The Department of English at Montclair State University invites
applications for four National Endowment for the Humanities
(NEH)-funded Postdoctoral Associate positions in American
Studies. The NEH-scholar roles are 12-month positions
commencing January 2022 with responsibilities for teaching and
conducting research on the theme of “Rediscovering American
Democracy: Teaching the Humanities in the Time of COVID.” Ideal
projects will bring the methods of humanistic inquiry to bear on
pressing social issues laid bare by the Covid-19 pandemic such as
(but not limited to) racial justice, gender equality, environmental
vulnerability, and the preservation and expansion of democratic
ideals. It is possible that these positions may, after the term of
the NEH grant, be converted into three-year visiting assistant
professorships to play a key role in staffing the nascent
We are particularly interested in scholars working in the
subfields of Asian-American, Black, Ethnic, Indigenous/Native
American, Latinx, and Queer/Gender Studies, as well as
Environmental Studies and Popular Culture. We seek candidates with
a record of pedagogical and curricular innovation as well as
scholarly excellence. Candidates’ scholarship should focus on the
United States, but comparative, hemispheric, and transnational
projects are welcome.
The postdoctoral award will provide exceptional opportunities:
collaboration with other NEH postdoctoral associates hired in this
cluster; mentorship from senior faculty and outside scholars;
summer working groups to support research; and a teaching load
designed to enable progress on a major research project. Each
associate will teach one course per semester in English, History,
Film, or a related discipline.
In pursuing their scholarly research, each associate will also
participate in bi-weekly faculty seminars to develop a course in a
new program in American Studies designed to apply the study of the
Humanities to contemporary issues of pressing concern through study
and reconsideration of United States culture in the past or
THE COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the
university’s largest academic unit with over 5000 Undergraduate,
Master’s and Doctoral students. CHSS awards BA, MA, and PhD degrees
through its 16 departments and 9 programs with over 30 majors and
50 minors. Offering traditional and interdisciplinary learning, the
College is home to outstanding researchers across all disciplines
while its faculty are also superb classroom instructors. The
College proudly embraces the university’s diversity and its dual
mission of promoting both research excellence and social mobility
through transformative, accessible education.
PhD required; may consider advanced applicants who
have completed all degree requirements by September
Candidates with an earned doctorate within five years
of beginning of award.
Candidates with scholarship in the subfields of
Asian-American, Black, Ethnic, Indigenous/Native American, Latinx,
and Queer/Gender Studies, as well as Environmental Studies, Film
and Popular Culture
DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION STATEMENT
Montclair State University is committed to establishing and
maintaining a diverse campus community that is representative of
the State of New Jersey through inclusive excellence and equal
opportunity. Montclair State University’s commitment to access and
equity is designed to prepare each graduate to thrive as a global
citizen. As an affirmative action, equal opportunity
institution we are working to support a campus-wide agenda to
foster a community that both values and promotes the varied voices
of our students, faculty, and staff. The University encourages
candidates to apply who will contribute to the cultural tapestry of
MSU and who value teaching a diverse student population, many of
whom are first generation students.
The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of a strong
commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
SALARY: The positions are grant funded and offer a
highly competitive salary and benefits package.
For questions or concerns, please contact Human Resources'
Workday Recruiting Support at 973-655-5000 (Option 2), or
Montclair State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action institution with a strong commitment to diversity.
Additional information can be found on the website
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discriminate on the basis of sex or gender, and does not
discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in the operation of
education programs and activities. The requirement to not
discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in the operation of
education programs and activities extends to admission and
employment. For further details, please visit: https://www.montclair.edu/human-resources/job-seekers/
ABOUT MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY
With a proud history and a vibrant future, Montclair State
University is one of New Jersey’s most diverse and dynamic
institutions of higher education. One of four public research
institutions in the state, and the second largest, Montclair State
is a designated R2 Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie
Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
Located 12 miles west of New York City on a 252-acre suburban
campus which boasts modern, state-of-the-art facilities
complemented by green spaces, public plazas and striking Spanish
Mission architecture, and a spectacular view of the New York City
skyline. The University offers a comprehensive range of
undergraduate and graduate programs through 10 colleges and
schools. With a student body of 21,000 undergraduate and
graduate students from 22 states and 13 countries, the University
has an expansive campus life with on-campus residential capacity of
5,300, more than 120 student organizations, and 18 NCAA Division
III athletic teams.
The dynamic diversity of the University’s community has been
acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Education through its
recognition of Montclair State as a Hispanic-Serving Institution
(HSI), and by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as a “Top Degree
Producer” among institutions that confer the most degrees to
Montclair State University is proud to be committed to the
principle of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate
in its recruitment and employment practices. The University is an
inclusive, richly diverse community that fosters mutual respect,
tolerance and understanding among all students and employees.
positions are grant funded and offer a highly competitive salary
and benefits package.
Cover letter, curriculum vitae, , which can be
uploaded during the application process.
Three (3) letters of recommendation, which can be sent
The positions are
open until filled and application review will begin
immediately with priority consideration to
applications received by November 29, 2021.
Apply online at https://montclair.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/JobOpportunities/job/Montclair-NJ/Postdoctoral-Associate-in-American-Studies--Four-Positions-_R1002042