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The Department of History at Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, invites applications from historians for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of History position to begin fall 2021. The successful applicant will teach classes in the history of Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, as well as a third basic field, preferably non-European (such as the history of Ancient Egypt or Ancient Persia).


The Assistant Professor of History will teach a mix of introductory-level and upper-level courses. This includes each of the following: at least one 100-level class that contributes to Wofford’s General Education requirement in History; HIST 260: Historiography and Research Methods (a required class for sophomore majors); and upper-level courses in the candidate’s specialty. In addition to courses in the History Department, the successful applicant will contribute to the department’s participation in the first-year seminar course required of all students during their first semester at Wofford.

Wofford’s faculty teach a 3-1-3 load. The 1 indicates the January “Interim” term, during which professors may travel with students or teach on a variety of topics using experiential teaching methods. Wofford provides opportunity for a sabbatical after every 6 years of service.

Wofford faculty are teacher-scholars with a focus on undergraduate teaching and advising and a commitment to the liberal arts. To earn tenure, faculty are expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching, continued scholarly development, and service to the college.


A PhD in History (or closely related) is required by the beginning of the appointment. Preference will be provided for candidates having teaching experiences at the collegiate level.


For assured consideration, please submit: 1) CV, 2) three letters of recommendation, 3) samples of scholarly work, and 4) statements of teaching philosophy (which should include an articulation of interest in, and understanding of, working at a residential, liberal arts college) and research interests to no later than October 15, 2020.

Questions can be directed to the Chair of the Search, Dr. Mark Byrnes ( / (864) 597-4591).


Wofford College, established in 1854, is a four-year, residential liberal arts college located in Spartanburg, S.C. It offers 25 major fields of study to a student body of 1,650 undergraduates and is nationally known for the strength of its academic program, outstanding faculty, study abroad participation, and successful graduates. Wofford is home to one of the nation’s 283 Phi Beta Kappa chapters. The college community enjoys Greek Life as well as 19 NCAA Division I athletics teams.


Spartanburg is located in the upstate of South Carolina, approximately 30 miles east from the neighboring city of Greenville, SC, less than an hour southwest from the major urban area of Charlotte, NC, and just three hours east of Atlanta, GA. The beach coast as well as historic Charleston is just 3 hours away, and Wofford sits just an hour south from the artistic and culinary hub of Asheville, NC, nestled in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Spartanburg area boasts an active international commercial community that comprises companies such as BMW, Draexlmaier, and Michelin. Spartanburg is a growing and diverse community that supports six college and university campuses along with numerous civic arts and cultural associations. Wofford College has operated continuously on its original campus in Spartanburg since 1854 and was designated a National Historic District in 1974. In November 2002, the entire 170-acre campus was designated as the Roger Milliken Arboretum.


The College’s non-discrimination statement, as adopted by the Board of Trustees, is Wofford College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any legally protected status.

Wofford College values diversity within our students, faculty, and staff, and strives to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people. We encourage applications from all underrepresented groups, including persons with varied backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

It is the policy of Wofford College to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you require an accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Human Resources at

A background check will be conducted for finalist candidates. Employment is contingent upon completion of a successful background check and establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.