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Distinguished Professor, Hall Chair in American History
University of Kansas

  • Jan. 11, 2018
  • Distinguished Professor, Hall Chair in American History
  • History
  • University of Kansas
    Lawrence, KS
    United States
  • 15-Oct-2017
  • 18-Aug-2018
  • Endowed/Distinguished Professor
  • History - U.S. Colonial
    History - African American
    History - General
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Position Overview

The University of Kansas seeks a distinguished professor in pre-20th century U.S. history. This position is a full-time, academic year appointment. The distinguished professor may hold any specialization within a pre-20th century U.S. history with a preference for any or all of the following fields; Environmental/Indigenous/Borderlands/the Trans-Mississippi West. The distinguished professor should have a prominent national and international reputation for research and publication. The distinguished professor will maintain an active research agenda in pre-20th century U.S. history leading to publication in appropriate venues. The distinguished professor will participate in the teaching mission of the History Department, including teaching courses at all levels and provide evidence of outstanding teaching abilities as well as advise graduate and undergraduate students. The distinguished professor must have demonstrated experience in constructing or contributing to a diverse and inclusive learning environment. The distinguished professor should be significantly engaged in other professional activities and will contribute service to the department, College, University, and nation. It is expected that distinguished professor will hold an earned Ph.D., and be a tenured professor (or have equivalent credentials).

The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: to four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World: (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and (4) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. For more information, see

Job Description

50% Research:
Conduct research in area of expertise.
Develop and maintain an active research program, which earns national and international recognition and expands the frontiers of knowledge and culture.
Publish and disseminate research through scholarly, peer-reviewed publications as well as other venues that reflect scholarly effort and achievement.
Act as a positive example of responsible scholarship for students and developing scholars.

30% Teaching/Advising:
Teach three courses/academic year in the History Department; courses may be cross-listed or cross-referenced with other departments.
Develop curricular programs in American history and other aspects of historical study.
Prepare for class meetings and apply continual effort to be engaged with the historical discipline and convey its value to the students.
Responsible for making suitable alternative arrangements for class, in case of absence.
Develop assignments, administer tests, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, and assign grades.
Hold regular office hours or be available for consultation by students.
Advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students.
Adhere to department, College, and University policies, in regard to instructional duties.
20% Service:
Participate in appropriate professional service activities at the regional, national and international levels.
Serve the Department, College and University on committees and projects.
Professional Conduct:

The distinguished professor is expected to treat students, colleagues and staff with professional courtesy and to respect their rights. The distinguished professor is expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through: (a) descriptions of research agenda and teaching philosophy in letter of application, (b) record of accomplishments and productivity included in curriculum vitae, and © information provided from three professional references.
Ph.D. in history or related field of study.
Current tenured professor status or equivalent credentials.
Demonstrated ability to teach beginning and advanced courses in specialty.
A record of excellence in teaching, advising and contributing to a diverse and inclusive learning environment, as evidenced by teaching philosophy statement and/or reference letters.
A significant record of research and commitment to excellence in research as evidenced by publications, externally funded research grants and/or awards, and an active research agenda.
Eligibility for appointment with tenure at the distinguished professor level, specifically: a distinguished international reputation for research and publication in pre-20th century American history; significant engagement in other professional activities; and evidence of outstanding teaching abilities.

Contact Information to Applicants

Amanda Contreras, 785-864-9442,

Additional Candidate Instruction

A completed application will include:
Cover letter
Curriculum vitae
Statement of current and future research interests
Statement of teaching interests and philosophy
The names and contact information for three professional references.

Review of applications begins on October 15, 2017 and continues as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants. To ensure consideration, apply before the application review date.

  • The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information and retaliation in the University’s programs and activities. Access to information regarding equal opportunity and diversity worksite posters is available at or you may contact 785-864-4946 or for alternate access options. Any inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY

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