Working Title Post-Doctoral Fellow in American Studies
Appointment Type Full Time
Purpose of Position Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies invites applications for a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in American Studies, effective August 2019. The successful candidate will hold a concurrent title as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership and American Studies. Applicants must be committed to undergraduate education and demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching and research with undergraduates. The successful candidate will have an appropriate Ph.D. by August 2019, a teaching/research focus, and expertise in the study of America’s origins, American diplomatic history or diplomacy, America’s place on the world stage, or America’s national security policies or grand strategy (including U.S. Homeland Security). The successful candidate must be academically qualified and prepared to teach in the American Studies core, including AMST 100, the foundations of America, or AMST 300, a course that focuses on America’s role in the world, as well as upper level courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. The Center for American Studies is an interdisciplinary center that promotes teaching and scholarship on America’s founding principles and history, economic foundations, and national security. The nominal teaching load for the Post-Doctoral Fellow is 2-2. Phi Beta Kappa membership is highly desirable.
Departmental Information The Department of Leadership and American Studies at Christopher Newport University is composed of 15 highly credentialed, full-time faculty who represent multidisciplinary expertise relevant to Leadership and American Studies. Our department offers a major in American Studies with tracks in constitutional studies, humanities, and social sciences; a minor in American Studies; and a minor in Leadership Studies. The Leadership Studies minor welcomes students from all disciplines and is an integral part of the President’s Leadership Program, an educational experience that empowers students to recognize their leadership potential and develop personal and social responsibility for the betterment of self and society. Our department is also connected with the Center for American Studies, which promotes undergraduate and faculty scholarship on America’s founding principles and history, economic foundations, and national security. Beyond the classroom, the Department of Leadership and American Studies and the Center for American Studies sponsor and support student involvement in undergraduate research, collaborations with faculty, national and international conferences, academic workshops, extracurricular programs, internships, community service, and study abroad. Candidates wishing to know more about the program are invited to visit
Faculty Information CNU is committed to outstanding teaching and learning, undergraduate education, and the liberal studies core; the University is seeking to shelter a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. The Fall 2018 freshman class of 1,230 students was selected from over 7500 admission applications, and presented average high school GPA and SAT scores of 3.8 and 1220, respectively. Capital improvements (approaching $1 billion) on the beautiful, 260-acre campus, located between historic Colonial Williamsburg and the ocean resort of Virginia Beach, integrate the University’s liberal arts vision, nurturing mind, body, and spirit. These include the state-of-the-art Trible Library; three new academic buildings including a newly opened integrated science building; the Freeman Center athletic complex; and the I.M. Pei-designed Ferguson Center for the Arts, which brings to Virginia the finest performing artists in the world.
Our faculty enjoy an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect that rewards outstanding teaching and fosters active intellectual and creative engagement. Christopher Newport University is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. Faculty are productive scholars and researchers, supported by professional development funds. Faculty and administrators regularly consult and collaborate as the University works to sustain a culture of scholarly inquiry, informed debate, and civic action that enriches students, faculty, and the surrounding community. The result is a supportive and cohesive academic setting in which the University cultivates and carries forward its mission. Competitive salary with excellent health and retirement benefits and a well-designed family leave policy further enhance the CNU workplace. For further information on CNU, please visit our website at
Posting Detail Information
Posting Number F78P
Application Deadline 03/07/2019
Application Instructions To apply, please provide a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable for initial screening), statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of recommendation (letters should be uploaded with application materials or emailed to

Review of applications will begin on 3/7/19
Applications received after 3/7/19, will be accepted but considered only if needed.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Where did you obtain your Bachelor’s Degree (please provide name of institution and city / state)?(Open Ended Question)
  2. Where did you obtain your Master’s Degree (please provide name of institution and city / state)?(Open Ended Question)
  3. Where did you obtain your PhD Degree (please provide name of institution and city / state)? If this degree is in progress, please provide estimated completion date.(Open Ended Question)
  4. Are you a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required DocumentsOptional Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Transcripts
  3. Letter of Recommendation #1
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Other Application Materials
  6. Letter of Recommendation #2
  7. Letter of Recommendation #3
  8. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  9. Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
  10. Other Application Materials #2
  11. Graduate Transcripts
  12. Letter of Application
  13. Other Application Materials #3
  14. Other Application Materials #4