Assistant Professor or Associate Professor of American Studies (Open Rank)

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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) or Associate Professor (with Tenure) of American Studies (Open Rank)

The position is attached to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) at the University of St.Gallen. The successful candidate will take up his or her position on 1 February 2022.

The disciplinary orientation of the position is open. Possible fields of study include – but are not limited to – cultural studies, literary studies, media studies, history, philosophy and social anthropology. A focus on the 20th and/or 21st century would be an advantage, in order to advance understanding of the current constellations and conflicts in the United States.

Requirements: A PhD thesis, first-class publications and an outstanding track record in university teaching. Applicants should indicate whether they are applying for the assistant professorship (with tenure track) or the associate professorship (with tenure). To be considered for the latter position, candidates are required – in addition to the criteria already mentioned – to have a published first monograph and evidence of a well-developed second research project.

The teaching load is 4 hours per week for the assistant professorship and 8 hours per week for the associate professorship. Applicants are expected to teach interdisciplinary courses — mainly in the University's Contextual Studies Programme — and to be committed to the University's self-administration.

The University of St.Gallen offers BA, MA and PhD programmes in English and German. Teaching can be in English exclusively. The University's administrative language is Ger-man. If the successful candidate has no prior knowledge of German, he or she will be ex-pected to acquire a passive knowledge of the language within two years.

The University of St.Gallen is strongly committed to promoting equal opportunities and diversity. We specifically encourage women and applicants with backgrounds underrepresented among our current senior faculty to apply.

Further details on the position are available on request from the Chair of the Appointments Committee, Professor Dr. Caspar Hirschi (facultyposition@unisg.ch).

Applications should include a cover letter and the usual supporting documents (CV, list of publications, teaching evaluations, yet no copies of publications and references). They should be submitted online via www.unisg.ch/professorships at the latest by 30 November 2020.


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