Faculty Positions Available

 

Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts with easy access to the culturally rich cities of Albany, Boston, and New York City. The College is committed to building and supporting a diverse population of approximately 2,000 students, and to fostering an inclusive faculty, staff and curriculum. Williams has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its students. Please visit the Williams College website (www.williams.edu).  All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. Further information is available here: http://dean-faculty.williams.edu/prospective-faculty/background-check-policy/ .

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.

American Studies

The Program in American Studies at Williams College invites applications for a new position in Native American Studies. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in American Studies or in a related discipline. Specialists in pre-1900 subject areas are especially welcome. The successful candidate will teach courses in American Studies and Native American Studies. The position is full-time, tenure-track, beginning Fall 2014.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, a vita, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference by November 1, 2013.  All applications should be submitted through Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/22301.

Anthropology/Sociology

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology invites applications for a one-year position as a visiting assistant professor in sociology for the 2014-2015 academic year.  The department has a unique interdisciplinary focus [see: www.williams.edu/anthsoc] that emphasizes qualitative work and theoretically and historically informed and empirically grounded analyses of major social institutions and processes.  Therefore, fieldwork experience, as well as broad theoretical and substantive interests, is essential for this position.  Areas of scholarly inquiry are open.  The Ph.D. should be in hand by the date of appointment.  Application deadline is October 15, 2013.  For initial application, send only curriculum vitae and detailed cover letter outlining research and teaching interests.  All materials should be addressed to the, Chair, Department of Anthropology/Sociology and must be submitted through Interfolio. Follow this link to apply for the position: https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/22126.  All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check.  Further information is available here: http://dean-faculty.williams.edu/prospective-faculty/background-check-policy/.

Asian Studies

Tenure-Track Position in Chinese Language and Modern Chinese Literature
The Department of Asian Studies at Williams College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Chinese language and modern Chinese literature.  Desirable areas of research specialization include modern literature, film, and cultural studies.  Applicants should have Ph.D. in hand by time of appointment, possess native or near-native fluency in English and Mandarin, and be able to teach all levels of Chinese language including advanced language courses.  Teaching responsibilities will typically include two language courses and two courses in English on modern Chinese literature, film, or cultural studies each year.  The appointment will begin on July 1, 2014. 

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, writing sample of no more than 30 pages, sample syllabi for both literature and language courses, and three recommendation letters.  In addition, an audio recording including two segments of about three minutes each is required. One segment should be in English and the other in Mandarin, with one discussing the applicant’s research statement and the other explaining the applicant’s teaching philosophy.  These materials including a link to audio files must be submitted at https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/21772 by Oct. 1, 2013.

Biology

Tenure-Track Position in Biochemistry
The Biology Department at Williams College, a premier liberal arts college with a long-standing tradition of excellence in the sciences, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July 2014.

We are seeking a broadly trained BIOCHEMIST with solid training in cell biology who will teach in our introductory course in cellular and molecular biology as well as upper level courses in biochemistry and cell biology. The individual will advise undergraduates in research and participate in interdisciplinary programs in biochemistry, molecular biology, and/or bioinformatics. Normally, faculty members teach one course and two laboratory sections (or the equivalent) each semester.

A vibrant research program that is attractive to extramural funding agencies and involving talented undergraduates is expected, and start-up funds and internal funding for research are available. A Ph.D., postdoctoral experience, and a strong research record are required. We anticipate an appointment at the beginning assistant professor level, although more senior appointments are possible under special circumstances. All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. All applications should be submitted through Interfolio at https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/22005. Email and paper applications will not be accepted. Through Interfolio submit: a letter of application addressed to Professor Steve Swoap (department chair), a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching and research plans, and three current letters of recommendation. Application deadline is October 18, 2013.

Tenure-Track Position in Molecular Genetics
The Biology Department at Williams College, a premier liberal arts college with a long-standing tradition of excellence in the sciences, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July 2014.

We are seeking a broadly trained MOLECULAR GENETICIST who will teach an introductory course in molecular and evolutionary genetics as well as upper level courses in his or her area of specialty. This individual will advise undergraduates in research and participate in interdisciplinary programs in biochemistry, molecular biology, and/or bioinformatics. Normally, faculty members teach one course and two laboratory sections (or the equivalent) each semester.

A vibrant research program that is attractive to extramural funding agencies and involving talented undergraduates is expected, and start-up funds and internal funding for research are available. A Ph.D., postdoctoral experience, and a strong research record are required. We anticipate an appointment at the beginning assistant professor level, although more senior appointments are possible under special circumstances. All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. All applications should be submitted through Interfolio at https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/22004. Email and paper applications will not be accepted. Through Interfolio submit: a letter of application addressed to Professor Steve Swoap (department chair), a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching and research plans, and three current letters of recommendation. Application deadline is October 18, 2013.

