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About Us

Assistant Professor of History

Lake Forest College seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor with a concentration in the history of the United States in the twentieth century, to begin in the 2018-2019 academic year.  Teaching load is six courses per year (three courses in each of two semesters). Responsibilities include introductory-level U.S. history survey courses, topical electives, and advanced seminars, as well as teaching courses in service to the major.  Opportunities to contribute to interdisciplinary programs, including American Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies; Latin American Studies; and Urban Studies.  All specializations within 20th-century U.S. History will be considered; preference given to candidates who can situate the United States within a broader international context (in scholarship and/or in teaching).

Classes at Lake Forest are small (typically 15-25 students).  Generous support for scholarly research and faculty development, including a semester of pre-tenure leave for those who pass third-year review.  Strong preference for candidates who have demonstrated success in teaching.  The Ph.D. degree must be completed by summer 2018.  

A highly selective liberal arts college located in a suburb of Chicago, Lake Forest College enrolls approximately 1,600 students from more than 40 states and from more than 70 countries.  At Lake Forest College, the quality of a faculty member’s teaching is the most important criterion for evaluation. The College also expects peer-reviewed publications and active participation in the College community. Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Please submit letter of application and c.v. to Dr. Anna Jones, Chair of the Department of History, in a single PDF file labeled with your name to historysearch@lakeforest.edu.  Sample syllabi, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a writing sample are also encouraged.  Three letters of reference must also be sent directly to the above email address or mailed to: History Department, Lake Forest College, 555 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045.  Deadline for applications: 1 November 2017. Interviews will be by invitation during the AHA annual meeting in Washington DC in January 2018 (finalists invited to AHA will be asked to submit an official graduate transcript).