The Department of History at Western Carolina University is searching for an Assistant Professor of Early American History. This is a 9-month tenure-track appointment to begin in the 2022-2023 academic year. We seek candidates who can contribute to our public history program and enhance our offerings in related programs, including – but not limited to – Native American and Indigenous Studies, Global Black Studies, International Studies, and/or Latinx Studies. All full-time faculty in our department teach a 3/3 course load of lower-level liberal studies courses as well as upper-level/graduate courses. The WCU History Department remains committed to the academic and civic value of diversity in education.

Western Carolina University is a 12,000 student campus in the University of North Carolina system that offers more than 120 areas of study for undergraduates and more than 50 graduate-level programs. WCU is committed to the Boyer model of scholarship, the stewardship of place, integrated learning, and engagement. The campus is located in a beautiful mountain setting between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville, North Carolina, and only minutes from Cherokee, NC and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Minimum Qualifications:
Ph.D. from accredited institution in History; ABD considered.

Degree must be from an appropriately accredited institution.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference for subfields that complement current department offerings. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Thank you for your interest in this position. To be considered, you must apply online at Online submissions must include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, a teaching philosophy, and a list of three references with full contact information.

In addition, please submit three letters of recommendation to Dr. Andrew Denson, Search Committee Chair, History Department, 286 Central Drive, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723.

Sample teaching materials such as syllabi may be asked for at a later date.

Review of applications will begin on or about February 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

For questions or additional information, please contact the search committee chair Dr. Andrew Denson at 828-227-3867 or or the chair of the department Dr. Alex Macaulay at 828-227-3497 or

Carnegie Statement:

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. In order to receive educational credit, degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at Unless otherwise noted, degree must be obtained prior to start date.

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Application deadline: February 1, 2022

Date posted: December 22, 2021