Cornell College
  • 03-Sep-2019 (CST)
  • Mt Vernon, IA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Cornell College, a private undergraduate liberal arts college located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in the fields of modern European and transnational, global, or world history. We seek a broadly trained historian of modern Europe with additional expertise in a second geographical area, such as Asia, Africa, the Middle East, or Latin America, who will teach in the history department while contributing to an interdisciplinary major in international relations. Responsibilities will include teaching six courses a year, including a survey of modern European history, an introductory course in a second geographical area (such as Asia, Africa, the Middle East, or Latin America), an upper-division course in the history of international relations, and other lower- and upper-division courses in the successful candidate's areas of expertise. Prospective applicants should be creative teachers and researchers eager to work closely with students in a small college setting.  We are particularly interested in candidates able to teach topics such as diplomatic history, the history of warfare, transnational migration, borderlands studies, or environmental issues. Interest in digital humanities is also welcome. Ph.D. in history by September 2020 required; appointment will begin in the fall of 2020.

About Cornell College

Cornell College, a deeply student-focused selective liberal arts college, is distinguished by its One Course At A Time curriculum, a philosophy which allows students more opportunities for off-campus study, full-time internships, and research blocks. Academic immersion and unparalleled flexibility, thanks to the One Course Calendar, attract an ambitious student body from nearly all 50 US states and territories and many foreign countries. External endorsements include selection as one of the Colleges That Change Lives, a U.S. News Top 100 liberal arts college, and a Fiske Guide to Colleges Best Buy. Founded in 1853, Cornell's picturesque hilltop campus contains a mix of historic and modern facilities, ranging from the majestic King Chapel to the newly constructed Russell Science Center. It is located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, an urban fringe community recognized by Frommer's as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns" and located in the heart of the ICR Iowa region.

Cornell College is committed to fostering a faculty and staff community that reflects its diverse student body.  We encourage applications from candidates who share our vision for a campus that embraces differing backgrounds, viewpoints, and identities.  We believe in the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion that serve to enrich and strengthen our campus community.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit the following application materials:

  • Letter of application/cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Teaching statement, describing teaching interests, experience, and philosophy, including examples of individual commitment to diversity in the classroom/campus community
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from professional references sent via email to
  • Graduate transcripts (Official transcripts are needed prior to employment)

Applications will be reviewed starting November 15, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

For more information about the Department of History, please visit Direct questions to M. Philip Lucas, Chair, Department of History. 

Cornell is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  Cornell complies with Iowa's smoke-free air act. Cornell utilizes E-Verify and requires the satisfactory completion of a background check.

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