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  • Monday, November 07, 2022 7:00 AM | Anonymous member

    The Montana Historical Society Publications Program seeks an energetic and talented person to work as an Associate Editor on their quarterly journal, Montana The Magazine of Western History, and Montana Historical Society Press Books. If you have a passion for Montana and Western History, this position may be for you. 

    Qualifications include a master's degree or a Ph.D. in History, Native American Studies, journalism, or other related liberal arts fields and two years of related experience in scholarly publishing. Experience in manuscript editing, historical writing, and Western/Montana history is strongly preferred.

    The application deadline is November 25, 2022. For more information on how to apply for this position, primary responsibilities, and salary and benefits, please refer to the full job announcement here

  • Monday, November 07, 2022 7:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Montana The Magazine of Western History is now accepting submissions for their Emerging Scholar Article Contest. Enter your manuscript for a chance to win a $1,000 prize, receive a free trip to the 2023 Montana History Conference, and have your article featured in Montana The Magazine of Western History.

    Manuscript submissions do not need to focus on Montana history specifically, but must be unpublished original works that address a topic of historical relevance to the American West. For more information on the magazine and its scope, visit their website here

    The submission deadline is January 8, 2023. To learn more about the opportunity and to submit your article, please refer to the submission website here

  • Wednesday, November 02, 2022 7:00 AM | Anonymous member

    The Utah Division of State History is now accepting proposals for The Peoples of Utah Revisited initiative. The initiative seeks to widen the lens on Utah's history and amplify marginalized voices from Utah's past and present. Research from history, diversity studies, social sciences, and the humanities is welcome, and the initiative also offers publishing opportunities for student work. 

    The Utah Division of State History will be hosting two virtual meetings to explain more about these opportunities. Both sessions will cover the same information.

    Option 1: November 18 (Friday) at 1:00-2:30

    Sign up here to receive this meeting link

    Option 2: November 21 (Monday) at 12:30-2:00

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    For more details regarding this opportunity, including submission guidelines, please find the full call for papers here

  • Thursday, October 27, 2022 7:00 AM | Anonymous member

    The Department of History at Texas Christian University is now accepting applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor of the 20th century United States who specializes in Mexican American, Latinx, and/or Borderlands history, to begin August 2023. Candidates must possess a completed Ph.D. at the time of application.

    The application deadline is November 9, 2022, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    For more information on the position and how to apply, please visit the original job post here:

  • Thursday, October 27, 2022 7:00 AM | Anonymous member

    The Department of History in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in the U.S. West to start in August 2023. This is a standard nine-month faculty appointment.

    Candidates in all subfields, including race, gender, sexuality, Indigeneity, religion, commerce, politics, transnational, and environmental history, are all encouraged to apply. 

    The application deadline is November 15, 2022, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    For additional inquiries about the position, please visit the original job posting here or contact the search committee chair, Michael Pierce, at

  • Friday, October 07, 2022 7:00 AM | Anonymous member

    California State University, Long Beach is now accepting applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of History position in United States history, with emphases on U.S. Borderlands, defined as the United States Southwest and/or Caribbean borders. 

    Application review begins November 1, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled. 

    Interested applicants can find more information on qualifications, expected duties, and application instructions here:

  • Friday, September 23, 2022 6:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    William A. Dobak was born on June 22, 1943. In 1966 he graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in International Affairs. From there he crossed the Missouri River and undertook graduate studies at the University of Kansas. During the academic year he served as a copy editor at American Studies; for three summers he worked as a seasonal ranger at Fort Laramie, Wyoming. At the Newberry Library in Chicago, he held a fellowship at the Center for the American Indian (now the D’Arcy McNickle Center) from 1975 to 1976.

