Kinder Institute Endowed Professor of Constitutional Democracy (History)Edit

Position DescriptionEdit

The Department of History at the University of Missouri invites applications for an endowed Kinder Institute Professor of Constitutional Democracy , to be jointly appointed in the Department of History and the Institute at the rank of associate or full professor. Started in 2014 and supported by a generous grant from the Kinder Foundation of Houston, the Kinder Institute is an interdisciplinary academic center on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, jointly operated by members of the History and Political Science Departments. The Institute is dedicated to promoting excellence in teaching and scholarship on American political thought and history, understood broadly to include both the origins of America’s constitutional and democratic traditions, and their applications and reinterpretations in later periods and around the world.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach four classes per year, consisting of undergraduate courses and graduate seminars that contribute to the program’s minor in American Constitutional Democracy and the history department’s broader curriculum. In addition, he or she will be expected to participate in the intellectual community of the Institute, maintain an active research and publishing agenda, and engage in professional service activity, including supervising undergraduate honors thesis projects and serving on doctoral committees.

Applicants must demonstrate a track record of distinguished scholarship, committed teaching, and intellectual curiosity based in a subject area that advances the Kinder Institute’s core missions While the particular sub-field and time period is open, we are most interested in an innovative scholar with broad interests in the political history of the Atlantic World (including culture, thought, and institutions) in the 18th and/or 19th century.  Applicants with expertise in the American Civil War era will be particularly welcome, especially if they can work and think in a long chronological scope and/or a transnational frame of reference that meaningfully connects them to the broader work of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy and its affiliated scholars.

Application Process

To apply, please submit the a letter of application, current C.V., statement of teaching philosophy, an outline of your current research agenda, an article-length writing sample, and the contact information for three professional references online by January 15, 2016 at

Merge your CV with a brief cover letter and upload the document in the Resume/CV section of the application. Upload the teaching statement, research agenda, an article-length writing sample, and the names and contact information for three references in the “attachments” portion of the online application system.

For more information about the Institute, including descriptions of all faculty, graduate and undergraduate programs, please visit Questions about this position may be directed to Professor Jeff Pasley, associate  director of the Kinder Institute, at Please contact Human Resource Services for questions about the application process.

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence.

 The University of Missouri is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

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