Theodore Roosevelot Center Careers

Dickinson State University is pleased to announce the opening of three complementary positions which will allow the institution to consolidate its role as the leading center of Theodore Roosevelt Studies in the United States, to revitalize its History major, and to claim a place at the forefront of History education in the West. They are:

  • The Melani and Rob Walton Endowed Chair in Theodore Roosevelt Studies,
  • The Dennis & Vaune Johnson Endowed Chair in U.S. History, and
  • Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center.

Working together, the successful applicants will help recruit new students to DSU, build and maintain a significant research profile for the University, energize the campus environment around Theodore Roosevelt’s unique place in History, and highlight Roosevelt’s importance to the Little Missouri River region and to the national political landscape.

The Walton Chair and the Johnson Chair will give DSU a leading role in critically analyzing the life and career of Theodore Roosevelt. Both positions require an understanding of and a commitment to original research and publication, undergraduate student success, and fruitful partnership with local, regional, and national stakeholders.

The Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center will continue the important work of digitizing historic documents connected to Roosevelt and his world. This position serves as an ambassador for the project, the coordinator of the annual TR Symposium, and the lead in outreach to libraries, archives, museums, universities, and other invested entities.

Strategic opportunities include collaboration with the nearby Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library (slated to open in 2026); involvement with DSU’s newly remodeled Pulver Hall (site of a museum exhibit space and archives); connection to growing opportunities in Dickinson and Medora, including Theodore Roosevelt National Park; and support for Dickinson State’s evolving dual mission status.  

Rob & Melani Walton Endowed Chair in Theodore Roosevelt Studies

The successful candidate will be a distinguished Roosevelt scholar with a publication record in the field of Gilded Age/Progressive Era U.S. History. This position will be a tenured appointment with highly competitive compensation at the rank of Professor or advanced Associate Professor. A Ph.D. in History or a related field is required. DSU encourages applications from scholars of U.S. History and welcomes historians with interdisciplinary approaches and international backgrounds. The chair will be expected to research, write, publish, present, and teach about topics related to Theodore Roosevelt, as well as serve as a resource for media requests. The Chair is expected to serve as a liaison among Dickinson State University, the DSU Theodore Roosevelt Center, the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and its Foundation, and other Roosevelt-related entities. There is an expectation of summer meeting participation and activities with the TRPLF.  The Chair position carries with it an expectation of active scholarship, conference attendance, and varied speaking engagements. This position will be offered as a 10 month contract. 

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Dennis & Vaune Johnson Endowed Chair in U.S. History

The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. A Ph.D. in History is required. This endowed position provides an opportunity for its holder to undertake significant scholarly initiatives at the departmental, university, and extra-institutional level. It carries modest research funds and a teaching load of 21 credits per academic year. Applicants are expected to have an accomplished record of research and teaching in Gilded Age/Progressive Era History. The successful applicant will be asked to develop and teach undergraduate courses in modern U.S. History, undertake service, participate actively in the life of the department and university, and grow the major. We seek a colleague whose teaching, research, mentorship, and leadership will contribute diverse perspectives and experiences to departmental and university initiatives. This position will be offered as a 9 month contract. 

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Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center

The successful candidate will have a background in public History, digital humanities, archives, or library science and be skilled at building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders, including our digital library partners. The Director will manage the research library, oversee the Center’s grant writing and budget, and direct the TR Center’s staff. Prior experience with educational programming is required. Conference and event management experience is preferred. The Director is expected to engage with scholars, journalists, educators, and the public. The Director will have opportunities for Roosevelt scholarship, both responding to external requests and producing material for the Center. A M.A. is required; a Ph.D. in History, Public History, or a related field is preferred. This position will be offered as a 12 month contract. 

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