Assistant Professor – History of Science/Tech, University of Wisconsin La Crosse

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Job Type: Faculty, Tenure Track

Application Deadline: September 10, 2018

The Department of History at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse seeks applicants for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor rank in World History and the History of Science, Science and Technology Studies (STS), and/or the History of Medicine, beginning Fall 2019.

Candidates for the appointment should have, or be near to completing, a doctoral degree in history or a related field by the start date. Degree must be earned by the first personnel review, no later than May 15, 2020. Period and geographic region of specialization are open, although preference will be given to applicants who can enhance departmental course offerings and contribute to curricular changes and programs that reflect our institutional mission. Areas of expertise might include the history of science or of technology, history of life or natural sciences, or history of medicine, although candidates may combine any of these in their research and teaching. This position entails the unique opportunity to collaborate across campus with programs outside history and faculty in various disciplines.

A successful candidate will teach 12 credits (typically 4 courses) per semester — the majority consisting of undergraduate World History and General Education courses — combined with advanced undergraduate courses in their area of specialty.


• Ph.D. in History, or in a related field with a history emphasis. Degree must be earned by the first personnel review, no later than May 15, 2020.
• Coursework in and evidence of ability to teach courses on History of Science or STS, History of Medicine, or related fields.
• Evidence of ability to teach World History general education courses.
• Evidence of ability to teach courses in historiography and historical methods, as well as historical research and writing.
• Evidence of ability to start an active program of research.


• Research specialization/experience in History of Science or STS, History of Medicine, or related fields.
• Evidence of ability to enhance departmental course offerings and contribute to curricular changes and programs that reflect our institutional mission.
• Evidence of ability to recruit, retain, and facilitate graduation of students from under-represented backgrounds.
• Evidence of ability to research and teach about history in a global context.
• Desire and experience to incorporate students in research activities.

This is a continuous recruitment with the first review of applications beginning September 10, 2018. Applicants must provide a letter of application, vitae, unofficial graduate transcript(s), and the names, email address and phone numbers of three professional references. Finalists may be requested to provide additional supporting materials.

Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community. UW-La Crosse’s diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “… our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive.” The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse is a 2014 recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. UW-La Crosse is proud to be one of only 83 recipients of this national honor recognizing our commitment to diversity and inclusion. UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest. With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 94 undergraduate programs in at least 30 disciplines and 21 graduate programs in the following colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education. There are 520 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 85 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates. The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation. UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse. As a prospective UW-La Crosse employee, you have a right to obtain a copy of campus safety and security information (Clery Act) for this institution. You may review this information at Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

Posted: August 08, 2018