Southern Virginia University seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies with a primary responsibility for teaching Core Curriculum classes. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an excellence in and passion for teaching first- and second-year undergraduates taking classes outside of their declared major. Experience with innovative teaching methods is preferred. Initial appointment is one year with the possibility for renewal and/or tenure-track appointment.
The typical teaching load is four courses per semester. Core courses are capped around 25 students, and the ideal candidate will be adept at working with students of various experience and academic preparation.
Southern Virginia University’s Core Curriculum is centered on a trio of courses in philosophy, literature, and American civics. These courses focus on teaching primary texts that introduce SVU’s students to key questions and works of humanistic study. The ideal candidate will be prepared to teach multiple sections of our American civics course, demonstrating a fluency with, and an ability to guide students through, works like The Federalist Papers and de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. Qualifications to teach Core courses in non-Western cultures and humanities is also desirable. The ideal candidate will have at least an M.A. and preferably a Ph.D.
Southern Virginia University is a private, residential university, aligned with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our mission is to gather faithful Latter-day Saints and like-minded students, lift them in intellect, character, and faith, and launch them into successful lives and careers. Candidates are not required to be Latter-day Saints, but all applicants should discuss their familiarity with and support for the University’s mission statement in the cover letter.
Please send application materials to email@example.com. Applications must include a letter of interest specifically addressing the desired qualifications, a resume/CV, a teaching statement, two academic references, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Applications will be reviewed starting May 20 but will be accepted until the position is filled.