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Ainsworth Visiting Scholar of American Culture and American History (funded by the Hilseweck Foundation)

Randolph College, founded in 1891 as Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, is a traditional small liberal arts college with a longstanding reputation for excellence in teaching located in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Randolph College was recognized as one of the nation’s “best and most interesting” institutions in the 2021 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges and was ranked 16th in the nation for “most accessible professors” by the Princeton Review.

We are committed to educating the campus community about issues of diversity. The campus promotes the freedom of thought and opinion in the spirit of mutual respect. Our campus community is enriched through programs, activities, and interactions that celebrate our uniqueness as well as our commonalities. We actively promote anti-racism and a community of care.

Proposed Rank/Hiring Title:  Ainsworth Visiting Scholar of American Culture and American History (funded by the Hilseweck Foundation)

Department:  History

FLSA Status:  Full-time, Exempt (2 year appointment)

Job Summary:   We seek a scholar who is expected to be active in both the American Culture Program and the Department of History.  History Department responsibilities include teaching an introductory American history course, an introductory course on any aspect of African American history, as well as an introductory or intermediate course on any aspect of American women’s history.  In addition, the successful candidate would advise individual senior projects in American history.

In the spring term she or he will join Randolph College’s signature American Culture Program, a block of interrelated courses and travel-study, which probes what it means to be an American by exploring broad themes (liberty, democracy, capitalism, race, religion, etc.) in American culture.  The program includes visits to historic sites, workplaces, government agencies, churches, and museums both in Virginia and in other parts of the United States. The Program will comprise 2/3 of her or his spring term teaching load.

Teaching load is 3 courses per semester in our innovative Take2 curricular model where courses are offered in two 7-week sessions each semester. Appointee will participate in the evolution of the Program and the History Department as it responds to emerging student demographics. We seek a candidate with culturally responsive and innovative pedagogical approaches.

Essential Functions:

  • Typical teaching load is three courses per semester.
  • Participate in course development, assessment, accreditation, and planning activities.
  • Participate in departmental meetings and recruitment activities.
  • Serve as an academic adviser for senior projects.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and commitment to the college mission.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in history (area of specialization is open) completed by August 2022.
  • Evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in undergraduate instruction.
  • Evidence of active research and scholarship.
  • Ability to teach required courses in the History Department and in the American Culture Program.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience creating inclusive workspaces. Regard for social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion in an academic setting, all with respect to race, gender, sexual orientation, and other identities.

Open Date:  2021-11-08

Close Date: 2021-12-15

Open Until Filled:  Yes

Application Review Begins on:  Begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.  Candidates chosen to be interviewed will be contacted by email.

Hiring Salary:  $52,500-$58,000

Physical Demands: Requires standing/walking/sitting for extended periods of time.  May occasionally lift 10/15 lbs.

Working Conditions: Classroom and laboratory teaching environment.

Special Instructions to Applicants:  To apply, please send the following materials to

  1. A cover letter addressing all position responsibilities and qualifications;
  2. A current curriculum vitae;
  3. A statement of teaching philosophy that includes evidence of teaching effectiveness and describes experience creating and maintaining an inclusive learning environment;
  4. A statement of research interests and accomplishments;
  5. An unofficial graduate transcript (official transcript required for employment);
  6. Names and contact information of three professional references (letters will be requested when finalists are selected).

EEO Statement:  Randolph College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to enhancing our community and encourages applications from qualified individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences and ideas who would increase the diversity of the College.




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