American Studies Announces Search for Visiting Assistant Professor

March 8, 2019 - 11:30am

The Department of American Studies invites applications for a 1-year Visiting Assistant Professorship in American Studies, beginning August 19, 2019.  This is a non-tenure track position.  The teaching load is six courses over the academic year: an introduction to American Studies (fall), comparative ethnic studies and diversity in American culture (both semesters), an introduction to popular culture (fall), a lecture course on food in America (spring), and the capstone senior seminar that draws on the candidate’s own areas of focus (spring).  We are interested in all research areas in American Studies but with special priority to candidates in African American studies, Latino/a/x studies, critical race theory, and the cultural study of food. Salary is commensurate.

Electronic attachments to the online application should include a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, two sample syllabi, and two letters of reference. 

Screening of applications begins March 25, 2019.  Applicants should apply online through the Jobs@Iowa website (, requisition #73612. Send inquiries to: All applications will be acknowledged, and applicants will be informed when the position is filled.

A PhD in American Studies or comparable interdisciplinary training must be in hand by the start of the appointment. Teaching experience, research, or coursework in American Studies is required, and the ability to teach ethnic studies and/or the cultural study of food as well as experience as a lecturer in a class of over 50 students is desirable.

The Department of American Studies and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are strongly committed to diversity and inclusion; the strategic plans of the University and the College reflect this commitment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.  

Additional information regarding the Department of American Studies at the University of Iowa may be found at:

Education required: Ph.D. in American Studies or comparable interdisiplinary training at time of appointment

Required Qualifications: Teaching experience, research, or course work in American Studies

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Ability to teach Ethnic Studies or Cultural Study of Food
  • Experience as a lecturer in a class of over 50 students

Salary: Commensurate

Contact Information:

Lauren Rabinovitz
Department of American Studies
The University of Iowa
210 Jefferson Building
Iowa City, IA 52242

Course load: 3-3