Careers at the College of Charleston

Original inquiry, creative expression, and intellectual freedom

The College of Charleston actively seeks to attract a diverse group of faculty who will help students excel academically and who will encourage individuals to thrive while engaging in original inquiry and creative expression in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom. Catalyzing the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, define and deliver solutions. The College prepares professionals to work in an increasingly global society by promoting equity and justice for all individuals. We actively work to eliminate barriers and obstacles created by institutional discrimination. If you share our goals of building an inclusive campus community and graduating responsible global citizens, consider a career at the College of Charleston. 

Current Openings

Please visit the website below to apply for our current faculty and staff openings. Additionally, the College three nationwide dean searches currently open. Please see links below.

For adjunct faculty positions, please contact the academic department directly to be considered for for all other positions.

For Search Committee Internal Access, please view the faculty recruitment and go to the internal PeopleAdmin Login.

Nationwide Dean Searches

Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dean of the School of Sciences and Mathematics

Dean of the Honors College

Where You Get the Best of All Worlds

The strength of a College of Charleston education is in its deeply rooted liberal arts and sciences tradition. Our goal is to prepare our students to be ethical, open-minded leaders and multidisciplinary problem solvers. Our success is largely due to our incredible faculty—accomplished teacher-scholars who are wholly invested in the intellectual growth and personal development of their students.

Students choose the College of Charleston because they want the personalized attention and attentive faculty interaction of a small, private college with all the benefits of a top public university: seven different schools, a long list of majors and minors to choose from, and distinguished faculty and staff.

With a student body comprised of 10,000 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students, you’ll meet amazing new people every day, but still feel part of a tight-knit community. Your students will participate in more than 220 student clubs and organizations, cheer on Division I Cougar athletic teams and learn with and from each other in small, hands-on classes.

The City of Charleston is the ideal living-learning laboratory for creative thinkers and independent workers. No other city in America has Charleston’s blend of rich history, authentic culture, thriving arts and entertainment scene and picture-postcard beauty.

Located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university. Since our founding in 1770, the College has maintained a strong liberal arts curriculum. The College is a state-supported, comprehensive institution and ranks among the nation’s top universities for quality of life, affordability, and exceptional education in the arts, sciences, education, and business. Our beautiful and historic campus, combined with contemporary facilities and cutting-edge programs, attracts exceptional students and faculty from across the U.S. and around the world. View the College of Charleston's Profile and AAUP Compensation Survey Data on Inside Higher Ed.

The College of Charleston is a mid-sized university organized around seven academic schools:

Additionally, academic programs are coordinated by the Graduate SchoolHonors CollegeCenter for International Education, and our North Campus

A living-learning laboratory

A superior quality undergraduate program is central to the mission of the College. The College provides a creative and intellectually stimulating environment where students are challenged by a committed faculty of more than 500 distinguished teacher-scholars, all in an incomparable setting. The city of Charleston—world-renowned for its history, architecture, culture and coastal environment—serves as a living and learning laboratory for experiences in business, science, technology, teaching, the humanities, languages, and the arts. In addition to offering a broad range of bachelor’s degree programs, the College also provides master’s degree programs that are compatible with the needs of the community and the state. As a prominent component of the state's higher education system, the College encourages and supports research. Our faculty members are important sources of knowledge and expertise for the community, the state, and the nation.

Our professors are Fulbright and Guggenheim fellows, National Science Foundation CAREER award recipients, world-renowned performers, and Oprah’s Book Club authors. These faculty accolades, while impressive on their own, are even more remarkable when you consider the level of engagement and attention these accomplished scholars and professionals devote to their students. They are committed mentors who make sure that every student has the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential. College of Charleston professors are partners in meaningful undergraduate research, thoughtful academic advisors, and in many cases, lifelong friends.

At the College of Charleston, you’ll meet students, faculty, and staff from different cultures, ethnic backgrounds, beliefs, and sexual orientations. Students from 49 states and 62 countries choose the College for its small-college feel blended with the advantages and diversity of an urban, mid-sized university. Our students learn how to succeed and grow, both inside and outside the classroom. This comes from a rigorous exposure to the arts, sciences and humanities, and from a dedication to achievement in education, business and other professional careers. It comes from exceptional opportunities to pursue knowledge and conduct research at the undergraduate and graduate level beside some of  the nation’s finest faculty. It comes from a vibrant and enriching campus life that provides meaningful opportunities to become engaged, to make a difference, and to become a leader.

While they live, work, and study in one of the greatest cities in the world, our students share many of the same hopes and dreams. They want to discover themselves, find out what they can achieve and create their own future. At the College of Charleston, we help students learn how to make that happen. In the great liberal arts tradition, a College of Charleston education focuses on discovery and personal growth, as well as preparing for life, work, and service in our society.

The College actively seeks to attract a diverse group of faculty who will help students excel academically and who will encourage individuals to thrive while engaging in original inquiry and creative expression in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom. Our classrooms provide students the opportunity to realize their intellectual and personal potential and to become responsible, productive members of society.

The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.

The College of Charleston experience is exceptional

It’s an exciting time to be at the College of Charleston. As we prepare to celebrate our 250th year, we continue to evolve. Our reputation is spreading. More and more exceptional students make us their top choice, and we attract and retain the caliber of faculty that other colleges dream about. Visit College of Charleston on LinkedIn.

Remarkable Students

College of Charleston students are phenomenally bright, creative, and independent. Last year, our students made contributions to society that had a tremendous impact on the Charleston community and the world at large. Graduating seniors won national awards, fellowships, and graduate scholarships to study subjects ranging from philosophy in New York, to international economics at Johns Hopkins, to Buddhism in China. They wrote award-winning papers, won conference championships, and developed professional networks that have led to remarkable careers.

Distinguished Faculty

Our accomplished faculty members share a commitment to their students and a research outlook that defines the term “teacher-scholar.” College of Charleston professors are here because they love what they do and because they are personally committed to the success of every one of their students. They acknowledge the talent of these students by engaging with them in meaningful, graduate-level research even as sophomores or juniors.

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Frequently Asked Questions

View the FAQs for Applicants (for prospective employees).

View the FAQ on Accessibility (for prospective employees with accessibility questions). 

View the Faculty Recruitment Procedure (for internal use by Department Chairs, Program Directors, and Search Committees).


The College of Charleston has taken measures to ensure that its online job application system is accessible to individuals with disabilities and to disable veterans. If you have questions or need special accommodations during the online application process due to a disability, you may contact our Human Resources Employment Office Receptionist at 843.953.5512 or A TTY phone 843.953.4874 is also available for the hearing impaired. We welcome calls via IP Relay and the use of other accessibility services. If you do not have access to a computer but would like to file an online application, the College will provide you free access to computers that are available in the atrium immediately outside of our office located at 160 Calhoun Street, Lightsey Center Rm. B36, Charleston, South Carolina, 29424. Disabled persons may also apply by mail or in person at the Office of Human Resources.  For further information on how to apply in person or by mail, and how to receive personal assistance when completing an application in person, disabled persons, including disabled veterans, you may contact our Human Resources Employment Office Receptionist at the phone number, email or postal address printed immediately below.

Office: Human Resources
Phone: 843.953.5512
TTY Phone for Hearing Impaired: 843.953.4874
Street Address: 160 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC
Office Location: Suite B36 in the basement of the Lightsey Building

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