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The Dr. Frank T. Bumpus Chair in Hudson River Valley History

Apply now Posting Number: 493582
Type of Position: Full-time
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Categories: Faculty, School of Liberal Arts

Position Title:

The Dr. Frank T. Bumpus Chair in Hudson River Valley History


History Department, School of Liberal Arts

Salary/Pay Rate:

$135,000 - $150,000

Job Summary:

The History Department and the School of Liberal Arts at Marist College invites applications for the Dr. Frank T. Bumpus Chair in Hudson River Valley History. The Bumpus Chair is an endowed position in the School of Liberal Arts at Marist College, created to advance study and scholarship related to the Hudson River Valley’s rich history and culture.

We particularly encourage applications from candidates with an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the connections among the artistic, economic, environmental, social, and/or political facets of the history of the Hudson River Valley. Successful candidates will have established a distinguished record of scholarly achievement and have a strong interest engaging the wider public through large-scale projects, including conferences, lecturers, performances, and/or exhibitions. The Bumpus Chair receives considerable logistical support in these wider endeavors through Marist’s Hudson River Valley Institute. As the academic arm of the Hudson River Valley Natural Heritage Area, the HRVI maintains a Digital Library and publishes The Hudson River Valley Review.

Minimum Qualifications:

A PhD in history or similar degree is required. Teaching experience and evidence of teaching effectiveness at the college level is also required. A strong record of professional activity, including academic publications, is required.

Essential Functions:

The teaching load will be 2-2 with a mix of introductory and advanced courses related to the Hudson River Valley. The Bumpus Chair will be a leader active in their professional field, who participates regularly in service activities for our students, Marist College, and the community. Start date is July 1, 2024.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience advising and mentoring undergraduate students in project-based research, scholarship, and/or independent creative activity.

Required Application Documents:

Resume, Cover Letter, & Contact Information of 3 Professional References 


The position includes a comprehensive benefit package*. Benefits for this position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Unlimited paid sick time.
  • 14+ paid holidays per year.
  • Medical, Dental & Vision insurance programs at a 15% employee / 85% employer contribution rate. Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Dependent Care (FSD).
  • Life insurance.
  • Generous short-term and long-term disability programs and workers compensation.
  • 403(b) defined contribution plan:
    • First 6 years College contributes 7.5%, Employee contributes a mandatory 4%.
    • College contribution increases to 10.5% in year 7, and 12% after 15 years.
    • Employee contribution decreases to 1% in year 7. Remains 1% thereafter.
  • 403(b) Tax Deferred Annuity – Roth option available. Voluntary, up to IRS maximum contribution.
  • Tuition Benefits:
    • Up to 16 undergraduate credits per semester. Up to 18 graduate credit per academic calendar. Eligibility extends to employee, spouse, and dependent children under age 26.
    • College pays 100% tuition only.
    • Eligible dependents may be Reimbursed up to $2,000 per semester towards tuition at another accredited institution.

*Eligibility requirements including waiting periods and/or employee probationary periods may apply at the discretion of the College.

About the Department/School:

The History Department at Marist includes 10 full-time faculty, over 100 history majors, and offers courses in a wide range of academic areas. The History Department also contributes to several interdisciplinary programs such as American Studies; Global Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Environmental Studies. The department is housed in the School of Liberal Arts, home to the departments of English, World Languages and Cultures, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Political Science. Interdisciplinary programs include American Studies, Africana Studies, and Latin American & Caribbean Studies. The ABA-approved Paralegal Studies Program and the Pre-Law Program are also part of the School of Liberal Arts. In addition to the Hudson River Valley Institute, the School hosts the Center for Civic Engagement, the Weiss Language Center, the Writing Center, and the Theatre Program.

About Marist College:

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist educates approximately 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,200 adult and graduate students in 53 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees, and also Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs. Marist is consistently ranked among the best colleges and universities in America by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 386 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (3rd Most Innovative School/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. Marist’s study abroad program is ranked #1 in the nation by the U.S. State Department’s “Open Doors Report” and has also received the Senator Paul Simon Award for First Year Abroad programs in Italy and Ireland. Marist’s Joint Study partnership with IBM, which began in 1988, has brought the College the kind of world-class technology platform typically found at leading research institutions. To learn more, please visit 

Type of Position:



Faculty (Full-Time)

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Work Schedule:

Time as required for teaching, office hours, departmental/school activities and other activities as needed.

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Marist College Main Campus

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Marist College is committed to creating a diverse workforce on our campus by ensuring that barriers to equal employment opportunity and upward mobility do not exist here. To this end, the College will strive to achieve the full and fair participation of minorities, women, people with disabilities, and any other protected groups found to be under represented.

Equal opportunity means employment, development, and promotion of individuals without consideration of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status unless there is a bona fide occupational requirement which excludes persons in one of these protected groups. The College will review its employment policies and procedures to ensure that barriers which may unnecessarily exclude protected groups are identified and eliminated. The College will also explore alternative approaches if any policy or practice is found to have a negative impact on protected groups.

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