Academic Jobs Wiki

Wiki page for Academic Jobs in American Studies advertised during the 2023-2024 hiring season. This page is for jobs that begin in 2024.

6/6/24: The page for 2025 is now available: American Studies 2024-2025

Last year's page: American Studies 2022-2023

See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2023-2024, History 2023-24, English Literature 2023-2024, Ethnic Studies 2023-2024


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Jobs for 2024[]

California State University Dominguez Hills (Carson, California) - Assistant Professor - Environmental Studies[]

The Department of  Interdisciplinary Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) invites applications for a Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Academic Year) with the appointment starting in Fall 2024.

It is anticipated that Environmental Studies will be a single major housed in Interdisciplinary Studies beginning in Fall 2024. The successful candidate will lead the Environmental Studies major for the Department. This includes student advising, developing internship and service-learning opportunities, teaching GE and major courses, and developing lower and upper-division courses in their area of specialty. The successful candidate will also engage in partnerships and grant-supported projects that engage the local community. Faculty are expected to maintain an active research profile and serve on department, college, and university committees. The normal teaching load is 4-4, with a reduced 3-3 teaching load for the first two years.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in a natural science discipline or allied interdisciplinary field. Specialization is open, although priorities include experience in teaching interdisciplinary environmental studies courses. Ph.D. must be in hand at the time of appointment.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of three years of demonstrated independent teaching including experience in online instruction that engages in equity-minded pedagogy.
  • Applicants must have experience working with diverse student populations and communities
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated record of service
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated record of research including but not limited to disciplinary specific research and/or research in teaching and learning
  • Applicants must have experience in teaching and working with colleagues from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds.

Application Deadline Date: The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin in January 5, 2024. For full consideration, please submit your completed application with the required materials no later than January 5, 2024

  • Current Curriculum Vitae with contact information
  • Cover letter
  • Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (2 pages maximum single-spaced)*
  • List of 3 references with contact information**
  • Unofficial transcripts (an official transcript will be required for the finalist)***
  • A Statement on Teaching (2 pages maximum single-spaced)
  • A Statement on Research (2 pages maximum single-spaced)
  • Sample Publications or Evidence of Creative/Scholarly Activity
  • A set of recent Teaching Evaluations

Anne Choi, department chair, will be at ASA in Montreal and will be happy to meet with anyone interested in the position. Please contact by email

Application Link:

Indiana University Bloomington: Robert E. & Avis Tarrant Burke Postdoctoral Fellow in Ancient & Indigenous Art of the Americas[]

The Department of Art History at Indiana University, Bloomington ( invites applications for the Robert E. and Avis Tarrant Burke Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ancient and Indigenous Art of the Americas to begin in August 2024. The duration of the fellowship is one year. We welcome applications from early career scholars specializing in the art, architecture, archaeology and/or material culture of the ancient and indigenous peoples of North, Central, and/or South America, including the Caribbean. Eligible candidates will have received their Ph.D. degree within 7 years of the position’s start date. We seek a dynamic and original thinker who is committed to excellence in scholarship and is well-suited to teaching an introductory survey and an upper-level course for undergraduate and graduate students. The teaching load is one course per semester. Applicants should submit a cover letter that includes a detailed description of their research program and teaching philosophy, a CV, a writing sample running between 20-30 pages in length, a statement regarding how they would foster diversity, equity and inclusion in research and teaching, and the names and contact information for three referees. Applications should be submitted online at Review of applications will begin on 8 December 2023. Queries about the position can be sent to the search committee chair, Bret Rothstein (

The Burke Postdoctoral Fellow will join a vibrant community of scholars and students working across a wide range of topics in the history of art and visual and material culture. With our strong commitment to interdisciplinarity, we offer not only a supportive environment in which to build the foundation of a career, but also strong connections with allied institutes, departments, and programs across the Bloomington campus, including African American and African Diaspora Studies; American Studies; Anthropology; Folklore and Ethnomusicology; History; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Latino Studies; Native American and Indigenous Studies; and the program on Race, Migration, and Indigeneity. The Burke Postdoctoral Fellow will also be able to forge close working relationships with the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art; the Lilly Library; the IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; and the Kinsey Institute.

