The Department of History at the University of Oregon seeks to hire an advanced associate or full professor specializing in the history of the American West—broadly defined—to hold the Beekman Professorship in Pacific and Northwest History. The successful candidate will demonstrate a record of high-quality scholarship and student-centered teaching, and will be prepared to mentor our diverse and dynamic PhD, MA, and undergraduate students. The department is especially interested in candidates whose teaching, research, and community engagement foreground histories of indigeneity, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. Engagement with the department’s other core strengths in environmental history, Asian/Pacific history, and the history of knowledge and ideas is also welcome. The University of Oregon is committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse institution and seeks candidates with demonstrated potential to contribute to the achievement of this goal.
The incoming Beekman Professor will engage with a growing Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) community on campus. Situated on the traditional homelands and political territories of the Kalapuya people, UO is an emerging center for NAIS comprised of over 40 Indigenous and allied faculty and staff across campus, a strong Native American Student Union, and a tightly knit Longhouse community that advances Indigenous strategic initiatives on campus. In addition to longstanding programs including the Northwest Indian Language Institute, the Tribal Climate Change Project, the Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples lecture series, and the Honoring Tribal Legacies initiative, the past decade has seen the implementation of a Native American and Indigenous Studies undergraduate minor; a tribal liaison position; dedicated recruitment, retention, and advising officers; the NAIS Academic Residential Community; the Indigenous Pre-College Academy Summer Bridge Program; and Illioo Native Theater. Fueled by this growth, UO will launch a NAIS undergraduate major in fall 2021 while also investing in a multi-position NAIS hiring initiative involving the History, Anthropology, English, Environmental Studies, and Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies departments.
Applicants should submit 1) a letter describing their research and teaching interests, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a chapter/article length writing sample, 4) a statement outlining their commitment and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion*, and the names and email addresses of 3 professional references. (References will be contacted should the candidate advance to the interview stage.)
*In evaluating Statements of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the search committee will consider the applicant’s:
Awareness of historical and persistent inequities and barriers faced by underrepresented students and faculty;
Track record (commensurate to career stage) of activities that reduce barriers in education or research for underrepresented students and faculty;
Vision and plans for how their work will contribute to UO’s ongoing efforts to create a more inclusive and diverse society.
Priority will be given to complete applications received by December 1, 2021, but the position will remain open until filled. Applicants can apply for the position listed on the UO Human Resources Current Career Opportunities: Associate/ Full Professor of History (uoregon.edu)
Minimum Requirements • PhD in History or closely related field • Established record of outstanding research and publication on the history of the American West, broadly defined • Established record of excellence in teaching at the college or university level • Demonstrated potential for contributing to UO’s goal of fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion
Internal Number: 527566
About University of Oregon History Department
The Department of History at the University of Oregon is a highly accomplished community of scholars and teachers. Our expertise spans the globe – from the American West and broader North America to Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa, including the Atlantic and Pacific worlds that link many of these regions. Our faculty and graduate students engage in teaching and research projects that foreground histories of environment, indigeneity, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, but range broadly across temporal, geographic, religious, and ideological boundaries.The Department of History offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, MA, and PhD degrees. A group of over two dozen scholars and teachers with a passion for understanding the past in all its dimensions, our distinguished and innovative faculty hold several joint appointments with the Center for Environmental Futures, the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, the School of Global Studies, and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. The department also provides core faculty and courses for the Black Studies, Latinx Studies, Asian Studies, and Native American and Indigenous Studies programs. We pride ourselves on the ...diversity of our faculty and the broad range of our course offerings and research projects.The Department of History offers degrees in both Bachelors of Arts and Bachelors of Science at the undergraduate level as well as Masters of Arts and Doctorates of Philosophy at the graduate level. A group of over two dozen scholars and teachers with a passion for understanding the past in all its dimensions, our distinguished and innovative faculty hold several joint appointments with University administration, the Oregon Humanities Center, and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, to name just a few. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our faculty and the broad range of our course offerings and research projects. We aim to build a sense of intellectual collaboration among members of the department’s learning community and strive to create a climate of inclusion for students, faculty, and staff.
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