The Department of History at McMurry University invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position. The full-time, non-tenure-track appointment begins August 2020. This one-year appointment may be renewed depending upon department need, funding, and contingent upon successful teaching as evidenced in evaluations by students, department chair, and Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty.
McMurry University is a small, faith-based, liberal arts institution in Abilene, Texas.
ESSENTIALRESPONSIBILITIES: The Visiting Assistant Professor will teach 12 credit hours during both the fall and spring terms. Instruction covers introductory and advanced undergraduate courses. Courses are delivered in a face to face classroom setting.
Principle Professional Standards
Appropriate use of the University’s Learning Management System (LMS): Moodle.
Meet deadlines for submission of early grades, mid-term, and final grades.
Participate in graduation, faculty meetings, general academic assemblies, and other official university functions, as assigned.
Attend and participate in university-wide, campus, department, or other activities and meetings.
Maintain regular office hours to assist students and improve student retention and success.
Recognize and reflect standards of civility and collegiality in all interactions.
Comply with published university policies and procedures and meet professional standards for teaching at the university level.
Principle Responsibilities and Duties
Prepare and teach assigned courses to students based on the department’s approved course learning outcomes, utilizing a variety of instructional strategies appropriate to the needs of students and the standards of the discipline.
Open-door policy for students and colleagues.
Participate actively in departmental responsibilities, including curriculum review and revision, assessment of student learning outcomes at the course and program level, and other departmental activities.
Campus activities and student organization sponsorship.
Evaluate student progress and provide clear, timely feedback reflecting course and program learning outcomes and departmental expectations.
Serve as a mentor to students in the Department of History.
Support university and department goals through active and collegial engagement.
Perform other related tasks as assigned by the department head, dean, and/or VPAA & Dean of the Faculty.
Earned Ph.D. in American History.
The ideal applicant will be a classical military historian who is qualified to teach Civil War, World Wars, American Frontier Expansion, Mexico, and U.S. Survey courses.
Minimum of 1-year teaching experience at the university level with demonstrated ability in the discipline,
Record of teaching excellence; evidenced in evaluations by students and department faculty/chair/deans, etc.
Founded in 1923 as a United Methodist institution, McMurry University is a vibrant and comprehensive center of undergraduate education. McMurry has a national reputation for excellence and value through the achievements of its faculty, students and graduates. The University enrolls more than 1,000 students and has an average class size of 16. No graduate assistants teach courses and 77% of our professors have achieved the highest degree in their academic discipline.
Offering a diverse academic curriculum students can choose from 45 majors in the arts, business, education and the sciences as well as our pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry, engineering, law, pharmacy, physical therapy and others. The three-week May Term gives students an opportunity to explore a subject outside their major, and the Servant Leadership Program teaches students about ethics and helps develop leadership qualities.