Postdoctoral Research Associates and Lecturers in the College's core Engagements
University of Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

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Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer, College of Arts & Sciences

Engagements Program

The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia invites applications for several Postdoctoral Research Associates and Lecturers in the College's core Engagements courses for a one-year appointment, renewable for two additional years contingent upon satisfactory performance, starting the fall of 2022. Compensation will take the form of 12-month salary with full-time benefits. Candidates must have defended their dissertation and earned the Ph.D. in a liberal arts and sciences field by June 1, 2022, and no earlier than May 2018.

In October 2019, the Faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences voted to fully adopt a new general education curriculum for its undergraduates, composed of three conceptually related components: the Engagements, Literacies, and Disciplines. Postdoctoral Fellows, in consort with the College Fellows, will serve as instructors of record in the Engagements: four 2-credit courses designed to foster intellectual sensibilities that are generally deployed across all realms of inquiry. These include: Engaging Aesthetics, Empirical & Scientific Engagement, Engaging Differences, and Ethical Engagement. Candidates will be responsible for developing two courses in one (or two) of the Engagement domains. For more information on the Engagements, visit:

In the 2022-23 academic year, the postdoctoral fellows will teach six sections of their Engagement courses (2 credits each). In years two and three, should the contract be extended, candidates will continue to develop and teach six sections of their Engagement courses (2 credits each) per academic year.

Candidates will also be expected to pursue a vigorous research agenda grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. The candidate will be an active participant in the College Fellows - a cohort of faculty drawn from across the College and entrusted with crafting a unique and compelling first-year general education experience for A&S undergraduates. In addition, Postdoctoral Fellows will be expected to participate in (and possibly lead) College Fellows sponsored events such as lectures for the University community, symposia, and seminars regarding the Liberal Arts & Sciences at UVA. Administrative duties will include participation in select general education committees that relate to the implementation of the new curriculum. These duties will be assigned by the Co-Directors for the College Fellows.


Apply online at Attach the following documents by uploading in resume box:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Writing Samples- Including a writing sample of your choice of no more than 20 pages OR a research statement of no more than 2 pages. Additionally, please submit a one-page statement regarding the role of the liberal arts in the 21st-century curriculum. Combine in one document.
  • A two-page course description and syllabus for one of the four Engagements (please clearly indicate which you have selected)
  • Contact information for three references

Review of applications will begin on March 2, 2022, and will continue until the positions are filled. Finalists will be invited to participate in group interviews over the course of two days in spring 2022.

Appointment has an anticipated start date of August 1, 2022.

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

Questions about this position should be directed to Jim Coan, Chair of the Search Committee,

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to: Melanie Sponaugle, Academic Recruiter, at

UVA will perform background checks including receipt of official transcripts from the institution granting the highest degree for all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visit the UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements and guidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician's Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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