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The University of South Carolina invites applications for one full-time instructor in the Department of History to teach four courses per semester (8 courses for the academic year).  This is a nine-month appointment, beginning August 16, 2017 and ending May 15, 2018. The salary is $42,000. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses for the Department of History, supervising graduate-student teaching assistants or graders, and advising undergraduate students. 


Applicants must hold an M.A. degree, and preferably a Ph.D. degree, in History at the time of appointment.  Applicants must be capable of teaching introductory History courses that satisfy the University’s Carolina Core GHS requirements, particularly HIST 108, Science and Technology in World History.  Ability to teach an additional introductory GHS course in American, European, Islamic World, East Asian, or African history is a plus.  A list of the Carolina Core GHS courses, with sample syllabi, may be found at


Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated successful college-level teaching, and ability to teach History to students from a variety of majors and schools.  Commitment to excellence in teaching and fostering student learning is expected. 


The Department of History offers programs leading to bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. degrees, and features one of the country’s oldest and most esteemed programs in Public History.  For more information about the Department, please visit


Applications must be submitted through the University’s online employment system “USC Jobs” at   A complete application for this position will include a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a letter that describes teaching interests, experiences, and abilities.

Three letters of recommendation are required to apply for this position. Letters of recommendation can be uploaded to the USCJobs Portal. They can also be emailed to the search committee at or sent by regular mail to:
Dr. Christine Caldwell Ames, Chair
Department of History
817 Henderson Street
Gambrell Hall, Room 245
Columbia, SC 29208.


Questions regarding the position may be directed to:

Christine Caldwell Ames, Chair
Department of History
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208


For full consideration, complete applications must be received no later than July 14, 2017.


The University of South Carolina’s main campus is located in the state capital, close to mountains and coast. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated the University as one of only 40 public institutions with “very high research activity”.  The Carnegie Foundation also lists USC as having strong community engagement. The University has over 31,000 students on the main campus, more than 300 degree programs, and a nationally-ranked library system that includes one of the nation’s largest public film archives. Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, is the center of an increasingly sophisticated greater metropolitan area with a population of over 800,000.  


The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.