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Chairperson, Department of History

East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina
Commensurate with Qualifications
Posted Date
Nov 4, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, History
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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East Carolina University

Chairperson, Department of History
Vacancy #:  936422
Recruitment Range:  Commensurate with Qualifications
Closing Date:  11/28/2022

Organizational Unit Overview
East Carolina University (, a member of the 17-campus University of North Carolina System, is classified as a Doctoral/Research-Intensive University. It participates in Division I NCAA athletics and enrolls around 29,000 students, with over 5,500 pursuing graduate and professional degrees, including in education, medicine, and dental medicine. ECU is located in Greenville, NC (pop. 95,000 with a metropolitan population of over 170,000), a university town 90 miles east of the Research Triangle Park and 80 miles west of the Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese, NC, a research facility led by ECU. 

A thriving regional center for education, health, and the arts, Greenville is a great place to live, work, play, and visit. It has a cost of living more than 10 percent below the national average and boasts a vibrant Uptown district with restaurants, breweries, and shopping. Greenville hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year and offers numerous recreational opportunities, including access to the Tar River, over nine miles of greenways, nearly 30 parks and recreational facilities, and a growing arts scene.

The Department of History in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina University is composed of 21 full-time faculty members. It offers a BA in history, a minor in history, a minor in public history, an MA in history, and MA in maritime studies. The department also maintains a close relationship with the interdisciplinary major in African and African American Studies, which is also housed in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. 

The Department of History and its Maritime Studies Program work closely with their community through numerous history-related organizations, from local historical societies to international projects. Amongst others these include the Pitt County Historical Society, the Eastern Carolina Village and Farm Museum, the Ayden Historical and Arts Society, and the Dr. James E. Shepard Digital StoryMap Project. Faculty members in the Maritime Studies Program participate in diverse research initiatives, such as the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab and Underwater Archaeology Branch, the Africa to Carolina Project of the NC African American Heritage Commission, the NOAA, the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency, and the UNESCO UNITWIN Underwater Archaeology Network.

Job Duties
The Department of History seeks to fill the position of chair at the rank of associate or full professor, with an anticipated start date of no later than July 1, 2023. This is a 12-month position. Primary responsibilities for this position include: overseeing administration and leadership of the department; leading implementation of the department’s five-year strategic plan; promoting excellence in faculty research and teaching; mentoring faculty members; assisting in efforts to secure external funding; ensuring quality, integrity, and growth of student degree programs; supporting departmental, college, and university policies and standards; fostering collegial relations in departmental governance; and effectively representing the department to internal and external constituents. The chair is expected to spend at least 50% of their time on administration and leadership duties, with the remaining 50% devoted to research, teaching, and service.

Minimum Education/Experience
Qualifications for the position include: (1) a Ph.D. in history or a closely related discipline; (2) a strong and continuing record of scholarly publications and productivity, commensurate with an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor; (3) demonstrated excellence in teaching and service; (4) administrative experience or evidence of management skills commensurate with the position; and (5) a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Special Instructions to Applicant
Applications must be submitted online at and should include: (1) a curriculum vitae; (2) a letter of interest that includes a statement of administrative philosophy and experience; a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a description of current research and teaching interests; (3) the names of and contact information for three current references, and (4) a separate document outlining the candidate’s vision for the future of the Department of History. Applications will be accepted through November 27, 2022. Screening will begin November 28, 2022. We will ask top candidates to have three reference letters sent to the Search Committee Chair via email within 7 days of notification. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Official transcripts and three official letters of reference are required upon employment. 

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities for all, the Department of History actively encourages members from all underrepresented groups in higher education to submit applications. For questions, please contact Dr. Derek Maher, or (252) 328-5332. 

Additional Instructions to Applicant
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Application Types Accepted
Applications must be received in the Department of Human Resources by the closing date of 11/28/2022 to be considered.  Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy # 936422 to ECU Human Resources at

Eligibility for Employment
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. If highest degree earned is from an institution outside of the U.S. and its territories, final candidates are required to have their degree validated as equivalent to the degree conferred by a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.

East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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