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Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies - Washington and Lee University
The Environmental Studies Program invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level beginning 1 July 2019. We seek to hire an individual with interdisciplinary background in environmental studies who can complement our program’s current strengths in natural and social sciences. Areas of study are open but we are particularly interested in candidates from the environmental humanities. We anticipate that a candidate will have a disciplinary strength, but likewise that her/his scholarship will be interdisciplinary. In addition to courses in her/his area of expertise, the new hire will be expected to teach Introduction to Environmental Studies, a 200-level course in Environmental Humanities, and contribute to the co-taught capstone research course in the major/minor curriculum. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, creative teacher-scholar committed to high-quality undergraduate education and student-faculty research.

Minimum qualifications: Terminal degree in field is required (PhD preferred) with relevant graduate coursework, and teaching experience desired.

When applying to this position online, please submit supporting materials – a letter of application, C.V., copies of graduate transcripts, contact information for three letters of recommendation, and evidence of teaching excellence if available. Completed applications will be accepted until October 15, 2018.

For full job description, and to apply online, visit Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Agricultural History Society - Request for Proposals
Position:  Executive Secretary
Position:  Treasurer

The Agricultural History Society (AHS) invites applications for Executive Secretary and Treasurer, with a start date of June 1, 2019. Since 1919, the AHS has served as the leading scholarly organization in the world dedicated to the study of rural life and agriculture, with our journal Agricultural History serving the scholarly community since 1927. AHS members research and teach the history of agriculture and rural life from multiple perspectives across time periods and geography.

In June 2019, the AHS will conclude a successful ten-year residency at Mississippi State University, led by Executive Secretary James C. Giesen and Treasurer Alan I Marcus. AHS members and officers now look forward to welcoming new leadership. Proposals need not reflect the pattern of two officers at the same institution and may combine the two roles. Professors Giesen and Marcus will provide counsel during the transition.

The principal duties of the Executive Secretary include:

  • Manage membership, including maintenance of member information and recruitment of new members.
  • Work with the journal editor and its vendors, including our printer, warehouse, and online distributors.
  • Regularly report to executive committee.
  • Execute the annual conference, including site selection, contracting with hotels and other vendors, and working with local arrangements to put on the meeting.
  • Conduct the annual elections for leadership positions.
  • Respond to queries and conduct correspondence on behalf of the organization.

The principal duties of the Treasurer include:

  • Manage AHS financial assets in consultation with the executive board.
  • File tax returns for the organization
  • Report the financial affairs of the AHS to the executive board and membership on a periodic basis.
  • Liaise with the Executive Secretary and Editor of Agricultural History regarding membership, conferences, and the journal.

The successful proposal will include the following:

  • Clear vision for building on past success.
  • Plan for support from host institution (i.e., course releases, overhead, student assistants).
  • Expected level of support from AHS.
  • Plan for covering the two positions (i.e., two individuals at one institution; two individuals at different institutions, or one individual for both roles). The society is open to many configurations for these positions.

Special Information:

  • Applicants are welcome to propose any number of configurations to fill the positions of Executive Secretary and Treasurer.
  • Proposals must present a plan for maintaining AHS funds as U.S. dollars.

Inquiries about these positions should be addressed to AHS President Joe Anderson or the current executive secretary, James C. Giesen.

Joe Anderson:

James C. Giesen:

All proposals should be emailed to Jenny Barker-Devine at: - Due Date: November 1, 2018

Indian Ocean World PhD Fellowship - Iowa State University, Department of History

Iowa State University’s PhD program in Rural, Agricultural, Technological and Environmental (RATE) History invites applications for a 6-year, fully-funded PhD fellowship in Indian Ocean World and Middle Eastern Environmental History. Iowa State University is a partner with McGill University’s Indian Ocean World Centre and an international team of nearly two dozen universities and centers across the globe. Our partnership project, “Appraising Risk, Past and Present: Interrogating Historical Data to Enhance Understanding of Environmental Crises in the Indian Ocean World,” has been awarded a 2.5 million-dollar (Canadian) partnership grant by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Historians, anthropologists, and social and environmental scientists will examine the social, economic, and political impacts of natural disasters across the world’s most populous and unstable macro-region, stretching from East Africa, Arabia, and the Persian Gulf to India, Southeast Asia, and China. By examining past and present patterns of natural hazards from epidemic disease, monsoon failure, and drought to tsunamis, volcanic activity, and global climate change, this project seeks to better understand how the societies of the Indian Ocean world have adapted to environmental risk across time.

Deadline: December 15, 2018

For further details on the fellowship and how to apply, see: 

For more information, please contact:
Michael Christopher Low
Assistant Professor, Department of History
McGill-SSHRC Partnership Coordinator

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