Ramapo College of New Jersey, the state’s public liberal arts college located just outside of NYC, is looking for recent Ph.D. graduates and Ph.D. candidates (must be ABD with teaching experience) to fill vacancies in two survey courses in the fall of 2017. One course, Introduction to U.S. History I, is a survey course of U.S. history through the end of the Civil War. The other course is Introduction to U.S. History II, which spans from Reconstruction through the present day. Both of these courses are required for history majors at Ramapo; they are also among 4 of the survey history course options that all Ramapo students must choose from to satisfy the college’s general education program. These courses generally attract first- and second-year students looking to fulfill an academic requirement, including a mix of history majors and others from across the college. Like all courses at Ramapo, they are capped at 35 students (typically, however, enrollment is around 25-30 students). The courses are meant to be a mixture of lecture and discussion, all led by the instructor (we do not have graduate students to serve as teaching assistants). While the time frames for these survey courses are fixed, each instructor has full discretion over her/his syllabus. If desired, sample syllabi from these courses at Ramapo will be furnished to successful candidates. The fall courses that we hope to fill meet twice a week for 90 minutes each (3 hours total per week). Ramapo College is an easy drive (30 miles) from Manhattan. NJ transit buses go from the Port Authority directly to campus, and NJ transit trains stop in town (Mahwah stop; the college runs a free shuttle to and from the train station).
If you are interested in teaching one of these courses, please email Stacie Taranto, Associate Professor of History, at: email@example.com. Please include your C.V. and a cover letter speaking to your qualifications to teach one of these courses. Your letter should contain a brief overview (a paragraph in length) about one topic that you would like to cover in a 90-minute course session, including one primary source and one secondary source that you would draw from for that topic. Your letter should also describe (in a paragraph) one written assignment that you would assign to your class.
We hope to fill these vacancies as soon as possible. Please contact Stacie Taranto no later than Tuesday, June 20, 2017.