Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer, College of Arts & Sciences Engagements Program

Virginia, United States
$48,000.00 - $50,000.00
Apr 03, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia invites applications for several Postdoctoral Fellows and Lecturers in the College's core Engagements courses for a one-year appointment, renewable for two additional years contingent upon satisfactory performance, starting the fall of 2021. Compensation will take the form of 12-month salary with full-time benefits. Candidates must have defended their dissertation and earned the Ph.D. in a liberal arts and sciences field by June 1, 2021 and no earlier than May 2017.

In October 2019 the Faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences voted to fully adopt a new general education curriculum for its undergraduates, composed of three conceptually related components: the Engagements, Literacies, and Disciplines. Postdoctoral Fellows, in consort with the College Fellows, will serve as instructors of record in the Engagements: four 2-credit courses designed to foster intellectual sensibilities that are generally deployed across all realms of inquiry. These include: Engaging Aesthetics, Empirical & Scientific Engagement, Engaging Differences, and Ethical Engagement. Candidates will be responsible for developing two courses in one (or two) of the Engagement domains. For more information on the Engagements, visit:  

In the 2021-22 academic year the postdoctoral fellows will teach six sections of their Engagement courses (2-credits each). In years two and three, should the contract be extended, candidates will continue to develop and teach six sections of their Engagement courses (2-credits each) per academic year.

Candidates will also be expected to pursue a vigorous research agenda grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. The candidate will be an active participant in the College Fellows - a cohort of faculty drawn from across the College and entrusted with crafting a unique and compelling first-year general education experience for A&S undergraduates. In addition, Postdoctoral Fellows will be expected to participate in (and possibly lead) College Fellows sponsored events such as lectures for the University community, symposia, and seminars regarding the Liberal Arts & Sciences at UVA. Administrative duties will include participation in select general education committees that relate to the implementation of the new curriculum; these duties will be assigned by the Co-Directors for the College Fellows.


Please visit UVA job board Enter requisition number R0023197 and attach the following: Please note all required documents must be uploaded in the CV box.                       

  • Cover letter -
  • CV  -
  • Writing Sample #1 - A writing sample of your choice no more than 20 pages or a research statement of no more than 2 pages; -
  • Writing Sample #2 - A 1-page statement regarding the role of the liberal arts in the 21st-century curriculum; -
  • 2-page course description and syllabus for one of the four Engagements (please clearly indicate which you have selected); -
  • Contact information for three references -
***Applications that do not contain all the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

 Review of applications will begin on April 16, 2021 and will continue until the positions are filled. Finalists will be invited to participate in virtual group interviews over the course of two days in spring 2021. Appointment has an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021.

 Questions about this position should be directed to Chad Wellmon, Chair of the Search Committee, Questions regarding the application process should be directed to: Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor at


UVA will perform background checks including receipt of official transcripts from the institution granting the highest degree for all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.


For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and


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