Postdoc: History of the Western Mediterranean, 300-1650CE (2014-15, Bates College)

The Department of History, Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine, invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellow, with a particular emphasis on pedagogical innovation. The fellowship is funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation and begins August 1, 2014. Candidates must complete the Ph.D. by September 1, 2014, and should be no more than three years out of their doctorate. This is a half-time teaching position with salary and benefits of a full-time assistant professor. The fellow will teach three courses during the academic year 2014-15 and two courses in 2015-16. The reduced teaching load is designed to support innovation in teaching and on-going professional research. Some funds to support scholarly work are also available. Bates is a highly selective liberal arts college and will provide an excellent climate for professional development and scholarship.

We seek historians of the western Mediterranean between 300 and 1650 C.E., with strong preferences for those who study Spain before 1500. The following areas of specialization are of particular interest: interfaith relations, the Mediterranean world, and/or the Atlantic world. We anticipate a close integration of this position among programs in History and Classical and Medieval Studies, so applicants should explain how their own work might complement some of the work of relevant members of these departments. The successful candidate must be interested in, and will conduct faculty workshops on, innovative teaching and research. The department recognizes that innovation can take many forms. Some possibilities could include techniques in the digital humanities; methods for attracting diverse groups to the study of history; pedagogies focused on different learning styles; creative ways of structuring assignments and the use of classroom time; techniques for connecting student learning to wider local and global communities; or creative approaches to promoting student engagement and interest in History at Bates. The college, the History Department, and the Classical and Medieval Studies Program are committed to enhancing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. The search committee expects candidates who can contribute to this goal to identify their strengths and experiences in this area.

Applicants should submit electronically, in PDF format, to Nancy LePage, Project Specialist, 207-786-6480 at, a letter of application, C.V., writing sample, teaching statement, and three letters of recommendation. Please include your last name and R2527 in the subject line of all submissions. Consideration of applications will begin on March 17, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
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