Assistant Professor Chinese/World History (full-time)
July 24, 2013
The Virginia Military Institute seeks a beginning assistant professor in Chinese history. Candidates should be well prepared to teach at least one course on China since 1949, but additional topical courses in pre-Republican periods are most welcome. Other teaching responsibilities include both halves of the VMI Core Curriculum course in World History. The most attractive applicants will be those who are genuinely interested in participating in this vibrant Core Curriculum program, while also demonstrating active research interests in Chinese history.
The departmental teaching load is 3 sections per semester, of which 2 are normally World History. Maximum enrollment in History courses never exceeds 22 students, with some sophomore-, junior- and senior-level seminars capped at lower numbers.
Minimal requirements include an earned Ph.D. in history by May 2014. Teaching experience is essential. Letters of recommendation that can comment concretely on teaching will be most helpful. If the doctorate is not presently in hand, applicants should specifically address when the defense will be held and the dissertation completed. Closing date: 5:00 p.m. EDT, Friday 18 October 2013. Initial interviews will be held via “Skype,” with follow-up interviews at the AHA Convention in Washington D.C.
We anticipate that this will become a tenure track position. The initial funding, however, comes from a special private endowment known as the Jackson-Hope Fund and is defined as a five-year position. We cannot guarantee conversion, but of the sixteen Jackson-Hope positions for which the initial five year term has been completed, all have been converted to tenure-track lines.
About VMI: VMI is a public, four–year, undergraduate military college of approximately 1,500 students, about half of whom accept commissions in the armed forces upon graduation. Teaching excellence in a liberal arts setting is our first priority. Faculty members wear uniforms and adhere to military customs, but military experience among faculty is neither required nor expected. The school is the principal institutional sponsor of The Journal of Military History. We are located in Lexington, adjacent to Washington and Lee University, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley region. For more information about VMI and the Department of History, please visit our Web site at http://www.vmi.edu .
Applicants must submit letters of interest and curricula vitae on-line at:
However, applicants should also have three letters of recommendation, an unofficial transcript of all graduate course work, and samples of scholarship not readily available in electronic format sent directly to: Search Committee, Department of History, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA 24450. Please do not mail hard copies of letters of interest, curricula vitae or application forms directly to the department.
In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, VMI encourages women, minorities, disabled individuals and veterans to apply.
Closing Date: 10 October 2013