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Lecturer - American Studies Program - College of Letters & Science

Application Window

Open date: February 1st, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Jan 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The American Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach courses in American Studies should an opening arise during the academic year or summer session. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the department. Positions may range from 33% to 100% during the academic year, while summer appointments start at 8.5%.

Applicants should be prepared to teach courses in the following areas:

  1. The prerequisite Introduction to American Studies (Everyday Objects, Disney as American Culture, American Consumer Culture);
  2. The upper-division senior thesis seminar, in which instructors advise students on how to design and execute a substantial integrative research project drawn from their preparatory work in American Studies;
  3. Courses in the American Studies core methods/theory series, “Examining U.S. Cultures in Time” (The 1950s, Interwar American Culture, Postwar American Advertising, Progressive Era)
  4. Courses in the American Studies core methods/theory series, “Examining U.S. Cultures in Place” (The American Southwest, American Cultural Landscapes, Suburbs in the Twentieth Century, U.S. Railways, Hollywood)

For in-depth descriptions of these courses, please visit: https://as.ugis.berkeley.edu/course/

Teaching an American Studies course includes holding office hours, assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials, and maintaining a course website.

Due to COVID 19, UC Berkeley began the academic year with fully remote instruction. Depending on public health conditions, the need for remote education and virtual classrooms may continue. Instructors must have internet access and be prepared to adjust pedagogical approaches to develop asynchronous instructional materials, foster student-to-student interaction, and reimagine assignments and exams for a remote format.

Basic qualifications (at time of application): must be enrolled in a Ph.D. degree program or an equivalent international program at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (by start date): completion of a Ph.D. or an equivalent international degree. Candidates must already be authorized to work in the United States.

Preferred qualifications: Ph.D. and college teaching experience in American Studies, African American Studies, Art History, English, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Geography, and/or History; ability to contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Experience working with college students on intensive, individualized research, and writing projects.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

UC lecturers are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement of the UC-AFT.

The American Studies program is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching.

UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family.

To apply, please go to the following link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02792.

Letters of reference may be solicited for finalists.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed for department needs through January 31, 2022. Applications are typically considered in April and May for fall course needs, in September and October for spring course needs, and February and March for summer course needs. The pool will close January 31, 2022; applicants wishing to remain in the pool after that time will need to submit a new application.

Please note: The use of a lecturer pool does not guarantee that an open position exists. See the review date specified in AP Recruit to learn whether the department is currently reviewing applications for a specific position. If there is no future review date specified, your application may not be considered at this time.

Please email questions to the Assistant Director of HR, Kalford Mills at kmills@berkeley.edu.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Teaching Portfolio - statement of teaching philosophy, sample/course syllabi, and recent teaching evaluations

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity).

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Job location

Berkeley, CA