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Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor of American Studies

William & Mary
William & Mary
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Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor of American Studies

Unit Mission Statement:

American Studies examines the cultural, racial, and national issues that shape the Americas and the lives of peoples in “America.” Our faculty have specialties that span Arts & Sciences. Our program centers collaborative, interdisciplinary research and learning in collective and individual settings. We offer an engaging environment that enables students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees to sustain intellectual 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 visiting assistant teaching professor in American Studies for the 2024-2025 academic year. The position is an appointment in the American Studies Program 3-3 teaching load. Appointment will begin August 10, 2024.

We seek a colleague with teaching and research that engages critical approaches to American Studies as an interdisciplinary field. We are looking for a colleague with training in American Studies. Also appropriate are fields including Art History, Anthropology, Digital Humanities, Ethnic Studies, Film and Screen Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, History, Indigenous Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Latin/E Studies, New Media, Religious Studies, or Sociology.

Duties include teaching in the American Studies Program. The successful applicant is expected to teach 3 courses per term, including the 2 sections of the Program’s Introductory course “Rethinking America” (fall) and 2 sections of a first-year writing seminar of the candidate’s own choosing (spring).

Required Qualifications:

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

Preferred Qualifications:

Previous experience in teaching undergraduate students. Evidence of scholarly achievement or demonstrated potential as a scholar. Evidence of the skills to teach introductory and writing intensive courses in American Studies.

Conditions of Employment:

This is a restricted position, limited to a specified term.


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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 May 20, 2024. 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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