Job Posting: Assistant Professor, Human Rights Institute and Department of History, University of Connecticut

Job Posting Title: Assistant Professor, Human Rights Institute and Department of History

The Human Rights Institute and the Department of History at the University of Connecticut invite applications for a tenure-track joint appointment in History and Human Rights at the assistant professor level beginning August 23, 2017.  The research and teaching responsibilities of the successful candidate will be situated in the Human Rights Institute and the History Department (the tenure home of the appointment), both of which have thriving research communities and strong undergraduate and graduate programs. For more information on the departments please visit: and

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is  in the midst of a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut ( investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence ( We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for a faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship, high quality publications, and national recognition as through honorific awards. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in History or a closely related field by the appointment start date. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.  Applicants must have research specialization in some aspect of the history of human rights since 1700 (geographical area of research open); demonstrated excellence in research; a proven record of excellence in teaching including the demonstrated capacity to teach an undergraduate course in the history of human rights to the present; the ability to develop appropriate courses for the graduate and undergraduate history and human rights curriculum; and a  commitment to promoting diversity through their academic and research programs.

Preferred Qualifications

Research focus on humanitarianism, international institutions, international law, or the role of social movements broadly conceived in the development of human rights; an outstanding record of research and scholarship excellence; commitment to effective teaching; and the ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.

Appointment Terms

This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 2017.  The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply

Select “Apply Now” to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Please submit an application letter that addresses the criteria for the position; curriculum vitae, teaching statement relevant to courses in history and the history of human rights (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.); research and scholarship statement; commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.); and a sample article or chapter. Additionally, please follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct three reference writers to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf.

Screening of applicants will begin immediately, and it is preferred that applications be received by October 28, 2016. It is anticipated that preliminary interviews will be conducted via teleconference starting mid-November 2016. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check (Search # 2017152).

Inquiries other than applications can be directed to Prof. Mark Overmyer-Velazquez ([email protected]) or Prof. Kathryn Libal ([email protected]), History/Human Rights Search Committee Co-Chairs, or to History/Human Rights Search, Department of History, U-4103, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT  06269-4103, U.S.A.)

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The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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