The University of Oxford is seeking to appoint an outstanding academic and leader to the Edward Orsborn Professorship and Directorship of the Rothermere American Institute.
The successful candidate will be a scholar with an outstanding international reputation in the field of US Politics and Political History since independence and demonstrable leadership ability at a senior level. They will provide the intellectual vision and strategic leadership for the Rothermere American Institute, and develop its activities as a major international centre for research and teaching in American history, culture and politics. They will offer teaching in US politics and/or political history at both undergraduate and graduate level.
The post is offered in association with University College.
Deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 29 September 2017.
Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.
The University of Oxford aims to sustain excellence in every area of its teaching and research, and to maintain and develop its position as a leader amongst world-class universities. Placing an equally high value on research and on teaching, the colleges, departments and faculties of Oxford aspire both to lead the international research agenda and to offer a unique and exceptional education to our... undergraduate and graduate students.
Oxford’s self-governing community of scholars includes professors, readers, and associate professors, college tutors, senior and junior research fellows and over 2,500 other university research staff. The University aims to provide facilities and support for colleagues to pursue innovative research and outstanding teaching, by responding to developments in the intellectual environment and society at large, and by forging close links with the wider academic world, the professions, industry and commerce.
Opened by President Clinton in 2001, the Rothermere American Institute and its sister institution the Vere Harmsworth Library (VHL) are housed in an award-winning modern building in the centre of Oxford. Bringing together academics with interests in the United States from a broad range of disciplines, the Institute is the foremost centre for teaching and research in American history, literature, and politics beyond the borders of the USA. As the base for five endowed chairs (two in American history, two in American politics, and one in American literature), along with several visiting fellowships, the RAI hosts more than a hundred seminars, workshops, and lectures annually, as well as sponsoring conferences and welcoming visiting speakers. While the Institute focuses primarily on the United States and the colonial and indigenous societies that preceded it, it also encourages research on other areas of North America, and collaborates in initiatives with the Latin American Centre and the History Faculty to develop transnational and global approaches to the study of the United States, the Americas, and the Atlantic World.