The History Program at Penn State Behrend invites applications for a full-time, tenure-line Assistant Professor position in African American history beginning in the Fall of 2022. We are seeking a colleague who wants a career at a school where both teaching and research are equally valued. The History Program offers an undergraduate major and a minor. The successful candidate must have completed their Ph.D. by the August 2022 start date.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Teach the African American History survey course, the second half of the U.S. survey course (from 1877 to the present), and other courses in their area of expertise
  • Maintain an active research agenda that engages undergraduate students
  • Advise students and provide service to the school, college, and University

Application materials include a letter of application summarizing your experience, teaching philosophy, and research interests, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and a list of three references with contact information. The search committee will begin processing applications on January 10, 2022 and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Penn State Behrend is an undergraduate and graduate college of The Pennsylvania State University. We are situated on a beautiful, wooded, 854-acre hillside campus with four academic schools (Business; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; and Science.) With 4,000 students, we retain the ambience and the focus on teaching of a small college while having access to the research resources of a Big 10, R1 University. We seek faculty members who are committed both to teaching and scholarship and who value and support respect, diversity, and inclusiveness. We pride ourselves on offering our undergraduates real-life, open-laboratory, research experiences. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences has about 70 full-time faculty members, offers nine bachelor’s degrees (Communication; Creative Writing; Digital Media, Arts, and Technology; Elementary and Early Childhood Education; English; General Arts and Sciences; History; Political Science; and Psychology) and one master’s degree (Applied Clinical Psychology.) The school is also home to the languages and the arts. The School supports a growing, all-campus interest in research that addresses issues of women’s health or energy & sustainability.

Erie, Pennsylvania, a metropolitan area on Lake Erie, with more than a quarter of a million people, is a major tourism, medical, industrial, and service area two hours from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo. We offer four seasons with cultural, sports, and recreational resources available year ‘round. Our summers are known for festivals, miles of beaches, and water sports, while our winters provide ample opportunity for snow sports. Erie’s cost of living is modest, housing is affordable, and there are four other colleges in the region.

Workforce diversity, cultural inclusiveness, and employment equity are deeply rooted in Penn State’s historic mission. Just as we are committed to being a diverse educational environment, we are also committed to being a diverse working community. As a community, we endeavor to be a mixture of cultural backgrounds, life experiences, individual perspectives, and numerous other characteristics that add variety and vitality to the workplace.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Date posted: December 7, 2021