The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and supporting a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community of students and scholars. Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Performing Arts (Rochester, NY) (Review Beings 3/15/24) Associate/Assistant TT: Music, Black Musics, Popular Music, Music Theory, Composition, Music Technology

RIT welcomes candidates with any combination of expertise, teaching experience, and interest in the musical areas described above. Candidates will have experience teaching at the college-level in music and hold a minimum degree of PhD or DMA in music. Responsibilities may include leading musical ensembles both small and large, teaching courses in music, conducting private and group vocal/instrumental lessons, mentoring students and collaborating with faculty and students on theatrical and dance productions. The total academic load including ensemble direction (should this be a component of the position) and teaching is equivalent to 3/2 workload. The School's newly formed Popular Music Collective offers collaborative opportunities for students interested in performing, producing, recording, and promoting popular music on and off campus. Students enrolled in School of Performing Arts composition course have the opportunity to collaborate with other academic units at RIT including the School of Film and Animation and the School of Interactive Games and Media. Candidates will have demonstrated experience in a selection of the following areas:

- Music Technology

- Black Musics & Popular Musics

- Digitally-Based Composition (video game, film, electronic music)

- Concert Band Direction

- Small Group Performance (classical, popular)

- Contemporary Music Theory - Choir Direction

As part of a recent RIT Presidential initiative, the School of Performing Arts was established in summer 2022. It is a cross-institute effort, unprecedented at any other institute of technology, to build an inclusive, representative, cutting edge and robust performing arts ecosystem on campus. Recognizing that the performing arts cultivate skills that are intrinsic to a creative and successful life and career, the resoundingly successful Performing Arts Scholarship (PAS) program, gives students who have a background in the performing arts the opportunity to remain actively engaged in their art, regardless of their degree program. These students are not only talented, engaged, and well-rounded individuals, but also goal-oriented, academic high-achievers, self-starters, and team players. Prospective scholars submit audition videos which are reviewed by faculty. Strong enthusiasm from incoming students has expanded enrollment well past the University’s projected benchmarks, growing from 126 scholars in year one to 515 in year five. There are currently over 1800 scholarship recipients pursuing degrees in all nine of RIT’s colleges. Benefits of the program to students include a four-year renewable scholarship, faculty mentors with expertise in performing arts disciplines, and numerous enrichment opportunities. RIT offers minors and immersions in music, theatre, theatre technology and dance, and many students fulfill their general education and elective requirements with performing arts courses. In addition to a number of musical2 ensembles including the RIT Philharmonic Orchestra, RIT Singers, three RIT Jazz Ensembles, and two RIT Concert Bands, students perform in multiple theatrical and dance productions every semester. The ecosystem also includes over forty performing arts student clubs including Game Symphony Orchestra, Pep Band, A Capella, RIT Players, WADAIKO, Vis Viva Dance Company, and many others. Facilities abound to ensure the success of the School of Performing Arts. Opened in the Fall 2023, the SHED (Student Hall for Exploration and Development), provides a 100,000 plus square foot student-centered makerspace open to the RIT community, which includes a glass box theater, a multi-purpose music and theater showcase and rehearsal room, a dance studio, an ensemble studio, and five practice rooms.

Randolph College (USA:VA) - Non-TT, American Culture[]

  • Ainsworth Visiting Scholar of American Culture. Two-year appointment at the assistant professor level. Specialization open but encourages applicants with strengths in interdisciplinary fields such as African-American Studies, Asian American Studies, Latino/a Studies, Native American Studies, and Gender Studies
  • Qualifications: Ph.D., well-advanced ABD, or equivalent; evidence of scholarly achievement or promise; and success in teaching undergraduates
  • The teaching load is three courses per semester. In the fall, the candidate will teach courses in their field. In the spring, the candidate will teach one additional class in their area and two courses in Randolph's signature and travel-oriented American Culture Program.
  • Application includes a letter of interest, CV, and three names of references. In their cover letter, candidates should address teaching philosophy and how diversity informs their teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Review of applications will begin February 1, 2024.

University of Illinois - Springfield (Springfield, IL) - TT Assistant Professor, field open -[]

The University of Illinois Springfield invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant professor to begin August 16, 2024, serving a major in Liberal Studies and minors in African American Studies and/or Women and Gender Studies. Applicants are invited to affiliate with the newly formed Institute for Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Justice. We seek a specialist in interdisciplinary or intersectional studies, multicultural and ethnic studies, Black studies, women's and gender studies, sexuality studies, or related area. Standard teaching load is 3 courses per semester in both online and on-ground modalities. Field is open, with tenure home possible in Sociology/Anthropology, English, History, Human Development Counseling/Social Work, or Art/Music/Theatre. Responsibilities include working with students within interdisciplinary programs above. Engagement with the campus community is expected and presence in the local community is strongly encouraged and valued.

Ph.D. is required by August 2024 in a relevant discipline in the humanities, social sciences, arts, or related transdisciplinary fields. Advanced candidates are invited to serve as Director of the Institute, with a reduced teaching load (2-2), and may be eligible for a shortened timeline for tenure and promotion. Candidates with public-facing scholarship or interest are especially welcomed.

