Associate (Tenure-Track) or Full Professor U.S. Constitutional History - Chair

Posted Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The Virginia Military Institute seeks a tenure-track associate or full professor for a newly endowed chair in United States Constitutional History, to begin in August 2022.

This position includes significant administrative duties related to a forthcoming core curriculum course in United States Constitutional history. Core curriculum courses are required of all cadets. VMI is committed to ensuring that our graduates possess a thorough grounding in the principles and substance of the United States Constitution, and the successful applicant will play a key role in achieving that goal.

The successful applicant will design the upper-division Constitution course, coordinate other faculty teaching the course, represent the course as a member of VMI’s Core Curriculum Oversight Committee, design and oversee assessment of the course, and coordinate extracurricular speakers and events.

The Department of History’s normal teaching load of nine credit hours per semester will include six credit hours of the new upper-division course in Constitutional History plus three credit hours per semester of an upper-division elective course as mutually agreed with the department head. Enrollments in all courses are capped at 22 or fewer students per section.

Minimum requirements include an earned Ph.D. in United States history and substantial teaching experience bearing directly on the United States Constitution and its history. The most attractive applicants will possess a genuine interest in designing and implementing a core curriculum course and have significant experience managing people and resources. We seek a colleague enthusiastic about joining a vibrant teaching department and expect all our faculty members to maintain active research interests in their topical specialty. The successful candidate, whether hired at the associate or full professor level, will have the potential to embrace an accelerated tenure and (if applicable) promotion clock.

Preliminary Skype interviews with long-list candidates will precede fuller interviews. Normally, the department invites job finalists to VMI for two days of meetings, interviews, and tours, including in this case a teaching demonstration to a pilot upper-division course “American Civic Experience.” If pandemic conditions permit, we will bring finalists to VMI during November or early December; if not, we will interview finalists via videoconference, to include the teaching demonstration.

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 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 on-line at: Associate (Tenure-Track) or Full Professor U.S. Constitutional History - Chair 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.  Samples of scholarship not available in JSTOR may be sent as scanned documents via email to  Please do not mail hard copies of letters of interest, curricula vitae, application forms, or any other application material directly to the department.

Applications will be accepted until midnight, 11 October 2021.

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 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, citizenship status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. 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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