Cornell University, Society for the Humanities

Program ID:Cornell-Society for the Humanities-HSP_POSTDOC [#23630, WDR-00034463]
Program Title: Humanities Scholars Program Postdoctoral Associates
Program Type:Postdoctoral
Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Humanities and Social Sciences
Appl Deadline:2023/02/01 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2022/11/30, finished 2023/04/03, listed until 2023/02/01)
Description:   URMs  

*** this program has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Call for Applications (Cornell PhD candidates and recent Cornell PhDs)

Eligible applicants for this search are Cornell University PhD candidates and recent Cornell PhDs.


The Humanities Scholars Program, an undergraduate research initiative in Cornell University’s College of Arts & Sciences, invites applications from scholars holding PhDs from Cornell and Cornell PhD candidates for one-year Postdoctoral Associate positions beginning August 1, 2023. The positions offer stipends of $58,000/year. Two Postdoctoral Associates will be appointed.


The Humanities Scholars Program seeks Cornell University scholars who have completed a PhD in any discipline, including the humanities, interpretive social sciences, and the creative arts; we also welcome scholars who conduct interdisciplinary research that transcends traditional disciplines. All successful candidates will be able to demonstrate experience performing scholarly research. The HSP Postdoctoral Associates are fully integrated into the Society for the Humanities’ annual cohort of Fellows, including the Wednesday seminars; preference is given to candidates intending to pursue an academic career.


The Postdoctoral Associates will be selected based on their research’s promise for cultivating interdisciplinary exchange, nurturing collaboration across academic disciplines, and building upon existing disciplinary contributions to the humanities, broadly conceived. We seek candidates who are eager to develop their skills in undergraduate pedagogy, focusing in particular on guiding and mentoring undergraduates through the process of developing and researching humanistic questions. 


We anticipate that the Postdoctoral Associates will teach one seminar per year, which is one section of SHUM 2750 Introduction to the Humanities in the spring term. As well, we expect each to supervise the one-credit course SHUM 4750 for guiding seniors through the senior thesis in the fall and spring terms. They will organize and support a regular schedule of events such as peer-to-peer workshopping of work-in-progress, workshops in oral presentation skills, careers in humanities, and other professional training, and regular coffee hours, lunches, and informal gatherings with faculty and graduate students. The successful candidate will work closely with the director and program manager to develop a schedule of events to integrate the Humanities Scholars Program students with events occurring across campus in the humanities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants eligible for the Humanities Scholars Program Postdoctoral Associate positions for the 2023-24 academic year include scholars holding PhDs from Cornell and Cornell PhD candidates who complete the PhD degree between January 1, 2021 and August 1, 2023. Applicants who do not have the PhD in hand at the time of application must include a letter from the committee chair stating that all degree requirements for the PhD, including the B exam, will be completed by August 1, 2023. Candidates with a doctorate or equivalent in any field are eligible.


International applicants are welcome to apply, contingent upon visa eligibility and all COVID travel guidelines and restrictions in place at the time. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.


Effective immediately, all new Cornell hires, regardless of work location, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption before their start date.

Application Procedures

The following application materials must be submitted via Academic Jobs Online position #23630 by February 1, 2023
  1. Cover page (generated via your AJO account): 
    • Full name and netID
    • Date (or expected date) of PhD 
    • Department or field
    • Referees’ names and emails 
  2. Cover letter that details the candidate’s interest in the Humanities Scholars Program and why their experience makes them an appropriate candidate [2000 words max] 
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. Teaching statement that emphasizes different ways of teaching in the humanities [1000 words max]  
  5. Diversity statement [1000 words max] 
  6. One writing sample [30 pages max]
  7. Syllabi from courses taught
  8. Letter of degree conferral if PhD not yet completed  
  9. Sent separately: Two letters of recommendation. Please ask referees to upload their letters directly through the link provided by Academic Jobs Online. Letters must be received on or before February 1, 2023. 
Awards will be announced by the mid-March. 

Questions/Need Accommodations? 

Contact Alice Cho at or 607-255-9276.

Familiarize yourself with Cornell’s COVID-19 workplace guidance as well as the university’s COVID-19 services and information

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EEO Statement:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, and we do not tolerate discrimination based on any protected characteristic, including race, ethnic or national origin, citizenship and immigration status, color, sex/gender, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, age, creed, religion, actual or perceived disability (including persons associated with such a person), arrest and/or conviction record, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression and/or identity, an individual’s genetic information, domestic violence victim status, familial status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations in accordance with applicable law. 

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff to all identities and backgrounds. We encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the description.

Further Info:
email address
Cornell University
Humanities Scholars Program
A.D. White House
121 Presidents Drive
Ithaca, New York 14853