Postdoc Inst Position, Dept of History 9-mo-NTT

Birmingham, AL

Samford University

Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences invites individuals interested in serving in a Christian university environment to apply for a teaching postdoctoral instructor position in the History Department, beginning August 2021. This non-tenure-track position carries a three-courses-per-semester teaching load, with courses divided between the interdisciplinary Core Curriculum, which covers speaking, writing and the history of ideas, and courses in the department.  The position is a full-time, one-year appointment  and may be renewable one time for a maximum of two years.

Qualified candidates will have earned a Ph.D. in History within the past four years from an institutionally accredited university and be able to teach in their chosen field of world history, with a preference for historians of Asia (any region), Central/Eastern Europe, Russia, Africa, or the relations between separate regions.  Applicants should also indicate their interest and approaches for teaching in either the Communication Arts or Cultural Perspectives programs within the Core Curriculum.

The successful candidate should have a strong commitment to the classroom, will demonstrate excellence in student development and mentorship and collegial collaboration.  The department also seeks to support the active research agendas of young scholars. Support for travel will be available and other research funding can be earned on a competitive basis. A tenured member of the History faculty will provide supervision and mentorship for the Postdoc.

The Department of History has 8 full-time faculty positions and over 60 majors, with majors in both History and Global and Cultural Studies, as well as a concentration in Legal Studies.

Samford University ( is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama. Located in suburban Birmingham, the University was founded in 1841 and has 425 full time faculty and more than 5,700 students representing 44 states and 30 countries. Samford has been nationally recognized for academics, affordability and value by a number of prestigious publications and rankings. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 2nd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. The University is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting. The University offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package.

Applications will be accepted beginning January 6th, 2021.  Review of applications will begin February 15, 2021 and applications will not be accepted beyond that date. Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vita with names and contact information of three references, evidence of teaching effectiveness, description of research interests and activities, along with  an application for faculty position and the faculty applicant Christian mission statement (links below).  The successful candidate must pass a background check. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States, as Samford will not sponsor any employment visas for this position. Samford University and Howard College of Arts and Sciences embrace diversity in their faculty, students, and staff and encourage applications from those who would add to the diversity of our academic community.

“Application for Faculty Position” can be found at:


“Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement can be found at:


Please submit all materials in a PDF format to:                                                                                              

ATTN:  Postdoctoral Instructor – History

Questions may be addressed to the search committee chair:

 Dr. Jonathan Den Hartog at

Except as specifically exempted by federal law requirements, Samford University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability or age in the administration or application of its educational programs and policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs. Consistent with its Christian mission and organizations, Samford is exempt from the religious provisions of Title VII pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sections 2000e-1(a) and 2000e-2(e).

Posted: 01/06/2021