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Visiting Assistant Professor - Department of History, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 21, 2024

The History Department in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of History with an area of specialization in Public History starting August 16, 2024. This is a 9-month, full-time position with full benefits. The initial appointment is for two years with the possibility of a 1-year renewal.

The teaching load is five courses over the course of the academic year. The successful candidate will be expected to teach classes that complement the History Department’s current offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including in public history, historic preservation, local history research methods, cultural resource management and in their other area(s) of expertise. 

The WVU History Department coordinates a dynamic and successful number of programs: the BA, MA, and PhD in History, MA in Public History, the graduate certificate in Cultural Resource Management, and the BA in Social Studies Secondary Education. The Public History program was started in 1979 and prepares MA and PhD students for a wide range of careers in museums, building and site preservation, archives and libraries, historic site preservation and interpretation, federal government, consultancy work, development, and administration. The Cultural Resource Management certificate curriculum complements the Public History M.A. curriculum and is open to those outside of the history discipline. The program trains students in federal laws and legal compliance, cultural resource and materials management, and historic preservation. Through partnerships with the National Park Service, campus museums and archives, the West Virginia Department of Culture and History, and local and regional entities, the Public History program provides professional hands-on experiences for students.

WVU is a R1 research land grant university located within 90 minutes of Pittsburgh and 3.5 hours from the Washington/Baltimore area. Morgantown has been recognized as one of the most livable small cities in the U.S. There are extensive recreational opportunities, excellent public schools, and a supportive University environment in which to develop a visible and productive career. The WVU Dual Career Program is available to assist candidates with suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners.

Qualifications :

The successful candidate will contribute to the graduate programs in History and Public History, the graduate certificate program in Cultural Resource Management, as well as the undergraduate program in History. The successful candidate must 1) hold a Ph.D. in History by time of appointment. 2) Demonstrate ability to teach public history and cultural resource management courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. 3) Have at least one of the following.
  • A minimum of two years of experience working for a federal agency, a state historic preservation office, or an NGO (e.g. UNESCO).
  • Has secured federal grants or contracts.
  • Hands-on development of Historic Resource Studies, Administrative Histories, Interpretive Plans, or National Historic Landmark or National Register nominations.
4) Demonstrate potential for coordinating with local, regional, and national agencies to provide professional experience for undergraduate and graduate students.

To apply, please upload (1) a cover letter describing your research and teaching interests (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) complete contact information for three professional references. Additional material may be requested at a later date. The screening process will begin April 1, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please visit our website or contact the chair of the search committee, Melissa Bingmann ( ).

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley — the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.

Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic learning environment is core to WVU’s academic mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches and experiences.

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West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

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