Assistant Professor – World History, c. 1000-1800 CE

Tenured/Tenure Track Position | Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

The History Department in the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is seeking a full-time, tenure-track, academic year Assistant Professor of World History, c. 1000-1800 CE. Appointment to begin September 12, 2022. The department seeks candidates engaged in a global comparative history that would expand the department’s course offerings with respect to geography and methodology, with a strong preference for geographical specializations in South Asia, Africa, the Middle East, or Mesoamerica.

Thematic specializations of particular interest to the department include migration, movements & exchanges, medicine, capitalism, and the law. The successful candidate will have research expertise and the ability to teach upper-division and graduate courses in World History and in other areas related to the candidate’s specialization(s), as well as the ability to teach lower-division general education World History survey courses.

Cal Poly strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), especially in the classroom and among its areas of study. This position is part of a college-wide cluster of searches designed to increase curricular coverage of areas related to DEI, as well as to promote inclusive and equity-minded teaching strategies across the university. Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the college’s and university’s goals in these areas.
The other searches are for positions in the following disciplines across campus:

  • Rhetoric (Communication Studies)
  • African American Literature (English)
  • Public Policy (Political Science)
  • Counseling/Clinical Psychology with Cultural & Linguistic Competency (Psychology & Child Development
  • International Political Economy (Social Sciences)
  • Feminist/Queer/Trans* Dis/Ability Studies (Women’s, Gender & Queer Studies)
  • Latina/o/x Studies (Ethnic Studies) – 2 positions

Although Cal Poly is primarily a teaching university, our faculty are expected to balance teaching with an active program of research/professional development and participation in service activities at the department and college/university level. The typical teaching load is 12 units (three courses) per quarter, with a reduction in course load in each of the first two years to help establish an active program of research and professional development. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Initial appointment is for two years, subject to renewal. An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in History or a closely related field by date of appointment is required.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Required Qualifications

An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in History or a closely related field by date of appointment is required. 

Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings is required. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required. 

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to those with experience in working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment.  Preference will also be given to those with relevant work experience and those who bring professional capabilities.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit, complete a required online faculty application and apply to Requisition # 504836.  Please attach to your electronic application a cover letter, vita, transcript copy, statement of teaching philosophy, and writing sample indicative of area of scholarship.  In the cover letter, the applicant should also address the feasibility of conducting a research program within the context of a primarily teaching-oriented undergraduate program. Applicants must include a Statement of demonstrated commitment to DEI efforts, the impact on students, faculty, staff and/or your field and a description of how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, scholarship and/or service at Cal Poly. Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the application.  Cal Poly will directly solicit letters from the individuals listed by applicants.  Official sealed transcript showing highest degree earned will be required prior to appointment.  The position is open until filled.

REVIEW BEGIN DATE: November 5, 2021.  Applicants with complete files by the Review Begin Date will be given full consideration.