Lecturers in Literature
Harvard University
United States




Title Lecturers on History and Literature
School Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department/Area Committee on Degrees in History and Literature
Position Description
The Committee on Degrees in History and Literature seeks applications for multiple Lecturer positions teaching across our fields of study. The program’s hiring needs include: American Studies and Ethnic Studies (especially Asian American, Black, Latinx, and Native American and/or Indigenous Studies); and global histories and literatures (including Latin American, European, Middle Eastern, African, Asian, and Pacific Studies). Especially encouraged to apply are candidates whose work is comparative or transnational in scope, and those who can teach a range of geographic areas and historical periods.
The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2024. Lecturers will be responsible for designing and executing interdisciplinary tutorial programs for sophomores and juniors, directing senior honors theses, advising students on curricular matters, evaluating essays and senior theses, conducting senior oral examinations, and teaching seminars of their own design. The Lecturer position is for three years, with the second two years contingent on a satisfactory performance review during the first year.
Basic Qualifications
Doctorate in a related discipline required by the time the appointment begins, strong interdisciplinary background, teaching experience.
Additional Qualifications
Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching is desired.
Special Instructions
Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal
(https://academicpositions.harvard.edu). Applications must be submitted no later than December 15, 2023:
1. Cover letter, including a description of teaching and advising experience, and any efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging in the classroom
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Writing sample, such as a journal article or dissertation chapter
4. Names and contact information of three to five referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation if the candidate is invited to interview for the position. Three letters of recommendation must be received in order for the candidate to be short-listed for the position.
5. If the candidate advances to the next round, they will be asked to submit a teaching portfolio and description of two seminars they could teach in the program. These materials must be received before the candidate’s scheduled interview.
Contact Information
Personnel Committee, History and Literature, Barker Center 122, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Deadline: December 15, 2023. For further information regarding fields of study and the structure of the program, visit the History and Literature website at http://histlit.fas.harvard.edu.
Contact Email histlit@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.
Minimum Number of References Required 3
Maximum Number of References Allowed 5

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. *What is your primary teaching field in History and Literature?
    • American Studies
    • The Modern World
    • Ethnic Studies
    • The World Before 1800
    • The Medieval World
    • Latin American Studies
    • European Studies
  2. If you have a secondary teaching field in History and Literature, please indicate it.
    • American Studies
    • The Modern World
    • Ethnic Studies
    • The World Before 1800
    • The Medieval World
    • Latin American Studies
    • European Studies
  3. *Please provide the title of your dissertation.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. *Please list your teaching and research areas.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. *What languages are you proficient in?

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing Sample 1
Optional Documents

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