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Position Detail - Assistant Professor of History

Assistant Professor of History

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Work type: Faculty Full-time
Location: South Hadley, MA
Categories: Faculty

The Department of History at Mount Holyoke College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in twentieth-century African American history to begin Fall 2023. Possible areas of specialization include the Black Power Movement and Civil Rights Movement, perhaps with special attention to topics such as gender and sexuality, the carceral state, black economies, the Great Migration, and black internationalism.

The successful candidate will teach an introduction to African American history, the second half of a two-semester introduction to American history, and courses within their expertise, including at least one research colloquium or seminar. The teaching expectation is 4 courses per academic year. Applicants should have teaching experience, and a Ph.D. in hand before August 2023.

This position is part of an initiative to hire three faculty members in Africana Studies at Mount Holyoke College. Exemplifying Mount Holyoke’s commitment to nurturing a diverse and inclusive learning community led by an accomplished faculty, the cluster hire is intended to enhance collaboration among departments and to increase opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange across teaching, research, and public engagement efforts. It will strengthen curricula as the College launches a new major and department in Critical Race and Political Economy. Building on long-standing efforts to hire persons who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color, the cluster hire initiative will also deepen community and strengthen faculty retention.

Please submit a letter of application, C.V., graduate transcripts, two sample syllabuses (an introduction to African American history and a course in your field of specialization), a short writing sample, and statements covering (1) research interests, (2) teaching philosophy, (3) the mentoring of a diverse student body. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Review of applications to begin October 24. Please include contact information for three references as part of your application. Reference letters will be requested at a later date in the search process.

Mount Holyoke is an undergraduate liberal arts college with 2,200 students and 220 faculty. Over half the faculty are women; one-fourth are persons of color. Mount Holyoke College is located about 90 miles west of Boston in the Connecticut River valley, and is a member of the Five College Consortium consisting of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts.

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.


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