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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 is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

 

Humanities and Arts

Department of English

The Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University are conducting a search for a poet to be appointed at the tenured level. The successful candidate will have a record of distinguished publication, including at least three books of poetry.

Candidates should also have a strong commitment to teaching, experience and/or interest in program direction, and be prepared to take an active part in Stanford’s vibrant academic and creative writing communities. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels within both the English Department and the Creative Writing Program, and to engage in mentoring and advising students at all levels. Candidates should hold a degree of practice (MFA, PhD, or MA in Creative Writing) or its equivalent; candidates with other significant career paths will also be considered. The term of appointment will begin September 1, 2021.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae with a brief list of courses taught; electronic copies of published books; and names and addresses of three references. Please apply through this link: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/17250.

For full consideration, materials must be received by January 11, 2021.

 

Department of History

The Department of History at Stanford invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in modern United States history (post-1876). This search is part of a university- wide initiative in which Stanford seeks to hire as many as 10 strong researchers and scholars who study the significance of race in American society, including the nature and persistence of racial inequality and its consequences. Stanford seeks to support, deepen, and enhance the important research and teaching in these areas long underway on our campus. Appointments may be made in the following schools and departments: Stanford Law School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Graduate School of Education, and the following departments within the School of Humanities and Sciences: Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, History, and Religious Studies. A majority of the appointments are expected to be made at the assistant professor level. A strong commitment to excellent teaching is essential.

The Department of History at Stanford University seeks an exceptional junior scholar for a tenure-track assistant professorship in modern United States history (post-1876) whose work substantially addresses race, broadly construed and considered. The appointment begins on September 1, 2021. Ph.D. must be in hand by time of appointment. The position is subject to approval by University leadership, which is committed to expanding the study of race, including and not limited to dimensions of lived experience and culture; race making and racial identity; ethnohistory; social inequality and injustice; and anti-racism.

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2020. Applicants should submit the following materials online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16818:  
1) Cover Letter addressed to Committee Chair, Professor Gordon H. Chang, describing academic background, intellectual interest, and teaching experience
2) Curriculum Vitae
3) Research Statement (no more than three single-spaced pages)
4) Writing Sample (two dissertation chapters or the equivalent)
5) Three Letters of recommendation (submitted directly by the referees online) by October 15, 2020.

Please direct questions to Burcak Keskin-Kozat at burcak@stanford.edu.

 

Department of Philosophy

The Philosophy Department at Stanford invites applications for an open rank, tenure track position for scholars who study race in American society. This search is part of a university-wide initiative in which Stanford seeks to hire as many as 10 strong researchers who study the significance of race in American society, including the nature and persistence of racial inequality and its consequences.  Appointments may be made in the following schools and departments: Stanford Law School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Graduate School of Education, and the following departments within the School of Humanities and Sciences: Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, History, and Religious Studies.  Rank is open, although a majority of the appointments are expected to be made at the assistant professor level. At the senior level, we are particularly interested in candidates with an active program of research in progress and outstanding records of achievement in developing or using innovative approaches in the broad areas of their discipline. A strong commitment to excellent teaching is essential.


The Department of Philosophy seeks candidates from any area of philosophy whose work will illuminate issues related to race in America. Such areas include, but are not limited to, Philosophy of Race and Racism, Africana Philosophy, Latinx Philosophy, Indigenous Philosophy, Critical Race Theory, Social and Political Philosophy, and Philosophy of Law.


Applicants will be expected to teach four courses per year at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and perform the usual non-teaching duties. PhD prior to the appointment start date of 9/1/2021 is required. Please direct questions to Allison Freshwaters at afreshwa@stanford.edu.
Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2020 and will continue until all of the positions are filled. Senior candidates are invited to apply online via http://apply.interfolio.com/78736, with a cover letter describing academic background and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, samples of recent scholarship and a research statement of no more than three pages. Junior candidates should apply online via http://apply.interfolio.com/78734 and arrange to have at least three letters of reference submitted directly online by October 15, 2020.

 

Department of Religious Studies

The Religious Studies Department at Stanford invites applications for an open rank, tenure track position in American Religions with a focus on race and inequality.

This search is part of a university-wide initiative in which Stanford seeks to hire as many as 10 strong researchers and scholars who study the significance of race in American society, including the nature and persistence of racial inequality and its consequences. Stanford seeks to support, deepen, and enhance the important research and teaching in these areas long underway on our campus. Appointments may be made in the following schools and departments: Stanford Law School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Graduate School of Education, and the following departments within the School of Humanities and Sciences: Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, History, and Religious Studies. Rank is open, although a majority of the appointments are expected to be made at the assistant professor level. At the senior level, we are particularly interested in candidates with an active program of research in progress and in established scholars who have outstanding records of achievement in developing or using innovative approaches in the broad areas of their discipline. A strong commitment to excellent teaching is essential.

