Assistant Professor of US History

Bridgewater College
Bridgewater, VA
Closing date
Dec 7, 2021

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Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History
Organization Type
Assistant Professor of US History

The Department of History and Political Science at Bridgewater College seeks a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor to teach classes in American History beginning in August 2022.

The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. in United States History. Preference will be given to candidates whose teaching and research fields include the history of race in post-1865 America, as well having documented experience in teaching public history. Teaching responsibilities include lower-level surveys of world and American history, and upper division courses in the candidate's field(s). The successful candidate will show a commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse student population within a liberal arts context and will be willing to participate in the College's First Year Seminar and General Education programs. The teaching load is 21 semester credits per year (4-3 distribution).

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION: The Department of History and Political Science consists of four historians and four political scientists, and offers majors in History, Political Science, a History and Political Science combination, and Global Studies. Candidates who are ABD will be considered if their degree is expected to be conferred by August 1, 2022.

MISSION: Bridgewater College is a residential liberal arts college of about 1600 students with a vibrant core curriculum and a growing focus on undergraduate research. The College emphasizes creativity and innovation in pedagogy and research. Successful faculty members are dedicated to advising and mentoring students, contributing to campus-wide faculty initiatives, and maintaining an active research agenda. Bridgewater seeks faculty members eager to engage and support our commitment to the breadth and depth of learning as well as diversity and inclusion. Therefore, application materials should address how you might contribute to the College's liberal arts mission or ways that this mission informs your vocation as teacher and scholar.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Bridgewater College was founded in 1880 as the first coeducational college in Virginia. Bridgewater offers bachelor's degrees in approximately 60 majors and minors, along with four graduate programs, pre-professional programs such as medicine and law, and teacher licensure. The College is a member of NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, with 23 intercollegiate athletic teams. The vibrant residential campus is located in the town of Bridgewater, Virginia, near the city of Harrisonburg in the center of the Shenandoah Valley. An excellent school system, healthy business environment, numerous arts and cultural events, one of the state's lowest crime rates, and a variety of outdoor opportunities and historic attractions draw many to the region.


APPLICATION: Please complete the online application at and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, a statement addressing their contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Please upload three letters of recommendations or forward letters to

DEADLINE: We will begin reviewing applications on January 3, 2021.

Bridgewater College is a welcoming and vibrant community committed to supporting a diverse faculty, and actively seeks applications from women, minorities, and other persons from traditionally under-represented groups. Bridgewater College is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Bridgewater College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, veteran status, or political affiliation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, or other college programs and activities, or with regard to employment .

Bridgewater College has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to obtain resources to enhance the College's facilities, including the recent addition to and renovation of the College's primary athletic facility. The College is posting the following Notice as required by federal law for organizations which benefit from the USDA's funding program:


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The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: History - Assistant Professor, Location: Bridgewater, VA - 22812

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