Visiting Position in Microbiology
The Biology Department at Williams College, a premier liberal arts college with a long-standing tradition of excellence in the sciences, invites applications for a one semester, part time visiting assistant professor to begin January 2014. We are seeking a broadly trained MICROBIOLOGIST who will teach an upper-level course in microbiology and the laboratory sections that accompany this course. A Ph.D. is required. All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. All applications should be submitted through Interfolio (https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/22000). Email and paper applications will not be accepted. Through Interfolio submit: a letter of application addressed to Professor Steve Swoap (department chair), a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests, and three current letters of recommendation. Application deadline is September 27, 2013.

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science at Williams College invites applications for a one year visiting faculty position beginning in the fall of 2014. Candidates should have a commitment to excellence in teaching and should have a Ph.D., or made significant progress towards completing a Ph.D., in computer science or a closely related discipline by September, 2014. The successful candidate will teach a total of four courses during the academic year.

The Department of Computer Science consists of eight faculty members supporting a thriving undergraduate computer science major in a congenial working environment with small classes, excellent students, and state-of-the-art facilities. Williams College is a highly selective, coeducational, liberal arts college of approximately 2,100 students located in the scenic Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

Applications in the form of a vita, a teaching statement, and three letters of reference, at least one of which speaks to the candidate’s promise as a teacher, must be submitted electronically via http://www.cs.williams.edu.  Materials may be addressed to: 

Professor Stephen Freund, Chair
Department of Computer Science
Williams College
Williamstown, MA 01267

Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled.

Economics

The Williams College Economics Department is seeking to make one tenure-track appointment beginning in the fall of 2014, and we invite applications.  Our search is focused on the general field of macroeconomics, including (but not limited to) macro-finance linkages, open economy macroeconomics, development macroeconomics, and macroeconomic history.  However, we will consider candidates with exceptional research and teaching promise in any field.  Candidates should have a Ph.D. completed or dissertation completed by September 2014.  We welcome applications from those seeking positions at the advanced assistant professor level.  Senior appointments will be considered in exceptional circumstances.  We are a department of active scholars (http://econ.williams.edu/) and currently have 23 tenured or tenure-track faculty members.  In addition to our undergraduate program, we operate and staff the Center for Development Economics (http://cde.williams.edu/), which offers an MA in Policy Economics.

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, professional papers, and teaching evaluations and ensure that three letters of reference are submitted on their behalf.  All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check.  Further information is available at:  http://dean-faculty.williams.edu/prospective-faculty/background-check-policy/

Deadline for application and supporting materials: November 29, 2013.   All materials should be submitted through Interfolio at https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/22020

CONTACT: Professor William M. Gentry, Chair, Department of Economics, 325 Schapiro Hall, 24 Hopkins Hall Drive, WilliamsCollege, Williamstown, MA01267

English

The English Department of Williams College seeks a one-year, full-time visiting assistant professor in medieval English literature with a strong interest in global/comparative medieval studies and/or critical theory.  Specific areas might include (but are not limited to) one or more of the following:  Judaism and Islam, empire and national identity, gender and sexuality.  In addition to courses in their specialty, candidates will teach one or more introductory courses (on topics of their own devising) for first-year students.    Full-time visitors teach five courses over two semesters and receive a full benefits package.  The start date for the position will be July 1, 2014.

Send application letter, CV, dossier or recommendations, and writing sample (25 pp. or less) through Interfolio by November 4, 2013. 

All applications should be submitted through Interfolio at https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/22076. Email and paper applications will not be accepted.

Mathematics/Statistics

Two Tenure-Track Positions in Mathematics
The Williams College Department of Mathematics and Statistics invites applications for two tenure track positions in mathematics, beginning fall 2014, at the rank of assistant professor (in an exceptional case, a more advanced appointment may be considered).  We are seeking highly qualified candidates who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, who will establish an active and successful research program, and who will have a Ph.D. by the time of appointment. Williams College is a private, coeducational, residential, highly selective liberal arts college with an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 2,000 students.  The teaching load is two courses per 12-week semester and a winter term course every other January. 

Applicants are encouraged to apply electronically at http://mathjobs.org or send a vita and have three letters of recommendation on teaching and research sent to Susan Loepp, Chair of the Hiring Committee, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Williams College, 18 Hoxsey Street, Williamstown, MA 01267.  Teaching and research statements are also welcome.  Evaluation of applications will begin on or after November 15 and will continue until the position is filled.  All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check.  Further information is available upon request.  For more information on the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, visit http://math.williams.edu/.  

Music

The Department of Music at Williams College announces a full-time Artist in Residence and Lecturer appointment in African Music Performance beginning in the fall of 2014.

Direct the Zambezi Marimba Band.  Co-direct the Kusika dance and drumming ensemble with a member of the Dance Department.  Co-teach two courses each year in African Dance and Percussion with a member of the Dance Department. An additional Winter Study term course is required every other year.  A complete listing of current courses and ensembles in the department and their descriptions can be viewed at http://music.williams.edu/node/1817.

An advanced degree in African music studies preferred.  Expertise in ensemble direction required.  Teaching experience at the undergraduate level desirable.

