Tenure and Tenure Track Searches

College of Letters

The College of Letters at Wesleyan University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Letters, beginning July 1, 2023.

We seek a scholar-teacher with expertise in premodern Islamic intellectual traditions and cross-cultural exchanges around the Mediterranean world. To be hired as an Assistant Professor at the time of appointment, candidates must have a Ph.D. in History, Literature, Philosophy, or in related interdisciplinary fields such as Comparative Literature, Intellectual History, History of Science, History of Rhetoric, History of Religion, Classics, or Qur’anic Studies. A successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but will complete the Ph.D. within one year of hire.

The successful candidate may work in classical Arabic, Syriac, Persian, Ottoman Turkish, Hebrew, Coptic, Ethiopic, Greek, Latin, and/or any number of related languages. Areas of research/teaching expertise may include instances of Muslim cultural transmissions and receptions between and within the societies of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, such as the Graeco-Syriac-Arabic “translation movement,” the cultures of al-Andalus, or Late Medieval travelogues. In their application materials, we encourage candidates to address the ways in which their research/teaching is informed by critical theories of gender, sexuality, class, race; or by academic subfields such as diaspora studies or translation studies.

The College of Letters (COL) is an interdisciplinary humanities program, offering a three-year B.A. major for the study of literature, history, and philosophy across the Mediterranean, Europe, and the Atlantic from antiquity to the present. The curriculum emphasizes the close reading of texts across a wide range of genres as a method for pursuing an historically situated and critical understanding of cultural exchange and colonial expansion. The COL emphasizes collaborative pedagogy, interdisciplinary inquiry, and creative exploration. Our students learn with and from one another; they receive narrative evaluations instead of letter grades; and they pursue a scholarly or creative senior capstone project. 

The teaching load is 2/2. In addition to offering courses in their areas of scholarly expertise, the successful candidate will be expected to teach in the COL’s sequence of five interdisciplinary colloquia for majors (Antiquity, Medieval, Early Modern, 18th-19th centuries, 20th-21st centuries), the first three of which are co-taught by an expert in the period and a non-expert. We expect the successful candidate to have expertise suitable for teaching the Medieval colloquium. Additional duties include supervising senior theses and essays, advising majors and pre-majors, carrying on a program of research, and participating in faculty governance at the College and University level.

Applications will be reviewed in two stages. By October 15, 2022 please send: (1) a cover letter; (2) a current CV; (3) a research statement; (4) a teaching statement; (5) the email addresses of three referees from whom we will obtain confidential letters of recommendation. Long-listed candidates will be asked to send by December 15, 2022: (6) evidence of teaching ability; (7) a writing sample. In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the University’s commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups. Applications should be submitted online at https://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/8915.

Applications completed by October 15, 2022, will receive full consideration. Please contact Christine Tappe at ctappe@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-2230 if you have questions about the application process.

English

The Department of English at Wesleyan University seeks a scholar-teacher of nineteenth-century British and/or Anglophone literatures for a tenure-track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2023. Candidates working with comparative approaches are welcome to apply. The successful candidate will offer broadly-conceived courses in the field, courses more narrowly focused on their areas of expertise, and the English Department’s gateway, “Ways of Reading.” Wesleyan faculty have a strong commitment to both undergraduate teaching and scholarship.  Candidates for this position will be actively engaged in scholarly research and writing and prepared to teach four literature courses per year (two per semester) to undergraduates. Additional responsibilities include advising and mentoring students, carrying on a program of research, and participating in faculty governance at the departmental and university level. Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college that 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. 

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in English or related field in hand by the time of appointment to be hired as an Assistant Professor; a successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but they will be expected to complete the Ph.D. in English or related field within one year of hire.

Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample (25 pp. maximum), and evidence of teaching excellence to: http://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/8902. You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we will obtain confidential letters of recommendation.

In the cover letter, candidates should describe how they will approach the college's commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups. Applications submitted by October 14 will receive full consideration. Please contact Jeanne McNeff at jmcneff@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-2360 regarding questions about the application process. 

Film Studies

WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY FILM STUDIES DEPARTMENT invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor position with an emphasis on Black Cinemas beginning July 1, 2023. We seek colleagues with disciplinary interests in archival research and film form whose scholarship addresses the lived experiences and cultural contributions of communities of color. Areas of specialization might include (but are not restricted to) African American, African Diaspora cinemas. We welcome scholars also working in
Asian-Pacific-American, Latinx, Native American, and/or Queer cinema and media as well as those working comparatively across these specializations, or combining the study of U.S. race and media with transnational and intersectional approaches. Scholars with filmmaking experience welcome.

