assistant Professor of American Studies (Visual Culture)

Unit Mission Statement:

American Studies examines the cultural, racial, and national issues thatshape the Americas and the lives of peoples in “America.” Ourfaculty have specialties that span Arts & Sciences. Our program centerscollaborative, interdisciplinary research and learning in collective andindividual settings. We offer an engaging environment that enablesstudents pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees to sustainintellectual and personal growth.

Position Summary:

The American Studies Program at William & Mary, a public university of the Commonwealth of Virginia founded in 1693 that is located on lands originally inhabited by ancestors of the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway), Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Mattaponi, Monacan, Nansemond, Nottoway, Pamunkey, Patawomeck, Upper Mattaponi, and Rappahannock tribes, seeks applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in visual culture(s). The position is a joint appointment in the American Studies Program (75%) and a department to be determined based on the successful candidate’s disciplinary expertise (25%). Appointment will begin August 10, 2024.

The American Studies Program seeks to expand our areas of expertise by hiring a colleague who engages the ways in which visual representations frame our understanding of the social world and the making of intersectional identities and differences. This expertise might include research on, among other areas, the LatinX, Latina/o, and/or Ibero-American diaspora, Indigeneity in the Americas, and/or Afro-Caribbean identities. Specific visual culture specializations might include, among others, photography, screen cultures, graphic arts, painting, and vernacular art, including their production and circulation. Exceptional applicants from other areas of visual culture will be considered.

We seek a colleague with interdisciplinary research and teaching from fields including but not limited to American Studies, Art History, Anthropology, Design, Digital Humanities, Ethnic Studies, Film and Screen Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, History, Indigenous Studies, LGBTQ Studies, LatinX, Latina/o Studies, New Media, Religious Studies, or Sociology.

Duties include research, teaching, and service to the American Studies Program and the University. The successful applicant is expected to establish and maintain a vibrant research program that inspires a highly motivated undergraduate student body. They will also be expected to mentor Master’s and Ph.D. students.

Teaching expectation is two courses per semester. Successful applicants must possess the skills to teach compelling courses in visual culture and other lecture and seminar-style courses in the American Studies Program and their home unit.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in visual culture or a related field at the time the appointment begins (August 10, 2024).

Preferred Qualifications:

Previous experience in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. Evidence of scholarly achievement or demonstrated potential as a scholar. Evidence of engagement with communities beyond academia and/or public-facing scholarship.

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Special Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online at Submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter that includes descriptions of your teaching and research interests. While a diversity statement is not required, candidates are encouraged in these documents to reflect on their past experiences or future plans to foster an inclusive and welcoming climate for learners/scholars in American Studies. You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted by the system with instructions for how to submit a letter of reference.

For full consideration, submit application materials by October 15, 2023. Applications received after the initial review date will be considered if needed.

Information on the degree programs in American Studies may be found at:

Background Check Statement:

William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement:

William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Benefits Summary Statement:

William & Mary offers our employees a full array of benefits including retirement, health insurance with options for expanded dental and vision along with group and optional life insurance with coverage for spouse and children, flexible spending accounts, and an EAP (Employee Assistance Program).

Our employees enjoy additional university benefits such as educational assistance, professional development, wellness benefits, and a robust holiday schedule. All employees have access to fitness facilities on campus. Staff members also have access to the university libraries, and much more. To learn more, go to:

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