Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is a dynamic and vibrant four-year public college located in the beautiful Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts. Founded in 1894, MCLA is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college of the Massachusetts State University System. MCLA is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), a national consortium positioned at the forefront of the conversation on the value of a liberal arts education. MCLA is on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2015. The ranking cites colleges that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost. The College was again named to the President’s Honor Roll for Service by the Corporation for National and Community Service in 2015.

Job Description:

The Department of History, Political Science and Public Policy at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a full-time, fully benefited, tenure-track assistant professorship in United States History pre 1877, beginning September 1, 2018. We would strongly prefer a specialization in African American history. Interests in public history and/or digital history considered a plus.

Successful candidates must demonstrate excellence in teaching and have a commitment to developing and expanding the department’s curriculum and programming. Student advisement, scholarly activity, and participation in college, professional, and community service, including the Core (general education) are expected.


Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in history by time of appointment; have demonstrated teaching success, preferably in a liberal arts environment; and have the capacity to teach a wide range of courses in American history including survey-level courses (both halves of the U.S. survey), and upper level courses and seminars in the candidate’s areas of interest. We will consider candidates who are ABD with a firm date of completion.

This position has a 4-4 (12 credits per semester) teaching load.

Additional Information:

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its educational programs, activities and employment practices. The college complies with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations advancing equal employment. Applicants who will enrich the diversity of the campus community are strongly encouraged to apply. Visit

Application Instructions:

Applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, C.V., a statement of teaching and research interests and sample syllabi by clicking the here

Additionally, as part of the application process, please have references send reference letters to or by mail:

Human Resources
375 Church Street
North Adams, MA 01247

For best consideration please apply by November 1, 2017. The department plans to screen applicants at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC Jan. 4-7, 2018.