John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professor

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in North Carolina

Deadline February 15, 2014
Date Posted January 6, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

The Department of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications from senior scholars of the American South for the John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professorship. Building on Carolinas excellence in all facets of the study of the American South, we seek a distinguished scholar and teacher whose work focuses on this region, broadly imagined. We embrace an expansive definition of scholarship, and welcome applicants whose demonstrated record of accomplishment integrates the academy and the public sphere. We seek applicants with a vision for the future of Southern Studies; their emphasis may range across an intellectual landscape that extends from established historical disciplines to emerging fields. The John Shelton Reed Distinguished Professor will teach undergraduates and graduate students, direct dissertations and research projects, and develop collaborations with other departments at UNC, as well as with such institutions as the Center for the Study of the American South, the Sonya Haynes Stone Center for Black History and Culture, the Institute of African American Research, the American Indian Center, the Ackland Art Museum, the Digital Innovation Laboratory, and other local and regional institutions. Library holdings at UNC are among the finest in the world for the study of the American South, and are growing; they include the Southern Historical Collection, the Southern Folklife Collection, and such digital projects as Documenting the American South. The Department of American Studies is home for an undergraduate concentration in Southern Studies, and Southern Studies is a signature strength of our Ph.D. program. More information can be found on our website:

A PhD or equivalent in an appropriate field is required. Applicants should be a Full Professor or equivalent at their current institution and also have a proven history of teaching excellence.

No later than February 15, 2014 at 5:00 p.m., applicants should apply online at and submit a letter of application and a current CV.  At the time of application candidates will also be required to identify the names, titles, and email addresses of two professional references that are independent of the applicant. References must be at the level of full Professor inside the academy and the equivalent of a full Professor outside the academy. The recommenders identified by the applicant will be contacted via email with instructions for uploading their letters of recommendation. These letters must be received by March 1, 2014.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Professor Joy Kasson, Search Committee Chair, Department of American Studies, CB #3520, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-3520;

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minority and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

How To Apply

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