Overview

The Department of History, a vibrant department with a strong teaching and publication tradition, is announcing a tenure-track position, beginning fall 2018. Whitworth is a Presbyterian affiliated university located in Spokane, Washington, the second largest city in the State of Washington.

THE POSITION
Whitworth University seeks an Assistant Professor of Early and 19th Century American History with required expertise in Latin American or African American history for a full-time position (7 courses annually) in the Department of History. We would prefer to offer a range of courses in American history that cover not just the founders or European immigrants but also the experiences of Native Americans and African Americans, as well as U.S. interaction with Latin America. There is a possibility of teaching in Whitworth’s signature Core Worldview Studies, United States Cultural Studies, Latin American studies, and/or Women’s and Gender Studies programs. Clearly demonstrated interest or expertise in the Digital Humanities would be highly valued.

PRIMARY TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES:
Reporting to the Chair of the Department of History, teach an annual seven-course load with a primary specialization in Early and 19th Century American History. The teaching assignment consists of three courses in the fall, three courses in the spring, and a course in Jan-term. Course assignments include lower division courses on U.S. history, as well as upper-division courses in areas of specialization. Secondarily, the department has an established interest in Public History, internships, including regular placements at the Smithsonian Institute, and service-learning. Faculty members are expected to identify and implement such opportunities in their respective fields.

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES:
Participation in departmental activities and governance; scholarly publication; professional and research activities including state, regional and national professional associations; and faculty assemblies, development days, retreats, committees, and advising.

QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Ph.D. in American (U.S.) History, with a preferred emphasis in Early and 19th Century America. ABD in this field will be considered at the rank of Instructor.
  • Excellent potential as a teacher possessing strong relational skills with students and colleagues.
  • Skill in the use of technology in the classroom.
  • Demonstrated potential for research and scholarship that results in scholarly publication.
  • Demonstrated awareness of and commitment to effectively establishing relationships and positive communications across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, sexual orientation, physical limitations, class, or religious perspectives.
  • Commitment to diversity and equity, and understanding of ways in which instruction and disciplinary/educational/workplace trends can be critical to matters of justice and inclusion.
  • A personal commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith and learning.
  • A commitment to equal opportunity and a commitment to the educational mission of Whitworth University as a Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church.
  • Employment offer is contingent on a successful background check, including education verification.

APPLICATION PROCESS
The following documents are required to complete the online application, www.whitworth.edu/jobs
1. A letter of interest.
2. Resume/curriculum vitae, including contact information for three references.
3. Sample of your scholarly writing.
4. A short personal essay characterizing your Christian faith. (For expanded guidelines, please see www.whitworth.edu/facultyfaithessay.)
5. Two letters of recommendation sent directly by recommenders or a third-party service such as Interfolio. (Letters may be e-mailed directly to Human Resources: eforman@whitworth.edu.)

Please direct questions about the application process to Human Resources ( eforman@whitworth.edu). Please direct questions about the position to the search committee chair, Dr. Anthony Clark at aclark@whitworth.edu or Dr. Dale Soden at dsoden@whitworth.edu.