Utah State University

Assistant Professor, African History

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 4 months ago(11/8/2023 3:55 PM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Humanities & Social Sci
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Department of History at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for a tenure-track, nine-month position at the rank of Assistant Professor, in the history of Africa, beginning August 2024. The period and region of specialization are open, but with preference for scholars whose work focuses on sub-Saharan Africa. The successful applicant will contribute to the department’s undergraduate and graduate curricula; this will include teaching an African history survey and either half of the World History surveys. We welcome candidates who can also contribute to one or more of the department’s other areas of emphasis, including Public History, Religious Studies, Classics, and Peace Studies. USU is an R1 university with a teaching mission, and so the department seeks a colleague who can show evidence of both scholarly productivity and teaching effectiveness. This is a research-focused position that typically has a teaching load of two courses per semester.  


The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • produce high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship
  • teacheither half of the World History surveys 
  • teach an undergraduate African history survey
  • contribute to the department’s undergraduate and graduate curricula
  • contribute to service in the Department, College, and University


Minimum Qualifications 

  • A PhD inAfrican History or related field by June 2024 (ABD will be considered at time of application if Degree is completed by June 2024) 
  • Evidence of scholarly productivity
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Specialization in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Ability to contribute toother units in the History Department, including the Global Peacebuilding Certificate, the Classics Program, or the Religious Studies Program. 

Required Documents

Review of applications begins January 6, 2024 and continues until the position is filled.  Along with the online application, please attach: 

  1. CV (to be uploaded to the applicant profile).
  2. A cover letter that speaks to your effectiveness as a researcher and teacher (to be copied and pasted into a fillable field within the application).
  3. The names and email addresses of three references (your references will be sent a system email from USU asking them to upload a letter of recommendation if your candidacy advances to the next level).
  4. Additional materials may be requested of candidates who advance to the next level. 

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

The History Department at Utah State includes dynamic teacher-scholars in History, Religious Studies, and Classics as well as undergraduate and master's level students interested in a global field of study. The faculty values high-quality research in keeping with its research mission, but it also places the highest importance on accessible and quality teaching. The department offers majors/minors in history, history teaching, and religious studies. It also offers minors in Latin, Greek, Classical Civilization, and Latin Teaching, and two masters’ program in History and Ancient Languages and Cultures. Faculty in the program are located at the main campus in Logan as well as at locations around the state as part of the university’s statewide mission. For more information on the department, see our website: http://history.usu.edu  


All faculty are part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, which plays an instrumental role in teaching critical thinking, knowledge-building skills and the ability to pose meaningful questions that advance understanding and knowledge. Students in our college confront the great questions and controversies, learn about the forces that have shaped our world, and develop the skills to tackle its most pressing challenges. Our graduates are creative problem-solvers with a passion for making a difference. The education they receive here prepares them to address the problems of today and to succeed wherever their career path takes them tomorrow. 


The Department and College are committed to justice and empowerment for all, and especially historically marginalized groups, through education, research, creative activity, and interdisciplinary collaboration. 

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.  


As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.  


Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 7/2023

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

*updated 09/2023


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