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Visiting Assistant Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences

Binghamton University, State University of New York
Binghamton, NY

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Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Category:: Faculty
Department:: External Scholarships and Undergraduate Research Center
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: Jan 5, 2024
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: 5906
Position ID:: 171409

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

We seek applicants with a Ph.D. in a Humanities or Social Science discipline (or from an interdisciplinary doctoral program) who have a commitment to interdisciplinary and experiential learning to join Source Project, Binghamton University's distinctive first-year research program in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The position begins August 2024. PhD in hand by appointment.

The Source Project is a sequence of two, four-credit courses over the fall and spring semesters (research streams), where first-year students have the opportunity to conduct authentic research and generate new results. Students will ask questions and seek answers, guided by faculty who can help identify topics and appropriate research methods. Students will produce original projects that express their findings and learn how to communicate the relevance of what they have found with classmates as well as others in the University's Research Days poster sessions.

The successful candidate will teach two research streams per year, either two sections of one theme or two differently themed streams. Each stream is capped at 25 students. This amounts to a 2/2 teaching load with a maximum of 50 students each semester. Each course carries associated departmental rubrics and general education designations. In addition, the Visiting Assistant Professor will be responsible for advising students.

Some areas of interest for potential streams include (but are not limited to):

  • Sustainability and Social Change
  • World Cultures
  • Capitalism/Economics
  • Urban Studies
  • Arts and Society (not studio art)
  • Popular Culture
  • Innovative and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

Examples of existing and past streams, including the other streams being taught in 2024-2025, can be found here.


PhD in hand in a Humanities or Social Science discipline (or from an interdisciplinary doctoral program) by time of appointment, and documented teaching experience.

Additional Information:

The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

As required by title IX and its implementing regulations, Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus effective August 1, 2017.

Application Instructions:

All applicants must apply using the University's applicant tracking system, Interview Exchange To apply, please submit the following materials: a CV, a short teaching/student mentoring statement, contact information for two references, and two short Research Stream proposals. Each proposal should include a title, a short description, potential departments for course listing (cross-listing), and an explanation of how first-year student research projects can be practically approached in the proposed streams over a two-semester sequence. We will begin review of applicants on February 15, 2024.


Working at Binghamton University

Message on working at Binghamton University from President Harvey Stenger    


Binghamton University opened its doors as Triple Cities College in 1946, to serve the needs of local veterans returning from service in World War II. Originally located in Endicott, N.Y., five miles west of the present campus, the fledgling school was a branch of Syracuse University.

Four years later, the college was incorporated into the State University of New York (SUNY) and renamed Harpur College in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher, patriot and pioneer who helped settle the area west of Binghamton.

In 1961, the campus moved across the Susquehanna River to Vestal. Growing enrollment and a reputation for excellence soon led to the selection of Harpur College as one of four doctorate-granting University Centers in the SUNY system.

In 1965, the campus was formally designated the State University of New York at Binghamton, and in 1992, Binghamton University was adopted as our informal name.

Mission Statement

Binghamton University is a premier public university dedicated to enriching the lives of people in the region, state, nation and world through discovery and education and to being enriched by partnerships with those communities.

Vision Statement

Binghamton as an institution is dedicated to higher education, one that combines an international reputation for graduate education, research, scholarship and creative endeavor with the best undergraduate programs available at any public university.

We are an academically selective community that shares ideas across departments, disciplines and borders. We encourage faculty, students and staff to ask unexpected questions, foster open dialog and develop innovative solutions to important problems.

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