Associate Professor and Robertson Professorship, Civil War Era History
|Institution Type:||College / University|
|Location:||Virginia, United States|
|Position:||Associate Professor, Director|
The Department of History at Virginia Tech seeks an innovative, publicly engaged historian of the U.S. Civil War era to complement its existing strengths in the history of science, technology, health, the environment, cities, race, class, and gender. The successful candidate will be hired at the rank of Associate Professor, with tenure in the department. In addition, he or she will also become the inaugural holder of the James I. Robertson Jr. Professorship in Civil War Studies and, in that capacity, serve as Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies (www.civilwar.vt.edu). The appointment as Robertson Professor and VCCWS Director is for an initial five-year term, which is renewable following departmental review.
Demonstrated excellence in outreach, public history, and/or digital history is an essential requirement. In addition the successful applicant must have an established record of research achievement, effective teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate level, and successful collaboration in an academic environment. Preference will also be given to candidates who show the potential to support the continued growth of the VCCWS by working closely with the university development office and/or by securing outside grant funding for Center initiatives. A commitment to work effectively with a diverse campus population in support of Virginia Tech’s “Principles of Community” is also required.
Virginia Tech is a comprehensive land-grant university that has earned a “very high research activity” designation from the Carnegie Foundation. The library’s holdings in Civil War era history rank among the nation’s finest. Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Blacksburg has recently been named the “Best Place in the U.S. to Raise Kids” by Bloomberg Businessweek and a top 10 “dream town” for outdoor activities by Outside Magazine. Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, veterans, and people with disabilities; the university also seeks to be responsive to the needs of dual-career couples and has numerous policies that offer flexibility for faculty careers.
Review of applications will begin on November 7, 2012. The start date for the appointment is August 10, 2013.
Candidates must apply online (listings.jobs.vt.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=196133) and upload a letter of application, c.v., an article-length writing sample, and a 1-2 page vision statement explaining how, as Robertson Professor and Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, he or she will effectively present Civil War era scholarship to the public and engage a broad audience in Center activities.
Please have three letters of recommendation sent to:
Robertson Professor Search Committee
Department of History (MC 0117)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Professor and Chair
|Primary Category:||American History / Studies
|Secondary Categories:||African American History / Studies
Cultural History / Studies
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
Social History / Studies
Urban History / Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality