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  • Tuesday, September 19, 2023 11:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    36th Annual UNC Charlotte Graduate History Association Forum

    “Empire and Power”

    February 16th-17th, 2024

    Call for Papers

    The Graduate History Association at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is excited to announce that our 36th Annual Graduate History Association Forum will take place on February 16th and 17th, 2024. This forum is an opportunity for students to showcase their research before their peers as well as experts from a variety of historical fields. We are sed to announce Dr. William Katerberg as our keynote speaker and Dr. Carol Higham as our distinguished faculty speaker.

    The theme for this year's forum is "Empire and Power." In selecting this theme, we hope to attract a range of proposals discussing the relationship between empire and the ideas and practices of power. We encourage students in all historical fields, as well as disciplines outside of history, to submit paper proposals for consideration.

    Students interested in presenting at the conference must submit a 250-word abstract along with a current resumé or CV by December 1st. Notifications of acceptance will be sent via e-mail by December 15th. Accepted presenters will have until January 20th to submit completed papers, which must not exceed 15 pages in length. All submissions and correspondence should be emailed to

    UNC Charlotte Graduate History Association

    President: Katie Cordell Treasurer: Olivia Dobbs
    Vice President: Alec Slawich Senator: Megan White
    Outreach Coordinator: Carly Collins Secretary: Phoenix Riesing
  • Monday, September 18, 2023 9:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Lerner-Scott Prize is given annually by the Organization of American Historians for the best doctoral dissertation in US women’s history. The prize is named for Gerda Lerner and Anne Firor Scott, both pioneers in women’s history and past presidents of the OAH. Submitted dissertations must be completed during the period July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023 to be eligible for the 2024 Lerner-Scott Prize.

    Submissions are due by October 1, 2023. 

  • Monday, September 11, 2023 6:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Position Overview

    The Museum Studies Program at the University of Kansas (KU) invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level expected to commence on August 18, 2024. The program seeks a scholar whose research and teaching examine the politics, ethics, and epistemologies of museum collections, exhibits, and pedagogy. We are particularly interested in Asian/Black/Indigenous/Latinx topics and/or museum politics, ethics, and epistemologies in a global context. We welcome applicants holding a doctoral degree in a related field, including (but not limited to) Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture/Historic Preservation, Art History, Education, Ethnic Studies, History, Natural Sciences, Public Administration, Visual Arts/Culture, and Women’s and Gender Studies. We are committed to considering a wide range of candidates for this broadly defined, interdisciplinary position and encourage you to contact the search chair if you are unsure whether your expertise and experience is a good match.

    The Museum Studies Program ( is an interdisciplinary program housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ( that grants 10-15 M.A. degrees and graduate certificates annually. As an interdisciplinary program, most program faculty maintain affiliations with one or more departments/programs across campus. KU’s Hall Center for the Humanities, Biodiversity Institute, and Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities provide excellent resources to support research and teaching initiatives across the university. Students and faculty enjoy strong, collaborative relationships on campus with the Spencer Museum of Art, Natural History Museum/Biodiversity Institute, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, Booth Family Hall of Athletics, and Wilcox Classical Museum. Numerous institutions of national significance are within a 45-minute drive of campus, including the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Park, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, American Jazz Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, National World War I Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America, and the National Archives-Kansas City Branch.

    The successful candidate will have an active research program and will teach a 2-2 load, contributing their expertise in the politics and ethics of museums to core courses MUSE 801 (The Nature of Museums), MUSE 802 (The Culture of Museums), and MUSE 803 (Seminar in Current Museum Topics). They will develop specialized courses in their field of training and relevant professional domains (leadership, interpretation, collections, or community engagement). The ability to offer professionalization courses in an area such as management and development or digital technologies in museum practice is a plus. The successful candidate will also mentor students and serve on student committees for internship and final research projects.

    The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university, an R-1 institution and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). Current enrollment is 28,500 (19,000 undergraduate), with students drawn from 112 nations and all 50 states. 20.6% of KU students identify as members of underrepresented groups. The 1,000-acre main campus is in Lawrence, a dynamic and diverse community of 95,000 in hilly northeast Kansas about 35 miles west of Kansas City. Lawrence is also home to the Haskell Indian Nations University, while the Kansas City metropolitan area is home to vibrant and historically significant Black and Latinx communities.

    Job Description

    In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. KU’s vision is to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society. The Jayhawks Rising Strategic Plan was developed around three Institutional Priorities: creating a clear and ambitious direction to fulfill our mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. Additional information is available at  The successful candidate must receive valid U.S. work authorization prior to the specified start date.

    Job Duties:
    40% - Research:  Maintain an active and productive program of research in the candidate’s area of specialization, as measured by publications and public presentations of scholarship.

    40% - Teaching/Advising: Teach four courses per academic year in Museum Studies, mentor and advise students, and serve on/chair M.A. committees for Museum Studies final products.

    20% - Service: Service to the Program, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the University, and the profession.

    Required Qualifications

    For rank of Assistant Professor:

    1. Doctoral degree in a related field, including (but not limited to) Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture/Historic Preservation, Art History, Education, Ethnic Studies, History, Natural Sciences, Public Administration, Visual Arts/Culture, and Women's and Gender Studies.
    2. Ability to teach college-level courses.
    For rank of Associate Professor:
    1. Doctoral degree in a related field, including (but not limited to) Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture/Historic Preservation, Art History, Education, Ethnic Studies, History, Natural Sciences, Public Administration, Visual Arts/Culture, and Women's and Gender Studies.
    2. Record of excellence in teaching.
    3. Record of demonstrated research activity commensurate with tenured appointment.

    Contact Information to Applicants

    Dr. Andrew Denning
    Museum Studies Director and Search Chair

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    For complete information, go to  A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) cover letter detailing research activities, teaching interests, and service engagements; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) Statement (no more than two pages, single-spaced) detailing how your research philosophy, pedagogy, and public/institutional engagement contribute to an interdisciplinary M.A. program that trains museum professionals; and (4) names and contact information for three professional references, who will be contacted at a later time for shortlisted candidates.

    In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. Applicants will be asked to respond to the following prompt (no more than 4,000 characters, including spaces) at the time of application:

    • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
    Applicants are also encouraged to include or expand upon how they have contributed to building a culture of diversity and belonging within their other application materials.

    Application review will begin on November 1 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is obtained.

    Application Review Begins


    Anticipated Start Date


    Position Number


    Primary Campus

    University of Kansas Lawrence Campus





    Advertised Salary Range

    Salary starts at $64,000 for Assistant Professor and $74,000 for Associate Professor

    Employee Class



    The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Associate Vice Chancellor for the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

  • Monday, September 11, 2023 1:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Assistant Professor – U.S. Colonial Era

    Job no: 517301
    Work type: On Campus
    Location: Normal, Illinois

    Title: Assistant Professor – U.S. Colonial Era
    Division Name: Academic Affairs
    College/Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
    Department: History
    Campus Location: Normal, IL

    Job Summary

    U.S. Colonial Era: The Department of History at Illinois State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in early American history, beginning August 16, 2024. Specialization is open, but candidates should be able to teach courses on the revolutionary and early national periods. Candidates with a focus on the trans-Appalachian West are encouraged to apply. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students and can contribute to the climate of inclusivity on campus are especially encouraged to apply. 

    Illinois State University is a coeducational, residential university with around 21,000 students (; the History Department has the largest number of majors in the state, with about 500 full-time undergraduate and graduate students (

    Additional Information

    Illinois State University: Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the seven colleges of Illinois State University. In our most recent strategic plan Educate ∙ Connect ∙ Elevate, we have committed our resources to realizing seven core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity. By acting on these values, we create a learning environment that results in our University being the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large university. Also visit the University’s metrics of excellence at ( 

    Bloomington-Normal Community: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a metro population of approximately 172,000. The community is also home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Heartland Community College, St. Joseph Medical Center, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, COUNTRY Financial, State Farm Insurance’s International Headquarters, Central Illinois Regional Airport, and electric truck manufacturer Rivian Motors. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and its citizens’ high level of educational attainment, as well as its parks and recreation, health care, vibrant fine arts scene, job growth, economic opportunity, historic sites, and low crime rates. SmartAsset ranked Bloomington IL, in the top 20 of the most livable cities in the U.S. (2022). Zippia named Bloomington, IL, as #1 on their “Happiest Cities” list (2020), and Best Choice Schools listed the area on its “30 Small College Towns with Great Quality of Life” (2020). Bloomington-Normal is conveniently located about three hours from Indianapolis, two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis, and an hour from Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, and Springfield; many of these locations are accessible from Bloomington-Normal via the Amtrak located 1 block from ISU’s campus. For more information on our community, please visit (

    Salary Rate / Pay Rate

    Commensurate with experience and qualifications

    Required Qualifications

    1. Ph.D. in history or a closely related field.
    2. Candidates must be able to demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law.

    Work Hours


    Proposed Starting Date


    Required Applicant Documents

    1. A letter of application that includes a summary of current and future scholarship, teaching interests and experience, and ability to work effectively with a broadly diverse student population.
    2. C.V.
    3. A chapter-length sample of scholarship.