Successful candidates will join a distinguished undergraduate major with fifty years of achievement and over 400 alumni working throughout the film and television industries. The Department is part of Wesleyan’s College of Film and the Moving Image. 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 records of candidates and the willingness to participate in the ongoing curricular growth, diversification and decolonization of our program. Teaching load is two courses per
semester at introductory and specialized levels. Candidates are also expected to contribute to the  department curriculum. Additional duties include advising and mentoring students, carrying on a program of research or creative production, and participating in faculty governance at the departmental and university level.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in film studies or related field in hand by the time of appointment to be hired as an Assistant Professor; a successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but will complete the Ph.D. in film studies or related field within one year of hire. For full consideration, applications must be received by November 4 2022.

To apply, visit http://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/8878. A complete application includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, statement of current research, and documentation of teaching experience, including teaching statement, course syllabi and student evaluations. In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the college's commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups. You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we will obtain confidential letters of recommendation. Please contact Lisa Mingione (lmingione@wesleyan.edu) if you have questions about the application process.

Sociology 

Wesleyan University’s Department of Sociology invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology beginning July 1, 2023. This is an open field search. We are interested in scholars who practice innovative modes of engaging the world through scholarship, activism, and/or artistry. The Sociology Department is distinguished by our creative approach to social inquiry. We value interdisciplinary, meta-methodological, critical, and theoretically-driven frameworks, as well as teaching. The successful candidate will teach unique topical courses of their own design, alongside Introductory Sociology and other required courses.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in sociology or related field in hand by the time of appointment to be hired as an Assistant Professor; a successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but will complete the Ph.D. in sociology or related field within one year of hire. The teaching load is 2/2. Additional duties include advising and mentoring students, carrying on a program of research, and participating in faculty governance at the departmental and university level. Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college that 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 http://careers.wesleyan.edu/posting/8948.  A complete application includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, statement of current research, and documentation of teaching experience, including teaching statement, course syllabi, and student evaluations. In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the college’s commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups. You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we will obtain confidential letters of recommendation.

Applications completed by September 15 will received full consideration. Please contact Linda Cummings (lcummings@wesleyan.edu) if you have any questions about the application process.

Visitor, Professor of the Practice, and Other Searches

Assistant Professor of the Practice in American Sign Language                                                               

Wesleyan University’s Fries Center for Global Studies invites applications for an Assistant Professor of the Practice in American Sign Language beginning July 1, 2022. This is a full-time appointment for an initial three-year term with the possibility of renewal based on performance, budget, and continued need. Applicants must have at least a Master’s Degree in American Sign Language, Deaf Studies, Linguistics, or related field. Responsibilities include teaching five courses per year; four of these courses will consist in two sections of each of the two-semester introductory sequence; the fifth course can be a more advanced ASL course or a course in Deaf cultural studies. This position will anchor our growing ASL program as well as contribute to Wesleyan’s courses in Disability Studies and our flourishing culture of language learning and multilingualism (we currently offer classroom instruction in fifteen languages). Specific additional duties include coordinating the full ASL curriculum, organizing ASL and/or Deaf culture-related events, advising and mentoring students, and participating in faculty governance at the departmental and university level.           

To apply, visit http://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/8516. A complete application includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and documentation of teaching experience, including teaching statement, course syllabi, and student evaluations. In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the college's commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups. You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we will obtain confidential letters of recommendation. Applications should be submitted online at http://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/8516.                  

Applications completed by March 18, 2022 will receive full consideration.     

Department of Biology and Neuroscience and Behavior program

Wesleyan University’s Department of Biology and Neuroscience and Behavior program invites applications for a one-semester part-time Visiting Assistant Professor of beginning January 15, 2022 for the four month spring term.  Candidates must have a Ph.D. in biology or neuroscience. A background in life science education research or experience with innovative teaching methods will be particularly welcome. The successful candidate will teach one or two classes in the areas of neurobiology or behavior. Substantial pedagogic and mentoring resources will be available. Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college that values both scholarship and teaching very highly, has a strong, diverse undergraduate student body, and offers competitive salaries and benefits.

To apply, visit http://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/8415. A complete application includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae containing a summary of teaching experience, and a brief statement of teaching interests. In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the college's commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or under-served groups. You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we will obtain confidential letters of recommendation. Applications should be submitted online at http://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/8415

Applications completed by December 15, 2021 will receive full consideration. Please contact Elizabeth Moemeka at emoemeka@wesleyan.edu if you have questions about the application process. Visa sponsorship is not normally available.

