Open Faculty Positions

Faculty recruitment in the School of Humanities and Sciences is conducted by academic departments. Explore this section for details about current faculty openings.
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I.  Humanities and Arts

Art & Art History
Assistant Professor, Tenure-track, American Art
The Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in American art and visual and material culture. The Department seeks a scholar with an innovative approach to art history and visual culture; the beginnings of a strong publication record; and an interest in both canonical and under-represented histories and genres of American art. It is expected that the successful applicant’s specific field of study will complement the expertise of the Art History faculty currently teaching in the Department. Specialization in African-American or Native American art is desirable but not required. The successful applicant will teach four courses a year, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, in both lectures and seminars; be responsible for advising Ph.D. students; and help to build the department’s interdisciplinary connections to other programs and areas of study at the university.
The position will begin on September 1, 2015. Interested candidates should post a letter detailing the direction of current research and teaching objectives, a CV, a writing sample, and the names of three recommenders online at: No hard copy applications will be accepted. The deadline for completed applications is October 15, 2014.


Art & Art History
Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, Documentary Film & Video Production
The Program in Film and Media Studies in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University is seeking candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with an emphasis in the field of Documentary Film and Video Production. The appointment is expected to begin September 1, 2015. 
Situated in the Department of Art & Art History as part of Stanford's program in Film and Media Studies, the Master of Fine Arts Program in Documentary Film and Video provides a historical, theoretical, and critical framework within which students master the conceptual and practical skills for producing nonfiction film. The MFA degree prepares students for professional careers in video, and digital media and for teaching at the university level. Students are encouraged to develop their documentary voice within a context of artistic expression, formal exploration, and engagement with social issues. A dual emphasis on documentary production and film and media studies endows the student with breadth across these areas. 
The successful candidate will teach at the graduate level in the MFA Program and at the undergraduate level in the Film and Media Studies program. Candidates will be required to teach a range of core courses in both documentary production and documentary studies. The production sequence is comprehensive in all areas, focusing on research, conceptualization, producing, directing, cinematography, sound, and editing of nonfiction media. The successful candidate will be expected to engage with the critical discourse surrounding contemporary documentary production, develop studies courses that build on the existing curriculum, and be conversant with new media practices and modes of distribution. The candidate will contribute to a department engaged in creative expression and critical thinking across disciplines and be encouraged to seek out synergies that may exist among colleagues across the university. We welcome applicants who have a strong creative portfolio in documentary film in addition to university teaching experience. Master’s degree or Ph.D. is required.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, a statement that details your approach to your creative work, a description of your teaching experience and philosophy, a CV, sample work as a Vimeo or other URL link, and name of three referees to:  No hard copy applications will be accepted.
The deadline for completed applications is November 15, 2014.
Assistant Professor, History of Early North America
The Department of History at Stanford University is seeking applicants for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor in the history of early North America, 1500-1800, including Pacific, Caribbean, and Atlantic worlds.  Applicants will be expected to teach courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level in their specialized fields. In particular, applicants will be expected to teach the survey course in colonial and revolutionary American history (part of the Department of History’s American history sequence), as well as the graduate core colloquium in early American history.
Application materials must be submitted on-line via
Please submit a letter of application, including a brief statement of research interest, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation and one short (chapter- or article-length) writing sample.  For full consideration, materials must be received by September 12, 2014.  The appointment will begin on September 1, 2015. Ph.D. must be in hand by the appointment start date.


II.  Natural Sciences

III.  Social Sciences

Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, in Archaeology
The Department of Anthropology at Stanford University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment in archaeology. The appointment will be made at the Assistant Professor rank. The successful applicant must hold a PhD in archaeology. While the area is open, we expect that the successful candidate would add to the geographical scope and to the methodological and laboratory breadth of the archaeology program. The Anthropology Department has a unique interdisciplinary focus that emphasizes theoretically informed analyses of social and cultural processes and quantitative research. Therefore, a program of fieldwork, as well as broad theoretical and substantive interests, are essential for this position.
For full consideration, materials must be received by November 3, 2014. The term of appointment would begin September 1, 2015.  Send vita, letter describing qualifications and interests, one example of written work and the names of three referees to Professor Lynn Meskell, Chair, Archaeology Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, 450 Serra Mall, Building 50, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-2034.  If submitting applications virtually, please send the requested materials in a pdf format via email to Ellen Christensen,
Communication, Political Science, or Sociology:
Assistant Professor in South Asian Studies
Stanford University invites applications for a tenure-line, assistant professor position in South Asian Studies to begin in the academic year 2015-16. The scholar appointed will be based in a department but is also expected to make contributions to the interdisciplinary study of South Asia across the University. The appointment will be in one of the following departments in the School of Humanities and Sciences: Communication, Political Science, or Sociology. Teaching responsibilities will be determined by the home department. 
Applicants should provide a cover letter including a brief statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae including list of publications, and sample(s) of recent scholarship. Applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted by the deadline to Academic Jobs Online. 
Please go to in order to apply to Political Science and to to apply to Communication or Sociology.
For full consideration, materials must be received by October 1, 2014.
Political Science
The Department of Political Science at Stanford University seeks candidates for a tenure track faculty appointment at the assistant professor level, in any subfield of political science. The term of appointment would begin September 1, 2015.
Applicants should provide a cover letter describing research and teaching experience as well as their curriculum vitae, three letters of reference and a writing sample. The committee will begin reviewing applications on September 15, 2014 but may consider files received after this date. Please apply online through Academic Jobs Online at:
IIII.  Interdisciplinary