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Assistant Professor of American Studies and Public Heritage
Pennsylvania State University

Date Posted Mar. 15, 2022
Title Assistant Professor of American Studies and Public Heritage
University Pennsylvania State University
Middletown, PA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date August 2022
  • Assistant Professor
  • American Studies
Assistant Professor of American Studies and Public Heritage

The American Studies program at Penn State Harrisburg invites applications for the position of tenure-line Assistant Professor of American Studies and Public Heritage. We seek a specialist in the areas of public heritage and museum studies who can maintain and grow our programmatic connections with public history, heritage, and cultural institutions locally and regionally, as well as provide students with practical training in the skills and competencies of public sector professionals. Other desirable areas of expertise include media, tourism, local and regional studies, and material culture.

The American Studies program offers the BA, MA, and PhD degrees in American Studies, an integrated BA/MA program for academically advanced students, and two graduate certificates in heritage and museum studies and folklore and ethnography. In addition, the program manages two academic centers: the Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies and the Pennsylvania Center for Folklore.

A Ph.D. in American Studies, public heritage/history, museum studies, or a related field is required. ABDs may apply but must have their terminal degree completed by July 15, 2022. This position will commence in August of 2022.

Teaching assignments may include core graduate and undergraduate courses in American Studies, as well as courses supporting the heritage and museum studies certificate. The faculty member would also be expected to play an active role in advising graduate student research on the MA/PhD level.

To be considered, please upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a sample of scholarly work, and contact information for three references. Any supplemental materials the candidate would like to submit regarding teaching, including syllabi, teaching philosophy, and course evaluations should be mailed to: ATTN: Assistant Professor of American Studies Search Committee#, Penn State Harrisburg, School of Humanities, W356 Olmsted Building, Middletown, PA 17057.

Questions regarding the search can be emailed to Anthony Bak Buccitelli at

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