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Visiting Faculty in History

Job no: 494181
Work type: FAC - Visiting Faculty - 1st Year - Academic Year
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Summary:The Department of History at Grand Valley State University invites applications for full-time Visiting (non-tenure-track) appointments for the 2022-2023 academic year, with the possibility for renewal, at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor (or at the rank of Visiting Instructor if ABD).

  • For the History of Technology/Medicine position, the teaching load of four courses per semester will include surveys in the History of Technology and upper-division surveys in the History of Medicine and Health. Region and time period of specialization are open
  • For the World History and/or US History position, the teaching load of four courses per semester will include surveys in World and/or US History. Candidates who can teach both World History and US History surveys and have areas of expertise in the following areas are encouraged to apply: Global History, East Asian History, European History, African History and/or US African-American History, US Latinx History, US Asian-American History.

The History Department is especially interested in receiving applications from candidates from underrepresented groups, and from candidates who have interest and/or experience in working with diverse student and community populations. Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity institution.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • ABD in History PhD program or related field.
  • Experience in, demonstrated understanding of, or interest in social justice education and/or initiatives, and/or inclusion, diversity, and/or intercultural training. 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy. 

Preferred Qualifications and Education:  

  • PhD. in History or related field.
  • Teaching experience at the university level.


  • Teaching four, three-credit courses per semester.


The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The university offers an excellent comprehensive package that includes health plans, life insurance, retirement, sick/leave disability, tuition waiver, adoption resources, wellness coaching, and free access to campus fitness facilities. Family and child care options on and off-campus are also available. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit Visiting Faculty Benefits - Benefits and Wellness - Grand Valley State University (

Department/College:  The Department of History consists of over thirty faculty committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching, cutting-edge scholarship, and public outreach and engagement. It also oversees a robust program in Social Studies Education, with dedicated faculty experts in this field. The faculty’s subfields of expertise range from US to African, European, East Asian, South Asian, Latin American, and Global History and include the subfields of Public History and the History of Science/Medicine/Technology. The department values a collegial teaching and working environment.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest college at Grand Valley, offering over 50 bachelor degrees and a growing number of advanced degrees in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. CLAS is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Our faculty are active teacher-scholars committed to equitable, inclusive, career-connected, and community-engaged liberal arts and sciences education. There are many opportunities for collaboration within CLAS and across a broad group of partners on and off campus. We are interested in attracting a cohort of new faculty committed to these core values as we seek to foster a community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive together.

Campus/University:  Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Detroit, Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities, and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable, and offers rich cultural amenities. Grand Valley is located within easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Information can be found at Community Resources - Human Resources - Grand Valley State University ( Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit via email to (with attention to Dr. Michael Huner, Chair, Department of History): (1) a cover letter addressing qualifications and your motivation to teach for the History Department at GVSU, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy that includes a commitment to inclusive excellence and a summary of ongoing and anticipated activities to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity (4) sample syllabi from a survey course and an upper-level course (5) two letters of reference, and (6) graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts issued to students are acceptable to apply). Email questions about the positions to: Dr. Michael Huner,  

Application Deadline:  The review process will begin on June 1, 2022, and continue until the positions are filled. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

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