PRIMARY DUTY:   To teach lower-division courses in American history, including general education courses in US history to 1877 and US History since 1877, and upper-division courses in American history, including African-American and/or Latin-American history courses depending upon the qualifications of the faculty member and the needs of the department.  Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching within a comprehensive state university, engagement in student and university service, and the promise of scholarly achievement.

1.      Teach American history survey General Education course(s)
2.      Teach upper division courses in African-American history and/or Latin-American History
3.      Scholarly research in academic field
4.      Department service, including student organization assistance and sponsorship
5.      University service, including committee work
6.      Student advisement and support

        Education:  ABD or Doctoral degree in History
        Certification/License: n/a
        Experience: College-level teaching experience in American history preferred
        Skills: Teaching ability in American history and scholarly research in the field

        Skills: Teaching ability and scholarly research in African-American history or Latin-American history

WORKING CONDITIONS:  The position entails classroom instruction in general education and major courses in classes typically ranging from 15 to 75 students.  Faculty maintain regular office hours within the department area to support students. 


EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS USED:  Faculty are issued a personal laptop.  All classrooms are technology-enhanced (document stations, video equipment, wireless Internet access).               

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Ability to meet essential classroom functions

COMMUNITY: Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, Missouri, a community of 12,000 with a diverse economy, and a strong industrial base. Maryville is located 45 miles north of St. Joseph, Missouri and 90 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri. For more information visit the website at

COLLEGE: The College of Arts and Sciences is one of three academic colleges at Northwest. Comprised of five departments and 16 academic areas, the College offers 104 different major and minor programs. The College is the home of Northwest’s General Education program and serves all students across campus, regardless of their major. For more information visit our website at

DEPARTMENT: The department of Humanities and Social Sciences offers majors and minors in Criminology, Emergency & Disaster Management, Geography, Geographic Information Science, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Political Science, and Social Studies-History Education.  In addition, minors are offered in Public History & Museum Studies, International Studies, and Criminal Justice.  The department offers a certification program in Social Studies-History Education in cooperation with the College of Education and the Professional Education Unit. For more information visit our website at

UNIVERSITY: With an enrollment of about 7,100 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location at the Northland Innovation Center and through Northwest Online.

Founded in 1905, Northwest places a high emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart on their careers. Students have opportunities to build their résumés with experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, including the Horace Mann Laboratory School, National Public Radio affiliate KXCV, the R.T. Wright Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area or Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.

The University is a national model for student success and career placement. In addition, 97 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data. Zippia, a career website, names Northwest the best college in Missouri for getting a job.

Furthermore, its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the nation, saving students an estimated $7,400 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program. Designated the Missouri Arboretum, the Northwest campus was named one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.”

For more information about Northwest and its performance, visit

SALARY: Competitive, based upon market

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be reviewed beginning December 15, 2019 or until the position is filled

DATE AVAILABLE: August 10, 2020
TO APPLY: Please fill out a Northwest application online by clicking to reach our employment opportunities listing. You will also need to submit a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for three references in order for your application materials to be complete. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 660-562-1127 or email for more information.

APPLICATION MATERIALS: A complete application consists of: 1) a letter describing your teaching experience and suitability for the position; 2) a current resume; 3) academic transcripts; and 4) three letters of reference including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses to contact. 

       Dr. Dawn Gilley, Chair
        Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
        Northwest Missouri State University
        800 University Drive
        Maryville, MO 64468
        (660) 562-1290