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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Occidental Associate Professor in American Studies Position

OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE is pleased to announce they are accepting applications for an Associate Professor (tenure-track) position in American Studies. The position is specifically in African American Studies. See below for more information and to apply.


The Department of American Studies at Occidental College invites applications for a regular tenure-track position in African American studies, appointment to be made at the Associate Professor rank.  Specific areas of research and methodological approach are open, although the successful candidate will have a broad, deeply historical understanding of the African American experience and its significance.  S/he should be an emerging or established national scholar and a committed undergraduate teacher, able to energize and lead African American studies in the American Studies program and to contribute to Occidental’s broad institutional goals of “excellence and equity” and the nurture of a diverse community. The teaching load is five courses annually, ranging from introductory first-year seminars to research experiences for advanced majors.  

Occidental College is a private four-year liberal arts college in Los Angeles, California.  Its institutional mission is “to provide a gifted and diverse group of students with a total educational experience of the highest quality, one that prepares them for leadership in an increasingly complex, interdependent, and pluralistic world.”  Occidental encourages interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching, the mentoring of significant undergraduate research, and pedagogical innovation, with a strong emphasis on community engagement.  Occidental is an equal opportunity employer, and women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Please submit: (1) a cover letter detailing your interest in teaching in a liberal arts environment; (2) a statement of teaching philosophy including how you will support and enhance the College’s goal of building a strong educational environment in classrooms that are ethnically, socio-economically, and culturally diverse; (3) a statement of your scholarly/professional activity, including how students may participate in or benefit from your research; (4) three letters of recommendation, at least one attesting to teaching ability; (5) evidence of teaching effectiveness (evaluations or other data if available); (6) a sample of your scholarly work; and (7) a current curriculum vitae.

All materials are due by November 2, 2015.  They should be sent as Word or PDF files to Professor John Swift, Search Committee Chair, at americanstudiessearch@oxy.edu.  Inquiries concerning the position may also be directed to Professor Swift at this address.