Lecturer in Folklore and Mythology
Harvard University
United States




Title Lecturer in Folklore & Mythology
School Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department/Area Folklore & Mythology
Position Description
The Undergraduate Program in Folklore & Mythology seeks applications for a Lecturer in Folklore and Mythology. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2024. The Lecturer will be teaching four undergraduate courses in the field during the 2024-25 academic year. We are especially interested in applicants who could offer courses in at least TWO of the following areas:

    • Magic and Witchcraft
    • Fairy Tales / Folktales
    • Folklore on the Internet
    • Folklore or Mythology and Contemporary Popular Culture


In addition to teaching courses on these topics (one per semester), the Lecturer would be encouraged to develop and offer courses (one per semester) on other areas of folkloristic relevance.

The Lecturer may also be asked to advise concentrators writing senior theses where these are relevant to the Lecturer’s specializations and to evaluate senior theses.

The appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal, contingent on performance, enrollments, curricular need, and divisional dean approval.
Basic Qualifications
Doctorate or terminal degree in Folklore and Mythology or related field required by the expected start date.
Additional Qualifications
Additional Qualifications: Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching is desirable.
Special Instructions
Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (https://academicpositions.harvard.edu). Applications must be submitted no later than December 31, 2023. Letters of reference may be submitted up until January 14, 2024.

    • A cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position to which you are applying


  • A curriculum vitae
  • A list of proposed courses and brief descriptions
  • A teaching statement describing your teaching philosophy, goals, methods, and prior experience.
  • Teaching materials, including evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching awards and evaluations), and representative course syllabi.
  • Names and contact information of three to five referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received.

If the candidate advances to the next round, they will be asked to submit an expanded description of two seminars they could teach in the program.

Applicable only for those candidates who have not yet received the Ph.D.: A letter from your advisor confirming that you will receive your Ph.D. by the expected start date.

Applicants who have received a doctorate within twelve months of the start date of the appointment, and those who expect to receive the degree in 2024, may be asked to submit appropriate verification that all requirements for the doctorate have been successfully completed.
Contact Information
Holly Hutchison
The Committee on Degrees in Folklore & Mythology
Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact Email hhutchis@fas.harvard.edu
Equal Opportunity Employer
Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, protected veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or other protected status.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.
Minimum Number of References Required 3
Maximum Number of References Allowed  

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Statement of Research
  5. Course Evaluation
  6. Sample Syllabus
  7. Proposed Course Description
Optional Documents

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