The Anselm House at the University of Minnesota is Hiring an Associate Director of University Engagement

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Back in March 2011, I had a great visit to the Anselm House (at the time it was called the MacLaurin Institute) at the University of Minnesota.  I gave a lecture on the U of M campus, met with campus ministers and members of the U of M History Department, and spoke at a couple of churches.  Brian Bademan, a Notre Dame Ph.D in American history and the director of the Anselm House, hosted my visit.  I blogged about those visits here and here.

I am happy to report that the Anslem House is hiring an Associate Director of University Engagement.  I have posted the ad below.  This looks like a great position for a person of Christian faith who has a passion for promoting Christianity and the intellectual life at a major research university.

Thanks to the generosity of many donors and partnering churches, Anselm House is beginning 2019 from a position of strength, having received more than $347,000 in support from individual donors between July 1-December 31. This outpouring of generosity represents 54% of our June 30, 2019 fundraising goal, putting AnselmHouse’s development efforts ahead of schedule. The study center is serving more students, faculty, and staff at the University of Minnesota than ever before, and this is all due to God’s generous providence working through the Anselm House community. On behalf of our trustees, staff, volunteers, and those whom we serve,thank you for your commitment to advancing this critical mission to the University of Minnesota!

We are also very excited to announce that Anselm House is seeking an Associate Director of University Engagement. This position is funded through a generous three-year grant, and we intend this position to become a permanent part of our team beyond the grant period. Please be sure to forward the announcement below to any family, friends, or acquaintances who may be interested!

The Associate Director of University Engagement will be responsible for developing programs that engage the most promising intersections of the Christian tradition with the research/teaching priorities of the University of Minnesota. This person will work closely with faculty, research staff, and graduate students from a wide range of disciplines. We’re looking for someone who is winsomely Christian, thrives in interaction with a wide variety of people from across disciplines and faith/non-faith backgrounds, and is skilled at giving voice to the breadth of the Christian intellectual tradition in a public university setting. This position will be of particular interest to recent PhDs, graduate students nearing degree completion, and other scholars interested in an “alt-academic” career that keeps them deeply engaged in the academic life of the university.

To see the full description of responsibilities and qualifications, please visit our website. We will begin reviewing applications Jan. 14, and the position will remain open until filled.

Tenure-Track Job Opening in the Messiah College History Department

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This ad will appear in all the usual places very soon, but I thought I would also post it here at the blog. Starting date is August 2019.   Feel free to share and spread the word.

The Department of History at Messiah College invites applications for a term-tenure track position in Public History with expertise in post-1865 United States History.

Applicants must be committed to working closely with undergraduate students. Teaching responsibilities will include an advanced course in public history, upper-division courses in area of specialty, a United States history survey from 1865, and first-year interdisciplinary general education courses. We are especially interested in candidates who could offer one or more upper-division courses in subfields of public history and American social history.

Ph.D. in Public History/United States History, with specialization in post-1865 American history. We seek faculty committed to undergraduate teaching and research in the context of a Christian liberal arts college.

The history major at Messiah College allows students to study a wide range of historical periods and subjects ranging from public and digital history to courses in American, European, Ancient Mediterranean, World, and South Asian history. We emphasize the cultivation of a breadth of historical learning along with liberal arts skills of research methods, critical thinking, and high-quality writing. History majors take a standard sequence of core courses in historical surveys, methods, and historiography, and then have the option of selecting from a range of upper-division classes in American History, Classical and Medieval European History, Modern European, Public History, and World History. History majors seeking careers in secondary education (grades 7-12) have an option of completing the state credentialing program in conjunction with the Education Department. The department also offers minors in history, digital public humanities, and Classical, Medieval and Renaissance studies, as well as many enrichment opportunities, including interdisciplinary study, undergraduate research honors theses; collaboration with professors on research; internships with museums, historical archives, and governmental agencies; study-abroad semesters and short-term trips around the world; archaeological training; digital projects; and service-learning.

