Lecturer Positions

The Committee on Degrees in History and Literature seeks applications for multiple Lecturer positions. The program’s hiring needs include: American Studies and Ethnic Studies, especially Black, Native American and/or Indigenous Studies; world histories and literatures (including Latin American and/or European Studies), with a particular focus on colonization and diaspora. Especially encouraged to apply are candidates whose work focuses on race or ethnicity, candidates whose work is comparative or transnational in scope, and those who can teach a range of geographic areas and historical periods across History and Literature's fields of study.

Lecturers will be responsible for designing and executing interdisciplinary tutorial programs for sophomores and juniors, directing senior honors theses, advising students on curricular matters, evaluating essays and senior theses, conducting senior oral examinations, and teaching seminars of their own design. The position is for three years, with the second two years contingent on a satisfactory performance review during the first year. 

Lecturers are vital to the intellectual life of History and Literature and are encouraged to continue their research and writing while teaching in the program. The Tutorial Board sponsors talks and events that encourage Lecturers to come together as a community, providing an opportunity for Lecturers to share their own research and to meet with other scholars. We strive to make modest professional development funds available for teaching and research, and Lecturers are also eligible to apply for grants available to the broader Harvard University community. This year we have offered manuscript workshops to Lecturers in their second and third years of teaching in the program, an initiative that we plan to continue.

The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2023. A doctorate in a related discipline is required by the time the appointment begins. Also required is a strong interdisciplinary background and teaching experience. Demonstrated commitment to teaching is desired. Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, protected veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or other protected status.

Lecturer applications—including cover letter, c.v., names of recommenders, and writing sample—must be submitted online. The application deadline is January 3, 2023.

Candidates invited to interview will be asked to submit a teaching portfolio and description of two seminars they could teach in the program. These materials, along with letters of recommendation, must be received before the candidate’s scheduled interview.