Assistant Professor- American Studies


Oregon State University – Cascades invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track position with responsibilities split between American Studies and Creative Writing. We will consider applications at the rank of beginning Assistant Professor or advanced Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching courses in our developing American Studies Program as well as acting as Program Lead the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing, which has been ranked 17th in the US by the Best College Reviews for 2018. The MFA portion of the position will involve program lead duties whereas the portion of the work in American Studies will include teaching undergraduate courses in the candidate’s primary field of study and curriculum development in the American Studies program.

We are interested in developing courses that query the boundaries between creative writing and traditional scholarship. Our program and campus are small but vibrant and growing, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to play an integral part in developing the American Studies program, which we envision becoming a key program on our campus and to the Central Oregon community. OSU-Cascades is committed to the communities in which we teach and write, and we will prioritize candidates who have an interest in public-facing work.

OSU-Cascades, located in Bend, Oregon, is a branch campus of Oregon State University. Established in 2001, the university currently enrolls more than 1,200 students in bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The campus expanded to a four-year university in 2015, opened its 10-acre campus in fall 2016, and the Oregon legislature approved additional funding in 2017 and 2018 for continued campus expansion, which is currently in progress. The branch campus has ambitious enrollment goals to reach 3,000 students and is engaged in building a culturally diverse and community-centric educational environment.


50% Teaching: Instruction in lower, upper-division, and potentially graduate courses in American Studies and writing, as needed. Mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and serving on graduate committees is expected. Evidence of commitment to professional development in assigned teaching areas, as well as evidence of excellence in teaching over a sustained period of time is expected for consideration for promotion.

30% Scholarship: A sustained record of scholarly/creative achievement that is of a high standard in the field of American Studies as evidenced by the publication of monographs and articles in refereed journals. Delivery of papers at regional, national, and international conferences and meetings. Interdisciplinary scholarship in related fields marks one way of demonstrating the relevance of the work to humanities disciplines at large.

10% MFA Program Lead: Act as the Program Lead for the low-residency MFA program in creative writing (fiction, non-fiction, and poetry). Program Lead duties include leadership related to curriculum, partnerships, and donors. In collaboration with the MFA Program Manager, program lead will also provide guidance on student admissions, program structure, and act as a liaison to the MFA program in Corvallis.

10% Service: Provide service to OSU-Cascades, the College of Liberal Arts, or University. Participate in regional and national professional service activities.

Expectations related to Diversity, Inclusivity, and Community: Oregon State University is committed to ensuring a collaborative and inclusive community. Faculty and staff are responsible for building a curriculum, work environment, academic discipline, and campus climate sensitive to the intersections of gender, race, class, sexual identity, age, ability, and other institutionalized systems of inequity and privilege. Individual contributions in these areas may be measured, in any given year, by annually reported activities in teaching, research, service, and/or outreach.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A PhD in American Studies or related field is required prior to position start date.
  • Demonstrated ability for excellent teaching.
  • Demonstrated ability for innovative scholarship.
  • Demonstrated ability for success in administrative duties.
  • Proven oral and written communication skills.
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

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