Visiting Assistant Professor in History of Democracy
- University of South Carolina
- Faculty Jobs
- Arts & Humanities, Ethnic & Cultural Studies, History & Classics
- Position Type
- Assistant Professor
- Employment Type
- Full Time
- Institution Type
- Four-Year Institution
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FacultyAbout University of South Carolina:
From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.Diversity Statement:
At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.Advertised Job Summary:
The Department of History at the University of South Carolina is pleased to invite applications for a Post-Doctoral History Teaching Fellowship focused on teaching and interpreting the documents on which the United States was founded (including the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Federalist Papers, Emancipation Proclamation, other freedom papers, and more). This Founding Documents Post-Doc is available beginning on August 1, 2023. This twelve-month position includes a five-course teaching load (two in the Fall; two in the Spring, and one either in the Winter term or over Summer session). In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will be associated with the Department’s renowned History Center, directed by Prof. Patricia Sullivan, and will have the opportunity to assist with activities, projects, and works-in-progress organized by that unit Our intent is to build a faculty learning community focused on various intellectual, social, cultural, economic, religious and political aspects of the Founding Documents and their importance for civic engagement and reinvigorated democracy in the twenty-first century. The successful applicant will join other Teaching Post Doctoral Fellows in History and African American Studies.
This opportunity is the result of legislation in South Carolina (the REACH Act) that requires college students in the state to complete a three-credit course that includes the American founding documents. We seek candidates who are committed to teaching students how to place these documents into the intellectual history of democracy within and beyond the United States. Teaching will be limited to courses that satisfy the State’s Founding Documents requirement (including HIST 111: US History to 1865; HIST 201: Founding Documents; AFAM 200: Freedom Papers; and HIST 469-470 Constitutional History of the US, I & II).
1. Completion of a History PhD from 2019-2023. (ABDs are NOT eligible for consideration)2. Demonstrable experience teaching or researching the history of democracy and/or the founding documents of the United States3. Interest in shaping civics education for the 21st century4. Experience in building intellectual community and events planningPreferred Qualifications:
1. Completion of a History PhD from 2019-2023. (ABDs are NOT eligible for consideration)2. Demonstrable experience teaching or researching the history of democracy and/or the founding documents of the United States3. Interest in shaping civics education for the 21st century4. Experience in building intellectual community and events planningDesired Start Date:
08/01/2023Job Open Date:
02/24/2023Open Until Filled:
YesSpecial Instructions to Applicant:
Please forward a letter of application that includes a cover letter, clear statement of your commitment to teaching Founding Documents, two letters of reference, a brief writing sample (not to exceed 20 pages), and a transcript that shows all requirements for degree completion have been completed no later than May 31, 2023. For best consideration, a complete application should be submitted by March 31, 2023. Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled.Quicklink for Posting:
The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.
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With more than 200 years of history and tradition, the University of South Carolina is redefining itself for decades to come. There's never been a better time to be at South Carolina, the state's flagship university and one of only 62 public universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation for research.
The University is located in the heart of South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia, which is the nexus of government, a thriving arts and culture center, a venue for big-time Southeastern Conference intercollegiate athletics, and a community that is reinventing itself with redevelopment projects citywide. Much of the development is tied to land along the scenic, slow-moving Congaree River. Working with government, business, and community leaders, Carolina has developed a unified plan that will allow the University to expand from its origins on the historic Horseshoe to its future-Innovista, a research and innovation district that will stretch to the banks of the Congaree.
Innovista represents a new vision for research by creating a vibrant, urban community where students and researchers, including those from private firms, will live, work, learn, and play. Innovista will represent the University's four core research areas-hydrogen fuel cells, nanoscience and technology, biomedical and public health, and the environment-but will include other initiatives and business partners that serve the knowledge economy. Innovista's first private tenant, for example, is a leader in software applications for the insurance industry and will create several hundred high-paying jobs.
By attracting similar companies and jobs-and by capitalizing on an attractive location for restaurants and residential and retail space-Innovista will help drive the economy and increase per-capita income in the city and state. Recreational space will include a world-class waterfront park along the Congaree River and a new stadium for the Gamecocks' nationally ranked baseball program. Greenway paths for biking, walking, and running already line much of the river area. Innovista's 8 million square feet will blend seamlessly with the Vista, the city's nearby entertainment district of restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries.
Chartered in 1801, Carolina began classes in 1805 with nine students and a single building, Rutledge College. As the campus grew and buildings were added during the next 50 years, a horseshoe layout was adopted. Today, the Horseshoe is on the National Register of Historic Places, with 10 of its 11 buildings dating to the 19th century. Those renovated buildings house, among other areas, the South Carolina Honors College and Undergraduate Admissions, representing much of the University's current and future lifeblood.
In fact, incoming freshman classes have never been larger or more competitive. The freshmen from fall 2006 set records for their size (more than 3,700) and SAT scores (1171 average). Freshmen enrolling in the Honors College had average SAT scores of 1398. Members of the University's prestigious scholarship programs, Carolina Scholars for in-state students and McNair Scholars for out-of-state students, had average scores of 1449 and 1477, respectively. Total enrollment at Carolina for undergraduates and graduates is more than 27,300, with some 350 degree programs to choose from. Since 1994, Carolina students have earned more than $9.9 million in prestigious national scholarships such as the Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, and NSF scholarships and the Fulbright Fellowships.
South Carolina's student body is diverse. In fact, Carolina was recently recognized as the state flagship university with the highest percentage of African-American student enrollment in the nation. Research by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education shows African-American students made up 14.7 percent of enrollment in 2004, the latest year available. The JBHE also ranks Carolina eighth in the nation in percentage of African-American faculty at a state flagship university with 4.3 percent.
The University's faculty garnered a record $173.3 million in federal, state, and private funding for research, outreach, and training programs in 2005-06, and several key hiring plans will introduce more talent and expertise to the faculty ranks. An aggressive campus building master plan and the faculty recruiting initiatives will change the collective face of the University and the faces of many of its key teachers and researchers.
South Carolina is recruiting world-class faculty to be endowed chairs-and change agents-for a series of "research centers of economic excellence" in areas such as nanoelectronics, polymer nanocomposites, brain imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer therapeutics, drug discovery, vision research, hydrogen fuel cells, and travel and tourism technology. These centers, some in collaboration with other state research universities and health and hospital systems, are funded with $30 million annually in state lottery money, as well as private matching money. Carolina is in the midst of a faculty recruitment plan to hire 600 new members. The Faculty Excellence Initiative is recruiting 150 faculty, many in interdisciplinary clusters of emphasis, while the Centenary Plan will recruit 100 elite research faculty to lead the University's core initiatives. Additionally, 350 faculty will be hired across disciplines to replace retirees over the next few years.
The University has forged a number of international collaborations in research, and the University's global connections are also strong in academics, particularly in international business. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Moore School of Business best in the nation for its undergraduate and graduate programs in international business; the undergraduate program is No. 1 for the 10th consecutive time, while the graduate program is No. 1 among public universities for the 18th consecutive year and No. 2 overall, continuing a streak of 18 years with a top-two overall ranking.
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