Tenure Track Assistant Professor of History Fall 2021, School of Social & Cultural Studies

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Truman State University seeks a diverse pool of applicants for a full-time tenure-track assistant professor in modern US history, preferred fields in ethnicity and race relations or class and labor relations, to begin August 2021. 

Responsibilities:  Teaching lower-level surveys in US and modern world history, upper-division major electives in nineteenth- or twentieth-century US history, and graduate courses in nineteenth- or twentieth-century US history; maintaining a research program as a Teacher-Scholar; contributing to university-wide interdisciplinary programs; fulfilling additional faculty duties (such as academic advising, mentoring of students in research and other high impact experiences); and providing service to the university and community.

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

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • Academic qualifications.
  • Evidence of, or potential for, success in teaching excellence (successful candidate must be prepared to teach US and modern world history surveys; a variety of major electives including modern US historiography, research courses, and senior capstone; and graduate seminars). The successful candidate would be expected to be familiar with on-ground, hybrid, and online teaching pedagogies.
  • Evidence of, or potential for, mentoring high-impact experiences, such as research at both the undergraduate and graduate level, utilizing existing library collections; engaging students in service learning; teaching in desirable subfields (e.g., digital and public, disability, or environmental history) or geography (including GIS); and/or administering a vibrant internship program.
  • Evidence of commitment to liberal arts education, with undergraduate student development and accomplishment, particularly in critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Evidence of, or potential for, providing effective academic and career advice to undergraduate majors.
  • Interest and background in interdisciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary teaching (including contributing to a required Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar and interdisciplinary minors),
  • Commitment to maintaining a strong research agenda with demonstrated publishing record or prospects for significant scholarly contributions and with ability to supervise student research
  • Evidence of, or potential for, meaningful service to the university, the discipline, and/or the community.
  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Compatibility with the department’s needs; complementing existing faculty strengths in terms of class coverage.

Compensation and Rank:  This is an entry level position with a salary of $50,500; the 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 130 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 history.truman.edu.

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 5,200 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 Missouri public four-year colleges and universities. For more than two decades, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category. 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.

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. Find more information about Kirksville 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 emailed to: sscssearch@truman.edu with “Asst. Professor of History Search” in the subject line or by mail to Asst. Professor of History Search, Truman State University, Office of Human Resources, 100 E. Normal MC 101, Kirksville, MO 63501.

Completed applications must include a letter of application that clearly addresses the qualifications and evaluative criteria listed above; statement of scholarly activity interests; statement of teaching philosophy that includes the candidate’s commitment to inclusive excellence, the liberal arts and sciences, and student development; current curriculum vitae; evidence of teaching excellence or potential, three letters of recommendation; and official or unofficial undergraduate and graduate college transcripts.  Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Kathryn Brammall, Professor of History and Chair, Department of History, brammall@truman.edu.

Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available. Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Direct inquiries to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and titleix@truman.edu.

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101,  100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or hrstaff@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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