    Please Note: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

    Special Instructions for Applicants

    For full consideration, complete applications should be received by October 15. Review of applications will begin on October 16 and continue until the position is filled or withdrawn.

    Contact Information for Applicants

    Trish Gudeman, Lead Staff
    Department of History
    Illinois State University

    Important Information for Applicants

    This position is subject to a criminal background investigation and if applicable, an employment history review, based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation and/or an employment history review. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

    Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

    If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

    If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

    Application Opened: 08/08/2023 09:00 AM CST
    Application Closes: Open Until Filled

  • Wednesday, September 06, 2023 8:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2024-2025 Huntington Library Research Fellowships

    The Huntington Library is now accepting Research Fellowship Applications for the 2024-2025 fellowship year for Long-Term Fellowships, Short-Term Fellowships, and Travel Grants.

    For details of eligibility and the applications process, see 


    The Huntington offers thirteen Long-Term Fellowships for nine to twelve months in residence, each with a stipend of $50,000. They are open to scholars who hold a PhD or have successfully defended a dissertation by the application deadline. Although nine of these are open to scholars working on projects in any area where The Huntington’s collections are strong, there are specific awards for the study of maritime history (The Kemble Fellowship), the history of medicine (The Molina Fellowship) and the history of science (The Dibner Fellowships). Three awards (the Thom Fellowships) are reserved for recent post-doctoral scholars. 

    Approximately 140 Short-Term Fellowships are available for one to five months in residence and carry monthly stipends of $3,500. They are open to doctoral candidates, master's students in programs requiring a thesis, faculty members, postdoctoral candidates, and independent researchers working on a scholarly project served by The Huntington’s collections. 

    Six Travel Grants for Study Abroad are available in any of the fields in which The Huntington’s own collections are strong and where the research will be carried out in libraries or archives outside of the United States or Canada, especially those in the UK, continental Europe, or Latin America. 

    We also offer nine Exchange Fellowships with Corpus Christi, Jesus, Linacre, Lincoln, and New Colleges, Oxford; Trinity Hall, Cambridge; Trinity College Dublin/Marsh's Library; the University of Durham; and the John Rylands Research Institute and Library at The University of Manchester. The intention is to encourage projects which can be developed both in The Huntington's collections and in archives across the world.   


    The Huntington is a collections-based research and educational institution, which promotes humanities scholarship on the basis of its library holdings and Art Collections. 

    The Library holds more than 11 million items that span the 11th to 21st centuries. Its diverse materials center on fourteen intersecting collection strengths. 


    Applications are submitted online. The deadline for submission is 11:59 PM PST on November 15, 2023. It is advisable to begin your online application well before the application deadline. For more information, see Fellowship FAQs or email 

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2023 2:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    WHA Announcement on Westin Bonaventure:

    Last summer a few of our members inquired about the ongoing labor union strike of hotel workers in Los Angeles. We have been following the situation closely and welcomed the news that, last June, the Westin Bonaventure "reached a historic agreement with its workers." As reported by UNITE HERE! Local 11, the "Westin Bonaventure emerges as the leader in fair wages and benefits for its workers" (see full press release here). 

    Just this week UNITE HERE! called for a boycott of conventions in downtown L.A. We reached out to our contacts through UNITE HERE! about what this could mean for the WHA's 2023 Conference. They responded and confirmed that their call for a convention boycott does not include events scheduled at the Westin Bonaventure, and we are welcome to advise our members and attendees of that.

    Just this week UNITE HERE! called for a boycott of conventions in downtown L.A. We reached out to our contacts through UNITE HERE! about what this could mean for the WHA's 2023 Conference. They responded and confirmed that their call for a convention boycott does not include events scheduled at the Westin Bonaventure, and we are welcome to advise our members and attendees of that.

    The WHA staff is happy to take additional questions or hear your concerns on this matter. Please feel free to email us at any time with inquiries: Thank you for your interest and engagement as we inch closer to the conference in L.A.

  • Tuesday, August 29, 2023 11:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Spotlight on Humanities in Higher Education program supports the exploration and development of small projects that would benefit underserved populations through the teaching and study of the humanities.

    Grant activities may include curricular or program development, expert consultations, speakers’ series, student research, creation of teaching resources, and community engagement. Projects may benefit students, faculty, the institution or organization, and/or the community.

