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Assistant Professor in East Asian History of Science and Technology

Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
Closing date
Nov 26, 2021

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Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History
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Job Summary

Tenure Track Assistant Professor in East Asian History of Science and Technology

Department of History, Purdue University

Date Available: September 2021

Principal Duties: The Department of History at Purdue University invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professorship in the History of Science and Technology in East Asia. Ph.D. in some aspect of the history of science and technology in East Asia, or related fields, required. The successful candidate will develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in East Asian history and the History of Science and Technology in East Asia, broadly defined to include its social, cultural, political, environmental legal, military, economic, or transnational aspects, and will contribute to the intellectual life of the department. The East Asian geographic area is open. Please see our concurrent search in the History of Technology, which is open to geographies beyond East Asia. Applicants will be expected to enhance and complement the strengths of the department in the histories of science, technology, and medicine, gender, politics, and violence/conflict/Human Rights. The person who fills this position also will teach courses in the College's Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts program.

Qualifications: The Candidate must have a Ph.D. in history or related fields with a specialization in the History of Science and Technology in East Asia. This position requires strong oral and written communication and proven ability to publish high-quality peer-reviewed research. Salary will be commensurate with training and experience.

The College: As the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University continues to emerge as a leader in innovative Liberal Arts education and scholarship, it is embarking upon 40 faculty searches for Fall 2022. These searches include teaching responsibilities in our nationally-recognized Cornerstone program that educates students across the university. Collectively, these searches respond to our unique position at Purdue to advance research in our disciplines as they intersect with technology, data science, and engineering in relevant and important ways.

Application Procedure

Applications must include the following items uploaded into Success Factors, the Purdue system for job applications, as PDF documents: 1) cover letter, with a discussion of teaching philosophy and research agenda; 2) Curriculum vitae; 3) the names of three referees (no letters please); 4) a writing sample of no more than 25 pages (which may be a dissertation chapter, article, or book); and, 5) a statement of commitment to diversity. Questions about the position should be directed to Randy Roberts, chair of the search committee, at

Purdue University's Department of History is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in the cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities and / or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Review of the applications will begin on November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. A background check is required for employment in this position.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
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