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Assistant Professor of History

Governors State University
University Park, IL

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Position Type:

Faculty, Tenure Track

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Unit A

Position's Functional Title:

Assistant Professor of History

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Governors State University (University Park, IL), a minority-serving institution, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of History beginning in the Fall 2023 semester. This position is a 10-month contract with a teaching load of 21 credit hours (7 courses) in the fall and spring semesters; summer teaching is available but not required.

We seek a History teacher-scholar specializing in African or Asian history (time period and focus region are open) who is committed to enhancing our culture of diversity, equity, and inclusivity and who can complement existing faculty strengths. The successful candidate will contribute to our program by teaching courses in world history, transnational history, upper-level major courses (methods, public history, thesis), courses in area(s) of specialization, and interdisciplinary first-year seminars. Candidates should provide evidence of robust teaching skills, a commitment to incorporating scholarship on and by underrepresented and/or marginalized groups into course content, and the potential for a strong record of scholarship. A Ph.D. in a relevant field of study is required at time of appointment. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and first-generation college graduates are especially encouraged to apply.
Governors State University is the only regional public comprehensive university in Chicago’s south suburban area, serving approximately 5500 students annually. Since its founding in 1969, GSU has offered accessible, high-value educational opportunities to a culturally diverse student body of first-generation students, returning adults, and veterans. With among the lowest undergraduate tuition in Illinois, GSU offers accredited programs that have earned high praise from national accrediting agencies. In 2014, GSU accepted its inaugural class of first-year students as it transitioned from an upper-division and graduate institution into a regional comprehensive university with a state-of-the-art general education program. New faculty at GSU must demonstrate enthusiasm and ability to work with students at all levels, from first-year to graduate.

Through its strategic planning, GSU emphasizes excellence, access, and innovation. Students benefit from the university’s academic quality, range of convenient class times, increasingly numerous hybrid and online offerings, and outstanding educational value. Our innovative lower-division program uses high-impact practices to foster student engagement with ethics, citizenship, and innovative thinking. Every first-year class is taught by a full-time faculty member to ensure that students have a strong foundation for their studies. GSU is a national leader in successful transfer of community college students to universities, and is leading through the Kresge-supported Dual Degree Program, with features such as tuition lock-in at GSU for academically eligible community college students who commit to earn an Associate Degree and attend college full-time. GSU offers a wide variety of master’s programs and several applied doctoral degrees in health, counseling fields, and Interdisciplinary Leadership.

GSU’s 750-acre campus encompasses the award-winning Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park yet is conveniently located within easy reach of Chicago and surrounding communities with a wealth of cultural and natural attractions. The highly diverse region GSU serves has a number of high-performing schools and engaged communities as well as struggling urban, suburban, and rural communities. GSU serves as a public square, working to foster educational opportunities for all populations.

It is the policy of Governors State University, in its role as educator, employer, and purchaser of goods and services, to provide equal opportunity and affirmative action. Discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status is strictly prohibited.
Salary and benefits package are commensurate with education and experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

· Ph.D. in History or closely related field with specialization in African or Asian history (time period and regional concentration are open) by August 16, 2023.· Teaching experience at the undergraduate level.· Demonstrated scholarly expertise on underrepresented and/or marginalized groups.· Evidence of active research agenda and potential for strong scholarship.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Experience with first-generation, culturally diverse, and/or non-traditional students.· Minor field or teaching experience in Asian, Middle Eastern, African, World, and/or transnational history.· Demonstrated ability to infuse course content with scholarship related to underrepresented and/or marginalized groups.· Experience or interest in designing and teaching online courses.· Evidence of teaching excellence.· The ability to contribute to minors in Black Studies; Global Studies; Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Studies; and/or Gender and Sexuality Studies.· Bilingual language proficiency (Spanish or Arabic preferred).

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Candidates should submit a cover letter describing teaching experience, current scholarship, and research interests; a teaching philosophy statement; sample syllabus; curriculum vitae; unofficial transcripts; and contact information for three references.Applications must be submitted by November 21, 2022. Review of applications will begin in early December. Initial interviews will be conducted by video conference.


Working at Governors State University

Success by Degrees

GSU is an “island of excellence,” according to Dr. Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary of the United States Department of Education. With bold, new initiatives, 23 bachelor’s, 27 master’s, and five doctoral degree programs, GSU excels at providing the quality education that is essential for success in today’s world.

Success by Opportunity

GSU’s exemplary efforts bring unequalled education opportunities to the region’s diverse population. The university is remarkably inclusive and serves students from a wide range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. The student body, like the faculty and staff, reflect a rich blend of ideas, perspectives, talents, and life experiences.

Success by Innovation

GSU, expanding on its commitment to excellence and reflecting the best research on student success, will become a full-service university with the admission of its inaugural freshman class in 2014. The groundbreaking Dual Degree Program encourages community college students to complete both an associate and bachelor’s degree at an affordable tuition rate and with comprehensive academic advising.

Success by Commitment

GSU is committed to serving as the region’s public square and making the community stronger through programs and partnerships in education, healthcare, government, and business. The Center for Performing Arts and Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park integrate arts and education. The university is also fully committed to sustainability through its alternative energy and conservation efforts.

Success by Excellence

GSU, the only public university in the Chicago Southland region, is a national model in providing education pathways that lead its graduates to lives rich in purpose, commitment, and contribution.

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