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Part Time Faculty

April 19, 2013

Graduate students who are either currently teaching or will be soon, take note.  The University of Akron part time instructors are staging a rally for equity.  Interesting.  Feel free to comment on this!


Oklahoma Baptist TT Job

December 26, 2012

Oklahoma Baptist University

Tenure-track Appointment in American History
Spring 2013

Oklahoma Baptist University’s Department of Anthropology, History, and Political Science announces a tenure-track position in American history at the assistant or associate level.

Appointment requires a full load of four courses per semester. Half of that load each semester is generally one section of “Western Civilization,” a two-semester, writing-intensive course team-taught with English literature. Appointment also includes committee service and student advising. Candidates with some expertise in secondary education social studies and geography will receive special consideration.

The successful candidate will assist the department and University in fulfilling its long-range goals for the intellectual and spiritual growth of students. Ph.D. degree is preferred, but qualified ABD applicants will be considered. The department currently includes six full-time faculty members with approximately 100 undergraduate majors and minors in multiple programs.

Oklahoma Baptist University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution with more than 1800 students and 280 faculty and staff on a 200-acre campus in Shawnee, Oklahoma. OBU transforms lives by equipping students to pursue academic excellence, integrate faith with all areas of knowledge, engage a diverse world, and live worthy of the high calling of God in Christ.

Application Process: To apply, complete a faculty application at Submit the application, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, three letters of recommendation, a sample course syllabus (if available), and evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available) to Human Resource Department, 500 West University, OBU Box 61207, Shawnee, OK 74804. For questions call 405-585-4157. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Review of documents will begin February 15 and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Hunt… and Trust

September 18, 2012

CFH member and OK State grad student Mary Sanders sent over this article from the Chronicle.

It highlights a rather tragic story about colleagues competing in the same job market.  This is a sensitive subject for some of us… especially if we end up competing in a similar CCCU job market.

So… hoping to conjure some good discussion here:

How does this change with us being fellow Christians?

What is a “right spirit” in this situation?

How are you, or how have you navigated the job market when it comes to colleagues, friends, and brothers/sisters in Christ?

Bender’s Lost History

February 28, 2012

Admittedly I’m a bit late to the party on this, but a few weeks ago historians took a prominent position in the Chronicle of Higher Education thinking aloud about our profession.  Thomas Bender, historian at NYU, offered some suggestions for retraining graduate students into occupations other than the traditional tenure track professor.  Because, *spoiler alert* there really aren’t enough tenure track jobs available.

It is evident, then, why we need to be paying attention to this discussion as graduate student members of the CFH.  While many of the departments discussed in the article may not see community college teaching as viable options, many of us do.  Similarly, few of us aspire to land at “publish or perish” universities, instead preferring the teaching-friendly and teaching-heavy confines of the liberal arts institutions that spawned our ill-fated desires to pursue this profession.

It leads me to a few questions; first, why does the academy as a whole seem to look down their noses at the teaching-dominant workplaces?  Is there something inherently non-academic about teaching a 4/4 load?  Secondly, what does this mean for those of us who believe in Calling?  Are these articles and statistics a “sign” that we should begin considering other options (the proverbial “door closing”), or are they instead obstacles to test our perseverance in the midst of lifelong refining fire?  I know I’ve mixed my biblical metaphors… but the question remains… what action (if any) should we take?

Greg Jones is the graduate student representative for the Conference on Faith and History.  When he’s not teaching history or blogging about music, he loves to spend time with his wife Jennifer.  They are expecting their first baby in September.

Grad School Summers

June 7, 2011

One year I packed corn on a farm in the Cuyahoga Valley.

The next year I delivered auto parts.

The third year I read a few hundred books to prepare for comprehensive exams.

The fourth year I worked on dissertation research and writing.

What are you doing with your summer? Are you using it to advance your career, or just put some bread (quite literally) on the table? Share your thoughts and ideas on the graduate school summer.

What He Tells His Grad Students

March 8, 2011

Check out this article in the Chronicle about advice for graduate students.

If you’re not already queasy about the job market, this ought to do it for you. I guess the only silver lining I can find here is that in history, I suppose, no hiring committee would expect three publications for a freshly-minted PhD.

Any veterans want to enlighten us or react to this article? Give us hope, please?


May 10, 2010

The African American National Biography on-line has some open entries. If you are doing or have done research on African American leaders and want to write an entry, go to and click on “available entries.”

To provide a brief background: In 2008, OUP published the African American National Biography, the largest and most comprehensive biographical dictionary of the black experience in America to date. Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, are the General Editors of the project, which has migrated online and is updated three times a year.