    Eligible applicants include small- to medium-size two- and four-year institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations whose work advances the humanities at these institutions and among their faculty and students. These institutions should also meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • Community colleges

    • Minority-serving institutions (MSIs)

    • Rural colleges and universities

    • Colleges and universities enrolling a majority (greater than 50%) of students receiving Pell grants

    • Institutions that have not received funding from the NEH Division of Education Programs since 2018

    Draft deadline: NEH program officers can provide feedback on materials received before September 6, 2023. This may include a full draft, a partial draft, or even just a few sentences with a project idea. NEH staff can schedule a phone call or video chat to discuss the feedback.

    Application deadline: Eligible applications received by October 18, 2023 via will receive full consideration.

    For more information consult the Notice of Funding Opportunity. You may also wish to view the informational webinar on the program page, consult the list of Frequently Asked Questions, and/or email us at

  • Tuesday, August 22, 2023 6:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The History Department at Weber State University is seeking to hire an Assistant Professor in the History of the American West.

    Position Title Tenure-track Assistant Professor of US History
    Requisition Number F00341P
    Job Description

    The Department of History at Weber State University invites applications for a tenure-track Historian of the American West at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning January 2024 (or July 2024). The desired candidate will be required to teach Utah history. Preference given to candidates who also specialize in historically marginalized communities in U.S. History.

    Job Duties

    The teaching load is four courses per semester. The successful candidate will be required to teach at least one GenEd U.S. course per semester, senior-level Utah history and other upper division courses in their area of specialization as scheduled.

    Required Qualifications

    PhD in History is required prior to appointment. ABD candidates may apply, however, the PhD must be in hand by January 1, 2024 or July 1, 2024, depending on contract start date.

    Benefits Summary

    WSU offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, long-term disability, life insurance, retirement, a wellness program with release time and paid incentives, tuition benefits, free tickets to athletic and performing arts events, and paid holidays.

    Open Date 05/02/2023
    Close Date 09/30/2023
    Open Until Filled No
    Notes to Applicant

    If you are passionate about what you could offer and accomplish here at WSU, we would love to hear from you. The position comes with a generous benefits package.

    To apply, please complete the online application and attach a letter of application, current CV, Utah History syllabus, and the names and contact information for three professional references (if a candidate has not completed the doctorate, one reference must be the candidate’s advisor).

    Applications must be received by September 30, 2023. Criminal background check required as a condition of employment.

    The Department of History and Weber State University is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We welcome applications from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our department and university community.

    Weber State University is in the process of becoming an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), with a growing population of Latinx students. Weber State University was built on land that has been cared for by the Fremont, Goshute, Paiute, Ute, and Shoshone peoples, and recognizes, validates, respects, and honors these sovereign nations and their traditions, cultures, and histories.

    Documents Needed To Apply

    Required Documents

    1. Cover Letter
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Other Document 1
    4. List of References with Contact Info

    WSU Applicant Job Site

  • Friday, August 11, 2023 9:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residential fellowships. Mid-career, senior, and emerging scholars from all areas of the humanities with a strong record of peer-reviewed work are encouraged to apply.

    Scholars from all parts of the globe are eligible; stipends and travel expenses are provided. Fellowship applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials. Fellowships are supported by the Center’s own endowment, private foundation grants, contributions from alumniand friends, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Located in the vibrant Research Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area’s research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. Fellows enjoy private studies, in-house dining, and superb library services that deliver all research materials.

    Applications and all accompanying materials are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT, October 5, 2023. For more information and to apply, please visit:

    Application requirements:

    Fellowship applicants are asked to complete the online application form and to upload the following documents:

    ● 1,000-word project proposal

    ● Short bibliography (up to 2 pages)

    ● Curriculum vitae (up to 4 pages)

    ● One-page tentative outline of the structure of the project (if the project is a book, provide an outline of chapters; otherwise, give an outline of the components of the project and their progress to date)

    Applicants will also be asked to provide names and contact information for three references. References will receive an email prompt inviting them to upload a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant. All letters are also due by October 5, 2023.

    We strongly recommend applicants read through our Frequently Asked Questions before beginning their application. Questions can be emailed to

  • Thursday, August 10, 2023 11:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National Council for Public History (NCPH) awards recognize excellence in the diverse ways public historians apply their skills to the world around us. The purpose of the awards program is to promote professionalism and best practices among public historians and to raise awareness about their activities. Submissions for the Book Award and Kelley Award are due November 1, 2023; all other awards (the Outstanding Public History Project Award, Grassroots Public History Award, Excellence in Consulting Awards, New Professional Awards, and Student Awards) are due December 1, 2023. Help us acknowledge extraordinary work by nominating yourself or a colleague. A full list of awards and submission details is available at,

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