Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant Professor in History of Science

College: College of Arts

Department: History and BAS

Date Posted: February 2, 2022
Deadline: March 21, 2022 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #22-09

Position Description:

The Department of History and the Bachelor of Arts and Science (BAS) Program at the University of Guelph invite applications for a cross-appointed tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the History of Science and the Bachelor of Arts and Science Program. The appointment will commence on July 1, 2022.

The position will have History as its home department, and the successful candidate’s responsibilities will be split evenly between History and the Bachelor of Arts and Science (BAS) Program. Responsibilities include maintaining a robust research and publishing agenda, teaching undergraduate and graduate students in core BAS and History courses and in their own areas of research, and service work in History and the Bachelor of Arts and Science Program.

The preferred candidate for this position will have a specialization in the History of Science with interdisciplinary experience in Arts and Science. The position is not limited to any particular time period, geographical area, or area of research emphasis. This is a cross-appointed position between two programs, and candidates should speak to the interdisciplinary nature of their work in their cover letter.

Based in the History Department, half of the preferred candidate’s teaching will be in the History program. This will include HIST*1250 Science & Technology in Global Context, a first-year survey, which is also a core requirement in the Bachelor of Engineering Programs, as well as upper-year undergraduate and graduate courses related to their areas of expertise. They will also have the opportunity to supervise MA and PhD students and serve on graduate student advisory committees. The search committee particularly encourages applications from researchers focused on the interdisciplinary histories of technology, disability, the environment, Cold War-era science & technology, and health.

The other half of the preferred candidate’s teaching will be in the full range of courses in the Bachelor of Arts and Science (BAS) core, which includes courses addressing the interrelationships between Arts and Science areas, science communication, scientific literacy, and critical thinking. Topics courses focus on different interdisciplinary areas such as: Science and Film/Literature; Science and Health issues; Science and Racialization; Public Health; Science and Gender; Digital Culture; Cultural Evolution; Scientific Perspectives on the Arts & Humanities; Experiential Learning; and others. It would be an advantage if the candidate’s research areas coincided with any of the above interdisciplinary areas.

Candidates should have a PhD in the History of Science or a related field at the time of appointment and a record of excellence in research and teaching, as well as the potential to attract graduate students. Evidence of excellence and innovation in teaching will be an asset. Excellence in research can be demonstrated by publications in refereed journals, edited collections and books, and presentations at scholarly conferences.

The University of Guelph is a research-intensive university, ranked highly among comparable Canadian institutions. The History Department has 23 faculty members and offers both MA and PhD programs as part of the Tri-University Graduate Program with its partners, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.

The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process

Assessment of applications will begin on March 21, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file): (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) sample publications; (4) a one-page teaching statement (maximum 500 words) that includes a discussion of how the applicant might approach teaching the history of science and interdisciplinary courses in the BAS program. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent under separate cover. Applications and reference letters should be sent to the attention of:

Kathryn Hughes
Administrative Assistant to the Chair
Department of History
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

Email: histadmin@uoguelph.ca

The University of Guelph is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs, supports diversity in its teaching, learning and work environments, and ensures that applications for members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered under its employment equity policy. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of our University community are encouraged to apply.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion (https://uoguel.ph/ox2p9) is an institutional imperative. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply, particularly those from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in employment, including scholars who are Black, Indigenous, visible minorities, disabled, LGBTQ*, and women. Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

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