Instructor of American Studies - Durham, NC, Campus
Humanities, NC School of Science and Mathematics (1219 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705)
July 31, 2024
Starting Date: 
August 1, 2024
Post date: February 19, 2024

NCSSM is ranked as the #2 Best Public High School in the U.S

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled (with priority consideration given to applications received by Monday, March 18, 2024, at 5:00 PM)

HIRING SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience

POSITION TYPE: EHRA Faculty, 10-month, FLSA Exempt, 1.0 FTE


The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) invites applications for a full-time Instructor of American Studies position at its campus in Durham, North Carolina. The position is a 10-month, permanent-track appointment with full benefits through the State of North Carolina.

Description of Duties:

Founded in 1980, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics is a state-supported residential and online high school for students who have demonstrated exceptional talent or interest in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Since the school’s inception, the humanities and fine arts have been an integral part of an NCSSM education and have played a key role in helping the institution fulfill its mission to cultivate a new generation of informed, empathetic, engaged, and ethical citizens and leaders.

The position reports to the Chair of Humanities, NCSSM-Durham, and is responsible for providing instruction in American Studies, a two-course sequence required of all NCSSM juniors. It is the core shared humanities experience for all incoming students—a course in which students not only gain a sense of the chronology of American history, literature, and culture but also dive deeply into selected primary and secondary texts, topics, and issues in American culture. Students earn double credit for this course: a credit in English and a credit in History/Social Science for each semester’s study. All sections of this multi-section course focus on the study of primary sources in their historical and cultural contexts: historical documents, literary texts, and other cultural artifacts that highlight multiple voices and experiences. 

The expected teaching assignment for the position is three course sections of American Studies each semester. The new instructor will co-teach the course with a colleague with complementary expertise for at least two years, with opportunities to extend that collaboration. Co-teaching involves collaboration to develop an integrated syllabus in light of the American Studies program’s shared learning outcomes and course guidelines, and daily collaboration to teach the course and assess students’ learning.

During the second year at NCSSM, the instructor may have the opportunity to teach one of NCSSM’s senior-level interdisciplinary humanities electives—courses that emphasize critical reading, critical thinking, and academic writing. 

NCSSM Humanities also includes a strong fine arts program that offers courses and extracurricular opportunities in the visual arts, music, and drama. NCSSM Humanities also offers student- and faculty-led seminars and independent studies. 

Humanities faculty are responsible for developing and teaching innovative and engaging humanities curricula, with a focus on interdisciplinary studies, in NCSSM’s residential and highly interactive online programs. Faculty should plan on playing an enthusiastic role with colleagues across all campuses of the school in ongoing conversations and collaborations about ideas, goals, pedagogical methods, and authentic assessments in NCSSM’s teaching and learning environment.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Develop and communicate to students clear course objectives and goals;
  • Plan and develop an instructional program that helps students assimilate specific course content and skills;
  • Hold office hours and tutorial sessions as outlined by the Department of Humanities;
  • Regularly monitor and evaluate students’ progress, providing them with resources and feedback on their performance;
  • Structure and manage an environment conducive to learning;
  • Model for students responsibility to self and others;
  • Follow the school’s philosophy, policies, and procedures;
  • Participate in departmental, faculty, and staff meetings;
  • Serve on departmental, faculty, and school-wide standing committees;
  • Write recommendations for as many as 15 students each year, as requested;
  • Serve as a January-Term sponsor;
  • Participate in professional development and personal intellectual growth activities;
  • Participate in one or more of the following activities:
    • Provide professional service and engagement in the field;
    • Assist students with special projects, independent and individual study, and seminar-based studies;
    • Participate in the NCSSM admissions process by recruiting, selecting, and advising prospective students;
    • Participate in NCSSM alumni activities;
    • Provide assistance for school-sponsored programs and extracurricular activities.

Please visit NCSSM Durham Career Opportunities for more information. 

Application Instructions 

How to Apply:

Submit electronic application via this link: Instructor of American Studies - Durham, NC, Campus on

PLEASE ATTACH a cover letter, CV, and statement of teaching philosophy to the online application before submitting.


Review Begins: 
March 18, 2024

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