Open Faculty Positions

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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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Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of, and applications from, women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Open Positions

I.  Humanities and Arts

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Assistant Professor

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford University is seeking applicants for a tenure track Assistant Professor in the area of premodern Japanese literature. Areas of secondary interest include but are not limited to Japanese History, Performance, Religious Studies, Visual Culture, Gender Studies, and Chinese Language and Literature. Candidates are expected to have completed the Ph.D. degree by the time of appointment. Appointees will be expected to teach courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in Japanese literature and premodern forms of language.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and three letters of reference online via []. For full consideration, materials must be received by October 15, 2017. The appointment will begin on September 1, 2018.


Department of Music


The Department of Music at Stanford University is inviting applications for the position of tenure-track composer at the rank of Assistant Professor. The envisaged starting date is September 1, 2018.

We are searching for a creative and innovative composer who will show every promise of attaining professional distinction. The successful candidate must have a commitment to high-quality undergraduate and graduate instruction, and ability or potential in teaching and mentoring a diverse student body that includes women, minorities, and others from underrepresented backgrounds.

Candidates should have an interest and expertise in one or more additional areas of performance and/or research, including, but not limited to, theory within or beyond the traditions of Western art music, music performance, and computer music. The successful applicant will also have demonstrated interests that afford effective interactions with a broad range of colleagues. Teaching responsibilities will involve courses primarily in composition and analysis, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as the supervision of individual composition research. Courses may also be taught in the candidate’s additional areas of expertise.

Letters of application, together with a curriculum vitae, list of works and performances, and three to five letters of reference, should be received on or before October 1, 2017 at:

Additional supporting materials will be requested at a later date. Please do NOT send scores or recordings at this stage of the search.

Department of Religious Studies
Open Rank
Islamic Studies

The Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor, a tenured Associate Professor or a tenured Full Professor faculty position in any area of Islamic Studies.  The successful applicant must demonstrate substantial evidence of creativity and excellence in research and scholarship as well as a commitment to excellence in teaching and advising students at both graduate and undergraduate levels. 

This is an open-rank search, with a preference for scholars at the level of associate or full professor.

For full consideration, applications must be received by September 15, 2017. The term of appointment would begin September 1, 2018, or as soon as practicable thereafter. 

Applicants should submit a full curriculum vitae (including bibliography) with a cover letter outlining research and teaching interests through Interfolio via the following URL:
Assistant level and untenured applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference submitted through the same URL. 

Please direct all enquiries concerning this position to:

Islamic Studies Search 
Prof. Michael Penn, Committee Chair 
Department of Religious Studies 
450 Serra Mall, Building 70 
Stanford, CA 94305-2165 
or by email to:


Department of Theater and Performance Studies
Assistant Professor of Theatrical Design
The Department of Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University is seeking applicants for an assistant professor of theater practice, specializing in next-generation design technologies for live performance.  Faculty in this position would teach classes, contribute to the department’s main-stage productions, advise graduate and undergraduate student performance projects, and take on relevant responsibilities in the department’s production shops. The successful candidate will have a demonstrable potential for developing a career in design for professional theater and performance. We are especially interested in candidates who can help bridge the worlds of art and scholarship through hands-on experimentation and research on performance technologies.

The expected starting date of the appointment is September 1, 2017. Applicants should send a cover letter describing their work to date and outlining its future direction and a cv.  In an effort to make the search process more efficient we also ask applicants to send a portfolio of creative work and/or a writing sample (no longer than 40 pages), two brief course descriptions, and three letters of reference to:
Prof. Matthew Smith
Search Committee Chair
Department of Theater and Performance Studies
551 Serra Mall
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-5010
All requirements for a graduate degree in theater and performance design, performance studies, or a related field must be completed by September 2, 2017. For full consideration, application materials must be received by Monday November 14 at 5PM California time. No email applications accepted. Please apply on line at


II. Natural Sciences

III. Social Sciences

Department of Political Science
Assistant Professor

The Stanford Department of Political Science invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in American Politics. The term of appointment will begin September 1, 2018.  Successful candidates must demonstrate evidence of a creative research trajectory and a commitment to excellence in teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Applicants should send three professional letters of recommendation, a CV, and a writing sample. 

The committee will begin reading applications on September 1, 2017, but may consider files received after this date. Interested individuals should apply on line through 


Department of Music