Assistant Professor, Pre-1800 World History
|Institution Type:||College / University|
|Location:||Virginia, United States|
The History Department at Virginia Tech seeks a historian of world/global history before 1800 for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor. The Department is most interested in scholars whose work addresses issues of global interaction, cross-cultural encounters, and/or trans-regional inquiry. Specialists in any region of the world, except the United States, are welcome to apply. The successful candidate must show evidence of a research agenda with the potential to make significant contribution to her or his field. She or he will contribute to the department’s undergraduate and graduate educational missions by teaching innovative courses in pre-1800 world history and by working with colleagues to develop a two-semester world history sequence. A PhD in History or a closely related field is required at the start of the appointment in August 2014.
The Carnegie Foundation classifies Virginia Tech as a university with “very high research activity” and the History Department also has a very strong record of excellence in teaching. Department members participate in interdisciplinary PhD programs in the humanities at Virginia Tech, including ASPECT/Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought (www.aspect.vt.edu) and Science and Technology Studies (www.sts.vt.edu). The normal teaching load is two courses per semester. Preference will be given to candidates who show evidence of an ability to contribute to the continued development of one or more of the departmental research strengths in digital, public, and oral history; colonialism and imperialism; race, ethnicity and gender; science, technology, environment, and medicine; urban history; and youth and education. A commitment to working effectively with a diverse campus population in support of Virginia Tech’s “Principles of Community” is required.
Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Virginia Tech responds to the needs of dual career couples and has a variety of policies in place to provide flexibility for faculty careers.
Located in the town of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is the largest state-supported university in Virginia. Blacksburg, between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountain ranges, was voted a Top 10 “dream town” for outdoor activities by Outside Magazine, and declared the “Best Place in the U.S. to Raise Kids” by Bloomberg Businessweek.
Candidates must apply online at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/ (posting # TR0130117) and provide a letter of application, a CV, an article-length writing sample (upload under “Other Doc”), and a 1-2 page statement of teaching philosophy. Three letters of reference should be sent to:
Pre-1800 World History Search Committee
Department of History (0117)
431 Major Williams
220 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Review of applications will begin November 15, 2013.