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Christopher Newport University: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies


The Department of Leadership and American Studies at Christopher Newport University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Leadership Studies, effective August 2022. Applicants must be committed to undergraduate education and demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching and research with undergraduates, and in scholarship.

The Department of Leadership and American Studies is committed to educating students to understand and practice ethical, responsible leadership and civic engagement. The University is seeking productive scholars in Leadership Studies, or a clearly connected area, who are able to teach our core required courses for the newly developed major and the minor in Leadership Studies, along with one or more elective courses. Given the interdisciplinary nature of Leadership Studies, a candidate’s scholarship and teaching in the field would likely integrate expertise from a related field, such as (although not limited to) sociology, social psychology, organizational psychology, communication, or philosophy.

Our core courses include: “Self, Group and Leadership”; “Theories and Perspectives on Leadership”; “Leadership Through the Ages”; “Values Leadership”; “Adaptive Change and Group Dynamics”; and “Leadership in Complex Contexts”. The department is interested in faculty developing new elective courses that align with their areas of expertise, and especially those that address the intersection of leadership with contemporary issues. Elective courses also likely draw upon an interdisciplinary perspective to inform the study of leadership.

Faculty expectations, in addition to teaching, include: productive scholarship leading to publications; regular developmental advising of students; curriculum and program development; and university service. The nominal teaching load for tenure track appointments is 3-3.


A Doctorate in Leadership Studies or a related field is required for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. In some cases, exceptionally well-qualified candidates may be considered for appointment at a higher rank and ABD candidates who will not hold the doctorate by the time of appointment may be considered for appointment at the rank of Instructor. Phi Beta Kappa membership is desirable.

To Apply

To apply, please provide:

  1. a letter of interest;
  2. a current curriculum vitae;
  3. graduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable for initial screening);
  4. a statement of teaching philosophy;
  5. a one-page statement articulating how your teaching, scholarship and service would contribute toward fostering an inclusive learning environment on campus;
  6. evidence of teaching effectiveness;
  7. and three letters of recommendation (letters should be uploaded with application materials or emailed to

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Review of applications will begin September 27, 2021. Applications received after September 27, 2021 will be accepted but considered only if needed.



About the department and school:

The Department of Leadership and American Studies at Christopher Newport University is composed of 15 faculty and offers a second major and a minor in Leadership Studies, and a major and minor in American Studies. The Leadership Studies minor won the Outstanding Leadership Program Award in 2019 from the Association of Leadership Educators. The newly developed second major in Leadership Studies began in the Fall 2020 semester.

S​elected by The Princeton Review to be included in The 387​ Best Colleges: 2022 Edition, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience – great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia, enrolls approximately 5,000 students, and is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service.  Our Fall 2021 incoming class presented average high school GPA and SAT scores of 3.8 and 1213, respectively.  Academic programs at Christopher Newport University encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide​ as 3rd among public regional universities in the South and 6th overall, and has recently completed more than $1 billion in capital construction on its 260-acre campus.

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