IAAS Social Media Officer

The Irish Association for American Studies is expanding year by year, hosting international events and attracting members far beyond the island of Ireland. We are currently seeking a social media officer to assist with running our Social Media accounts and updating our website regularly. 

We regret that the role is unpaid, although comes with benefits. None of our committee members are paid for their work for the IAAS.


The IAAS is committed to promoting inclusivity and diversity, and welcomes applications from minority and under-represented groups.


The Social Media Officer:

  • The social media officer will ideally be a current postgraduate student and member of the IAAS. The idea behind the position is to give members an opportunity to get more involved in the Association
  • The officer will ideally have experience with running social media accounts, websites, and platforms such as WordPress and Canva



(We also welcome suggestions from the officer with regard to improvements for the website, as well as feedback on their role as it progresses)

  • Liaise directly with the IAAS secretary
  • Co-design, publish and promote (using Canva) the IAAS newsletter
  • Post relevant news items on iaas.ie, Twitter, and Facebook groups (the officer will not be expected to perform any major site maintenance)
  • Check relevant job sites for American Studies vacancies and post details accordingly



  • No more than 1-2 hours of work per week
  • No travel is involved
  • The initial term for the role is 12 months, renewable. (Re-appointment cannot be guaranteed.)



  • Free access to all IAAS events, including conferences and symposia
  • Build a research network of Americanists and work with a friendly and dedicated team
  • Enhance your professional development and CV


To express your interest, please send a one-page cover letter and brief C.V. to the IAAS Secretary, Sarah McCreedy, at info@iaas.ie.


The Irish Journal of American Studies (IJAS Online) is seeking to fill two positions:

  • Co-Editor-in-Chief
  • Marketing & Reviews Editor

The Irish Journal of American Studies is an internationally respected, peer-reviewed, open access journal. It is the official journal of the Irish Association for American Studies (the all-Ireland scholarly association for the study of the United States and the Americas), and has published since 1992. It currently publishes issues annually at http://ijas.iaas.ie/ featuring articles, reviews and interviews on topics including history, literature, film, art, music, media, and politics. The previous Editor-in-Chief David Coughlan is stepping down, with the previous Marketing & Reviews Editor Tim Groenland moving to the position of Editor-in-Chief.

The journal is seeking a candidate to share the Editorship as well as a new Marketing & Reviews Editor. Both posts will run for three years, with the possibility of renewal. The roles are briefly outlined below, and we hope to fill both by September 2021; we anticipate a handover period, provisionally scheduled for the final weeks of August. Excellent editorial, organisational and communication skills are essential for both posts. An interest in academic publishing and research expertise in American Studies are also essential.

No salary is available for either role, as the journal is entirely volunteer-run. The nature of scholarly publishing means that the work will not be distributed evenly throughout the year, but we estimate that the Co-Editor-in Chief role will require a commitment of 2 hours per week, with the Marketing & Reviews Editor requiring 1 hour per week. The role also comes with a non-executive position on the IAAS committee, and the Editor-in-Chief is thus expected to attend the four committee meetings each year; attendance can be alternated between the Co-Editors.

The IJAS is committed to equity and inclusion, and we encourage expressions of interest from under-represented groups. Both roles will require regular consultation and coordination with the wider editorial team, but possibilities for role-sharing may be considered in the case of the Marketing & Reviews Editor position so as to accommodate varying responsibilities and workloads.

To apply, please send the following to irishjournalofamericanstudies@gmail.com by midnight on August 12th, 2021:

  • One-page cover letter outlining your interest in the role, skills, and experience
  • CV

Please direct any informal enquiries to the same address.

Outline of Roles:


  • Working with Co-Editor-in-Chief Dr Tim Groenland to bring articles to publication;
    • identifying peer reviewers (with the assistance of the Editorial Board), liaising with reviewers, synthesising reviewer reports
    • Communicating with authors, working with authors on copy-edits, managing submission and revision deadlines
    • Publishing to the IJAS Online platform; formatting according to journal guidelines, sourcing suitable images, adapting content to WordPress requirements as needed
  • Maintaining and improving access to the journal;
    • Managing the journal’s website http://ijas.iaas.ie/ (e.g. updating menus and lists of Books for Review)
    • Preparing content for (and communicating with) JSTOR, formatting articles for print
  • Planning future issues and strategy in collaboration with Dr Groenland and the IJAS Editorial Board (a diverse supporting network of Americanist scholars in Ireland and beyond)
  • Mentoring early-career writing

