College/Division: Division of Academic Affairs and Provost
Department: PROV On Your Time Initiatives
Advertised Salary Range: 40,000-50,000
Advertised Job Summary:
The Department of History at the University of South Carolina is pleased to invite applications for two new two-year (renewable for a third year) Post-Doctoral History Teaching Fellowships focused on teaching and interpreting the documents on which the United States was founded (including the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Federalist Papers, Emancipation Proclamation, other freedom papers, and more). Two Founding Documents Post-Docs are available, both beginning on July 1, 2021. These twelve-month positions include a five-course teaching load (two in the Fall; two in the Spring, and one either in the Winter term or over Summer session). In addition, the postdoctoral fellows will be associated with the Department's renowned History Center, directed by Prof. Patricia Sullivan, and will have the opportunity to assist with activities, projects, and works-in progress organized by that unit Our intent is to build a faculty learning community focused on various intellectual, social, cultural, economic, religious and political aspects of the Founding Documents and their importance for civic engagement and reinvigorated democracy in the twenty-first century.
This opportunity is the result of new legislation in South Carolina (the REACH Act) that requires college students in the state to complete a three-credit course that includes the American founding documents. We seek candidates who are committed to teaching students how to place these documents into the intellectual history of democracy within and beyond the United States. Teaching will be limited to courses that satisfy the State's Founding Documents requirement (including HIST 111: US History to 1865; HIST 201: Founding Documents; and later possibly HIST 469-470 Constitutional History of the US, I &II).
Postdoctoral employment is temporary and is normally limited to an individual who has been awarded a Ph.D. recently. In the case of the Founding Documents positions, the doctoral degree should have been received within the previous three years (since 2018). These positions will teach five courses/year (two in the Fall semester; two in the Spring semester, and one either in the Winter term or over Summer session). Employment as a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow is viewed as training and is preparatory for a full-time academic or research career, is supervised by a senior scholar, and allows the appointee to teach, to participate in professional development, and to publish the results of his/her research or scholarship during the training period. In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.
Advertised Minimum Qualifications :
1. Completion of a History PhD within the last three years.(ABDs are NOT eligible for consideration). 2. Demonstrable experience teaching or researching the history of democracy and/or the founding documents of the United States 3. Interest in shaping civics education for the 21st century 4. Experience in building intellectual community and events planning
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Internal Number: 95661
About The University of South Carolina
The University of South Carolina System is comprised of the state’s flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 “Best Colleges” according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses (USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University). Together, the USC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state’s educational, cultural, health and research needs. The System employs nearly 14,000 people who work daily to improve the lives of students, fellow South Carolinians and the world. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment.