Academic Affairs

Tenure and Tenure Track Searches

African American Studies Program

The African American Studies Program invites applications for a full-time tenured or tenure-track appointment in the program beginning July 1, 2015. This is an open-rank search. We especially seek candidates with research and teaching expertise in the social sciences (including history, political science, public policy, sociology, and psychology), with specific focus on the African American experience and/or African diaspora. An earned doctorate is required; the ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in African American Studies or in a social science field in which the candidate has a demonstrated scholarly record of emphasis on African American or African diasporic topics. The typical teaching load is two courses per semester with an expectation of advising and supervision of independent studies and honors theses.  The successful candidate will be prepared to teach a range of courses that include introductory-level classes and required courses for the major.

Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college with strong support for teaching and research. To apply, click:  A complete application includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, statement of current research, and documentation of teaching experience, including course syllabi and student evaluations. We also require the email addresses for three referees so that we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation from them. Applications received by October 15, 2014 will be given full consideration.


The Wesleyan Biology Department is seeking to fill a tenure-track position beginning July 1, 2015. We seek an individual who uses genomic approaches to address core questions of biological function. The individual will integrate approaches such as developmental or comparative genomics, systems modeling, or other complementing analyses to study cellular and tissue mechanisms in the context of the organism. The individual will contribute to existing department areas of strength in cell/development, neuroscience, or evolution/ecology. Wesleyan is a selective liberal-arts university in which a research-active faculty provides exceptional undergraduate teaching as well as graduate training. The departmental Ph.D. and interdisciplinary programs foster a stimulating research environment supported by core facilities that include advanced microscopy and high-performance computing centers. Candidates must have a Ph.D., postdoctoral experience, and be prepared to launch an independent laboratory-based research program funded by extramural grants. Teaching will be at undergraduate and graduate levels in the field of genomics and related areas and may include a research project-oriented laboratory course.

To apply, visit Applications should include a curriculum vita, statements of research and teaching interests, and email addresses of three referees that we can contact for letters of recommendation. Applications are due October 31, 2014 for full consideration. 

College of Film and the Moving Image

WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY FILM STUDIES DEPARTMENT invites application for an Assistant Professor position with a focus on film, television, and media history, beginning July 1, 2015. Candidates must have a PhD in hand by time of appointment. We seek a colleague with disciplinary interests in historical poetics, and we have particular interest in a candidate whose scholarship engages with genre, authorship, aesthetics, and narrative. Knowledge of studio-era cinema is important. A successful candidate will join a distinguished undergraduate major with forty years of achievement and over 400 alumni working throughout the film and television industries. Our curriculum unifies media studies with production in a liberal arts setting, and emphasizes audience-centered artistic practice. Strong consideration will be given to the teaching record of the candidate, scholarship, and the willingness to participate in the further expansion of a burgeoning program. Tangible evidence of excellence in undergraduate pedagogy is especially important. Teaching load is two courses per semester. 

To apply, submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, two sample syllabi, the email addresses for three referees, writing sample (25-page maximum), and teaching evaluations (if available), to  For full consideration, applications must be received by September 15, 2014.


The Wesleyan University Economics Department invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship beginning July 1, 2015 from scholars with primary research interests in behavioral or experimental economics. Preference will be given to candidates with primary teaching interests in one or both of these areas along with other aspects of applied microeconomics, and candidates are expected to contribute to the Department’s introductory and major core programs. A PhD anticipated by summer of 2015 is required. The teaching load is four courses per year. Wesleyan values both scholarship and teaching very highly, has a strong, diverse undergraduate student body, and offers a generous sabbatical program and competitive salaries and benefits.

