Assistant Professor in Public History

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
30 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
28 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Colorado State University is a land-grant institution with a student enrollment of approximately 30,000 and a faculty of almost 1600. Located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and just an hour away from Denver, Fort Collins is home to the best of both worlds. The Department of History is housed in the College of Liberal Arts, the largest college in the university. The Department currently consists of 14 tenured and tenure-track faculty and 14 special instructors. It offers both B.A. and M.A. degrees and has approximately 260 undergraduate majors and 30 graduate students.

The Department Mission is to educate, counsel, and support undergraduate and graduate students; to maintain their records; and to support the teaching, research, and service of the faculty.

Position Summary

  • Tenure-track position in public history
  • Evidence of teaching, scholarship, and/or public history practices that incorporate methodologies in digital history and/or new media
  • Research field is open; desirable specializations include: public lands, Indigenous history, sites of conscience, or environmental history
  • Assistant Professor, tenure-track, nine-month position beginning August 16, 2018.

The Ph.D. in History or related field must be completed by the time of employment. The successful candidate will contribute to the department’s undergraduate and graduate curriculum and programs.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in History or related field, completed by August 2018
  • Evidence of effective teaching and/or scholarship using digital methods and/or new media
  • Demonstrated ability to teach at graduate and undergraduate levels
  • Professional experience in and commitment to continue practice in public history
  • Demonstrated ability to teach broadly within the field of public history
  • Potential for interdisciplinary collaboration
  • An active research agenda and promise of publication
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to provide service to the university and communities

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Scholarly publications in area of research expertise
  • Leadership experience in public history
  • Successful record of outreach to professionals, the public, and engagement with minority communities
  • Evidence of interest, training, or practice in one or more of the following subject fields and methodologies: public lands, Indigenous history, sites of conscience, or environmental history
  • Experience and ability to teach grant writing, fundraising, and project management for a variety of project types

Special Instructions to Applicants

A complete application will include a letter of interest, vita, graduate transcripts, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. syllabi, evaluations, or other documentation), three letters of recommendation, writing sample (article or chapter length), and a piece of digital scholarship or teaching, or a new media project. To submit this last item, please provide a hyperlink to the piece/project. Online links should be embedded in a Word document separate from other submission materials and should be accessible by direct link (i.e. no further registration is required).

Please note that a complete application consists of the requested materials and three letters of reference. Your referees will be emailed a request for a letter of reference immediately upon submission of your application. Please inform your referees ahead of time that letters should be submitted by October 31, 2017.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

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Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Teaching Duty/Responsibility

  • Preparing lectures
  • Creating assignments
  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, including one survey course
  • Grading student assignments

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

  • Produce peer reviewed scholarship as specified in the department code.

Percentage Of Time 35 Job Duty Category Service Duty/Responsibility

  • Service on department committees and other service roles as assigned.