Postdoctoral Associate, American Civil War Era

The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and the History Department of Virginia Tech

Job Type: Postdoc

Application Deadline: February 28, 2016

The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and the History Department of Virginia Tech invite applications for a one-year postdoctoral associate position in the history of the American Civil War era that will begin in July 2016. The successful applicant will benefit from professional mentoring, the opportunity to gain experience planning and participating in academic and public outreach activities, and access to the extensive Civil War era holdings of Virginia Tech’s Special Collections (

RESPONSIBILITIES. The successful applicant will:

  • be expected to make significant progress on a book manuscript.
  • teach one course in Virginia Tech’s History Department in either the Fall or Spring semester.
  • organize, in conjunction with the Center Director, an outreach project.
  • contribute to the research activities and public outreach programs of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, participating in events such as the Civil War Weekend.


  • Ph.D. in history or a related discipline with emphasis on any aspect of the Civil War era, broadly conceived. The Ph.D. must have been received by the time of appointment, and not more than three years prior to the date of appointment.
  • Record demonstrating potential for excellence in research and teaching.
  • Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with faculty from a variety of disciplines and with members of the general public.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Commitment to work effectively with a diverse campus population.


  • Experience with public engagement.
  • Skills or interest in developing skills in digital history.

REMUNERATION. Salary of $45,000 plus benefits. The successful applicant will also be eligible to apply for research funds from the VCCWS and the History Department.

APPLICATIONS. By February 28, 2016, applicants should upload the following at

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the position.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A research statement of no more than three double-spaced pages describing the significance of your dissertation project and your plans for revisions.
  • An outreach program proposal of no more than two double-spaced pages describing the project and its likely impact. The outreach program could be a public symposium, a digital project, a documentary film, a K-12 education initiative, or some other project. It should be feasible within a one-year timeframe and should further the VCCWS’s objective of engaging wider audiences in Civil War era history. (Post under “Other Doc”).
  • The names and contact information for three references.

The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies is housed in Virginia Tech’s History Department. The Center’s mission is to promote greater understanding of the American Civil War among professional historians, students, teachers, and the general public. For more information, go to

Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Posted: January 04, 2016