To apply, visit Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, teaching evaluations if applicable and available, and a sample of scholarly writing via the online application process. Complete applications must be received by November 15, 2014 to be assured full consideration. Contact Gary Yohe, Department Chair, with questions at


The Department of Government at Wesleyan University seeks applicants for a position in American politics, with a specialty in race and ethnic politics, or in identity politics (i.e., race, class, gender, sexual orientation) and/or interest groups and social movements. We are primarily interested in candidates at the assistant professor level but will also consider exceptional candidates at the level of associate professor. The ideal candidate will have well-developed methodological skills and a commitment to integrating these skills into his or her courses. The teaching load is two courses per semester. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or be near to completion. Applications received by September 15, 2014, will receive full consideration.

To apply, please go to At this site you will be asked to set up an account that will enable you to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are (1) a cover letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) graduate school transcripts, (4) an article-length writing sample (e.g., the first chapter of your dissertation), (5) teaching evaluation statistics or other evidence of teaching effectiveness (but please do not send copies of individual student evaluations); and (6) sample syllabi if available. You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation (please double-check the accuracy of the email addresses of the referees you name to insure that you have the most up-to-date email addresses for each one). After you have submitted all of the required documents, you will see a confirmation number. At that point, each of your three referees whose email address you have provided will receive an automatically-generated email requesting that he or she submit a letter or reference for you.

Please contact Ms. Kristin McQueeney (, the Government Department administrative assistant, if you have questions about the application process.


Wesleyan University’s History Department invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professorship in the history of China to begin July 1, 2015. Area of specialization and time period are open. Teaching responsibilities (2-2 teaching load) include surveys of the history of traditional and modern China and seminars designed for History and East Asian Studies majors. The successful candidate will be fully housed in the History Department but be expected to participate in the academic planning and intellectual life of the College of East Asian Studies. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2015. Send letter of application, c.v., three letters of reference, and a chapter-length writing sample by November 14, 2014 to Departmental contact: Professor Bruce Masters, Chair of the Search Committee,


The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Wesleyan University invites applications for a tenure track assistant professorship in mathematics beginning in fall, 2015.  Candidates must possess, or be close to completing, a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, and must have strong records in both research and teaching. We seek strong candidates whose research is in analysis, broadly construed, and whose research interests are compatible with those of the department. Exceptional candidates in any field compatible with the research interest of the faculty are also encouraged to apply. Teaching duties will be two courses in each semester. 

Wesleyan University is a leading liberal arts school with approximately 3000 students, located in Middletown, Connecticut, halfway between Boston and New York and also halfway between Hartford and New Haven. The university has graduate programs leading to doctoral and masters' degrees in the sciences and ethnomusicology. The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science awards the PhD degree in Mathematics, and the MA degrees in Mathematics as well as Computer Science. There are 12 mathematicians and 5 computer scientists in the department, as well as approximately 17 graduate students. The low student to faculty ratio ensures close contact between faculty and graduate students. 

For full consideration applications must be received by November 15, 2014, and include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, and at least four letters of recommendation, one of which evaluates teaching. Applications must be submitted online at Other correspondence may be directed to the following addresses: Wai Kiu Chan, Chair, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06459. email:


The Department of Psychology at Wesleyan University seeks to appoint at the tenure-track Assistant Professor level a cognitive psychologist. The ideal candidate will have a high quality research program that incorporates undergraduates and will be prepared to teach an introductory course in cognitive psychology, two specialized courses in an area of expertise, and one course in introductory psychology, statistics, or research methods.

The Department currently has 16 full-time faculty members in the areas of cognitive, neuroscience, psychopathology, developmental, cultural, and social psychology. Department members also contribute to interdisciplinary programs in Neuroscience and Behavior, Science and Society, and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and participate in a postdoctoral program.  Wesleyan faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship and undergraduate teaching.  The appointment will begin July 1, 2015.

Please submit the following: the curriculum vitae, reprints, a statement of research plans, teaching interests, and email addresses for three recommenders to Review of applications will begin October 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please contact Cathy Race ( you have questions about the application process.

