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How to Apply

Candidates should submit a digital application dossier via email attachments to Please include the following components (each submitted as a separate PDF file):

1. Letter of application outlining experiences with undergraduate students beyond the classroom
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
4. Evidence of teaching excellence
5. Two sample syllabi
6. Three letters of recommendation: candidates should arrange for letters to be sent to directly from the signer’s (or credentialing service’s) institutional email address.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan’s Department of American Culture invites applications for a full-time Lecturer III position teaching American studies and providing coordination, advising, and outreach to our undergraduate student community. This position has an anticipated start date of fall 2017 pending final budgetary approval. 

This is a non-tenure track position with an academic year appointment. Terms and conditions of employment for this Lecturer III position are subject to the provisions of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the University of Michigan and the Lecturers Employee Organization (LEO) as well as final budgetary approval. Although this is a nine-month position, salary and benefits are paid over a 12 month period.


The successful applicant will offer a mix of courses in American studies that will complement our existing strengths and contribute to our undergraduate mission. Additionally, this person will serve as the principal academic advisor for our various majors and minors. Working with American Culture’s leadership team, they will also participate in creating events or programming that will build connections and community among our undergraduates in the department and larger campus. We expect that this individual will be a visible and engaged faculty member in our department.

Required Qualifications*

 A Ph.D. in American studies or a related field is required before the start of the appointment.

Desired Qualifications*

Demonstrated excellence in teaching and engagement/service with diverse student populations will be critical criteria for selecting the successful candidate.

Additional Information

Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Deadline to apply for full consideration for the position is April 7, 2017, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Selection Process

We are seeking a broad range of interested applicants with training in American studies, ethnic studies, and/or related humanities and social science fields. We are, however, particularly interested in individuals who might offer classes on U.S. political/social movements before 1965; LGBTQ studies; disability studies; and/or U.S. popular culture.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.