John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professor

Chapel Hill, Orange County
Jan 03, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Department: American Studies

Application Deadline: 02/15/2014

Position Summary: The Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications from senior scholars of the American South for the John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professorship. Building on Carolina's excellence in all facets of the study of the American South, we seek a distinguished scholar and teacher whose work focuses on this region, broadly imagined. We embrace an expansive definition of scholarship, and welcome applicants whose demonstrated record of accomplishment integrates the academy and the public sphere. We seek applicants with a vision for the future of Southern Studies; their emphasis may range across an intellectual landscape that extends from established historical disciplines to emerging fields. The John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professor will teach undergraduates and graduate students, direct dissertations and research projects, and develop collaborations with other departments at UNC, as well as with such institutions as the Center for the Study of the American South, the Sonya Haynes Stone Center for Black History and Culture, the Institute of African American Research, the American Indian Center, the Ackland Art Museum, the Digital Innovation Laboratory, and other local and regional institutions. Library holdings at UNC are among the finest in the world for the study of the American South, and are growing; they include the Southern Historical Collection, the Southern Folklife Collection, and such digital projects as "Documenting the American South." The Department of American Studies is home for an undergraduate concentration in Southern Studies, and Southern Studies is a signature strength of our Ph.D. program. More information can be found on our website:

Education Requirements: PhD or equivalent in appropriate field.

Qualification and Experience: Applicants should be a Full Professor or equivalent at current institution and also have a proven history of teaching excellence.

Department Contact Name and Title: Mark Richardson, Administrative Manager/Business Officer

Department Contact Telephone Number or Email: 919-962-5483;