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Ferrum College
  • Position Number: 1160042
  • Location: Ferrum, VA
  • Position Type: Liberal Arts - History

Two-year Visiting Assistant Professor of World History - Williams Professorship in History

The School of Arts and Humanities at Ferrum College invites applications and nominations for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor of World History with a primary expertise in African or Asian history, chronological focus open. We are particularly interested in a broadly trained historian with additional foci in trade, borderlands studies, migration studies, history of climate and disease, or colonialism. The History program at Ferrum College offers a diverse selection of history courses drawn from major regions of the world over varying time periods. Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills and understand the historical development of different cultures, essential skills for both work in history and informed citizenship. Faculty teach a 4/4 teaching load, with optional experiential May term (eTerm). The successful candidate will be expected to have a Ph.D. by August 2018 and must demonstrate a record of college or university teaching experience.

Responsibilities: TEACHING: The dynamic faculty member will teach survey courses, as well as upper division courses for history and social studies majors. Our faculty serve as mentors and advisors to our students and supervise internships. All candidates must provide evidence of ability to teach effectively at the undergraduate level and possess a commitment to a robust liberal studies education. SCHOLARSHIP: A successful candidate will provide evidence of ongoing scholarship, publication, and/or presentation activity through appropriate professional venues and involvement in scholarly projects. SERVICE: Our faculty fully participate in leadership activities and fulfill leadership roles pertaining to faculty governance at the College-wide, School, Program, and disciplinary level.

A comprehensive review of applications will begin immediately; unless noted otherwise in the description below, the position will remain open until filled. Ferrum College offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical, dental, life, STD/LTD insurances, paid holidays, and a 403(b) retirement plan. Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • A letter of application

  • A curriculum vitae

  • Evidence of teaching

  • A statement of teaching philosophy

  • Sample syllabi for one lower division survey course and one upper division course

  • Evidence of scholarship and research

  • Copies of graduate transcripts

  • TWO recent letters of recommendation addressing teaching effectiveness

Completed applications may be submitted to:

Office of Human Resources

Ferrum College

P.O. Box 1000, Ferrum, VA 24088

Electronic submissions (PDF or Word file attachments) may be emailed to

Please Note: A background check is required.

About Ferrum College

Founded in 1913, Ferrum College provides lifelong learning and outstanding career and graduate school preparation in a setting of rich natural beauty. A four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church, Ferrum offers nationally recognized bachelor's degree programs, ranging from business and environmental science to teacher education and criminal justice; campus-wide wireless Internet; small classes; and a dedicated faculty. Surrounded by mountains, lakes, rivers, state parks, and numerous small towns brimming with regional heritage, Ferrum College is located in southwest Virginia approximately 35 miles south of Roanoke, VA, and 75 miles north of Greensboro, NC. The area boasts a wide variety of venues for outdoor recreation and cultural enrichment.

Ferrum College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. In accordance with all federal, state and local laws, it is the policy of the College not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, or other aspects of employment.

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