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Associate or Full Professor, Sanders Endowed Chair in Law and Liberty, Classics and Letters (IACH)

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus: College of Arts and Sciences: Classics and Letters


The Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage (IACH) at the University of Oklahoma seeks to recruit an outstanding, nationally-recognized scholar for the endowed Sanders Chair in Law and Liberty. The Sanders Chair, housed in the Department of Classics and Letters, will serve also as the Director of IACH and play a key role in advancing the mission of the Institute. The IACH is an interdisciplinary program that brings together scholars from a range of departments across the University, including History, Political Science, Philosophy, Law, English, and Modern Languages. We seek a diverse range of candidates with a teaching and research profile in the study of the American Constitution, broadly defined. Subfields of interest include but are not limited to: the ancient roots of law, liberty, and self-governance; the development of republican thought; the historical and ideological background of the American founding; or American law and constitutionalism from the 18th century to the present day. Applications are welcome from scholars in areas such as History, Political Science, Law, Ethics and Justice, African American History and Politics, Gender and/or Ethnic Studies, Religion, and the History of Political Thought. As Director, the Sanders chair will be expected to organize the curriculum and programming of the IACH, working in concert with the IACH faculty and the Department Chair of Classics and Letters. Applicants should therefore demonstrate significant leadership and managerial experience or have the potential to take on a management role. The successful candidate will be hired at the Associate or Full Professor rank.

Established in 2009, the IACH ( has grown into a vibrant national center for the study of the American Constitution. It incorporates over thirty affiliated faculty across the University, four of whom are permanently based in Classics and Letters. The notion of constitutional heritage reflects the Institute’s broad approach to the Constitution in all its aspects, including the development of civil rights in American history and the relevance of the Constitution to contemporary debates over justice and freedom. The Letters major is OU’s premier interdisciplinary humanities program and has been an integral part of the College of Arts and Sciences at OU since 1937, attracting outstanding students with interests in history, philosophy, and literature. The concentration in Constitutional Studies has become a cornerstone of the Letters major; hundreds of students have been taught and mentored in the area since its inception, with many alumni attending elite law schools and graduate programs across the country.


The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. (or a J.D. in exceptional cases) and a substantial record of publications in a discipline related to the core mission of the IACH. We hope for a scholar who will have natural and meaningful connections, including potential cross-appointments, with other units on campus, such as History, Political Science, and/or Law. The successful candidate should also have an established commitment to undergraduate education, as well as experience with graduate teaching or clear potential for excellence in this area. The teaching load will be two courses a year (1-1) on a 10-month appointment, with significant research support to encourage an active scholarly agenda.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should initially submit a cover letter, a current C.V., and three letters of recommendation to

Review of applications will begin January 29, 2021. The search will remain open until filled.

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