The Department of History invites applications and nominations for the position of Department Chair, beginning fall semester 2019. Department chairs at the University of Delaware serve five-year terms with the possibility of renewal. The Chair will lead a department of 30 full-time faculty with approximately 300 undergraduate majors as well as a graduate program that averages fifty masters and doctoral students. Alongside executive duties, the Chair will support faculty in their research and teaching needs and represent the Department’s interests to the administration and the wider community. Candidates should be scholars with successful records in academic and administrative leadership. A PhD and the rank of full professor are required. We encourage applications from all candidates with a record of outstanding scholarly achievement, regardless of geographical or methodological focus.

Centrally located in the New York-Washington research corridor, the University of Delaware is one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education. Combining tradition with innovation, the University provides the Department with a supportive environment for research and teaching.  The faculty is a productive group of engaged teacher-scholars with international reputations. The Department’s traditional strengths lie in US history, material culture, history education, and the history of technology and capitalism, but it supports a broad research program that also includes European and world history. As one of the University’s leading departments for graduate studies, the Department hosts its own doctoral program in US and non-US history, while also partnering with the Winterthur Museum and the Hagley Museum and Library to offer renowned programs in American Civilization and the Hagley Program. The Department also houses the Museum Studies Program, which serves both graduate and undergraduate students throughout the College of Arts and Sciences and has a national reputation for its public service. The Department embraces the University’s larger mission of interdisciplinary study through campus-wide initiatives in material culture, digital humanities, and African American Public Humanities. The Department looks for dynamic leadership in the future to build on a long history of sound administration and collegiality.

Using the Interfolio® online system at UD (, applicants are asked to create and upload a single document that includes a cover letter, a c.v., and the names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on receipt and continue until the position is filled. 

Please direct questions to History Chair Search Committee chair Dr. Lu Ann De Cunzo at

The University of Delaware recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the experience of its employees and in supporting its academic mission.  We are committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and we strongly encourage applications from educators from under-represented groups. UD provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.