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Harvard University Head Tutor and Lecturer in Folklore & Mythology in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title Head Tutor and Lecturer in Folklore & Mythology

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Folklore & Mythology

Position Description

The Committee on Degrees in Folklore & Mythology ( seeks applications for a Lecturer in Folklore & Mythology, with additional responsibilities as the Head Tutor (i.e., director of undergraduate studies). The appointment will start on July 1, 2023, or earlier if suitable. Teaching duties include offering three undergraduate courses in the concentration during the academic year, including F&M 97, a required course on ethnographic methods and fieldwork. In addition to teaching, the lecturer also serves as the director of undergraduate studies for the program, meeting with potential concentrators and advising undergraduates in the program on a wide variety of topics, including, e.g., thesis design, research and writing; course selection; IRB requirements; student record keeping; and other non-instructional educational activities, as well as participating in a variety of program meetings and activities.

The appointment is for three years, with the second two years contingent on performance, enrollments, curricular need, and divisional dean approval.

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate or equivalent degree in Folklore and Mythology or related discipline required by the time the appointment begins.

Additional Qualifications

Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching and related activities, such as advising, highly desirable, as is experience in folklore collecting and fieldwork.

Special Instructions

Please submit the following required materials through the ARIeS portal ( Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and must be submitted no later than Nov. 1, 2022.

• A cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position.

• A list of proposed courses, with brief catalogue descriptions.

• A sample syllabus for F&M 97 ‘Fieldwork and Ethnography in Folklore’.

• A curriculum vitae.

• A research statement.

• A teaching statement describing your teaching/advising experience and philosophy, goals, methods, and comments on any efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion and belonging.

• Teaching materials, including representative course syllabi and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching awards and evaluations).

• Names of, and contact information for, three to five referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received.

Applicants who have received a doctorate within twelve months of the start date of the appointment, and those who expect to receive the degree in 2023, may be asked to submit appropriate verification that all requirements for the doctorate have been successfully completed.

Contact Information

Holly Hutchison


The Committee on Degrees in Folklore & Mythology

Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

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Equal Opportunity Employer

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.

Minimum Number of References Required 3

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