Mississippi State University invites nominations and applications
for qualified candidates as the Frank and Virginia Williams Endowed
Chair of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Studies. The university
seeks an experienced, creative, and nationally-recognized scholar
who values Lincoln’s legacy in shaping the nation in the 19th
century and beyond. The Frank and Virginia Williams Chair will be a
tenured position, with Chair responsibilities assigned within the
University Libraries. Tenure will reside within the Department of
History in the College of Arts and Sciences, as the disciplinary
background of the Chair will be as a nationally recognized
historian of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era. The Chair will
develop a strong collaborative relationship with the Ulysses S.
Grant Presidential Library. These important collections document
the lives of two American presidents during the Civil War and
Reconstruction eras. In addition to producing scholarship on these
important subjects, the Williams Endowed Chair will work with the
University and the Library to promote the use of the manuscripts,
artifacts, and book collections of the Williams Collection of
Lincolniana, as well as to create appropriately contextualized
exhibitions in the Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of
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The Mitchell Memorial Library on the main Starkville campus houses
the official Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and Museum and
the Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana. The
Library is an active institutional member of the Association of
Southeastern Research Libraries. For more information about the
university libraries please visit http://library.msstate.edu/
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research, land-grant university with a mission to provide access
and opportunity to all sectors of Mississippi’s diverse population,
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Area of Specialization:
Frank and Virginia Williams Collection
Anticipated Appointment Date:
February 1, 2022
Tenure Track Status:
12-month tenured position
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The Chair will be responsible for managing the Williams Collection
of Lincolniana at the University Libraries, working with Library
associates to ensure growth in reference, collection development,
acquisition and access, description, digitization and storage of
the Collection as well as curatorial responsibilities related to
the exhibits of the Frank and Virginia Williams Gallery. The
Williams Chair will assist the ongoing development of the Frank and
Virginia Williams Lecture Series on Abraham Lincoln and Civil War
Studies. The Chair will be expected to ensure courses have been
developed in their academic area of specialty utilizing the
Williams Collection, in concert with the History Department,
African American Studies program, or other academic units. For more
information on the Lincoln collection, please visit
https://library.msstate.edu/williamscollection. For more
information on the Department of History and on the African
American Studies Program please visit
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- A Doctoral degree in History or a closely related field is
required. The candidate will possess credentials and experience to
qualify for the rank of Associate Professor or Professor in a
discipline within History or a related field.
- Must demonstrate a strong recognition of and commitment to
MSU’s status as a land-grant institution and research
- Must possess a research agenda and a record of published
scholarship in Lincoln and Civil War studies to merit consideration
for tenure at the rank of associate professor or professor within
the Department of History.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with the academic,
research, and service efforts of the university, as well as
external constituencies and stakeholders.
- Minimum of six years of significant scholarship and instruction
in an academic environment.
- Knowledge of current trends in the archival, library, or museum
- Ability to set and adjust priorities in a dynamic and changing
- Ability to carry out professional research and service
necessary to meet Department of History and university requirements
for promotion and tenure.
• A strong record of nationally and internationally recognized
scholarship in the Civil War era.
• An exceptional network of peer relationships in Lincoln, U.S.
Grant, and Civil War historians.
• Exceptional leadership skills and the ability to work effectively
with university faculty and academic administrators across the
academy to build effective relationships and foster a collaborative
environment that facilitates research and teaching
• Library, archives, or museum collection management experience;
strong management skills.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and to continuing programs
to achieve inclusion among faculty and staff; and to provide
services that meet the needs of a diverse population of students
• Ability to actively promote the Frank and Virginia Williams
Collection of Lincolniana.
Instructions for Applying:
Link to apply: http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants
will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,
color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age,
sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender
identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status
protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and
applications from women, members of any minority group, and others
who share our passion for building a diverse community that
reflects the diversity in our student population.
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