Assistant Professor in 20th-Century United States Environmental History

University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of History   Madison, WI   Full-time     Education
Posted on July 3, 2024
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Job Summary:

The Department of History at the UW-Madison invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in 20th-Century United States environmental history as the Allan H. Selig Assistant Professor in United States History beginning August 2025. Applicants should have the capacity to teach survey courses that treat the full sweep of U.S./American Environmental History, from Indigenous history prior to European presence in North America until the present day.

The successful candidate will advance the educational mission of the College of Letters & Science, that values, prioritizes, and actualizes evidence-based and student-centered teaching and (undergraduate student) mentoring. They will contribute to an environment that fosters engagement and a sense of belonging for faculty, staff, students and members of the broader community.


The successful candidate will actively take part in the intellectual life of a History faculty with temporally, geographically, and methodological diverse interests; and will engage with the interdisciplinary Center for Culture, History, and Environment housed in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. The successful candidate will teach introductory surveys, upper-level undergraduate courses, and graduate seminars; mentor undergraduate and graduate students; engage in significant ongoing scholarly research and publication; and perform department, university, and community services as appropriate for faculty rank.

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Ph.D. in History or related field by start of appointment


Candidates should demonstrate evidence of creativity and excellence in teaching and scholarly research.

The successful candidate will demonstrate experience with fostering or the ability to foster a teaching, learning, mentoring, departmental, and research environment where all can thrive.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 18, 2025


ACADEMIC (9 months)

Additional Information:

The College of Letters & Science is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all of us - students, staff, and faculty - can thrive. Ours is a community in which we all are welcome. Most importantly, we strive to build a community in which all of us feel a great sense of belonging. There is no excellence without diversity in all its forms; diverse teams are more creative and successful than homogeneous ones. We are better when we are diverse and when we acknowledge, celebrate and honor our diversity. In acknowledging and honoring our diversity, we also assume a responsibility to support and stand up for each other.

How to Apply:

Apply online at "Jobs at UW" ( under job number 301647. Applications must be received through UW- Madison's online application system. Applications submitted outside of this system will not be considered. Click the "Apply Now" button to start the application process. Applicants should submit the following items:

- letter of application

- curriculum vitae

- teaching statement

- a writing sample of roughly 35 pages. If the writing sample forms part of a larger book manuscript or dissertation, please include an abstract and table of contents or a statement of how the writing sample fits in with the larger project.

Candidates will be asked to provide contact information for three references; each reference will receive an electronic link through which they can upload a signed letter of reference.

For full consideration, all materials must be received no later than 11:59pm on Monday, September 9, 2024. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Please note that applicants will be evaluated based upon submitted application materials and therefore should speak to and include evidence of their qualifications. Application materials must clearly demonstrate the applicant's dedication to excellence in student-centered teaching and mentoring. Additionally, materials should showcase the applicant's ability to purposefully plan their teaching practices, evidenced through goals, action plans, reflection, and related documentation. This portion of application materials must be created by the applicant that may include supporting letters. It cannot be only in the form of letters and testimony by others.

Employment will require an institutional reference check regarding any misconduct. To be considered, applicants must upload a signed 'Authorization to Release Information' form as part of the application. The authorization form and a definition of 'misconduct' can be found here:


Leslie Abadie
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Official Title:

Assistant Professor(FA040)



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