We are a department of six full-time faculty and approximately 45 majors. Students are encouraged to think independently, engage in fruitful debate, and become citizens committed to service, social justice, and reconciliation. The department maintains strong collaborations across campus with the Center for Public Humanities, Teacher Education Program, Office of Diversity Affairs, and the Oakes Museum of Natural History, and off campus with the city of Harrisburg, county and state archives, and regional schools. Our faculty work closely with students to consider how a history major provides a set of transferable skills that will allow them to access diverse opportunities for employment. Our graduates pursue employment and graduate school in a variety of fields, including history, public history, religious studies, journalism, communication, education, sociology, library science, business, law, computer science, data analytics, theology, among many others.

Read the entire ad here.

Episode 37: Should You Go to Grad School?

PodcastAnyone who has been paying attention to higher ed and the humanities knows that job prospects for recently minted Ph.Ds are abysmal. So why do people keep choosing to engage in such a difficult process that by many measures is unlikely to pay off? John Fea adds his thoughts to this question and they are joined by Erin Bartram (@erin_bartram), the author of the viral blog post, “The Sublimated Grief of the Left Behind.”

Job Opening: One-Year Lecturer in American History at Messiah College

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Anyone interested in spending the 2018-2019 academic year teaching in the Messiah College History Department?

One-year Lecturer in post-1865 American history:  The Department of History at Messiah College invites applications for a one-year lecturer position in post-1865 American history beginning August 2018.  Teaching responsibilities will include introductory and advanced courses in post-1865 American history. Ability to teach the United States history survey to 1865, first-year general education courses (First Year Seminar and First Year interdisciplinary CORE), and at least one upper-division course in area of specialty is required. Evidence of strong commitment to teaching undergraduates in the liberal arts tradition is expected.

Qualifications: Ph.D. (preferred) or A.B.D. with focus on post-1865 American history.

The full job ad, with all the necessary instructions for application, will be posted at the Messiah College website in the next few days, but I wanted to give a heads-up to the faithful readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home.  When the ad appears at jobs.messiah.edu you will see that we are asking for a cover letter, a vita, 3-letters of recommendation, and a completed application.  The load is 4-4.

As you might imagine, we will be moving quickly on this search.  Once the job ad is released we will be accepting applications immediately.  I will be chairing the search.

*Common-place* is Looking for a New Editor

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Common-place, the online quarterly magazine of early American history and culture hosted at the American Antiquarian Society, is seeking a new editor or editors to guide this unique online resource of accessible, lively scholarship. This position is not a paid employee in the traditional sense. We are looking to partner with a university or college where the editor is employed. That institution supports the partnership by providing time, generally in the form of course relief for the editor (or editors) so that they can devote time to Common-place. We are also looking for this institution to supply an editorial assistant, either in the form of a paid employee or a graduate student.

The editor(s) of Common-place should have a record of writing and scholarly activity in a field consistent with the purview of Common-place (pre-1900 American history, literature, and culture as well as a Ph.D. or equivalent). The editor should also possess strong organizational and editorial skills and be comfortable working collaboratively with an excellent group of column editors. Perhaps most importantly, the editor must possess an interest in presenting American history to a broad public, and an instinct for how to do so in a compelling way.

In addition, the editor’s home institution would need to be understanding of the commitment involved in taking on the editorship, and be willing to support the editor in performing this work. We seek an institutional partner that is able to support the editor through release time from teaching; graduate research assistance; and other forms of support. Of particular interest is an institution with an interest in and capacity for work in public history and/or the digital humanities. A partnership with Common-place would provide ideal opportunities to give students hands-on experience in working with an established online venue for high-level humanities scholarship.

Interested candidates should contact James David Moran, Vice President for Programs and Outreach, American Antiquarian Society by phone at 508 471-2131 or by e-mail at jmoran@mwa.org.

Job Opening at Huntingdon College

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The Way of Improvement Leads Home reader Mandy McMichael passed this along.

