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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 Native North American history, to begin Fall 2022. We prefer candidates whose scholarship and teaching emphasize indigenous voices, and who have the demonstrated ability to teach the United States History Survey to 1876.
Areas of specialization may include environmental history and traditional ecological knowledge, disease and healing, women and gender, indigenous epistemologies, material culture, political systems and governance, settler colonialism, or indigenous borderlands. The successful candidate's work should map 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 must 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. Teaching responsibilities include the United States history survey to 1876, as well as upper-division and graduate courses (face-to-face and online) in Native North American history. The teaching load is three courses per semester.
Other Specifications/Instructions for the Position:
To apply, upload to the site a letter of interest addressed to Dr. Charles Heath, Chair, Native North American History Search Committee. Your letter should cover your research interests, teaching experience, and strategies for cultivating inclusion and mentoring a diverse student body. In addition, please upload: a curriculum vitae; unofficial graduate transcripts; three letters of reference; a writing sample (article or dissertation/book chapter); and two sample syllabi: one undergraduate course and one online graduate seminar, each in Native North American history. Please submit the two sample syllabi as a single file to the Teaching Portfolio link. Official transcripts of all post-secondary education will be required of all finalists prior to on-campus interviews. 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.
Please note: References provided in the References section of the application will receive an automated email reference request at the time the application is submitted.
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