American Studies, United States Studies Centre (Sydney, Australia)
April 21, 2024
Starting Date: 
June 23, 2024
Post date: April 7, 2024
  • Join a leading academic institution

  • Full-time, fixed-term contract until June 2026 with potential to be continuing

  • Base Salary between $120k to $150k + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The USSC is currently inviting applications for an open-rank appointment in American Studies. Please indicate in your application materials whether you would like to be considered for appointment as:

In this exciting role, your key responsibilities will be to:

  • contribute to outstanding educational design, delivery, and outcomes within the Centre’s teaching programs

  • apply scholarship and knowledge of contemporary pedagogical practice to inform innovative educational practice in and beyond the discipline of American Studies

  • undertake independent research with the aim of securing grant funding and publishing peer-reviewed work that meets the standards of the Centre and University

  • contribute to a positive workplace culture within the Centre and University

  • contribute to educational and administrative activities of the Centre and University

  • engage with the media and undertake outreach activities related to your educational practice.

About you

To be successful in this role, you will need to demonstrate that you satisfy the following selection criteria:

  • a PhD in American Studies, International Relations, or related social-science discipline (i.e. Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Political Economy, Sociology)

  • teaching experience at tertiary level in American Studies or a cognate discipline

  • demonstrated track record for excellence in research and teaching, including recognition of achieving outstanding student outcomes

  • an ambitious and achievable research plan

  • experience with a diverse student body, including local, career-change and international students

  • a commitment to teamwork in curriculum development and other areas of academic administration

  • experience working in a collegial and effective manner with colleagues at department, faculty, and University level, as well as with external stakeholders

  • evidence of your ability to undertake independent or participate in collaborative scholarly projects with demonstrated impact

  • a demonstrated capacity for engagement in outreach activities in American Studies or US society (e.g., public talks, debates, and media commentary).

Desirable for appointment is:

  • a capacity to collaborate and teach across faculties, including with Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Law, or Engineering

  • experience in a multidisciplinary American studies environment.

The United States Studies Centre is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions 


Applications (including a cover letter, CV and latest official or unofficial academic transcript) can be submitted via the University of Sydney Career Site.

For enquires about the position, please contact Dr Rodney Taveira, Academic Director of the United States Studies Centre via email rodney.taveira@sydney.edu.au.

Applications close Sunday 21 April 2024, 11.59pm AEST. 

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