The Department of History and Political Science at Huntingdon College (Montgomery, Alabama) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2016. The ideal candidate will specialize in European History and demonstrate a record of excellence in teaching and student engagement. The successful candidate will be proficient in engaging pedagogy, and special attention will be given to candidates with expertise in the Reacting to the Past curriculum. Huntingdon College is seeking to expand the diversity of its faculty and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.


The Department of History and Political Science at Huntingdon College (Montgomery, Alabama) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2016. The ideal candidate will specialize in European History and demonstrate a record of excellence in teaching and student engagement. The successful candidate will be proficient in engaging pedagogy, and special attention will be given to candidates with expertise in the Reacting to the Past curriculum. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, one-page statement of teaching philosophy, CV, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Chad Eggleston, Provost and Dean of the College, at officeoftheprovost@hawks.huntingdon.edu by March 7, 2016. Huntingdon College is seeking to expand the diversity of its faculty and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.

Desired qualifications: Ph.D. in History (specializing in European History). Minimum of two years teaching experience, record of student engagement, evidence of ongoing research and scholarly activity, excellent interpersonal skills, desire to contribute to the growth and evolution of a successful program.

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college.

Huntingdon College is committed to a policy against legally impermissible, arbitrary, or unreasonable discriminatory practices. Therefore, the College, in accordance with applicable federal and state law and stated College policy, prohibits discrimination in its employment practices and in the delivery of its educational programs on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, and/or national origin. Inquiries and or complaints may be addressed to the Huntingdon College Title IX Coordinator / 1500 East Fairview Ave. / Montgomery, AL 36106, phoned to 334-833-4420 or e-mailed to TitleIXCoordinator@hawks.huntingdon.edu. Inquiries or complaints regarding disability services may be addressed to Huntingdon College / ADA Section 504 Coordinator / Director of Disability Services / 1500 East Fairview Ave. / Montgomery, AL 36106, phoned to 334-833-4465 or e-mailed to DisabilityServices@ hawks.huntingdon.edu. For additional information, contact the Atlanta office of the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 61 Forsyth St. S.W., Suite 19T10, Atlanta, GA 30303-8927 at 404-874-9406; OCR.Atlanta@ed.gov.

Job Opening in Western Civ and World History

The job ad has been posted.  We hope to find someone soon and we are accepting applications immediately.   It is likely we will offer the position to one of the first suitable applicants.  We will interview via Skype–no campus visit.

Click here for the official ad.

The application process is through the Messiah College Human Resources Office, but if you have questions or you are interested don’t hesitate to contact me. jfea(at)messiah(dot)edu

Job Opening: Ancient-Digital History at Bethel University

My friend Chris Gehtz, aka “The Pietest Schoolman,” has just announced a very interesting job opening at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN.   Bethel is looking to start a digital humanities major and they hope to hire a coordinator for the program with additional expertise in the ancient and medieval world.

