CfA: Assistant Professor, History of Early Modern or Modern East Asia


The Department of History at the University of Tennessee invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the History of Early Modern or Modern East Asia (since 1500) outside of China. The research specialty is open and may treat any country or region within that scope. Applicants working in borderlands, cross-cultural contact, environment, migration, or science and medicine are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will teach an undergraduate world history survey (1500 CE-present) and offer upper division and graduate courses in the area of specialty to complement our current strengths. The department has a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and is dedicated to maintaining a respectful and welcoming academic environment. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

The appointment will begin August 1, 2024. A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline is required at the time of appointment.

Applications should include a cover letter addressing research and teaching interests and experience; a curriculum vitae; contact information for three references; a sample of written scholarship not more than 25 pages in length, preferably published; and evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Materials should be submitted through Review of applications will begin 15 October 2023. Questions may be directed to Charles Sanft (, chair of the search committee.

As a land-grant university, the University of Tennessee values active and engaged scholarship and teaching and welcomes evidence of these commitments in applications. In addition to addressing other qualifications in the letter of application, candidates may also describe how they would promote students’ access and inclusion in teaching and scholarship.

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services.  All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.