Tenure Track Assistant Professor of History Fall 2020, School of Social & Cultural Studies

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Truman State University

Truman State University seeks a diverse pool of applicants for a full-time tenure-track assistant professor in nineteenth- or twentieth-century US history to begin August 2020. 

Responsibilities:  Ability to teach upper-division major electives in historiography, digital and public history, and modern US history; lower-level surveys in US and modern world history; and graduate courses in US history. It is preferred that candidates also have the background necessary to administer an existing, vibrant internship program; supervise undergraduate research utilizing existing library collections; and provide effective academic and career advice to undergraduate majors. The successful candidate would be expected to be familiar with on-ground, hybrid, and online teaching pedagogies and fulfill additional faculty duties (such as academic advising, mentoring of students in research and other experiences) and provide service to the university and community.

Required Qualifications:  This position requires a Ph.D. in US History or closely related field.

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • Academic qualifications
  • Evidence of commitment to liberal arts education, with undergraduate student development and accomplishment as the highest priority
  • Teaching background or potential for teaching (must teach US and modern world history surveys, a variety of major electives including research courses, senior capstone, and graduate seminars)
  • Commitment to maintaining a strong research agenda, with demonstrated publishing record or prospects for significant scholarly contributions
  • Interest and background in interdisciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary teaching (including a required Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar and interdisciplinary minors), scholarship, and service
  • Evidence of developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in undergraduates and mentoring High Impact Experiences (undergraduate research, service-learning, internships), or demonstrated potential to do so
  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal skills
  • Compatibility with the department’s needs; complementing existing faculty strengths in terms of class coverage.

Compensation and Rank:  Salary for this position is $50,500; benefits package includes health insurance, retirement contributions, and reimbursed assistance for moving expenses.

Program: The Department of History is part of the School of Social and Cultural Studies.  The department has 8 fulltime faculty members, approximately 150 undergraduate majors, and 40 minors. The department also offers courses in Truman’s Liberal Studies program, provides support classes for a number of pre-professional programs including the Masters in Education program. For more information about the History Department, please visit http://www.truman.edu/majors-programs/academic-departments/about-the-history-department

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 6,000 students that make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience, and nearly half go on to graduate school or professional education within a year of earning a degree.  

Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes, and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report. The Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top ten of its master’s university rankings in each of the past seven years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit truman.edu/about.

The Community: Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, it is home to A.T. Still University, the world’s first osteopathic medical school, as well as a dental school and a community college. The Kirksville School District is among the best in the state, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the Scottish Highland Games and the Red, White and Blue Festival, among many more. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park, with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Due to its location, Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville regional airport to St. Louis allow for quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at kirksvillechamber.com.

Application:  The School of Social and Cultural Studies coordinates the application process. Electronic submission of applications is preferred and candidate’s documents may be uploaded at http://employment.truman.edu. Application materials may also be e-mailed to: sscssearch@truman.edu with “Asst. Professor of History Search” in the subject line, or mailed to Asst. Professor of History Search, Social and Cultural Studies, Truman State University, 100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO 63501. Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.

 Complete applications must include:

  • cover letter that addresses the evaluation criteria, scholarly activity interests, and any other applicant characteristics that merit emphasis;
  • current curriculum vitae;
  • statement of teaching philosophy that outlines the candidate’s commitment to inclusive excellence, the liberal arts and sciences, and student development;
  • statement of research interests and goals;
  • evidence of, or potential for, success in teaching excellence and scholarly activity;
  • copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable); and
  • three recent letters of recommendation (these may be e-mailed to:  sscssearch@truman.edu).

Review of applications will begin April 13, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.  If hired, applicant must provide proof of eligibility to work in higher education in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.

Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Kathryn Brammall, Professor of History and Chair, Department of History, brammall@truman.edu.


Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed
to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

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