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Rhodes College invites applications for the Spence Wilson Chair in Humanities, a new faculty position created as the result of a major endowment to the College. In adding this Chair to its faculty, Rhodes hopes to build on an already vibrant scholarly community in its Humanities division by recruiting a well established and dynamic teacher-scholar working in any area(s) of the Humanities.
Regardless of the candidate’s research field, we are interested in individuals with demonstrated ability in several areas. First, we seek a scholar currently engaged in research that carries significance within her/his field and within the disciplines of the Humanities more broadly defined. Second, we seek a talented intellectual leader whose work will enrich scholarly dialogue among Rhodes faculty across a range of approaches and topics. Finally, we seek a colleague dedicated to undergraduate teaching, able to develop courses (and perhaps other initiatives) that bring students directly into contact with emerging knowledge in the Humanities. Rhodes offers extensive opportunities and resources to engage in research with highly-motivated students.  We therefore seek a scholar who is eager to engage undergraduates with the most significant questions driving his/her own research.
Candidates should have a record of publication appropriate for a tenured appointment and should also demonstrate a commitment to innovative and dynamic undergraduate teaching. In addition to a remuneration package commensurate with a tenured, endowed Chair appointment, this position offers funding to support research and scholarly activities. Candidates from backgrounds typically underrepresented in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply. As Rhodes continues to diversify its student body, we also seek candidates with experience working with students from different backgrounds.
Nominations and applications are requested no later than December 1, 2010. An application letter should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae.  Candidates should address in a cover letter how they would fulfill the goals of this position, providing specific examples based on their experiences and achievements. Candidates who are under active consideration will be contacted for a list of references. Other materials, such as publications, will be requested as needed. All nomination/application materials should be sent to: Dr. Michael R. Drompp, Chair, Wilson Chair Search Committee, Office of Academic Affairs, Rhodes College, 2000 North Parkway, Memphis, TN 38112-1690, USA.
Founded in 1848, Rhodes College is a highly selective, private, residential, undergraduate college located in Memphis, Tennessee. Rhodes aspires to graduate students with a lifelong passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world. Rhodes encourages applications from candidates interested in helping us achieve this vision. 
Memphis has a metropolitan population of over one million and is the nation’s 18th largest metropolitan area. The city provides multiple opportunities for research and for cultural and recreational activities. Read more about Memphis.  We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workforce.
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