Economics

The Department of Economics invites applications for visiting positions in the spring semester, beginning January 20th. All field specializations will be considered, but priority will be given to applicants with the specific fields listed above. The number of courses taught (up to a maximum of two or three per semester) as well as the duration and other terms of the visiting appointment are open to negotiation depending on the applicant’s interests and areas of specialization. Apply at https://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/8386. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, and evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the email address of two references, who will submit a letter of recommendation in support of the application. In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the college's commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups.  All questions regarding the application should be sent to Department chair Gilbert Skillman at gskillman@wesleyan.edu.  Applications will be accepted through January 5th or until the positions are filled.

Government Department

The Department of Government at Wesleyan University seeks applicants for a one-year visiting position in the comparative politics of developing countries during the 2022-2023 academic year. We welcome applications from comparativists specializing in any region of the developing world. Applicants must have Ph.D. in Government or related field in hand by the time of appointment to be hired as an Assistant Professor; a successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but will complete the Ph.D. in Government or related field within one year of hire. The teaching load is 3-2, including three sections of an introductory comparative politics course, a survey course called Political Economy of Developing Countries, and a seminar on a topic of the visitor's choice. The successful candidate will also be asked to supervise up to two senior theses.

The teaching load is 3-2, including three sections of an introductory comparative politics course, a survey course called Political Economy of Developing Countries, and a seminar on a topic of the visitor's choice. The successful candidate will also be asked to supervise up to two senior theses.

To apply, please go to http://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/8565. At this site you will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are (1) a cover letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement about your research and teaching experience (as part of the teaching statement, we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body), (4) teaching evaluation statistics or other evidence of teaching effectiveness (but please do not send copies of individual student evaluations), and (5) a sample syllabus for an introductory comparative politics course. After you set up your account, you will be prompted to provide (6) the email addresses of three referees, each of whom we may contact at the appropriate time to request a letter of recommendation for you.

Please contact Ms. Susan Lundgren-Regan (slundgrenreg@wesleyan.edu), the Government Department administrative assistant, if you have questions about the application process. Start Date: September 1, 2022

Application Deadline: March 10, 2022

Philosophy Department 

Wesleyan University’s Department of Philosophy invites applications for a one year full-time Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy beginning September 1, 2022.  AOS or AOC in Early Modern Philosophy. Ability to teach the diverse range of voices in the Early Modern period is desirable.  Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Philosophy or related field in hand by the time of appointment to be hired as an Assistant Professor; a successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but will complete the Ph.D. in Philosophy within one year of hire. The teaching load is 3/2, which will include the introductory Early Modern course and an upper-level seminar.  Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college with a strong and diverse undergraduate student body. 

To apply, visit https://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/8457. A complete application includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, statement of current research, and documentation of teaching experience, including teaching statement, course syllabi and student evaluations. In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the college's commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups. You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we will obtain confidential letters of recommendation.

Applications should be submitted online at: https://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/8457

Applications completed by January 31, 2022 will receive full consideration. Please contact Lynn Higgs (lhiggs@wesleyan.edu) or Lisa Sacks (lsacks@wesleyan.edu) if you have questions about the application process. Visa sponsorship is not available.      

Visiting Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology

The Department of Psychology at Wesleyan University invites applications for a visiting assistant professor in clinical psychology to begin September 1, 2022. Preference will be given to candidates with undergraduate teaching experience. The appointment carries a 3-2 teaching load, and is for one year with possibility of renewal for a second year. The successful candidate will teach courses in introductory psychology, research methods, and psychopathology (or a related area). Other responsibilities include advising undergraduate majors. A Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment is required to be hired at the Assistant Professor level; appointment as an instructor is possible for a successful A.B.D. candidate. The Psychology Department currently has 18 full-time faculty members in the areas of neuroscience, psychopathology, cognitive, developmental, cultural and social psychology. Wesleyan faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship and to undergraduate teaching, and the university offers a variety of resources for professional development including the Center for Pedagogical Innovation and the Office for Faculty Career Development. Inquiries about this position may be sent to Professor Charles Sanislow at csanislow@wesleyan.edu.

Apply at: https://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/8517. A complete application includes: cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement and evaluations if available, a statement of the applicant’s research area/interest, no more than two reprints, and email addresses for three references. In the cover letter, applicants are asked to describe how they will embrace the college's commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experiences working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups. Review of applications is ongoing; those received by February 28th will be given fuller consideration.

