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Purdue University Position Announcement, Head, History Department

HEAD, Department of History

We welcome applications for the position of Head of the Department of History at Purdue University at the level of tenured full professor. Field of specialization is open.

Purdue University is a leading research-intensive public university ( with a land grant mission and a strong international reputation. The College of Liberal Arts at Purdue ( includes ten academic units across the social sciences, humanities and arts. The Department of History is well-positioned at Purdue with four named chairs, 30 award-winning faculty, a robust graduate program and undergraduate History Honors program, as well as over 125 majors and minors and 156 course offerings. The department is a leader in interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching, and engagement across the College of Liberal Arts and the broader university campus with multiple faculty members serving as directors of these programs. (

The Department of History also supports and promotes the College of Liberal Arts’ innovative program for all Purdue undergraduates, Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts. Faculty in the History Department regularly teach in Cornerstone’s first-year sequence for incoming students, Transformative Texts I and II. For more information on Cornerstone, please see,

The Head of the Department of History has leadership responsibility for the entire unit, including recruiting and retaining departmental personnel, overseeing the process of promotion and tenure, allocating the budget, and representing the department to the Office of the Dean and the council of department heads. The Head regularly teaches a course in his/her field of specialization. The Head is appointed by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and reports to the Dean. The 12-month appointment begins on July 1, 2019, is initially for five years, and is renewable.

QUALIFICATIONS: an earned doctorate in history, with the area of specialization open; a distinguished scholarly record; evidence of excellent teaching; faculty experience in a program granting advanced degrees; qualifications for appointment at the rank of full professor; leadership ability, as well as prior administrative experience.

SALARY: competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Interested candidates should electronically submit a letter of application indicating relevant experience and qualifications, curriculum vitae, statement of administrative philosophy, and three letters of reference to:

Professor Jennifer William
Chair of the History Head Search Committee
Questions: Please contact Kristen Hunt at

Purdue University’s Department of History is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

We will begin reviewing applications on December 1, 2018, and will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. A background check is required for employment in this position.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Special Journal Issue, “The Spanish Habsburg Court during the Reign of Carlos II (1665-1700)”


The Spanish Habsburg Court during the Reign of Carlos II (1665-1700)

Special Journal Issue—The Court Historian: The International Journal of Court Studies

Despite a growing body of revisionist literature on the reign of Carlos II (1665-1700), his court remains one of the lesser known of the Habsburg period. Carlos II’s court, however, holds major allure for scholars. The court’s organization and its ceremonies were adapted to the needs of a child-king thus becoming a testing ground for existing etiquette traditions and institutional development. The presence of three queens—Carlos’s mother and regent during his minority, Mariana of Austria (1634-1696), and his two consorts, Marie Louise of Orleans (r. 1679-1689) and Mariana of Neuburg (r. 1690-1700)—stimulated the production of art, festivals, royal entries, theater, literature, and music. Several important administrative measures associated with the reign and its political circumstances are of particular interest for court studies specialists. For example, women—queens, aristocrats, ambassadresses, and nuns—played a preeminent role in court politics. Most importantly, the court of Carlos II became a hub of international diplomacy during his minority and the rest of the reign, particularly in the waning decades of the seventeenth century when the question of the Spanish succession dominated European affairs.

This special journal issue will showcase research on the court of Carlos II from cultural, gender, political, and diplomatic perspectives in order to further advance revisionist scholarship of the reign and deepen understandings of the Spanish Habsburg court from longue durée perspectives. Topics for articles may include:

1. Royal entries, festivities, travels, and processions during Carlos II’s reign
2. Literary and performing arts
3. Scientific and mathematical knowledge
4. The function of satellite courts and other centers of influence
5. Practice and representations of kingship in ceremonies, festivals, or royal portraiture
6. The politics of court fashion
7. The roles of women at court
8. Diplomatic practices at court

For essays (8,000 words maximum) to be considered for publication please submit by December 15, 2017.

Contributors are encouraged to contact the editors prior to submitting full articles. For this and additional queries, contact Jonathan Spangler, general editor,, and Silvia Z. Mitchell, guest editor,