Assistant Professor of Chinese/East Asian History (tenure-track)

Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
May 18, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

VMI seeks a beginning assistant professor for a tenure-track position in East Asian history with a focus on China. Candidates with training in any temporal or geographical East Asian specialty are welcome, but applicants should be prepared to teach at least one course on Communist China and have Chinese language competency. The most attractive applicants will be those able to offer an array of upper-division courses demonstrating innovative approaches to or perspectives on the history of East Asia. The position also includes responsibility for teaching the Institute’s two-semester core-curriculum World History sequence; candidates should be prepared to demonstrate their interest in and ability to do so. The teaching load is 3/3, with sections limited to a maximum of 22 students.

Minimum requirements include an earned Ph.D. in history by May 2022. 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 Zoom, with on-campus visits (pandemic permitting) to follow.

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 a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and an unofficial transcript of all graduate course work on-line at:

Assistant Professor of Chinese/East Asian 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.  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.

Job will remain open until filled.

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.