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Lecturer in History

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Indianapolis
Categories: Faculty

Position Overview

The Department of History, Anthropology and Classics at Butler University invites applications for a full-time Lecturer in History. We are seeking a historian of a Global South area—Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and/or Oceania—whose teaching and scholarship focuses on one or more themes: migration, movement & diaspora; race, gender & sexuality; social movements; the environment, including urban history; or empire, colonialism, and post-colonialism.  Applicants should have a strong commitment to inclusive undergraduate teaching, and their expertise should complement the department’s present strengths.

The ideal candidate incorporates a transnational approach to teaching and research, engages with interdisciplinary approaches and issues of social justice and diversity, and will help build an inclusive learning environment for our increasingly diverse student population. Inclusive and evidence-based pedagogy is expected at Butler University.

The successful candidate will teach two Global and Historical Studies course sections and two undergraduate history courses each semester. Global and Historical Studies seeks to help students recognize the role of human interactions in shaping diverse identities and inequalities; to develop knowledge about historical moments, peoples, and places; and to better understand the relationship between the past and the present.

This faculty member could choose to affiliate with the International Studies; Peace and Conflict Studies; Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and/or Science, Technology, and Environmental Studies interdisciplinary programs.

Applicants should have earned a doctorate in History before August 1, 2024.

Applications

Applicants must submit:

  • A cover letter that summarizes the applicant’s scholarship and teaching interests and highlights their commitment to inclusive, evidence-based teaching
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A list of courses taught
  • List of 3 references, including name, title and contact information

Direct search inquiries to Ageeth Sluis (asluis@butler.edu), chair of the search committee. Review of applications will begin January 5th, but the position will remain open until filled. 

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide additional materials such as a publication or other writing sample; sample syllabi; descriptions of course activities or assignments; student evaluations or teaching observations; 3 letters of recommendation; and unofficial transcripts. Final round candidates will need to provide official transcripts and will be asked to consent to background checks. The successful candidate will start August 2024, subject to final budgetary approval.

Our department is interdisciplinary in composition as well as outlook and mission. We are committed to a rigorous, interdisciplinary approach to teaching that encourages student interest in History, Anthropology and Classics.  We share in Butler University’s founding commitments to a transformational education for our students that interrogates various forms of social, racial, and political inequalities as well as more equitable futures. The Department of History, Anthropology, and Classics is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusivity. To this end, we highly encourage applicants from historically marginalized groups who can help us continue envisioning new and transformative ways to embrace the opportunities that come with our engagement in urban spaces.

About Butler University

Founded in 1855 by an abolitionist, Butler University was one of the first to admit people of color and the second in the nation to admit women on an equal basis with men. The country’s first chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho, a sorority for African-American women, was founded on the Butler campus in 1922. Located on a 300-acre campus, Butler is situated within a historic Indianapolis neighborhood just minutes from downtown. Indianapolis is the 17th largest city in the United States with a metropolitan-area made up of a diverse population of more than 1.9 million, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and quality hospitals and schools.

Butler University is a private, nationally recognized comprehensive university consisting of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the Lacy School of Business, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Jordan College of the Arts, and College of Communication. Approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate and doctoral students are enrolled at Butler, representing 46 states and 24 countries. Ranked #1 in the Midwest region by U.S. News and World Report and recognized for ”best undergraduate teaching” and ”most innovative schools,” Butler is located just five miles from downtown Indianapolis, a cultural center of the state (https://www.visitindy.com). 

Butler University is an equal-opportunity employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees.  We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.

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