    Resuming graduate studies in 1991, he completed a dissertation on the economic life of Fort Riley; the published work, Fort Riley and Its Neighbors: Military Money and Western Development, 1853-1895, received the Edward A. Tihen Award from the Kansas State Historical Society. After working as an archives technician at the National Archives, Dobak gained employment with the United States Army Center of Military History. With Thomas D. Phillips, he co-authored The Black Regulars, 1866-1898, winner of the Robert M. Utley Prize. His final book, Freedom By the Sword: The U.S. Colored Troops, 1862-1867, appeared in 2011. This publication won the Richard Leopold Prize for best book written by a U.S. government historian and was a runner-up for the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize. A member of the Western History Association for nearly three decades, Dobak served on the editorial board of the Western Historical Quarterly. He authored twelve scholarly articles on topics such as bison, the fur trade, and the enlisted soldiers of the United States Army. The latter appear in the Western Historical Quarterly, Montana: The Magazine of Western History, Kansas History, the Journal of the Early Republic, and other publications.  

    After a protracted clash with stage IV pancreatic adenocarcinoma, he died at home in Hyattsville, MD, on September 16, 2022. He is survived by his wife Catharine R. Franklin.   

  • Monday, September 19, 2022 7:00 AM | Anonymous member

    The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is now seeking submissions for its new grant program, Spotlight on Humanities in Higher Education. This grant supports the exploration and development of small projects that would benefit underserved populations through the teaching and study of the humanities.

    Eligible applicants include small- to medium-sized two- and four-year institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations whose work advances the humanities at these institutions and among their faculty and students. The Spotlight program supports activities such as curricular or program development, expert consultations, speakers' series, student research, creation of teaching resources, and community engagement.

    The program deadline is November 2, 2022.

    Interested applicants can email or read the full call here:

  • Friday, September 09, 2022 2:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Department of History at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for an Assistant Professor in the History of the United States, with specialization in at least one of the following subfields (in no particular order): environmental history, Native American history, or history of the American West. This is a tenure-track, nine-month, academic year position, located at USU’s Uintah Basin Campus in Eastern Utah. The successful candidate can choose to work from either the Roosevelt or Vernal location. Teaching is the primary focus of this position, and the faculty member will be responsible for teaching six courses per year. These will include one or more of the History Department’s American history survey courses (HIST 1700, HIST 2700, and/or HIST 2710) as well as courses in the Department’s upper division curriculum. Given USU’s statewide mission, courses will be taught primarily in a distance format, including asynchronous online courses and synchronous hybrid courses with face-to-face and remote broadcast students. The department seeks a colleague who can show evidence of teaching excellence and scholarly productivity. The anticipated start date is August 2023.

    Please direct questions to Dr. Tammy Proctor, Search Committee Chair, at (do not send application materials to this email address. Please use the 'Apply for this job online' link).

    For the full job listing, see

  • Friday, September 09, 2022 12:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 17th annual Western History Dissertation Workshop will be held May 18-19, 2023, at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Five advanced western history Ph.D. students will be selected to present a chapter of their work to a collegial group of 10-12 leading scholars from participating institutions across the United States, listed below. Applicants who are most likely to benefit from this workshop are those who have completed a few chapters of their dissertation and who expect to defend sometime in 2023. Selected participants will share a chapter (of no more than fifty pages) at the workshop and receive feedback from other participants and from senior scholars affiliated with the sponsoring institutions.

    This year’s workshop is hosted by the University of Kansas. KU will pay travel expenses for up to five advanced graduate students writing a dissertation exploring any topic dealing with the history and culture of the American West. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest at the University of Washington; the Center for the Southwest at the University of New Mexico; the University of California-Los Angeles Department of History; the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West; the Research Division of the Huntington Library; the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas at the University of California-Davis; the Center of the American West/University of Colorado Boulder Department of History; the University of Nebraska Department of History; the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University; the Pennsylvania State University History Department; the Princeton University History Department; and the Center for American History at the University of Kansas.

    To apply, please provide a brief cover letter, a short CV, and a dissertation prospectus/description of not more than two single-spaced pages. Your cover letter should indicate which chapter of your dissertation you intend to circulate for the workshop. Send all items in a single PDF document to Andrew Isenberg ( Please arrange for your dissertation adviser to send a letter of recommendation via email to Andrew Isenberg as well; that letter should address the significance and the status of the dissertation to date.

    Applications are due March 3, 2023, and participants will be notified of their selection by March 31. Selected applicants must submit a complete draft of a dissertation chapter for distribution to the group by April 17.

    Questions about the workshop and/or application process should be directed to Andrew Isenberg (

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