Romance Languages and Literatures


Effective July 1, 2015. Assistant professor (tenure-track) in Italian. Primary focus: medieval/early modern Italian studies (literature, culture and the visual arts). Historical, interdisciplinary and intercultural breadth essential. The successful candidate will have a proven record of scholarship in medieval and/or early modern Italian Studies and be eager to teach a broad range of courses on Italian literature and cultural history prior to 1800.

We welcome applications particularly (but not exclusively) from scholars whose research focuses on one or a combination of the following fields: Dante and medieval cultural history; science, culture and society in early modern Italy; early modern Italian cultural studies focusing on Mediterranean and transnational Italy.  Candidates must be prepared to teach Italian language at all levels and a wide array of courses on Italian literature and cultural history prior to 1800. They will also be expected to participate fully in the rich interdepartmental culture of Wesleyan University and to strive to integrate the field across the disciplines, on and off campus.

Requirements: PhD in hand or very near completion; native or near-native fluency in Italian; demonstrated commitment to scholarship and evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching. Typical teaching load: two seminars (1 in Italian, 1 in English) and two language courses per year.  Assistance in coordinating the multi-sectional language program.  Administrative support for Wesleyan’s Program in Bologna and commitment to outreach vis-à-vis the local Italian American community.

Submit cover letter, CV, 3 letters of reference, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a 15-25 page writing sample in English or Italian, by midnight, September 30, to Chair, Italian Search Committee, by way of the following link, which will open August 1: Semi-finalists will be interviewed by Skype in the second half of October and finalists will be brought to campus in November, with the aim of concluding the search before the end of the fall semester.


Effective July 1, 2015.  Assistant professor (tenure-track) with expertise in Latin American literatures and cultures.  We seek a colleague who is at home in modern Latin American literature (including visual culture) generally. Although the primary scholarly focus is open, we expect a colleague whose scholarship and teaching are well-grounded historically and alive to Latin America’s connections to the rest of the world. A strong secondary interest in creative writing would be especially welcome. As an Assistant Professor of Spanish, within the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, the successful candidate will also be a core member of the Latin American Studies Program, will participate fully in the rich interdisciplinary culture of Wesleyan University, and will seek ways to integrate the field across the arts, humanities, and (social and natural) sciences on campus and in the broader society. 

Requirements:  PhD in hand or very near completion; native or near-native fluency in Spanish; evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching.  Typical teaching load:  two seminars and two (intermediate or advanced) language courses per year.

Submit cover letter, CV, 3 letters of reference, and a 25-50 page writing sample in English or Spanish, by November 30, to:

Science in Society Program

The Science in Society Program of Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT USA, seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor beginning July 2015, with research and teaching interests in the social or cultural aspects of health, disease, and health care, focused on the United States. Teaching responsibility includes survey course on social/cultural aspects of medicine and health. The Science in Society Program offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate major in the history, philosophy and social studies of science, technology, and medicine, taught by faculty from multiple disciplines.  Ph.D. in a relevant academic discipline, in hand or near completion, is required at time of appointment.  Affiliation with another program or department is negotiable.

Please submit electronically, to a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement(s) of research and teaching interests, writing sample and three confidential letters of reference. Applications received after October 10, 2014 may not receive full consideration. Wesleyan University is a highly selective liberal arts college with a two-course per semester teaching load and strong support for both research and teaching.

Visitor and Other Searches


The Digital Design Studio Technician directs and manages the technical infrastructure of the Digital Design Studio (DDS), teaches one elective studio course per year, supports curricular digital projects, and facilitates visual work created by students for classes, and faculty in their teaching. The position combines technical administration with hands-on instruction in a Studio Arts context. The initial appointment will be for 2.5 years beginning January 2015, renewable based on funding and performance. This is a full-time, 12-month appointment. Although a staff position, the Technician will also hold the title of “Visiting Assistant Professor” within the Art and Art History Department. S/he will report to the Dean of Arts and Humanities.

