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Assistant Professor of History

Apply now Job no: 493020
Work type: Faculty
Location: Gambier, OH

Kenyon College, a highly selective liberal arts college in central Ohio, invites applications for a tenure-track position in East Asian history beginning 1 July 2024.  Region, period, and languages of specialization within East Asia are open. Candidates should be prepared to teach introductory surveys on modern and premodern East Asia and upper-level seminars in their area of expertise or interest. Specialists on China, Japan, or Korea who understand East Asia in a transnational context are especially welcome. 

The successful candidate will hold the James P. Storer Chair in Asian History, which includes funding for research and the expectation of teaching five courses per year. In addition to maintaining an active research agenda and contributing to the curriculum of the History Department, the holder of the chair is also expected to promote awareness of East Asia across campus through engagement with students and faculty in programs such as the Asian and Middle East Studies Program, the International Studies Program, and/or other campus endeavors.  
The History Department is composed of a dozen historians with diverse thematic and geographic specializations (including two other Asianists), and it values both excellence in undergraduate education and high-quality research.

Candidates should have a record of excellent teaching and a Ph.D. in hand or be near completion by the beginning of the appointment (July 2024).

Applications should include (1) a letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) contact information for three recommenders. The application letter should discuss the candidate’s scholarly work, research trajectory, and teaching experience — with specific examples of innovative assignments and approaches — as well as information on ways that issues and practices related to diversity, inclusion, and equity have been or will be included in teaching and advising.

More materials (letters of recommendation, a writing sample, an unofficial graduate school transcript, and a statement of teaching philosophy) will be requested from candidates who advance to the interview stage.

All application materials must be submitted electronically through Kenyon’s employment website: Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Initial interviews will be conducted virtually. If you have any questions, please email Nurten Kilic-Schubel, chair of the search committee, at kilicn@kenyon.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and are commensurate with experience. There are a number of faculty development opportunities (e.g. travel, research funds, etc.) for which appointees are eligible.

In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Faculty Handbook.

Kenyon is a great place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.

Kenyon College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion.  Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.

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