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Visiting Assistant Professor of History of the American South

Rhodes College
Tennessee, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jan 3, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, History
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Title:Visiting Assistant Professor of History of the American SouthDepartment:HistoryJob Description:

The Department of History at Rhodes College invites applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor in the history of the nineteenth- or early twentieth-century American South on a 12-month contract, to begin August 2024.

The College recently received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create an Institute for Race and Social Transformation that supports scholarship and teaching around issues of race and injustice in Memphis and the Mid-South region. The successful candidate will coordinate the Justice and Remembrance Project, a digital history project that involves working with two local community partners—one that marks the sites of lynching victims in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee (Lynching Sites Project of Memphis) and the other an organization committed to preserving a large historic Black cemetery (Zion Community Project).

Qualified candidates will have training in history, Africana Studies, or a related discipline and will be able to offer courses in at least two of the following areas: lynching and racial violence, law and justice, the Jim Crow era, public history, digital history, or public memory/monuments. As important, the successful candidate must be committed to advancing their own scholarship in the context of a liberal arts college, strengthening the college’s partnerships with the above community organizations, and teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. Candidates must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. in History, Africana Studies, or a related field by August 2024.

Teaching and research will be supported by the Mellon grant for at least two years. Teaching responsibilities will include two courses a year. Possibilities for additional research support include summer research funds and travel funds.

Rhodes is a nationally ranked residential college committed to the liberal arts and sciences. Our highest priorities are intellectual engagement, service to others, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and honor among ourselves. Our students live and learn on one of the country’s most beautiful campuses, located in the heart of Memphis, an economic, medical, and culturally diverse center, making Rhodes one of a handful of prominent liberal arts colleges in a major metropolitan area.

Rhodes College prides itself on being a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and anti-discrimination.

A complete application will include 1) a cover letter that addresses the strengths the candidate will bring as a teacher and scholar to a liberal arts college environment; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a separate statement that addresses how the candidate’s experiences with teaching, scholarship, and/or service will contribute to a college community that includes a commitment to diversity and inclusion as one of its core values.

Review of completed applications will begin February 15, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates from backgrounds typically underrepresented in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply. Letters of recommendation will only be solicited for short-listed applicants, at which time you will be prompted for the names and contact information for three (3) references. Background checks are required before candidates can be brought to campus for interviews.


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