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Department Head Search

August 20, 2010

The Department of History & Politics at Drexel University seeks a candidate for the position of Department Head, starting September 2011. The Department houses both History and Political Science, and offers majors and minors in both disciplines. There are currently 17 tenured or tenure-track faculty and 6 teaching faculty, split nearly evenly between the two fields. We offer a full range of courses in both disciplines, and also offer an interdisciplinary Masters program in Science, Technology, and Society. Our outstanding faculty maintain a high research and publishing profile. Located in Center City Philadelphia, Drexel University is a top-ranked academic research institution and one of the premier metropolitan private universities in the country. Based on the strong academic reputation of the university, and the establishment of a new law school in 2006, an increasing number of students are enrolling in History and Political Science. We expect this growth trend to continue under the leadership of the new department head, with support from concomitant hiring in both fields over the next few years.

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in History, Political Science, or a closely related discipline; have an outstanding record as a researcher, teacher, and mentor; and either hold the rank of full Professor or be ready to achieve that rank. We seek someone who can understand the needs of a combined department and think creatively about ways to build on its strengths; however, candidates may focus on any specialization or area within History or Political Science. The new Department Head will be essential in charting the future of both undergraduate and graduate education in the Department, and should demonstrate leadership abilities such as managing the needs of faculty, inspiring the creation of new programs, and overseeing curricular improvements. We hope to encourage future collaboration both between the department's two disciplines, and with other disciplines in the College and the University.

Applications should be submitted to the Drexel Jobs website and should include:

  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • the names of five references

Preference will be given to applications received on or before January 20, 2011, although we will continue to consider applications until the position is filled. Inquiries may be addressed to Prof. David Goldberg,, (215) 895-2715.

Drexel University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.