Professor – Department of History



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Job description

Urbana, IL

James G. Randall Distinguished Professorship in US History: The Department of History at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign invites nominations and applications for the James G. Randall Distinguished Professorship in US History. We seek candidates with an outstanding record of scholarship in the history of the Civil War and/or Reconstruction. We particularly welcome candidates whose work addresses one or more of the following: slavery, emancipation, constructions of race, Lincoln, and the US South, and whose scholarship also considers the longer historical legacies of these events and themes in culture, politics, and national memory. Successful candidates are expected to teach effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, establish and maintain an active and independent research program, and provide service to the department, the university and the profession.

While the successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Full Professor with tenure (full-time), we welcome applications from advanced Associate Professors with a second book in or near publication. The successful candidate will be an accomplished scholar with a distinguished record of publications, an active research agenda, and enthusiasm for teaching. A PhD in History or a related field is required. Salary is competitive.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

The Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives of impact in the state, nation, and globally. To meet these objectives, the College embraces and values diversity and difference through hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.

How to apply

To apply, create your candidate profile through and upload the following application documents: Letter of application, CV, and statement of future research plans, along with the names of three professional references. Letters of recommendation may be requested from referees electronically at a later date. To ensure full consideration, all required application materials must be submitted by November 15, 2019. Anticipated start date is August 16, 2020.

For questions and to submit nominations, please contact Professor David Sepkoski at [email protected].

For more information about the Department of History, visit our webpage at

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