Area of specialization, including disciplinary approach, chronological focus, and religious traditions studied, is open, though the Religious Studies Department is particularly interested in applications from scholars with expertise in one or more of the following areas: African American, Afro-Caribbean, and/or African diaspora religions; Indigenous and Native religions; and decolonial and critical race theory. The successful candidate will also contribute to the interdisciplinary American Religions in a Global Context initiative (argc.stanford.edu).
Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2020 and will continue until all of the positions are filled. Candidates are invited to apply online via https://apply.interfolio.com/78647, with a cover letter describing academic background and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, samples of recent scholarship, and a research statement of no more than three pages. Applicants for a non-tenured position should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted directly online by October 15, 2020.

Questions about the Religious Studies search may be directed to Kathryn Gin Lum at kgin@stanford.edu.

Natural Sciences

Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics at Stanford University is seeking applicants for one or more Szegö Assistant Professor appointments.  These appointments are for a term of three years, beginning in September 2021.  Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, analysis, algebra, number theory, geometry, topology, probability, combinatorics, and applied mathematics.

Candidates are expected to show outstanding promise in research, as well as strong interest and ability in teaching, and will be expected to teach courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  They must have received the PhD prior to the start of the appointment, but not before Spring 2019.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and list of publications; brief statement of research and teaching as well as supporting information of teaching experience and ability, preferably a teaching letter; and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted. Applications and letters should be submitted online at www.mathjobs.org.

For full consideration, applications must be completed no later than 9:00pm PST, December 1, 2020.
Application Link: Stanford-SAP #16235

Department of Statistics

The Statistics Department seeks applicants for a non-tenure track Stein Fellow position, for two years with possible extension to three years.

The Stein Fellowship is designed to be a career building step for new scholars. Our intention is to develop the next generation of leaders in statistics and related disciplines by offering a unique opportunity for the best young scholars to develop their expertise in both teaching and research.  Opportunities will be offered for the fellow to participate in some of the department's on-going research projects on statistical theory & methods as well as their applications to diverse subject areas. The Stein Fellow will have a light teaching load -- two one-quarter courses will be taught each academic year.

Applicants should have demonstrated strong research and teaching abilities. A Ph.D. in Statistics or a related area is required.   Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, graduate transcripts, not more than one preprint/reprint, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted. Applications and letters should be submitted online at http://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16817. Questions may be submitted to search@stat.stanford.edu.

Evaluation of applicants will begin November 16, 2020.  Applications must be
received by December 11, 2020 to be guaranteed consideration.

The Stanford Statistics Department currently has 25 regular faculty members, as well as a distinguished group of emeriti. Many professors have joint appointments in other departments, including positions in mathematics, economics, the School of Medicine, and the School of Engineering.  The varied research in the department integrates core statistical theory, mathematics, computing, algorithms, and applications to many scientific disciplines.  More information on the department can be found on its website: https://statistics.stanford.edu.

Social Sciences

Department of Economics

The Department of Economics at Stanford University invites applications for an open rank, tenure track position for scholars who study race in American society. This search is part of a university-wide initiative in which Stanford seeks to hire as many as 10 strong researchers and scholars who study the significance of race in American society, including the nature and persistence of racial inequality and its consequences.  Stanford seeks to support, deepen, and enhance the important research and teaching in these areas long underway on our campus. Appointments may be made in the following schools and departments: Stanford Law School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Graduate School of Education, and the following departments within the School of Humanities and Sciences: Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, History, and Religious Studies.  Rank is open, although a majority of the appointments are expected to be made at the assistant professor level. At the senior level, we are particularly interested in candidates with an active program of research in progress and for established scholars to have outstanding records of achievement in developing or using innovative approaches in the broad areas of their discipline. Candidates for positions in Economics must demonstrate capacity for high-quality research and high-quality graduate and undergraduate teaching.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2020 and will continue until all of the positions are filled. Candidates are invited to apply online at https://econjobmarket.org/positions/6633 with a cover letter describing academic background and teaching experience along with a curriculum vitae. Applicants for a non-tenured position should also include research paper(s) and arrange to have three letters of reference submitted directly online by October 15, 2020.

Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science at Stanford University seeks an outstanding senior scholar for a tenured professorship (associate or full) with expertise in race and racial justice in the U.S., civil rights, social movements, and/or African American politics. This scholar also will serve as the Faculty Director of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute for a renewable five-year term.

