Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor of Public History

Fairfax, Virginia
Salary is commensurate with education and experience
Aug 20, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor of Public History


The George Mason University Department of History and Art History invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor of Public History, content field open. The department is home to the award-winning Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and has highly ranked History PhD/MA and Art History MA programs. George Mason is a large public university located in the Washington DC suburbs, with easy access to museums, memorials, and archives in the nation’s capital; this unique location affords faculty members the opportunity to engage in research at, and forge partnerships with, these institutions. Faculty members have affiliations with programs across the university including African-American Studies, Cultural Studies, Islamic Studies, Women and Gender Studies, the Honors College, and Global Affairs, as well as with the Smithsonian Institution. Our student population is among the most diverse in the nation, and we take seriously our mission to serve this population through programs in public and digital history and through our commitment to emphasizing the global connections that link different areas of historical study. We support faculty research and excellence in teaching.

George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.



Candidates for this position will have experience in the development, implementation, and management of heritage site and/or museum exhibition programs, significant digital public history projects, or other public history efforts; grant-writing; teaching public history; as well as an active scholarly agenda in the field of public history, broadly defined. While we encourage applications from candidates with demonstrated digital humanities skills, they are not required for this position.

The position carries a 2/2 teaching load and the successful candidate will contribute to the department’s undergraduate and graduate public history concentrations both in the classroom and by expanding opportunities for student research and/or internships and community engagement. The candidate will have broad latitude in developing an array of undergraduate and graduate courses in public history according to their practical experience in the field and pedagogical/research interests, and will have the opportunity to mentor PhD/MA students.

We seek a scholar of the highest caliber who is committed to supporting the diversity of George Mason University’s student population and the national and global society in which we live. We strongly encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in the historical profession, across race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected basis.


Required Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. by August 2020

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching experience in public history
  • Experience in the development, implementation, and management of heritage site and/or museum exhibition programs


Special Instructions to Applicants      

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F6547z at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application, CV, and a one-page statement in which the applicant describes how he or she will contribute to the university’s mission as a diverse public university.

Applicants must also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent electronically to Susie Leblanc [email protected] of applications will begin after November 1, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Every applicant who applies by the full consideration date will be considered, including those that might require sponsorship. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected]

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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