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Visiting Assistant Professor of American History and Women's and Gender Studies

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Position Overview

The History Department and Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Program at The University of the South, Sewanee invite applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professorship in the history of gender and/or sexuality and American history to begin in August 2023. This joint appointment in History and Women’s and Gender Studies is open to scholars in any chronological field of American history who also specializes in the history of gender and/or sexuality.

Position Description

Ideally, candidates will have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. in History or a related interdisciplinary field (American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, etc.) by August 1, 2023, when the appointment begins; however, we will consider candidates who are ABD.

Attributes of a Successful Candidate

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.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate survey courses in American history, introductory courses in Women’s and Gender Studies (WMST 100), LGBTQ Studies (WMST 111), or Black Women’s Studies (WMST 160), an advanced course in Feminist Theory, Method, Praxis (WMST 360), 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. Candidates with training in Digital Humanities are also strongly encouraged to apply.

The candidate will attach with their application a letter of application that includes a summary of current scholarship, teaching interests and experience with supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion; a curriculum vitae; and the names and contact information for three professional references. Copies, of course, syllabi candidates have taught or wish to teach are desirable but not required. The deadline for receipt of materials is Friday, March 17, 2023.

Supplemental Information

The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, comprises a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The University is strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and living and serving in community. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and seeks to help employees of all backgrounds and identities flourish.

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

DEI Institutional Statement:

At the University of the South, our commitment to inclusion and belonging is grounded in our core values of community, courage, flourishing, and inquiry. We seek to build a community enriched by our diversity and centered on equity, justice, mutual respect, and shared responsibility.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

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


Working at Sewanee: The University of the South

Known familiarly as “Sewanee” by its students, faculty, staff and friends, The University of the South offers an unmatched educational experience. The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate teaching assistants, and close faculty-student interaction ensures that each student enjoys a rich and personal educational experience. It is not unusual for students and faculty members to work shoulder to shoulder on research projects and journal articles, to meet for coffee at a local eatery, or to serve together as members of the university orchestra, volunteer fire department, and other civic groups.

The result of such individualized education is clear in the academic success of Sewanee students and alumni. The university has had 26 Rhodes Scholars—a number that puts Sewanee in the top four nationally among American liberal arts colleges—as well as 27 NCAA Postgraduate Fellows, 43 Watson Fellows, and dozens of Fulbright Scholars, and has an acceptance rate to graduate and professional schools that far outpaces its peers. The School of Theology has added to its alumni ranks countless bishops, including three of the last four presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church.

Sewanee offers 36 majors, 32 minors, and 15 special programs, along with pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-law, and pre-business. More than 40 percent of students participate in study-abroad programs, and a comprehensive endowed program that provides financial support for summer internships has greatly strengthened career development for undergraduates. See more about Sewanee in the "Sewanee Snapshot" here.

In an era of specialization, Sewanee upholds the broad-based ideals of liberal education as a surer means to success. At the University of the South, the adherence to outstanding liberal arts education and enduring traditions of honor, community, and respect have transformed many generations of students, and have earned the abiding loyalty and support of alumni who are enjoying lives of integrity, leadership, and service.

The University is located atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sewanee’s physical environment, which includes the 13,000–acre Domain (as the campus and surrounding area is known), provides a remarkable academic and recreational resource, and an unparalleled place in which to study and reflect. It invites students to engage in both a multitude of outdoor activities and careful study of the natural environment.

As the University celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2007–2008, it looked back on a rich history and forward to new opportunities for the next generations. “The essence of Sewanee is consistent from generation to generation,” said Vice Chancellor emeritus Joel Cunningham. “We are a university dedicated to liberal education, to time-honored traditions, and to our commitment to serve our students and this nation. We have been successful in advancing our mission, and I believe we have the resources and the will to ensure that Sewanee’s best years are still to come.”

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