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Nature & Purpose of Position/Usual Duties:
The Department of History at Sam Houston State University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the history of slavery, to begin Fall 2022. We seek an historian who specializes in slavery in the Atlantic World, and whose scholarship and teaching foregrounds the lived experiences of enslaved persons. The department is especially interested in candidates whose work maps onto one or more of the thematic tracks organizing the department's M.A. program: (1) Rights & Identity; (2) War & Violence; and (3) Encounters & Exchanges. Applicants should demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching a diverse body of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a promising research agenda. Online teaching experience is a plus. The successful candidate will be expected to teach the first half of the United States history survey, as well as upper-division courses and graduate seminars in the history of slavery. The teaching load is three courses per semester.
Other Specifications/Instructions for the Position:
To apply, upload a letter of application, addressed to Dr. Bernadette Pruitt, Chair of the History of Slavery Search Committee; a curriculum vitae; unofficial graduate transcripts (official transcripts of all post-secondary education will be required of all finalists prior to on-campus interviews); a diversity and inclusion statement, specifically addressing your qualifications and strategy for engaging all students at SHSU; a writing sample of chapter length; one sample syllabus for an upper-division course on slavery; and three letters of recommendation. Upload the syllabus to the Teaching Portfolio link. If a candidate has not completed the doctorate, one letter must be from the candidate's advisor, addressing the state of the dissertation and anticipated defense date. Review of applications will begin on January 3, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.
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About Sam Houston State University
For more than 140 years, Sam Houston State University has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, "The measure of a Life is its Service," resonates among its 22,000 students, eight colleges and well beyond its historical roots through research, creative endeavors, service learning, volunteering and more.
SHSU is an inclusive institution whose mission is to provide high quality education, scholarship, and service to students. With over 90 bachelor degrees, 50 master’s, and 11 doctoral programs—including the nation’s first Ph.D. in forensic science, SHSU provides an exceptional college experience for every student: traditional or non-traditional; first generation; international; or online.
Service to self and others is paramount at SHSU and reflected in all university organizations and programs. In fact, the university was named to USA Today’s Top 50 in the U.S. for “commitment to civic engagement and global awareness,” in addition to being classified a "Community Engaged Campus" by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. This honor, bestowed to only 311 public institutions nationwide, acknowledges th...e university's significant commitment to service.
Sam Houston State University has a small town feel with large scale opportunities. Located in the Piney Woods region of East Texas, Huntsville provides area residents with a sense of community and belonging, although just an hour drive north of Houston.
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