A letter of application, detailed resume and three letters of reference should be submitted by October 4, 2013.  All application materials must be submitted through Interfolio at: http://apply.interfolio.com/22224.   Please do not send any additional supporting materials until requested.

The Music Department has 11 full-time faculty and approximately 30 part-time Artist Associates.  The Department maintains an active musical life with over 100 events each year including those by the Berkshire Symphony, Concert and Chamber Choirs, Jazz Ensemble, Zambezi Marimba Band, Kusika, Williams Wind Ensemble, Williams Chamber Players, I/O New Music, Student Symphony, student chamber groups, and visiting artists and ensembles. The Department provides courses for the general student as well as specialized courses for the music major. Further information is available at http://music.williams.edu/.

Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy at Williams College invites applications for a 3-year visiting position at the level of Visiting Assistant Professor, to begin July 1, 2014.  AOS: Early Modern including Kant.  AOC:  Open.  The teaching load for this position is 3/2, all undergraduate, and includes an Early Modern survey course and a first-year philosophy seminar each year.  Ph.D. should be completed by time of appointment.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a C.V., three confidential letters of recommendation, a writing sample, evidence of teaching excellence, and two sample syllabi through Interfolio: apply.interfolio.com/22695

Deadline:  November 1, 2013.

Physics

The Physics Department invites applications from experimentalists for an Assistant Professor position with teaching duties starting 9/14. A more senior appointment is possible in exceptional circumstances. Ph.D. required; postdoctoral research experience preferred. We seek an energetic individual eager to teach throughout the undergraduate curriculum and to involve undergraduates in experimental physics research. Startup funds will be available. Williams is a highly selective, private, coeducational, liberal arts college. For the current faculty and the postgraduate plans of recent majors see physics.williams.edu. The College is working to increase the ethnic and gender diversity of its science majors and seeks individuals who can help us meet those goals. Applications should be submitted via https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/22001 and include a c.v., a statement of research plans, a statement of teaching interests and two (or more) letters of reference. Those completed by Nov.15 will receive full consideration. Kevin Jones, Department Chair, [email protected]

Psychology

Visiting Position in Behavioral Neuroscience

WILLIAMS COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY invites applications for a two-year visiting position, beginning July 1, 2014, in Behavioral Neuroscience. Teaching responsibilities will include the neuroscience section of a team-taught Introductory Psychology course, a co-taught Introduction to Neuroscience course, an upper-level research seminar in the candidate’s area of interest, and a senior seminar. Candidates should have a Ph.D. or be near completion of that degree. We provide visiting faculty mentoring in teaching and support for research as well as excellent research facilities. Please submit vita, two letters of reference, reprints, research statement, and information on teaching experience and effectiveness online through Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/22225 or mail materials to: Noah Sandstrom, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Psychology, Williams College, 18 Hoxsey Street, Williamstown, MA 01267. Applications will be reviewed as they are received with a deadline of December 15, 2013.  See http://psychology.williams.edu/  for more details about our department and this position.

Visiting Position in Cognitive Psychology

WILLIAMS COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY invites applications for a one-year visiting position, beginning July 1, 2014, in Cognitive Psychology. Teaching responsibilities for the year will be an upper-level research seminar with laboratory sections in the candidate’s area of interest, an Experimentation & Statistics course with a laboratory, and a team-taught interdisciplinary senior seminar. Candidates should have a Ph.D. or be near completion of that degree. We provide visiting faculty mentoring in teaching and support for research as well as excellent research facilities. Please submit vita, two letters of reference, reprints, research statement, and information on teaching experience and effectiveness online at https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/23046. Applications will be reviewed as they are received with a deadline of January 31, 2014.

Religion

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Islam
The Department of Religion at Williams College seeks to appoint a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Islam in Context, beginning in the fall of 2014. We seek someone whose expertise in Islam will also address the religious complexities of either Africa, South Asia, or Southeast Asia, in their historical, social, and political contexts. So, for example, a candidate might teach courses on the interactions of Islam with Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and/or indigenous religious traditions in these parts of the world. We especially welcome candidates whose teaching and research features post-colonial/decolonizing approaches. The successful candidate will teach one course per semester.  Ph.D. must be in hand or expected by September 2014; new Ph.D.s are especially encouraged to apply.

The Fellow will be included in the activities of the Religion Department as a regular junior faculty member.  They will work closely with a faculty mentor; participate in Williams’ First3 Program; and receive feedback on pedagogical skills and teaching effectiveness through our standard evaluation procedures.

The fellowship includes a salary of $43,500 plus benefits and funds to support research and travel.  Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States, or expect to pursue a teaching career in the United States.  The position is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Please submit a letter of application, c.v., summary of current research, short description of suggested courses, and three letters of reference by November 1, 2013. All materials should be addressed to Professor Jason Josephson, Chair, Department of Religion and must be submitted through Interfolio. Follow this link to apply for the position: https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/22023

Last updated 9/2013