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The Department of History at Christopher Newport University invites applications for a tenure-track position in History, effective August 15, 2016.  Applicants must be committed to undergraduate education and demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching and research with undergraduates. This position will specialize in the history of the Middle East and North Africa with additional consideration given to those who can also teach sub-Saharan Africa. The successful candidate will teach upper and lower division courses in the candidates area of research and in the Universitys liberal learning core.  The nominal teaching load for tenure track appointments is 3-3.  The Ph.D. in History or a closely related field is required for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.  In some cases, exceptionally well-qualified candidates may be considered for appointment at a higher rank and ABD candidates who will not hold the Ph.D. by the time of appointment may be considered for appointment at the rank of Instructor.  Phi Beta Kappa membership is highly desirable.

CNU is committed to outstanding teaching and learning, undergraduate education, and the liberal studies core; the University is seeking to shelter a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. The Fall 2015 freshman class of 1,225 students was selected from nearly 8,000 admission applications, and presented high school GPA and SAT score middle 50% ranges of 3.5-4.0 and 1080-1230, respectively. Capital improvements (approaching $1 billion) on the beautiful, 260-acre campus, located between historic Colonial Williamsburg and the ocean resort of Virginia Beach, integrate the Universitys liberal arts vision, nurturing mind, body, and spirit. These include the state-of-the-art Trible Library, home to the most comprehensive maritime research collections in the world; three new academic buildings including a newly opened integrated science building; the Freeman Center athletic complex; and the I.M. Pei-designed Ferguson Center for the Arts, which brings to Virginia the finest performing artists in the world.

Our faculty enjoy an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect that rewards outstanding teaching and fosters active intellectual and creative engagement. CNU faculty are productive scholars and researchers, supported by professional development funds. Faculty and administrators regularly consult and collaborate as the University works to sustain a culture of scholarly inquiry, informed debate, and civic action that enriches students, faculty, and the surrounding community. The result is a supportive and cohesive academic setting in which the University cultivates and carries forward its mission. Competitive salary with excellent health and retirement benefits and a well-designed family leave policy further enhance the CNU workplace. For further information on CNU, please visit our website at

To apply, submit a letter of application, vita, graduate transcripts (copies acceptable for initial screening), a statement of teaching philosophy, a sample of scholarly work, a sample syllabus for a course you typically teach, and three letters of reference to:

Director of Faculty Recruitment

History (Middle East & North Africa) Faculty Search

Search #8134

Christopher Newport University

1 Avenue of the Arts

Newport News, VA 23606-3072



Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2015.

Applications received after November 1, 2015 will be considered only if needed.

Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.

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