Assistant Professor of American History and Women’s and Gender Studies

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Classification Information

Classification TitleAssistant Professor of American History and Women’s and Gender StudiesDivisionHistory & Women’s and Gender StudiesDepartmentCollege of Liberal Arts and SciencesFLSA StatusExempt (Overtime exemption status is determined at the time of hire based on the rate of pay)Work Schedule10 monthIf Other (provide months)Full Time vs Part TimeFull TimeAppointmentRegularIf Term, specify number of yearsPrimary Function

The History Department and Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Program at The University of the South, Sewanee invite applications for an assistant, tenure-track professorship in the history of gender and/or sexuality and American history to begin in August 2020. This joint appointment in History and Women’s and Gender Studies is open to scholars in any chronological field of American history who also specialize in the history of gender and/or sexuality. We encourage candidates whose research and teaching agendas focus on issues of race, class and ethnicity and who deploy feminist methodologies in their work to apply.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities

The standard teaching load is five courses a year. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate survey courses in American history, introductory courses in Women’s and Gender Studies (WMST 100), Women’s and Gender Studies Seminar (WMST 448), and courses related to their research specialization in consultation with the History department and WGS program. Preference will be given to applicants who will contribute to Sewanee’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Job Specifications/Position Qualifications (minimum)


Candidates must have completed all requirements for a PhD in History or a related interdisciplinary field (American Studies, Ethnic Studies, etc.) by August 1, 2020, when the appointment begins.


We welcome candidates who have experience with program development and administration and advising student organizations and groups as the appointment entails a leadership role in the WGS Program.

Special Instructions

For more information about the Department of History, please visit and for more information about the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, please visit

Applicants must submit: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation*, and graduate transcripts (unofficial accepted). A representative writing sample and teaching dossier, including a brief description of teaching interests, course ideas or sample syllabi, is desirable and may be requested of semifinalists.

*Letters of recommendation may be submitted electronically directly from the referees or via dossier services to Kristen Kleinfeld, Assistant for Finance & Administration, at [email protected]

Review of applications will begin on November 15th and will continue until the position is filled. Semifinalists will be interviewed via Skype. Please direct questions regarding the position to the search co-chairs, Dr. Courtney L. Thompson ([email protected]edu) or Dr. Kelly J. Whitmer ([email protected]).

Work Environment

Physical Requirements and Work Conditions

Work is primarily performed in an office, classroom, lecture hall, auditorium, laboratory, and other University facilities.

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University Information

The University of the South comprises a well-regarded College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a distinguished School of Theology. It is an institution of the Episcopal Church that welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. The University is located on a striking, 13,000-acre campus on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau.

EEO Statement

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Employment PrescreeningEligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreeningNon-Discrimination Statement

The University of the South’s policy against discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation is consistent with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 34 CFR Part 106, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and 34 CFR 104.7, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008. In addition to contacting the Title IX Coordinator, who is the compliance coordinator, persons with inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 may contact the Regional Civil Rights Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region IV, 61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 19T70, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    Documents Needed to ApplyRequired Documents
    1. Cover Letter
    2. Transcripts
    3. CV
    Optional Documents
    1. Letter of Recommendation 1
    2. Teaching Portfolio
    3. Writing Sample
    4. Letter of Recommendation 2
    5. Letter of Recommendation 3
    6. Miscellaneous 1
    7. Miscellaneous 2
    8. Syllabi




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    Posted: 10/15/2019
    Application Due: 11/3/2019
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