Assistant Professor of World History, c. 1000-1800 CE


The History Department in the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, academic year Assistant Professor of World History, c. 1000-1800 CE. Appointment to begin September 12, 2022. The department seeks candidates engaged in a global comparative history that would expand the department’s course offerings with respect to geography and methodology, with a strong preference for geographical specializations in South Asia, Africa, the Middle East, or Mesoamerica. Thematic specializations of particular interest to the department include migration, movements & exchanges, medicine, capitalism, and the law. The successful candidate will have research expertise and the ability to teach upper-division and graduate courses in World History and in other areas related to the candidate's specialization(s), as well as the ability to teach lower-division general education World History survey courses.

Although Cal Poly is primarily a teaching university, our faculty are expected to balance teaching with an active program of research/professional development and participation in service activities at the department and college/university level. The typical teaching load is 12 units (three courses) per quarter, with a reduction in course load in each of the first two years to help establish an active program of research and professional development. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Initial appointment is for two years, subject to renewal. An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in History or a closely related field by date of appointment is required.

To apply, please visit, complete a required online faculty application and apply to Requisition #504836. Please attach to your electronic application a cover letter, vita, transcript copy, statement of teaching philosophy, and writing sample indicative of area of scholarship. In the cover letter, the applicant should also address the feasibility of conducting a research program within the context of a primarily teaching-oriented undergraduate program. Applicants must include a Statement of demonstrated commitment to DEI efforts, the impact on students, faculty, staff and/or your field and a description of how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, scholarship and/or service at Cal Poly (upload under ‘other’). Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the application. Cal Poly will directly solicit letters from the individuals listed by applicants. Official sealed transcript showing highest degree earned will be required prior to appointment. The position is open until filled. REVIEW BEGIN DATE: November 5, 2021. Applicants with complete files by the Review Begin Date will be given full consideration.


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