African History (Assistant Professor)

The Department of History at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a tenure-track position as an assistant professor in the field of African history, effective 1 July 2015. The search committee invites applicants working in all fields and periods of African history except North Africa/Maghreb. We are looking for candidates whose research and interests will complement and enhance those of our current faculty. One such example would be a focus on the pre-modern period.

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. (or provide solid indication of imminent completion), and they should provide evidence of excellence in research, as demonstrated by their published contributions or by potential contributions to the scholarship of their field. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a 12-credit (2-2) load, and thus a strong commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate as well as graduate level also is required. In addition to offering courses within his or her area of specialization, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to the university’s interdisciplinary undergraduate program in African Studies. For further information on the academic programs of the UBC history department, candidates should visit the departmental website, www.history.ubc.ca, as well as its page on “Research Clusters,” http://www.history.ubc.ca/clusters/thematic.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified persons to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval, and the salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 September 2014. Applicants must apply only through the UBC faculty careers website, www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/18779  and they must upload (in the following order): a cover letter or letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a summary of current and future research interests, no more than three samples of their written scholarship, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Only completed applications will be considered by the search committee; in this matter, there can be no exceptions.

The applicants also should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference sent by email to Ms. Janet Mui, the coordinator of the search, at janet.mui@ubc.ca. Alternatively, the letters of reference may be mailed to: Ms. Janet Mui, African History Search, Department of History, University of British Columbia, #1297-1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, Canada. Questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Prof. Paul Krause, krause@mail.ubc.ca.

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