Assistant Professor – 19th Century U.S. History (tenure-track)
The Virginia Military Institute seeks a beginning assistant professor in nineteenth-century U.S. History. Candidates should have a strong commitment to and good preparation for teaching the American Civil War's causes, course, and consequences. Additional teaching responsibilities include both halves of the United States history survey and upper-level courses in nineteenth-century topics that reflect the applicant’s interest and expertise. The most attractive applicants will be those able to offer an array of courses demonstrating innovative approaches to or perspectives on the nineteenth century and the Civil War.
VMI is a public, four–year, undergraduate military college of approximately 1,700 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 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 http://www.vmi.edu .
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:
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. 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.
Minimal requirements include an earned Ph.D. in history by May 2020. If the doctorate is not presently in hand, applicants should specifically address when the defense will be held and the dissertation completed. Initial interviews will be conducted via Skype.
In addition to the materials submitted online, applicants should have three letters of recommendation (including comments on teaching) and samples of scholarship not readily available in electronic format sent directly to: American History 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.
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM, 15 September 2019.
About Virginia Military Institute
VMI is a public, four–year, undergraduate military college of approximately 1,700 students, about half of whom accept commissions in the armed forces upon graduation. Teaching excellence in a liberal arts setting is our first priority. We have approximately 150 History majors but we also teach a required course in World History to the entire corps of cadets. Class size does not exceed 22 students. 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 .