Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Asian History - Fall 2022, School of Social & Cultural Studies

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FACULTY POSITION IN HISTORY

Truman State University

Truman State University seeks a diverse pool of applicants for a full-time non-tenure-track assistant professor in Asian history (geographical and chronological coverage open, but must be able to teach courses on gender and modern China) to begin August 2022.

Responsibilities: Ability to teach lower-level surveys in Asian and world history, an upper-level survey of modern China, and upper-division major electives and graduate courses in Asian history; to supervise undergraduate research; and to contribute to our university-wide interdisciplinary programs. It is required that candidates have the background necessary to teach courses in gender history. The successful candidate will be expected to be familiar with on-ground, hybrid, and online teaching pedagogies and fulfill additional faculty duties (such as mentoring of students in high-impact experiences) and provide service to the university and community.

Required Qualifications:  This position requires a PhD in Asian History or closely related field in hand by June 1, 2022.

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • Academic qualifications.
  • Evidence of, or potential for, success in teaching excellence in Asian and world history surveys; a variety of major electives including research courses, and senior capstone; and graduate seminars.
  • 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, disability, or environmental history) or geography (particularly GIS).
  • 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 required first-year (Self & Society, Truman Symposium) and junior (Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar) campus-wide initiatives and interdisciplinary minors,
  • Evidence of developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in undergraduates and mentoring High Impact Experiences (undergraduate research, service-learning, study abroad), 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 $40,000; benefits package includes health insurance, retirement contributions, and reimbursed assistance for moving expense

Program: The Department of History is part of the School of Social and Cultural Studies.  The department has 7 fulltime faculty members, approximately 110 undergraduate majors, and 30 minors. The department also offers courses in Truman’s Dialogues curriculum, 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 4,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the challenging academics in a supportive environment. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school 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, and Washington Monthly consistently ranks Truman as one of the best master’s universities in the nation. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgments, visit truman.edu/about.

Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to being the home of Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and features a medical school, dental school and community college, and the Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence. The community takes pride in several annual events including the Round Barn Blues Festival and the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon. The charming downtown area features an arts center, as well as several local shops and restaurants. It is also the site of numerous community events including the Red, White and Blue Festival in the summer and the Red Barn Arts and Craft Festival each fall. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at visitkirksville.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 Asian History Search” in the subject line or by mail to Asst. Professor of Asian 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; 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 October 17, 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.

 

 

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