Principal Responsibilities:

Digital Project Support: Facilitates faculty and student use of digital applications that are central to the conduct of studio curricula, i.e., photographic editing and compositing, printmaking, sculptural and painted media, 3-D modeling, and digital design computer programs. Troubleshoots digital print output and application co-operability as well as advanced technical solutions upon faculty or student request. Provides presentation and exhibition assistance, particularly for Senior Thesis students (i.e., mounted output, multimedia logistics).

Studio and Classroom Support: Oversees maintenance of DDS, and assists with maintenance of additional digital classroom. Responsible for calibrating and managing DDS-based equipment, including computers, printers, and scanners. Maintains printing log, stocking of related supplies, and billing. Trains and supervises student monitors. Tracks industry developments and recommends the purchase of new and/or updated technologies.

Instruction/Presentation: Provides leadership in the design, implementation and management of digital arts technologies and their innovative applications in teaching, learning and creative practice. Conducts hands-on training workshops and one-to-one instruction sessions on visual arts digital technology and software for students and faculty. Presents group demonstrations for faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

Teaching: Develops a curriculum and teaches one elective studio in digital media during Summer Session or as needed.

Collaboration: The Digital Design Studio Technician will coordinate day-to-day operations in the DDS with its Faculty Advisory Board. S/he will also work closely with Wesleyan’s Information Technology staff in order to coordinate digital collections, image management and deployment, software licensing, and computer support, among other things.

Qualifications: Master of Fine Arts degree in an arts related field and a minimum of one year of relevant experience and expertise in Adobe Suite and Final Cut Pro (or equivalent) are required. Additionally, relevant teaching experience, expertise in Autocad (or equivalent), Rhino3D (or equivalent), 3D printing/prototyping, and web design software are preferred.

To Apply: Click to apply. A complete application includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume, the email addresses of three references, and a portfolio of relevant creative work (via web link or uploaded pdf.)

The Jonathan D. Harber Fellowship in Education and Entrepreneurship at Wesleyan University

Spring 2016

Wesleyan University invites applications for its 2016 Harber Fellowship in Education and Entrepreneurship. The Harber Fellow will be in residence at Wesleyan’s Allbritton Center, either fall semester 2015 or spring semester 2016, and will teach a course that may incorporate outside speakers, drawing on Wesleyan alumni and others involved in innovative, entrepreneurial educational ventures in the profit and nonprofit sectors. The Fellow is also expected to deliver an all-campus lecture.

Established recently through the generosity of Jonathan Harber, the inaugural fellowship (Spring 2013) brought Jonathan Gyurko and Deborah Meier to campus, where they co-taught a course entitled “Entrepreneurs and Innovations in Public Education: from A Nation at Risk to Race to the Top.” Dr. Gyurko, a consultant with Leeds Global Partners, focuses upon the role of the private sector in driving innovation in education. Deborah Meier, a founder of the modern small schools movement, writes regularly on democratic education. This year’s fellowship holder is Jack Leonard, Assistant Professor of Leadership in Education at University of Massachusetts-Boston, who is teaching a course entitled “Entrepreneurship in Education: Past, Present and Future.” In the spring of 2015 the Harber Fellow will be Jack Dougherty, Associate Professor at Trinity College, who will teach “Social and Structural Analysis of Education.”

Fellowship award: $20,000 (Additional funds available for course expenses)

To apply, please submit (1) a cover letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) Proposed Course Description (upload as “Other Document”) to 

Wesleyan University is an equal-opportunity and affirmative-action employer and welcomes applications from women and members of historically underrepresented minority groups. Wesleyan recognizes the value individual and group differences contribute to the learning environment and to scholarship. Wesleyan University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or age in its programs and activities.  Any questions regarding Title IX and 504 should be directed to: Antonio Farias, Chief Diversity Officer, 860-685-3927. All offers of employment are contingent on the candidate's completion of a pre-employment background check, to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University.