Marketing & Reviews Editor 

  • Commissioning reviews, liaising with reviewers and publishers of books available for review, managing deadlines and review schedules
  • Preparing reviews for publication;
    • Editing, communicating with authors on approval for changes
    • Copy-editing and formatting reviews, liaising with the Co-Editors-in-Chief on publication
  • Marketing:
    • Liaising with IAAS Secretary to promote new articles & reviews in newsletter, and with American Studies conference organisers as well as local departments where appropriate to advertise the journal
    • Managing the journal’s social media account(s) (Twitter, at present)



The role
The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics wishes to appoint a full-time Lecturer in American Modernist literature (Teaching and Scholarship). You will have a PhD (in hand) in a relevant subject area and proven experience in teaching American literature of the first half of the twentieth century to undergraduate students. An expertise in literatures of the Black Atlantic and/or African American literature is desirable.

You’ll be expected to convene a third-year (sole-taught) module in American Modernist literature, contribute teaching to the second-year team-taught module “Modernisms”, and to teach on first-year and MA modules in the area. You’ll also be expected to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate independent work. A record of high-quality research-led teaching in the period is essential.

This post is fixed-term for 12 months and the start date is expected to be 1st September 2021. Find out more here.


The Rothermere American Institute and Mansfield College are seeking to recruit a Junior Research Fellow in Nineteenth-century United States History. The post is fixed-term for two years.

It is an opportunity for an early career historian to develop their own research and publications while also working with Professor Adam Smith to develop a new collaborative research project with a strong potential for external funding. The Research Fellow will have expertise related to the problem of political legitimacy in the nineteenth-century United States. Their research interests may include: the language, ideas or practice of politics; the intellectual history of the concept of political legitimacy; legal history; insurrections, riots and rebellions; or comparative or transnational perspectives on American political development. The Research Fellow will organise a seminar series at the RAI on a theme connected to their own research while contributing more generally to the academic life of the Institute.


Alongside a completed, or close to completion, doctorate in a relevant subject, some undergraduate teaching experience and specialist knowledge in the areas of research specified, the Junior Research Fellow will have the ability to manage their own academic research and will have a least one research publication. Excellent communication skills, professionalism, and a proven track record of working with others are essential to the role, as is the ability to contribute ideas for a new research project. Experience of writing grant applications will be an advantage.

Deadline for applications is 12:00 noon on Friday 23 April 2021.

See here for more details.


The School of English, Irish and Communication is seeking to recruit a Teaching Assistant in English, specializing in American literature. The duration of the contract is limited to 10 months and will run from 1 September 2021 to 30 June 2022. However, it may be renewed for one further period only, not exceeding 10 months. They will report to the Head of the Department.

The successful candidate will be expected to make a substantial contribution to undergraduate and MA teaching in English literature in the area of American literature. Interested candidates must have a Doctoral degree (level 10NFQ) in English or related discipline from an accredited research university, on a topic related to American literature. They should have a minimum of one year’s experience in teaching literature at college/university level with at least one peer-reviewed publication. Applicants must confirm that they are currently eligible to work in Ireland. Applications by candidates who are not eligible to work in Ireland unfortunately cannot be processed.

The School of English, Irish and Communication is a large and vibrant unit within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and plays a vital role in promoting quality research, teaching, and learning at the University of Limerick.

See here for further details and to apply. 


Job Description 

The Department of English wishes to appoint a Lecturer in Literatures and Cultures of the Black Atlantic whose research specialism falls within the period from the abolition of slavery to Black Lives Matter. The appointment will run from 1 September 2021. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a record of excellence in teaching and research with potential for future grant capture. We are particularly interested in candidates with specialisms in African-American, black British or Caribbean writing. In the first year of the post, teaching is likely to include the following modules: ‘Reading Poetry’, ‘US Slavery and the Literary Imagination’, ‘Intellectuals of the Black Atlantic’ and other teaching in American and modern literature. Hereafter, the postholder will be encouraged to develop Undergraduate and MA modules relating to their own areas of specialism. The postholder will also play a full part in pastoral care as a personal tutor, in administration and dissertation supervision. They will be responsible to the Head of Department. 
Our ambition is to work together to create a more inclusive environment at King’s and in the English Department. We particularly encourage applications from members of groups with protected characteristics that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the Equality Act.



for further details and to apply. 

