Public History Position

Public History Position

Public History Position Opening

Western Michigan University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant, or beginning Associate Professor of Public History.

Appointment begins fall 2013. Ph.D. or evidence of imminent award required. Duties include teaching courses in Public History (such as Museum Studies, Historic Preservation, Material Culture, Cultural Resource Management), and other courses in areas of specialization; directing internships in Public History and supervising M.A. and Ph.D. students.

The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in History, American Studies, or related discipline, with specialization in Museum Studies, Public History or other related fields in addition to several of the following: a record of scholarship qualifying the individual for WMU Graduate Faculty membership; teaching experience; museum and other public history professional experience; a scholarly research agenda and/or agenda of creative activity in public history; experience with internships and program development; experience with cultural resource management, visual culture, or digital applications. 

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. Western Michigan University (WMU), located in Southwest Michigan, is a nationally recognized learner-centered, discovery-driven, and globally engaged research institution with an enrollment of approximately 25,000. WMU delivers high-quality undergraduate instruction, has a strong graduate division, and fosters significant research activities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activities. WMU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer consistent with applicable federal and state law.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. 

Applicants need to apply at Applicants should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of Public History philosophy and experience, statement of research plans, graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference. Transcripts and letters of reference should be sent via US Mail to Chair, Public History Search Committee, Department of History, 1903 W. Michigan Avenue, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI  49008-5334.


Department of History
4301 Friedmann Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
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