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Placement Services

Practical Support and Workshops

The department offers several placement-related services for doctoral students. Each year the Director of Graduate Studies leads a placement workshop series for students on the job market, and provides sessions on letters of application, cv's, teaching portfolios, interviewing, and job talks. Faculty also provide interested students with simulated or practice interviews, and we arrange public practices of student job talks.

Dossier Service

The Admissions/Placement Secretary also administers a placement file service. A dossier of confidential letters of reference is forwarded on the student's behalf. Students can ask faculty and other referees to submit confidential letters of reference, and the Admissions/Placement Secretary sends copies of these letters to prospective employers identified by the students. This free service is available for up to five years after graduation. For information contact the Admissions/Placement Secretary at or via phone at (812) 855-8233.

Positions Accepted

After graduation our students take a variety of jobs across the country and indeed across the world. These include tenure-track positions at research universities, other large public and private universities, and small liberal arts colleges as well as non-tenure track teaching positions. Students also take jobs in public history and in higher-education administration. It is quite common for students to spend one to three years in non-tenure track teaching or postdoctoral research positions before taking tenure-track employment, and even students with tenure-track employment often seek new opportunities for family or professional reasons.

Of the forty-two students who received doctorates between 2009 and 2012, twenty-one or 50% had accepted tenure-track employment by spring 2013.  Seven (17%) had other college teaching positions and four (10%) held postdoctoral appointments. Three were working in public history, three in business positions, and three as independent scholars.  One holds an administrative position in higher education.

Institutions where alumni who received doctorates within the last twenty years are employed include:

Research Universities

Auburn University
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Michigan State University
Northern Illinois University
Notre Dame University
San Diego State University
Seoul National University Tulane University
Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon
University of Alaska
University of Buenos Aires
University of Illinois at Chicago

Universidad de Costa Rica
University of Buffalo
University of Ghana
University of Helsinki
University of Houston
University of Kansas
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts
University of Nevada
University of Oklahoma
University of Toronto, Mississauga
University of Wisconsin

Other Large Private or State Institutions

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Arizona State West
Ball State University
Baylor University
Brigham Young University
DePaul University
Eastern Illinois University
Gainesville State College
Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Valley State University
Long Beach City College
Los Angeles City College
Middle Tennessee State University
Penn State Hazleton
Pratt Institute
Sacramento State University
Saginaw Valley State University

St. Louis University
Southern Connecticut State University
State University of New York-New Paltz
Texas Tech University
University of California-San Francisco
University of Louisiana--Lafayette
University of Michigan-Dearborn
University of Michigan--Flint
University of Nebraska-Omaha
University of North Carolina-Charlotte
University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg
University of Texas--Brownsville
University of Texas--El Paso
University of Texas—San Antonio
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Wayne State University
Wichita State University

Liberal Arts Colleges

Albion College
Berry College
Butler University
Cabrini College
Coe College
College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University
Colorado College
Ft. Lewis College
Franklin College
Hampton University
Hanover College
Ithaca College
King’s College

Marquette University
Millikin College
Muskingum University
Nazareth College
Pacific Union College
St. Lawrence University
Vassar College
Wabash College
Wake Forest University
Wellesley College
Wofford College
Xavier University
York College

Postdoctoral Positions

American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellows program
Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Postdoctoral Fellowship program, University of Michigan Jewish Theological Seminary
UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century StudiesUniversity of Delaware
University of Texas, San Antonio
W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University

Secondary Schools

Archmere Academy
Bush School
The Cambridge School of Weston

Public History

Indiana State Supreme Court
John and Annie Glenn Museum Foundation
Minnesota Historical Society
Museum of the Second World War, Gdansk, Poland
National Council on Public History
Newberry Library
Organization of American Historians
Tennessee State Museum
U.S. Small Business Administration
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
US State Department

Administrative positions

Indiana University
Kentucky Higher Education Authority
Minnesota Campus Compact           
Macalester College
Northwestern University