Joel R. Williamson Distinguished Professorship

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA

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Position Information

Position Type Permanent Faculty
Working Title Joel R. Williamson Distinguished Professorship
Position Number
Appointment Type Tenured/Tenure Track
Salary Range
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Permanent
If part-time, hours per week
FTE 1.0
Vacancy ID FAC0002964
Posting Open Date 10/04/2019
Application Deadline 12/01/2019
Open Until Filled No
Proposed Start Date 07/01/2020
Position Summary

The Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks to recruit a senior scholar to serve as the Joel R. Williamson Distinguished Professor. This professorship is a prestigious University chair representing the institution’s enduring engagement with the study of the American South. Candidates considered for this position should have a consequential record of achievement and a demonstrable commitment to undergraduate teaching and graduate student mentorship. Additionally, the holder of the Williamson Distinguished Professorship is expected to provide intellectual and visionary leadership in the area of Southern Studies; collaborate with colleagues across relevant fields and units; model engaged humanities on and off campus; and cultivate Carolina’s significant resources related to the study of the American South. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of full professor and will have a tenured appointment in the Department of American Studies as well as the opportunity for adjunct or joint appointments in other academic units. The Williamson Distinguished Professorship provides generous annual support for the holder’s research-related activities. We favor candidates who can contribute to UNC-Chapel Hill’s academic mission as a public institution, especially through commitment to diversity of perspective, intercultural understanding, and engagement with local resources and communities.

Educational Requirements

PHD in American Studies, or related fields broadly conceived.

Qualifications and Experience

Candidates are expected to present evidence of excellence in teaching at a college or university and of distinguished research and publication in their field of specialization.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Instructions

Applicants must apply online at by 5:00 p.m. on December 1, 2019 and submit a cover letter, CV, 4 letters of recommendations, statement of teaching philosophy, and a writing sample demonstrating his or her research.

At the time of application, the successful candidate will need to upload Teaching, Research, Diversity, and Service statements and the names and contact information of four letter writers to: Williamson Distinguished Professorship search committee, Attn: Dr. Seth Kotch of American Studies, 211 Greenlaw Hall CB#3520, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599. Recommenders identified by the applicant will be contacted via email with instructions for uploading their letters of support.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Seth Kotch, Assistant Department Chair, Department of American Studies, CB #3520, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520, [email protected]

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Department Contact Information

Department Contact Name and Title Dr. Seth Kotch, Assistant Department Chair
Department Contact Telephone or Email [email protected]
Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost office at (919)-962-1091 or send an email to [email protected]
Please note: The Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost office will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.
If you have any questions about the job requirements or the hiring department notify the Department Contact.

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