The successful applicant will be expected to play a meaningful role in a department committed to dynamic teaching and to maintain a vibrant and productive scholarly research agenda. This scholar will provide intellectual, strategic and visionary leadership for the Institute. We welcome applications from scholars who are pursuing a wide range of projects that represent the broad diversity of the field of modern African American politics and racial justice. The position will be entirely located in the Political Science Department. The scholar will split time between teaching and research (50%) and directing the Institute (50%). If the directorship is not renewed after five years, the scholar’s teaching and research obligations will be to the Political Science Department at 100%.

The university views filling this position as an important opportunity to raise the profile of studies relating to race and racial justice on Stanford’s campus. The successful candidate should bring a dynamic vision and leadership ability to Stanford.

Recognizing the crucial benefits that diversity contributes to our intellectual vitality, the university has embarked on significant initiatives to diversify its faculty, student body, and curriculum. We encourage applications from dedicated scholars eager to contribute to this mission.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2020 but applications may be considered after that date. Application materials must be submitted on-line via https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16829.   Please submit a statement of interest that includes a description of academic background and teaching experience, curriculum vitae, and research statement of no more than three pages.

Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science at Stanford invites applications for an open rank, tenure line, position for scholars who study race in American society. This search is part of a university-wide initiative in which Stanford seeks to hire as many as 10 strong researchers and scholars who study the significance of race in American society, including the nature and persistence of racial inequality and its consequences.  Stanford seeks to support, deepen, and enhance the important research and teaching in these areas long underway on our campus. Appointments may be made in the following schools and departments: Stanford Law School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Graduate School of Education, and the following departments within the School of Humanities and Sciences: Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, History, and Religious Studies.  Rank is open, although a majority of the appointments are expected to be made at the assistant professor level. At the senior level, we are particularly interested in candidates with an active program of research in progress and for established scholars to have outstanding records of achievement in developing or using innovative approaches in the broad areas of their discipline. A strong commitment to excellent teaching is essential.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2020 but the department may consider applications after this date. Candidates are invited to apply online via https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16835

with a cover letter describing academic background and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, samples of recent scholarship and a research statement of no more than three pages. Applicants for a non-tenured position should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted directly online by October 15, 2020.

Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology at Stanford invites applications for an open rank, tenure track position for scholars who study race in American society. This search is part of a university-wide initiative in which Stanford seeks to hire as many as 10 strong researchers and scholars who study the significance of race in American society, including the nature and persistence of racial inequality and its consequences.  Stanford seeks to support, deepen, and enhance the important research and teaching in these areas long underway on our campus. Appointments may be made in the following schools and departments: Stanford Law School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Graduate School of Education, and the following departments within the School of Humanities and Sciences: Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, History, and Religious Studies.  Rank is open, although a majority of the appointments are expected to be made at the assistant professor level. At the senior level, we are particularly interested in candidates with an active program of research in progress and for established scholars to have outstanding records of achievement in developing or using innovative approaches in the broad areas of their discipline. A strong commitment to excellent teaching is essential.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2020 and will continue until all of the positions are filled. Candidates are invited to apply online via https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16863 with a cover letter describing academic background and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, samples of recent scholarship and a research statement of no more than three pages. Applicants for a non-tenured position should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted directly online by October 15, 2020.

Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology at Stanford invites applications for an open rank, tenure track position for scholars who study race in American Society. This search is part of a university-wide initiative in which Stanford seeks to hire as many as 10 strong researchers and scholars who study the significance of race in American society, including the nature and persistence of racial inequality and its consequences.  Stanford seeks to support, deepen, and enhance the important research and teaching in these areas long underway on our campus. Appointments may be made in the following schools and departments: Stanford Law School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Graduate School of Education, and the following departments within the School of Humanities and Sciences: Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, History, and Religious Studies. Rank is open, although a majority of the appointments are expected to be made at the assistant professor level. We are particularly interested in candidates with an active program of research in progress or, for established scholars, to have outstanding records of achievement in developing or using innovative approaches in the broad areas of their discipline. A strong commitment to excellent teaching is essential.

Stanford Sociology has a rich tradition in the study of inequality and in research in race and ethnicity. We seek to build on these rich traditions. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2020 and will continue until all of the positions are filled. Candidates are invited to apply online via https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16806, with a cover letter describing academic background and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, samples of recent scholarship and a research statement of no more than three pages. Applicants for a non-tenured position should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted directly to Academic Jobs Online by October 15, 2020.