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Assistant Professor - History/Race in US History
Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington
Date Posted 02/16/2021
Faculty-Liberal Arts-History
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

This assistant professor position in Central Washington University’s History Department offers an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to contribute to vibrant undergraduate and graduate history programs. Working with the History Department and other departments and programs, the successful candidate will design and teach courses on race in American history, sensitive to intersections of gender, sexuality, class, and other social factors. We prefer candidates with expertise in one or more of the following subfields: African-American history; U.S. LatinX history; or Asian-American history. While we are open to candidates who specialize in a broad range of time periods, we are particularly interested in those working in the post-1945 era. In addition to teaching lower- and upper-division classes in History, the successful applicant will teach cross-listed courses in one of the following College units: Africana and Black Studies, Asian Studies, and the Centro Latinx for Latino and Latin American Studies. Faculty will integrate CWU’s commitment to diversity into their classes and create a learning environment that is welcoming, accessible and inclusive for all students.

Job Duties

  • Work with other history and CAH interdisciplinary programs to develop and offer US history courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
  • Perform department, college, university, and/or community service.
  • Produce scholarship for publication in the candidate’s field(s).
  • Observe in all official acts the highest standards of ethics consistent with the State of Washington statutes, the regulations of the Executive Ethics Board and its advisory opinions, the policies of the University Board of Trustees, and the University Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications

Please address in your cover letter:

  • PhD in US history or related history field, (ABD candidates will also be considered) with graduate training in race in US history, particularly as it pertains to African-American, Asian-American, or LatinX histories.
  • Demonstrated success in teaching undergraduates in the classroom and/or online.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective collaborative relationships and strong commitment to a supportive, collegial work environment.
  • Ability to teach cross-listed courses in one of the following College units: Africana and Black Studies, Asian Studies, and the Centro Latinx for Latino and Latin American Studies.
  • Research, teaching, service, or other experience that has prepared the candidate to contribute to CWU’s commitment to the engagement and inclusion of culturally diverse students.

Preferred Qualifications

Please address in your cover letter:

  • Ability to teach some aspect of American gender history.
  • Ability to teach post-1945 US history.
  • Knowledge and/or training in digital humanities.
  • Demonstrated experience using technology in the teaching environment.
  • Experience and commitment to mentoring undergraduates, including those drawn from historically under-represented groups.
  • Ability to incorporate multicultural perspectives and issues into curriculum and classroom conversations.


  • Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines and work schedules.
  • Judgment: Makes timely, informed decisions. Analyzes options and determines appropriate course of action.
  • Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual support to achieve goals. Encourages participation and mutual support.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts approach and methods to achieve results; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternatives.
  • Commitment to Diversity: Recognizes the value of diversity and helps create an environment that supports and embraces diversity.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience

Appointment: Full-Time, Tenure-Track, 9 Month Appointment. Central Washington University is on the quarter system with appointments from mid-September through mid-June.

Benefits: CWU offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance. http://www.cwu.edu/hr/benefits

Additional Information: For additional information about the University, visit: http://www.cwu.edu
For additional information about Ellensburg, visit: http://www.myellensburg.com
OR http://www.kittitascountychamber.com

How To Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach:

  • A detailed cover letter clearly demonstrating how your education and experience: (a) meet the required (and, as applicable, preferred) qualifications, and (b) demonstrate the ability to perform the responsibilities as described by the posting; and (c) detail how your teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic fields (applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further CWU’s commitment to diversity);
  • Curriculum Vitae including work history, education, training and contact information for three professional references;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy;
  • Copies of transcripts for highest degree held

Screening Begins: March 15, 2021 and will be open until filled

**NOTE: Although copies of transcripts are acceptable for application purposes, all job offers are contingent upon verification of highest degree.
Priority will be given to applications received by the screening date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Contact Information

Name: Dan Herman
Title: Professor of History
Email: DAniel.Herman@cwu.edu
Phone: 509-963-1755
Website: Department of History

Please contact Human Resources at hr@cwu.edu or 509-963-1202 if you require technical assistance with the on-line application process.

Conditions of Employment

Prior to employment, final candidate(s) will be required to sign a Sexual Misconduct disclosure in pursuant to RCW 28B.112.080 and submit to a background check. All information obtained through background investigations will be strictly confidential and revealed only to those required to have access.

The conditions of employment with Central Washington University are set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Central Washington University and United Faculty of Central, University policies and procedures, and applicable state and federal laws.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement may be found here: http://www.cwu.edu/hr/labor-relations/ufc.

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