The following academic positions have been advertised this month:

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Native American Studies

Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT

Job Details


Part-Time Faculty, American Indian Studies

Palomar College

San Marcos, CA

Job Details


Adjunct Instructor/Division of Humanities and Culture

Southern Oregon University

Ashland, OR

Job Details


Lecturer in African American Studies

University of California, San Diego

La Jolla, CA

Job Details


Edward Orsborn Professorship of US Politics and Political History and
Directorship of the Rothermere American Institute

in association with University College

The University of Oxford is seeking to appoint an outstanding academic and leader to the Edward Orsborn Professorship and Directorship of the Rothermere American Institute.

The successful candidate will be a scholar with an outstanding international reputation in the field of U.S. Politics and Political History since independence and demonstrable leadership ability at a senior level. They will provide the intellectual vision and strategic leadership for the Rothermere American Institute, and develop its activities as a major international centre for research and teaching in American history, culture and politics. They will offer teaching in US politics and/or political history at both undergraduate and graduate level.

Deadline for applications: 12.00 noon on Monday 29 October 2018. For more details about the post and full application instructions, seehttps://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_details_form.jobspec?p_id=137016.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity

Applications are invited for a full-time permanent lectureship in English. The appointee will teach and research in the area of English-language fiction and/or poetry of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. They will also be expected to contribute to our teaching needs in the area of North American literature, and to one or more of the following strategic development areas: gender/queer studies; global literature; ecocriticism; book history; publishing studies. Applicants must hold a PhD in a relevant field and have experience in third-level teaching.


English at NUI Galway


The discipline of English is the largest in the School of Humanities, with over 1000 undergraduates, 60 MA students and 30 PhD students. We teach a broad undergraduate curriculum, touching on all major historical periods and genres, and we run five taught MA programmes: the MA in English, MA in Literature and Publishing, MA in Culture and Colonialism, MA in Writing, and MA in Digital Cultures. Our staff also contribute to other programmes in Journalism, Creative Writing, Theatre Studies, Irish Studies and Digital Arts and Technology. Staff in English are closely associated with NUI Galway’s Moore Institute for Research in Humanities and Social Studies. There is a highly active research culture in English, and our staff have won major funding awards from the European Research Council, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme and the Irish Research Council. For the past two years we have been ranked among the top 150 English departments in the QS World University rankings.


For this post we are seeking a colleague who will contribute to developing our curriculum in twentieth- and twenty-first century literature, and assist us in developing new programmes of teaching and research. Applicants are invited to demonstrate how they would enhance our existing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and how they would develop an innovative research agenda within English and across other disciplines if appropriate.


For informal enquiries, please contact Prof. Sean Ryder, Chair of English


Additional information on English at NUI Galway is available at:http://www.nuigalway.ie/english




Below the Bar:

€37,602 – €58,360 p.a. (applicable to new entrants effective from January, 2011)

Above the Bar:

€63,690 to €82,245 p.a.


(This appointment will be made on either the “Lecturer Below the Bar” or “Lecturer Above the Bar” scales in line with current Government pay policy)


(For pre 1995 public sector entrants in Ireland, the D class Salary rates will apply)


Closing date for receipt of applications is 17:00 (GMT) on Friday 12th October 2018.  It will not be possible to consider applications received after the closing date.


Garda vetting may apply.


Appointments will be conditional on work authorisation validation.

Further details are available at www.djei.ie


For more information and Application Form please see website:  http://www.nuigalway.ie/about-us/jobs/ Applications should be submitted online.


Please note that appointment to posts advertised will be dependent upon University approval, together with the terms of the Employment Control Framework for the higher education sector.


National University of Ireland Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

*Applicants will be considered at both levels unless they specifically state that they wish to be considered for appointment at one level only.



