Post-Doc in Maritime History

The Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program in Mystic, Connecticut invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow to teach maritime history, supervise independent student research, and participate in 2-3 multi-day field seminars (an offshore sailing cruise and field seminars to the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico coasts) in each of two semesters per year.  We are seeking a teacher-scholar with collaborative and interdisciplinary interests to begin July 2018.  This is two-year Williams College faculty appointment.

Williams-Mystic ( is a selective off-campus program of Williams College located at Mystic Seaport, with approx. 20 students each semester from many different colleges.

The mission of Williams-Mystic is to empower global, creative citizens while cultivating an enduring relationship with the sea. We create an open-minded, interdisciplinary academic community through experiential learning at Mystic Seaport, along the coasts of America, and on the oceans. Students of all majors study the history, literature, policy and science of the oceans, focusing on environment and sustainability.

We welcome applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the field, and we ask you to write in your cover letter about your ability to work effectively with a student population that is broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion; we also encourage you to speak to any experience you have in working in a close-knit and highly collaborative learning environment.

PhD in history or related field expected by August 2018.  Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 1-page teaching statement, 1-page research statement, transcripts, and three letters of reference by November 1, 2017.  All materials should be addressed to Lee Park, Dean of the Faculty, and must be submitted through Interfolio using this link:  Preliminary inquiries may be directed to Executive Director Tom Van Winkle (

All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. Further information is available here:

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.

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