The Department of History at Virginia Commonwealth University seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the field of Public History, with a specialization in digital history. Preference will be given to candidates whose research program focuses on the history of race, ethnicity and/or gender. The new public historian will become a core faculty member for the department’s Public History certificate program and will be expected to expand opportunities for student research and community engagement. Teaching responsibilities include courses in Public History and courses in the candidate’s area of expertise.

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in History or related field in hand by August 2020. The candidate should have Public History experience and an established research agenda (including the potential for external funding) that complements and expands existing expertise in the department. The selected candidate must demonstrate an ability to foster a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment while a faculty member at VCU. Strong interpersonal skills that can help advance VCU’s engagement with the Public History community are highly desired.

VCU is a premier urban, public research university focused on academic success. We are proud of our nationally ranked academic programs and academic medical center, research and scholarly productivity, and engagement with the communities we serve and change. Combining the amenities of a major metropolitan area with the charm and convenience of a small historic city, Richmond provides an engaging backdrop for work, play, and study. The College of Humanities and Sciences is the foundation of educational and intellectual life at Virginia Commonwealth University and houses the core disciplines in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The History program at VCU includes both a Bachelors and a Masters program, as well as a graduate certificate program in Public History. For more information visit

We will only accept electronic applications. Please apply online at, and submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and one sample of scholarship with your online application. Three letters of reference are required. Reference providers will be notified by email that they have been asked to provide a reference, with instructions on how to do so. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 16, 2020. We will give priority to complete applications received before October 4, 2019. Questions about the position should be directed to Ms. Kathleen Murphy, HR Coordinator, at Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.