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Visiting Assistant Professor of History (U.S. History)

Union College (NY)
Schenectady, New York
$67,000 - $69,000
Date posted
Apr 25, 2024

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

Job Details

The History Department at Union College invites applications for a one-year visiting appointment at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor with an emphasis on US History. This position will begin in Fall 2024. Union College is a leading national liberal arts college deeply committed to undergraduate education.

The college is located in New York’s capital region, a metropolitan area of over one million people. Our region offers affordable, livable neighborhoods and a variety of interesting cultural and recreational opportunities. In addition, New York, Boston, and Montreal are located within a three-hour drive from campus.

The teaching load at Union College is six courses over three trimesters. The candidate would be expected to offer topical or thematic introductory courses at the 100- and 200-levels. Further information about the History Department may be found at

Union offers competitive salary and benefits. For more information on benefits, please visit our website:

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social, and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social, and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, and veteran status. We expect all faculty members to contribute to a thriving, diverse, and inclusive learning community, while promoting a sense of belonging among students, other faculty, and staff colleagues.

Creating and maintaining a welcoming and diverse environment is central to developing a rigorous and informed education in the History Department. We acknowledge that improving the diversity, equity, inclusion, and sense of belonging within the department and across campus is necessarily an ongoing process of growth. Accordingly, department members attend professional development workshops related to DEIB on and off campus, support and mentor diverse students and faculty members, and produce scholarship and teach courses related to DEIB.

Review of applications will begin Wednesday, May 8. Please upload a CV, a cover letter, and a syllabus for a topical or thematic lower-level course to In your cover letter, in addition to describing your research and teaching interests, please also convey how your teaching, scholarship, mentorship and/or community service might support Union’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. This should include a statement about strategies for making the classroom an inclusive environment. Please provide names and contact information for references when you complete the online application. For shortlisted candidates, an email will be sent automatically requesting that the references upload their letter of recommendation to our system. Questions may be directed to Andrea Foroughi, department chair, at

About Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering. We expect all faculty members to contribute to a thriving, diverse, and inclusive learning community, while promoting a sense of belonging among students, other faculty, and staff colleagues. 

As an equal opportunity employer strongly committed to student and workforce diversity, Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and staff or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexuality, gender identity or expression, and veteran status. We strongly encourage applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups.

Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities, upon request.

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.


The annual salary range this position is $67,000 - $69,000. Except for roles with a set rate of pay, the wage/salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The stated hiring rate/range represents the College’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the rate/range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

We offer exceptional benefits including:

  • Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time
  • Winter Recess Break in Addition to Paid Holidays
  • Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Insurance (Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts)
  • Free On-Campus Fitness Facility Access and Discounts for On-Campus Wellness Programs
  • Employee Scholarships toward Certifications, Seminars, Training and Professional Development
  • Pre and Post Tax participation in a 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Salary Continuation Program in the event of Disability
  • Tuition Assistance Program for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents


If you require an accommodation throughout the interview process, please don't hesitate to contact our Human Resources department at or 518-388-6108. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates have equal access to opportunities and can participate in a fair and inclusive hiring process.


Union College of New York

Established in 1795, Union College is located in Schenectady, N.Y., home to 2,050 exclusively undergraduate students and a revitalized city that's part of upstate New York's Capital Region. Union is a 20-minute drive from Albany International Airport, and also within easy reach of New York City and Boston (3 hours). .

We are Union, and we are true to our name.

  • Classic liberal arts and innovative engineering
  • Student and faculty working side-by-side
  • Learning on campus and out in the world
  • A picturesque campus and a vibrant mid-sized city

At Union, things come together in ways that energize our community with opportunities for all.

Why work at Union?

A welcoming community, exceptional benefits, a close-knit and active campus culture, an ideal location and more all make working at Union an experience like no other.

Union College's comprehensive benefits program meets the needs of employees and their families, and promotes healthy lifestyles and enhances the quality of our employees' lives.

Union is home to a dedicated faculty and staff, committed to student success and fostering a friendly, welcoming campus environment.


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