About SUNY College at Old Westbury:

SUNY Old Westbury is a dynamic and diverse public liberal arts college that fosters academic excellence through close interaction among students, faculty and staff. Old Westbury weaves the values of integrity, community engagement, and global citizenship into the fabric of its academic programs and campus life. In an environment that cultivates critical thinking, empathy, creativity and intercultural understanding, we endeavor to stimulate a passion for learning and a commitment to building a more just and sustainable world. The College is a community of students, teachers, staff, and alumni bound together in mutual support, respect, and dedication to the Mission.

Job Description:

The State University of New York at Old Westbury invites applications for a tenure-track position in American Studies, at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective Fall 2019.  American Studies is an interdisciplinary liberal arts department offering two degrees – American Studies and Media & Communications.  The department aims to foster a critical understanding of events and issues defining the nation and its evolving relationship to the world, including the transnational flows of people, capital, culture, and media, in the past and present.  The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in American Studies, Media Studies, or a related field, with a focus on the contemporary era, and the study of race and immigration, transnational American Studies and/or comparative race and ethnicity.  Candidates who can contribute to departmental strengths in media studies or digital humanities are particularly encouraged to apply.  Experience in community-based activism and social justice preferred.

Principal teaching responsibilities include courses for American Studies and/or Media & Communications majors, and may include such offerings as Contemporary U.S. Society, media studies electives, and the American Studies seminar, among others.  Experience teaching an ethnically diverse, working student population preferred.  Professional responsibilities include consistently good teaching, scholarly activities (publications, conference papers, grant writing, etc.), student advisement, and college and departmental service.

Located on a 604-acre campus on Long Island, Nassau County about 22 miles from New York City, SUNY Old Westbury enrolls 4,500 students, including 200 graduate students.  For more details about the SUNY Old Westbury, please refer to our website at https://www.oldwestbury.edu.  Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.  SUNY Old Westbury offers an excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, retirement and healthcare and dependent care savings accounts.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in American Studies, Media Studies, or a related field, with a focus on the contemporary era, and the study of race and immigration, transnational American Studies and/or comparative race and ethnicity is required or ABD with an anticipated completion date of August 1, 2019 or sooner.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching an ethnically diverse, working student body preferred.
  • Experience in community-based activism and social justice preferred.

Additional Information:

The successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.

The State University of New York at Old Westbury is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The Annual Security and Fire Report is filed as required by federal law. The purpose of this report is to provide faculty, staff and students with campus safety information, including crime statistics and safety policies and procedures. The report contains information regarding security and personal safety, including topics such as crime prevention, fire safety, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the previous three calendar years. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the University Police Department (516) 876-3333 or by downloading a copy.

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Position Type:  Faculty
Official Budget Title:  Assistant Professor (10 months)
Campus Title:  Assistant Professor
Department:  American Studies
FTE:  Full-time
Negotiating Unit:  UUP
Salary Grade:  NSA5
FLSA Status:  Exempt

Application Instructions:

Please submit the following at https://oldwestbury.interviewexchange.com:

  1. letter of application
  2. curriculum vitae
  3. statement of teaching philosophy
  4. description of research interest
  5. contact information (name, email address and telephone number) for three (3) references

Only applications submitted online will be considered.


VISA sponsorship is not available for this position.

We encourage protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, women and minorities to apply.

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