Assistant Professor in Environmental History - (Tenure-Track)

Posted Saturday, September 5, 2020

The Virginia Military Institute seeks a tenure-track assistant professor trained in environmental history, beginning in August 2021. Applications from candidates with a primary focus on any temporal or geographic field except the United States are welcome; applicants taking transnational or inter-disciplinary approaches are especially encouraged. The most attractive applicants will be those able to offer an array of upper-division courses demonstrating innovative approaches to or perspectives on environmental history. Other teaching responsibilities include both halves of VMI's Core Curriculum course in World History. Teaching load: 3 courses per semester; enrollment is capped at 22 students or fewer per section.

Minimum requirements include an earned Ph.D. in history by May 2021. If the doctorate is not presently in hand, applicants should specifically address when the defense will be held and the dissertation completed. Teaching experience is desirable. Applicants should demonstrate a genuine interest in being part of a vibrant teaching department that is responsible for a required two-semester core curriculum World History course. We expect our faculty members to continue demonstrating active research interests in their topical specialty, to include working in relevant foreign languages. 

Initial interviews will be conducted via Skype. Closing Date: 1 November 2020.

VMI is a public, four–year, undergraduate military college of approximately 1,700 students, about half of whom accept commissions as officers in the armed forces upon graduation.  Teaching excellence in a liberal arts setting is our first priority.  Faculty members who are United States citizens wear uniforms and adhere to military customs, but military experience among the faculty is neither required nor expected.  For more information about VMI and the Department of History, please visit our web site at

Applicants must complete an online state application and submit letters of interest, curricula vitae, and an unofficial transcript of all graduate course work at: Assistant Professor in Environmental History - (Tenure-Track) Job Application

In addition to the materials submitted online through this website, applicants should have three letters of recommendation (including comments on teaching) submitted via InterFolio Dossier or via email (as scanned letterhead documents) sent to  Samples of scholarshiop not readily available in electronic format (e.g., JSTOR) may be sent as scanned documents via email to the same email address.  Please do not mail hard copies of letters of interest, curricula vitae, application forms, or any other related material directly to the department. 

Applications will be accepted until Midnight, 12 October 2020.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal education and employment opportunities, VMI encourages women, minorities, disabled individuals, and veterans to apply. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are also encouraged to apply. VMI will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with documented disabilities to ensure equal access and equal opportunities with regard to employment, educational opportunities, programs and services.


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