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Assistant Professor, General Faculty - Catalyst

University of Virginia
Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Mar 28, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Other Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor, General Faculty – Catalyst

Charlottesville, VA

Full time

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia seeks applications for an assistant professor, general faculty (non-tenure-track) position to teach courses within Catalyst, a new program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Catalyst prepares students to successfully transition their UVA education to purposeful work and engagement upon graduation through a combination of coursework and co-curricular elements.


The successful candidate will teach core courses within the Catalyst Program, including a course called Leadership, Collaboration, and Communication, a course called Arts and Sciences: From Theory to Practice, and a Capstone Course that prepares students to synthesize and communicate their work. Additionally, the strongest applicants will have the ability to offer one or more 'bootcamp'-style 2-credit skills courses (topics are open but might include data analysis, cybersecurity, media production, web design, coding, Excel, or related skills for work in a digital age). The ideal candidate will also have experience mentoring students involved in research, internships, and/or service projects, and in helping students translate academic training to effective post-graduation outcomes.


Applicants must have demonstrated excellence in teaching. They should show a commitment to teaching diverse undergraduate audiences, knowledge of a related Arts and Sciences discipline, and the proven ability to develop compelling courses. Responsibilities of the position include teaching a 3/3 load with some advisory and program-related responsibilities.


The appointment start date is August 25, 2022. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. by June 1, 2022. Preference will be given to applicants with a Ph.D. in an Arts and Sciences field (such as but not limited to Anthropology, Biology, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Psychology, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology).


The initial appointment is for one year and is renewable beyond that subject to continued funding and need. This position will not sponsor applicants for work visas.


Review of applications will begin on March 9, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.


To Apply:

*** Please note that ALL REQUESTED documents MUST be uploaded in the cv/resume box, and you can combine documents into one PDF. ***

**Applications that do not have all the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

Apply online at, search for requisition #R0032967, or use this link. Complete the application and attach the following:


  1. A cover letter describing (1) areas of teaching interest and background relevant to the core courses listed above, (2) demonstrated past experience teaching and mentoring, including courses previously taught, and (3) a brief statement outlining teaching philosophy in relation to liberal arts education. The cover letter also must discuss the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and/or working with diverse populations.
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. A sample syllabus for a course you have designed and taught
  4. Names and contact information for three professional references


Questions about this position should be directed to: Search Chair Rachel Most, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to: Melanie Sponaugle, Academic Recruiter, at

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visit the UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements and guidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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