Chris has described the job on Bethel’s Department of History blog:
We’re happy to announce that we’ve begun a job search for the newest member of our faculty: a gifted, innovative teacher committed to the mission of Bethel and able to straddle the fields of ancient/medieval and digital history.
First, our new colleague will teach upper-division courses in ancient and medieval history, and as a member of the team for GES130 Christianity and Western Culture. We’re committed to a curriculum that spans the breadth of human experience, including premodern history. And we think that’s all the more important for a Christian liberal arts college, where we want our students to understand the development and context of a faith whose roots stretch back into the ancient world.
But what’s makes the position especially distinctive is that whomever we hire will have the opportunity to shape and then coordinate a new major in Digital Humanities (or DH), teaching introductory and capstone courses and mentoring students as they build digital portfolios through coursework, research projects, and internships.
Thus far shepherded by History professors Chris Gehrz and Sam Mulberry alongside digital library manager Kent Gerber, the proposal for a DH major was the subject of a story in the Bethel Clarion last fall. Gerber described the field in this way:
Regardless of how digital humanities is defined, it is characterized by collaboration, creativity and multiple disciplines… You will see people who know a lot about computers working with people who know a lot about humanities research in archaeology, English literature, history, linguistics, art, communication studies or library and information science.
Gehrz added that the major should appeal strongly to students who have a passion for fields like history but are concerned about finding a career path:
I think there are a lot of students who really do love things like literature and languages and philosophy and history and theology… Yet they have a voice in themselves saying, “What are you going to do with that?” And part of what this [program] does is suggest, “Well, I can study all of these things that I love, and at the same time I’m getting skills that are very useful for any employer.”
Our faculty, students, and alumni have already been experimenting with digital approaches to research and communication. Gehrz and Mulberry have been prolific podcasters and digital filmmakers, and this May Gehrz and student Fletcher Warren ’15 will debut their digital history of Bethel in an age of modern warfare (here’s their project blog). Prof. Diana Magnuson has worked closely with Gerber and students like Warren in digitizing the holdings of Bethel and the Baptist General Conference. And The American Yawp, “a free and online, collaboratively built, open American history textbook” co-edited by History/Social Studies Ed alum Ben Wright ’06, was recently voted Best Use of Digital Humanities for Public Engagement. (Ben spoke to the impact of digital humanities on history as part of our recent interview on applying to graduate school.)
For further details about our ancient-digital position and instructions on how to apply, please see Bethel’sfaculty employment page. Priority will be given to applications received in full by April 7th.
Chris has also written about the job at The Pietist Schoolman

Chair in Quaker Studies at Haverford College

This looks like a nice gig for a scholar of Quakerism.  –JF


Douglas and Dorothy Steere Professorship in Quaker Studies (open rank)
Haverford College, founded in 1833 by Quakers, invites applications for the newly endowed Douglas and Dorothy Steere Professorship in Quaker Studies.  This tenure-line faculty position is open to teacher-scholars at all levels (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) whose scholarly work engages the history, culture, religion, literature, peace building or social activism of the Religious Society of Friends.  The successful candidate will maintain an active research and teaching program that includes opportunities for faculty-student collaboration, preferably utilizing Haverford’s extensive Quaker Collection of manuscripts, organizational records, artifacts, and artwork gathered from the 17thcentury to the present.  Haverford faculty members teach five courses per year, of which the Steere professor will teach at least two courses that substantially address some feature of Quaker Studies within the candidate’s disciplinary or interdisciplinary fields of study.  Additional courses should contribute to one of Haverford’s existing academic departments and/or programs (http://www.haverford.edu/academics/departments_and_programs/).   
Candidates for the position should have a Ph.D. and a strong record of research and teaching.  The position also requires a firm commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and the emerging field of Quaker Studies.  Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications and research and travel money accompany this endowed professorship.
Please submit a cover letter addressing your vision for this new position, a curriculum vitae, a sample syllabus for a course in Quaker Studies, a research statement, a writing sample (published work or work in progress), and arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted to (apply.interfolio.com/27495).  Questions about the application process should be directed to Georgia Davidis Malone, Faculty Dossier Coordinator, Haverford College (gdavidisma@haverford.edu).  To receive full consideration, all application materials should be received in electronic form by December 10, 2014.

Job in European and World History at Montreat College

Anyone interested in working in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains? Patrick Connelly, chair of the Division of Social Sciences at Montreat College, asked me to pass this along.  –JF

Description and Responsibilities: Primary teaching duties include lower and upper level courses in both European and World History. The ability to teach Political Science would be desirable. Other responsibilities include the recruitment, advising, and mentoring of students as well as playing a vital role in program development/expansion within the History Department.

Montreat College is a 4-year, Christian liberal arts college accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer master’s, bachelor’s, and associate’s degrees. The main campus is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains fifteen miles east of Asheville, North Carolina, a region recognized as one of the most attractive living environments in the United States. Satellite campuses in Asheville, Charlotte, and other sites supplement the main campus.

