University of Nebraska Omaha — Assistant Professor, History

Western Environmental History

The Department of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Environmental History of the North American West. Chronological period is open. Appointment will be at the assistant professor rank, to begin in August 2022. The successful candidate will teach a 3/3 load (nine hours a semester). Courses to be taught should include the department’s upper-division course, “History of the American West,” upper-division courses and graduate seminars in Environmental History and one or more of the department’s methodology courses. The successful candidate is expected to maintain a program of research and publication and to participate in the History Department Programs.

The position is part of a growing research cluster on studies of the relationship between humans and the environment, using the UNO preserves and their surroundings as a unifying focal area.

Applicants must have their dissertation and all other work for a Ph.D. in history or a closely related field completed and approved by May, 2022. Review of applications will commence on October 25, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. 

All applications must be submitted online via UNO’s Human Resources website (search for posting number 2021F-00149). Please submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • C.V.
  • Diversity, equity, & inclusion statement, including how this would influence the candidate’s approach to teaching the diverse student body at UNO.
  • Names and contact information of three referees
  • Teaching statement which should include the candidate’s approach to different teaching modes: in person, online, and hybrid.

Candidates who advance beyond the first round will be asked for letters of reference, syllabi, and a writing sample.

Inquiries can be directed to: Dr. John Grigg, Department Chair, Department of History, More information on the Department of History can be found at our website. Additional Information on The College of Arts and Sciences:

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