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Assistant Professor in American Public History

Faculty Posting Date: September 24, 2018

To Apply:  apply.interfolio.com/55475

The Department of History at Duquesne University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in the field of public history with expertise in American history. The area of specialization in public history is open, although preference will be given to architectural history and historic preservation, with added expertise in heritage tourism or community-engaged teaching/scholarship.

The McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts has a century-long tradition and a strong vision for its future. Named after Father Henry J. McAnulty, the 9th President of Duquesne, the College is the oldest school at Duquesne University and the heart of the University. The school has 12 academic departments comprising more than 30 undergraduate programs and more than two dozen graduate programs; the College teaches students how to use a liberal arts education to solve today's problems. Our award-winning faculty are leaders in their fields and engaging teachers who bring out the best in our students. Our students are critical thinkers who see practical applications for their knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.

At Duquesne, academic excellence is bolstered by a spirit of service. Whether tutoring children in after-school programs, coaching refugees with English or helping develop a community green-space, our faculty and students pursue innovative ways to bridge curriculum and community. Duquesne is located in downtown Pittsburgh, PA. The city, frequently ranked as America's most livable according to Places Rated Almanac, enjoys rich educational, cultural, and recreational resources. For more information, please consult Duquesne's human resources site at http://www. duq.edu/hr/faculty.


We prefer fields outside of the nineteenth century. The new faculty member will teach graduate classes in public history, upper division classes in their area of expertise, and undergraduate surveys in U.S. history and twentieth-century global history as part of the university core curriculum. The teaching load is 3-3 under a nine-month contract beginning August 2019. Completed Ph.D. is expected by June 2019.

Qualifications Include:

  • Ph.D. in public history, history, or related discipline
  • Scholarship in public history
  • A research program of demonstrated potential
  • Teaching experience at the graduate or undergraduate level in public history or American history
  • Ability to create coursework with civic engagement components

Teaching responsibilities may include:

  • PHST 601: Introduction to Public History
  • PHST 513: Cultural Resources Management
  • PHST 525: Introduction to Historic Preservation
  • HIST 203 and 204: U.S. to/since 1877
  • HIST 151: Shaping of the Modern World
  • Lower and upper division undergraduate courses within fields of specialization
  • Graduate public history courses in areas of expertise
  • Advising/mentoring both undergraduate majors and graduate students
  • Supervising public history internships


Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that reflect contemporary society, serve our academic goals and enrich our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (http://www.hercjobs.org/oh-western-pa-wv/).

We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting http://www.duq.edu/about/mission-and-identity/mission-statement. Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.

Duquesne University uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically. Please submit a cover letter, CV, graduate transcript, a statement on teaching philosophy and/or two sample syllabi, one scholarly writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to http://apply.interfolio.com/55475. Although the search will continue until the position is filled, review of applications will begin November 19, 2018. Preliminary electronic Go-To-Meeting Interviews will be held in mid-December and the campus visits will be held in mid-January 2019.

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.