Montreat College is an independent, self-governing college, related to the Presbyterian Church by history, location, and long-standing relationships with the Mountain Retreat Association and the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities. Montreat is committed to Christ-centered teaching and learning and is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. To learn more about Montreat College’s history, mission, vision, and values, please visit: http://www.montreat.edu/about-us/. For more information on the goals and mission of History Department, please visit: http://www.montreat.edu/academics/undergraduate/majors/history/.
Montreat College is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Expectations: Successful candidates will demonstrate a professional and personal commitment to the mission, vision, and values of Montreat College. That commitment includes general support for Christian liberal arts education and the specific ability to integrate faith and the discipline of history in a compelling, thoughtful manner. Teaching excellence and a willingness to serve the broader college community through service and committee work are also expected.

Qualifications: PhD in History strongly preferred. ABD considered.

Application Deadline and Materials: Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Candidates are requested to send the following materials:
1) Letter of Application
2) Curriculum Vitae
3) Transcripts of Undergraduate and Graduate Work
4) Statement of Faith
5) Statement of Philosophy of Christian Higher Education
6) List of Three References with Contact Information
Application Materials May Be Sent To:
Dr. Marshall Flowers, Senior Vice President and Provost
or by mail to:
Dr. Marshall Flowers, Senior Vice President and Provost
Montreat College
c/o History Search Committee
PO Box 1267
Montreat, North Carolina 28757

Job in Non-Western/World History at Messiah College

I have broken my holiday silence to announce that the Messiah College History Department is looking for a one-year lecturer position in World History, starting August 2014.  The official ad will appear in all the usual places in January (please consult that before applying), but I wanted to give you all a preliminary heads up.  If you know anyone who is interested, please pass this along.  I also hope to have some fliers at the AHA meeting in Washington.

And once again, Merry Christmas.

The ad will look something like this:

The Department of History at Messiah College invites applications for a one-year lecturer position in World History beginning August 2014

Teaching responsibilities will include introductory and advanced courses in World History.  Ability to teach non-Western history for both general education and major courses is required.  Evidence of strong commitment to teaching undergraduates in the liberal arts tradition is expected.

Ph.D or A.B.D in History with focus on non-Western world is preferred.

Again, look for the official ad sometime in early January.  My dance card is pretty full at the AHA, but if you are seriously interested and want to chat please let me know.

Early American History Job Opening at Mount Saint Mary’s University

The good folks at “The Mount” have a tenure-track opening in early American history.  This would be a wonderful place to workIf you are interested in teaching in a church-related (Catholic) liberal arts college with great colleagues, I would encourage you to apply.  Personally, it would be great to have another early Americanist on the Route 15 corridor!

The Department of History at Mount St. Mary’s University seeks an outstanding teacher-scholar for the position of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) beginning August 2014. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and research on  Early American History.  The department is particularly interested in candidates with special training in the history of the Atlantic World or the slave trade and slavery.  The department seeks a colleague who will be able to contribute both to advanced undergraduate research in the History major and to the Veritas Program, the university’s common liberal arts curriculum that includes a two-semester sequence of interdisciplinary courses on the American Experience.  Successful candidates will share our commitment to the dignity and solidarity of all persons and the value of intercultural understanding.  Ph.D. is expected; ABD candidates will also be considered.

Mount St. Mary’s University, the second oldest Catholic university in America, seeks faculty members eager to engage and support our Catholic identity.  Application materials should discuss how you might contribute to the University’s Catholic liberal arts mission, how your work engages with the Catholic intellectual tradition, or how your own faith tradition informs your vocation as teacher and scholar. 

Application review will begin on October 15; applications received by this time will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is filled.

The Mount is a comprehensive, nationally recognized Catholic university, where Faith, Discovery, Leadership, and Community describe our collective calling and promise.  The University enrolls 2,300 students and has a 14:1 student to faculty ratio.  We seek to build an inclusive faculty that can engage the interests of an increasingly diverse student population; we welcome applications from minority candidates.  Additional information about Mount St. Mary’s University is available at www.msmary.edu.