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CUNY Associate or Full Professor of History / Executive Director of the American Social History Project & in New York, New York

Job Title: Associate or Full Professor of History / Executive Director of the American Social History Project & the Center for Media & Learning

Job ID: 19667

Location: Graduate Center

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Performs teaching, research and guidance duties in area(s) of expertise. Shares responsibility for committee and department assignments including administrative, supervisory, and other functions.


The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

The Ph.D. Program in History at the GC seeks an Associate or Full Professor in U.S. History whose primary responsibility will be to serve as Executive Director of the American Social History Project (ASHP) and the Center for Media and Learning (CML). The American Social History Project, created in 1981 and housed in the Center for Media and Learning, is an internationally recognized public history project devoted to fostering interest in the U.S. past through scholarly and technologically innovative public engagement. Its award-winning books, documentaries, and websites are used in universities, adult-education programs, and public forums across the country, and its professional development seminars and faculty institutes are models for incorporating recent history scholarship, new technologies, and active learning methods in classrooms. The ASHP/CML has had much success in securing major grants in support of its various programs and professional staff. ASHP includes the New Media Lab which enables faculty and doctoral students from all disciplines to create digital projects based on their scholarly research.

The successful candidate will be dedicated to maintaining the excellence of the ASHP/CML and building upon it through new programming at the master’s and doctoral levels, as well as through partnerships with other New York City cultural and educational institutions. S/he will also have an active research agenda and a commitment to graduate teaching and advisement. The Ph.D. Program in History features a small cohort of “central-line” faculty who teach full-time at the Graduate Center and a much larger group of “consortial” faculty who teach and advise students at the GC in addition to their primary appointments at other CUNY colleges. The Program has a strong record of placing graduating historians in prominent academic positions and in other professions and intellectual endeavors.


For Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor:

Ph.D. degree in area(s) of experience or equivalent. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, demonstrated scholarship or achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

A preferred candidate should have:

  • Ph.D. in History or a related discipline.

  • A record of scholarship in U.S. History as demonstrated by the publication of books and peer-reviewed articles.

  • Experience with public history initiatives, including digital and other technologically innovative approaches, and an ability to work collaboratively to develop programs for master’s and doctoral students.

  • Experience in fundraising, administration of grant-funding projects, and supervision of staff.

  • Experience with graduate teaching, training, and mentoring and the ability to supervise Master’s theses and Ph.D. dissertations.


CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


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Open until filled with review of applications to begin on January 21, 2019.


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