Visiting Assistant Professor in Cultural Psychology

The Department of Psychology at Wesleyan University invites applications for a visiting assistant professor in cultural psychology to begin September 1, 2022. Preference will be given to candidates with undergraduate teaching experience. The appointment carries a 3-2 teaching load, and is for one year with possibility of renewal for a second year based on performance. The successful candidate will teach courses in cultural psychology, research methods, and seminars in the area of cultural psychology. Other responsibilities include advising undergraduate majors. A Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment is required to be hired at the Assistant Professor level; appointment as an instructor is possible for a successful A.B.D. candidate. The Psychology Department currently has 18 full-time faculty members in the areas of neuroscience, psychopathology, cognitive, developmental, cultural and social psychology. Wesleyan faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship and to undergraduate teaching, and the university offers a variety of resources for professional development including the Center for Pedagogical Innovation and the Office for Faculty Career Development. Inquiries about this position may be sent to Professor Jill Morawski at Jmorawski@wesleyan.edu.

Apply at: https://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/8555 A complete application includes: cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement and evaluations if available, a statement of the applicant’s research area/interest, no more than two reprints, and email addresses for three references. In the cover letter, applicants are asked to describe how they will embrace the college's commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experiences working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups. Review of applications is ongoing; those received by March 12 will be given fuller consideration.

Visiting Assistant Professor in Social Psychology

The Department of Psychology at Wesleyan University invites applications for a visiting assistant professor in social psychology to begin September 1, 2022. Preference will be given to candidates with undergraduate teaching experience. The appointment carries a 3-2 teaching load, and is for one year with possibility of renewal for a second year based on performance. The successful candidate will teach courses in social psychology, research methods in diversity science, and seminars in the area of social psychology. Other responsibilities include advising undergraduate majors. A Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment is required to be hired at the Assistant Professor level; appointment as an instructor is possible for a successful A.B.D. candidate. The Psychology Department currently has 18 full-time faculty members in the areas of neuroscience, psychopathology, cognitive, developmental, cultural, and social psychology. Wesleyan faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship and to undergraduate teaching, and the university offers a variety of resources for professional development including the Center for Pedagogical Innovation and the Office for Faculty Career Development. Inquiries about this position may be sent to Professor Jill Morawski at Jmorawski@wesleyan.edu.

Apply at: https://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/8556. A complete application includes: cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement and evaluations if available, a statement of the applicant’s research area/interest, no more than two reprints, and email addresses for three references. In the cover letter, applicants are asked to describe how they will embrace the college's commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experiences working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups. Review of applications is ongoing; those received by March 12 will be given fuller consideration.

Romance Languages and Literatures

The Department of Romance Languages & Literatures invites applications for a one-year, full-time Visiting Assistant Professor. The teaching load is five courses for the academic year:  four courses will be in the Elementary and Intermediate Italian sequences.  The Italian Language curriculum is collaborative, taught in a team setting, and created with the Italian section. The successful candidate will also teach one Italian Studies course, taught through the medium of Italian, at or above the level of fifth-semester. The field of specialization is open. We seek someone with an understanding of liberal arts colleges and the place of Italian within them, and who has a proven record of success teaching undergraduates of all levels and of diverse backgrounds at a North American university. PhD in Italian Studies (preferred) or ABD, native or near-native fluency in Italian and English. 

To apply, visit http://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/8491.  You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are (1) a cover letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a teaching statement, (4) a research statement, (5) and a diversity statement that describes the candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion (upload as other document). In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the college's commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups. You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we will obtain confidential letters of recommendation. Applicants invited for Zoom interviews will be asked to supply a writing sample of no more than 50 pp and a syllabus for a class in their field appropriate for undergraduate majors in ITST.

Applications received by 02/14/2022 will receive full consideration. Please contact Sherri Condon (scondon@wesleyan.edu) if you have questions about the application process

 

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious practice or creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Wesleyan strives to promote behaviors that foster a safe and healthy community during the pandemic. The University may require instructional/teaching duties as described to be conducted in person, on-line and/or remotely (or any combination thereof), at the University’s sole discretion and based on the existing needs of the University and in compliance with regulations set forth by the State of Connecticut. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Vice President for Equity & Inclusion / Title IX Officer, 318 North College, 860.685.4771.

All offers of employment are contingent on the candidate's completion of a pre-employment background check, to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University.