Amherst College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor with a specialization in education studies beginning July 1, 2024. The department in which this faculty member will be housed will be based on the individual’s discipline. Examples include history, sociology, or American studies. The successful candidate will play a central role in the college’s Education Studies Program. 

We seek an interdisciplinary scholar whose research and teaching explores the social, cultural, and political dimensions of education and centers questions of justice and power. The successful candidate will be able to offer courses that address one or more of the following core areas (culture and education; cognition, teaching and learning; or society, policy and politics) and will have the opportunity to develop an area of specialization that complements current offerings. Possible areas of specialization include but are not limited to: the experiences of BIPOC students in schools, childhood and education policy, bilingual education, special education, Indigenous and decolonial knowledge systems, disability studies, and ethnic studies in K–12 schools. We welcome applications from candidates with an interest in all areas of education, including comparative international schooling, early childhood education, and higher education, but will require knowledge of K–12 U.S. schooling.

The person hired will be expected to design and teach required education courses, which may include foundations, community engaged learning, research methods, global/comparative, and an advanced education studies project seminar as well as additional courses related to their areas of interest. Faculty members at Amherst teach two courses per semester, advise senior honors theses and participate in program governance and college-level service.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of education studies, we will consider candidates who are trained in education Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs as well as in interdisciplinary, ethnic, cultural and area studies Ph.D. programs, such as the following: American studies, African American studies, Africana studies, Asian American studies, Chicanx studies, colonialism and diaspora studies, Native and Indigenous studies, and LatinX studies, and in humanities and social science Ph.D. programs such as anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, sociology and history. 

In alignment with Amherst College’s commitment to historically marginalized students, this position aims to attract teachers and scholars who display a commitment to anti-oppressive teaching and student mentoring. The department has a preference for candidates who engage in intersectional approaches in their work and who have experience in their research and teaching that emphasizes gender, sexuality, and queer studies as well as critical race, decolonial, Black, Indigenous, LatinX, and/or AAPI perspectives, theories, and methods. 

Candidates are asked to submit electronically a cover letter, c.v., statement of teaching philosophy, research statement, a scholarly writing sample (10-25 pages), and three letters of recommendation. Submit materials here: Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by October 1, 2023, will be assured of full consideration. 

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