Assistant Professor of History

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Assistant Professor of History

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


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Basic Function:
The successful candidate will teach 6 history courses per year, will advise students and student projects (including humanities projects and WPI's junior-year interdisciplinary project), will actively pursue a research agenda, and will serve on faculty committees.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Humanities and Arts Department invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in history starting in August 2019. We seek candidates in America in the World, with the ability to teach courses on American history and international and global studies.

Faculty in the Humanities and Arts are established scholars in their fields and play a significant role in the university’s nationally known project-based curriculum and global studies program. WPI’s network of more than 40 project centers offers unique opportunities for off-campus project advising. Faculty also collaborate with various regional institutions, including Worcester’s WICN Public Radio, the Worcester Art Museum, Harvard Medical School, Berklee College of Music, Worcester Historical Museum, and UMass Medical School. WPI’s multidisciplinary Humanities & Arts Department offers a distinctive general education program in which 25% of undergraduates focus on history, with lecture and discussion courses and inquiry seminars with substantial research and writing.

Promise of teaching excellence and strong evidence of scholarly potential required. Candidates must have Ph.D. before August 2019.

WPI’s reputation as a rigorous and innovative university rests on the shoulders of its faculty. A highly selective, private STEM university and one of the nation’s first, WPI believes that when great minds work together, great advances follow. At WPI the boundaries to multidisciplinary collaboration are low—faculty members, students, and other partners work together on the real-world projects and purposeful research that are hallmarks of the WPI experience. We are most proud of a recent No. 1 ranking for “faculty who best combine research and teaching.” (Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Ed, 2016) The university’s campus is located (one hour west of Boston) in Worcester, Massachusetts, a thriving 21st century college city recognized as a growing hub of scientific, artistic, cultural, and technological innovation.

Posting Date: 08/10/2018

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Special Instructions to Applicants:
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statements of research plans, teaching philosophy, and commitment to diversity and inclusion. Include contact information for three references willing to send a letter of recommendation if contacted. Applications will be reviewed for possible AHA interviews, and continuing until position is filled. To apply, visit

EEO Information:
WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

Criminal Background Check Statement:
A pre-employment criminal records check is required.

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Posted: 8/13/2018
Application Due: 8/13/2030
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