This position provides opportunities to collaborate with faculty whose teaching, scholarship, and service explicitly engage diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

This is a full-time on-campus position tenure-track academic appointment. UIS tenure-system faculty are expected to be available and engaged in the campus community, with assigned professional responsibilities for teaching, scholarship, and service.

Full information & application here:

Western Washington University: Position in Ethnic Studies-Black Studies

The Department of Ethnic Studies at Western Washington University is inviting applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Black Studies, beginning September 2024. We seek a scholar whose research engages major themes in Black Studies from a national, regional, global, transnational, and/or comparative perspective. Appropriate areas of expertise include Black transnational and diasporic studies; comparative race, ethnicity, Indigeneity, gender, sexuality, and disability studies; social movements; health and spirituality; law and public policy; racial capitalism; and/or carcerality. We are open to any discipline.

The Department of Ethnic Studies will begin offering classes in the Fall of 2024, with a major in Ethnic Studies and concentrations in: Indigeneity, Policing, and Abolition; Diaspora, Borders, and Resistance; and Minoritization, Colonization, and Liberation. Several faculty with appointments in other departments will be transferring their tenure lines to Ethnic Studies beginning in Fall 2024.

The successful applicant will be expected to teach core and advanced undergraduate courses in Black Studies and Ethnic Studies, and other courses in the major, such as introduction to Ethnic Studies, theory, and research methods. Additional responsibilities include the standard quarter-system teaching assignment (2-2-2); exemplary teaching; an active program of scholarly activity; and service to the department, college, university, and profession through a range of activities. The successful candidate will be expected to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students and will offer a strong record of community-engaged scholarship and research ethics.

Review of application deadline has been extended to January 29th. For complete information including salary, please consult

Word on the Street[]

  • Did anyone apply to Sydney? Any news?
    • I applied to Sydney. No word yet as of 11/10 x2
    • Rejected Nov 15 x 2
  • Did anyone apply to the Wesleyan Mellon Postdoc Fellowship in American Studies? Any word? (It's not listed on the humanities postdocs page, so I thought I might check here!)
    • (11/10) I applied--no word yet. x4
    • (01/05) Still nothing?
    • (1/23) Nothing here
    • (1/26) I haven't heard anything directly but from the looks of the Humanities Postdocs page of the Wiki they're already on to campus visits.
  • 11/17: Anyone heard about Zooms for Notre Dame? (I know they did materials requests mid-October) --Doing interviews.
  • 11/18: Anyone heard about the Penn State Abington cluster hires?
    • 11/21: I applied to the cluster hire – no word yet.
    • 01/08: Any news here?
  • Any word on the visual culture job at William & Mary (was due 10/15)?
    • asked to submit additional materials 11/13. Curious if interview invitations have been sent yet.
    • a friend of mine was invited to a zoom interview last week, on/around december 8th
    • 1/19: Has anybody heard from them since the interview?
    • 1/19 - Sadly, no, but based on their stated timeline I feel like this ship has sailed :/
  • 12/13 Anyone hear from Chapel Hill yet regarding the AS/NAIS position? Applications recently closed.
  • 12/18 - any word on the AP in American Studies position at Oklahoma State?
    • 1/22 - any news?
    • 2/7 - any updates here?
  • 12/22-any word on Notre Dame campus visits?
  • 12/22 Anyone Apply to Brown NAIS/TT? Any news?
  • 1/8 - Anyone apply and/or hear from Kenyon College -- TT American Studies?
    • (1/15) - Received invite for Zoom interview. x4
    • (1/30)-Has anyone heard about campus visits? Haven't heard anything since zoom last week...
    • (1/31) - I also had a Zoom interview last week and haven't heard anything further!
    • (2/2)-Got an invite for a campus visit
      • Thank you for letting us know
  • 1/11 - Did anyone apply to the Wash U American Studies postdoc?
    • (1/26) Applied but haven't heard anything just yet!
    • (1/8) Zoom interview scheduled for week of 1/29
    • 2/29 - Received rejection email stating a candidate has been selected.
  • 1/14 - Any word on UT Austin American/Urban Studies?
    • 2/19 - nothing! anyone else hear?
    • 3/7 - any word on this position?
    • 3/22 -broke down and called the Department Manager to ask if this position was filled. They seemed genuinely confused and said it had been filled a while ago which makes me think this was an inside hire that just had to be legally posted. I have not heard of any applicants who were contacted or interviewed for this position.
  • 1/4 - anyone hear about the Cornell job in Latinx studies?
  • 2/9 - Any word on the Randolph College position?
    • 2/13 - nothing here
    • 2/16 - received invitation for first-round interview
    • 2/29 - received campus visit invitation
  • 6/11-Any word from William and Mary (VATP) post-interview?