STARTING 1 JANUARY or 1 FEBRUARY 2019 50% appointment with a minimum salary of circa CHF 39’437 gross per year (about GBP 29’885 / EUR 33’810 / USD 39’475


Prof. Dr. Gabriele Rippl is looking to select a post-doc or doctoral student (with an MA or equivalent degree) interested in pursuing their post-doc / PhD in North American Literature under her supervision while working part‐time as teaching‐cum‐research assistant in the Department of English at the University of Bern, Switzerland. You should be interested in undertaking research in one of Prof. Rippl’s own areas of interest.


▪ 50% PhD or post-doc assistantship starting January 2019 (or February, negotiable).▪ A 50% appointment is equivalent to two and a half days (or 21 hours) a week.
▪ The duties of a PhD/post-doc assistant typically include:


  • ▪  One and a half courses per year, at BA level (i.e. three classes over two years with the fourth semester teaching‐free). Post-doc assistants may occasionally teach at MA level.
  • ▪  Courses are either organized as a lecture series or as a seminar, meeting once‐a‐week for 90 minutes.
  • ▪  Semesters run for 14 weeks mid‐Sep to mid‐Dec, mid‐Feb to end-May.


    ▪ Research support for Prof. Rippl

▪ Modest administrative/service duties for the department and section.▪ The rest of the working week is allocated for your own research.


▪ The salary for this position is a minimum of around CHF 39’437 per year (gross)(about GBP 29’885 / EUR 33’810 / USD 39’475).

▪ Salary is subject to modest annual rises in accordance with Cantonal (i.e. local government) policy.

Salary does not include:

  • ▪  tuition fees of CHF 200 per semester (same for all students regardless ofcitizenship) (only for PhD candidate) plus a registration fee of CHF 100;
  • ▪  personal health insurance (roughly CHF 200 to 300 per month depending onage, etc.). Health insurance is compulsory in Switzerland and is not organized by your employer.

    NB: Annual renewal of contract is dependent on satisfactory progress with your (post-)doctoral studies/research project, and on the fulfilment of your core teaching/service duties.


    Doctoral research in Switzerland – like in much of Europe – is thesis‐driven and relies on students being mature, self-reliant, motivated, and well organized. You work under the supervision of a dedicated faculty advisor/mentor and are expected to participate in the research culture of your home department and our allied research centres (e.g. Faculty’sGraduate School). By the same token, you will find yourself with a lot of freedom, independence and collegiality, quickly becoming a valuable member of the department’s academicfaculty/staff.

    For more information about life (including cost of living) in Bern, see:

    www.unibe.ch/research/advisory_services/welcome_center/accommodation/living_in_bern/in dex_eng.html

    For more information about the Department of English:



  • ▪  The University of Bern strives to become an equal opportunities employer;
  • ▪  You must hold an MA (or equivalent) in North American Literature;
  • ▪  You will need to demonstrate a track record of successful academic study;
  • ▪  You should already have a reasonably well‐developed research proposal;
  • ▪  You should have an outstanding command of written and spoken English; your PhDthesis should be written in English;
  • ▪  While the administrative (and teaching) language of the Department of English is English,the administrative language of the Faculty and the rest of the University is German, and Bern is a (Swiss)German-speaking city. You should either already have some competence in German, or actively commit to learning German when you arrive. The University of Bern provides courses for learners of German;

▪ To be eligible for a doctoral assistantship, you must meet the University of Bern’s basicadmission criteria for doctoral study: www.unibe.ch/studies/programs/doctorate/application/index_eng.html

▪ Non-Swiss candidates will be responsible for applying for relevant work permits/visas.

To apply for one of these assistantships, please submit by 30 September 2018, the following

materials as a single PDF:

  • ▪  a cover letter, motivating your application (addressed to Prof. Rippl)
  • ▪  a full Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • ▪  the names and email addresses of two academic referees (no letters needed at thispoint)
  • ▪  a research proposal (a minimum of five pages) with bibliographyIn addition, please send a representative sample of your academic writing in English (e.g. your MA thesis or a substantial stand‐alone paper/essay).

    In your cover letter, please explain what your writing sample is and why you have chosen to submit it. Please also explain who your referees are and why you have chosen to ask them for a possible recommendation. Please indicate clearly your citizenship and whether you will be able to begin the assistantship in January 2019. Your materials should be emailed to Prof. Rippl (gabriele.rippl@ens.unibe.ch). Please feel free to contact her in advance of the deadline if you have any questions about these positions.