December 16, 2016
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Associate Professor/Assistant Professor, Human Rights - Binghamton University

About Binghamton University:
Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 17,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:
The Department of Human Development in the College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) at Binghamton University seeks to fill a tenured position at the associate professor or tenure­ track position at the assistant professor level in human development to begin Fall 2017. We seek a scholar whose research interests are in the area of human rights as it pertains to communities that are marginalized or disenfranchised within the context of the US and/or internationally. Preference will be given to candidates who examine inequality globally and adopt a comparative perspective. Areas of interest could include: immigration and migration, law, political economy, the state, transnationalism, displacement, refugees, health and migration, disability studies, environment/sustainability, gender/sexuality, race/ethnicity, indigenous and/or Native American theory, and genocide/political violence.

The successful candidate will be required to teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses on human rights, interdisciplinary research methods (applied community research), and other relevant courses based on their expertise. It is expected that the candidate demonstrate a strong interdisciplinary focus and commitment to human rights in their scholarly research, teaching, and social activism.

Applications will be considered immediately and the position will remain open until filled.
Candidate requirements include a Ph.D. in human development, human rights, cultural studies, gender studies, sexuality studies, or related fields. Candidates at the assistant professor level will be expected to demonstrate promise for a rigorous program of scholarly research, teaching, external funding, and a commitment to social justice. Postdoctoral research experience is preferred. Senior applicants will be expected to demonstrate a rigorous, well­ established program of scholarly research, teaching, and a commitment to social justice. External funding experience is preferred.

Additional Information:
It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Application Instructions:
Interested candidates should submit the following items electronically to (1) letter of application that describes how the candidate's background is commensurate with the field of human rights and a fit with our department, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) scholarly research statement, (4) two samples of academic writing {article or chapter), (5) teaching philosophy statement, and (6) list of names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three academic references.

Binghamton University believes in, and supports, diversity and inclusion as integral to academic excellence. We actively seek applications from under-represented racial/ethnic groups, sexual minorities, veterans, persons with disabilities and women.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Leo Wilton, Search Committee Chair, Human Development, E-mail:

Call for Submissions
Emerging Scholars Workshop
Historicizing Blackness: Sports, Performance, and Politics

A workshop for junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students sponsored by the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center

March 31st- April 1, 2017: The Pennsylvania State University
(University Park Campus)

In recent years mainstream American culture has seemingly grappled with defining blackness. From the stage to the screen, on the court or field, in political commentary and in remembrance or commemoration, varying and juxtaposing representations of blackness have generated public discussions about what it means to be black in the 21st century. Television shows like Black-ish and Atlanta, performances like Lemonade and Hamilton, momentous occasions like the opening of the National Museum of African American History, and increasingly visible athletic protests in support of #BlackLivesMatter persistently challenge the way black identity is envisioned, performed, curated, and remembered. This year's Emerging Scholars Workshop, Historicizing Blackness: Sports, Performance, and Politics, provides the opportunity to explore the historical roots of the function of blackness in public discourse while asking scholars to reflect on the change (or stasis) in representations of black people and the idea of blackness itself over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics for these papers may include, but are certainly not limited to:
  • Historical memories of black identity
  • The impact of the carceral state
  • The black athlete as activist
  • State violence and artistic protest
  • The role of Black Americans as cultural consumers
The Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State invites paper proposals from early career scholars within three years of earning their PhD and advanced graduate students who are writing their dissertations. Workshop papers should be no more than twenty pages and feature work in progress. Submissions will be pre-circulated, but restricted to workshop attendees and Penn State faculty, including scholars chosen to provide commentary on papers.

Interested parties should submit a complete CV and a proposal of no more than 500 words to Tyler Sperrazza ( by Monday, December 12. Travel funding and accommodations are available courtesy of the Richards Civil War Era Center. Questions or inquiries should be directed to Matthew Isham, Richards Center Managing Director at Follow #EmergingScholars2017 for updates and more information.

This publication is available in alternative media on request. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. U.Ed. LBS 17-147

The One Million Abolitionists Project

Dear Friend, 
Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives is unveiling its latest project exclusively to our friends, family and followers. It's called,  One Million Abolitionists. This coming February marks the 199th anniversary of Frederick Douglass's birth and the beginning of several exciting initiatives by FDFI to honor the Douglass Bicentennial in 2018.

The first initiative, a national youth literacy and social service project, will be officially launched to the public in Washington D.C. on February 28, 2017. On this day, FDFI will present its newly published,  Bicentennial Edition of the classic, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. The Library of Congress lists this autobiography as one of the 88 Books that Shaped America.  The Narrative helped change the course of the U.S. Abolitionist Movement in the mid-nineteenth century and has changed the lives of readers ever since. We believe in its power to positively influence and agitate young hearts and minds today. 

Aside from editorial contributions to the Bicentennial Edition by Ken Morris, Robert Benz and several prominent Douglass enthusiasts, we're honored to have one of the country's leading voices on criminal justice reform, Bryan Stevenson, write the book's Introduction. Bryan is the New York Times Bestselling author of  Just Mercy and the Founder and Executive Director of  Equal Justice Initiative.


FDFI will publish 5,000 hardcover copies of the Narrative just as Douglass  did  with the original run of his book in 1845. We'll celebrate the last day of Black History  Month by debuting the book in DC. By the end of 2018,  we want to give  away one million copies to young people across the country.  Then  we'll  ask young readers to collaborate with fellow students, teachers and organizations to develop service projects, in their communities and beyond, to address issues related to social   injustice  just  like Douglass  did  after escaping servitude in 1838 at the age of twenty.


Listen to one of our partners:

"The NBRPA is proud to support FDFI's One Million Abolitionists project and we have already purchased thousands of copies of this beautiful edition to prove it. We strongly encourage young people across the country to discover the power of knowledge through the words of Frederick Douglass as we approach his bicentennial in 2018."

Mike Glenn,
National Basketball Retired Players Association Director


Giving away one million copies of the Narrative will be a challenge that FDFI can't take on alone. The NBPRA is already on board and we will announce our other partners in upcoming correspondence. Our first job is to fund the books then distribute them. We plan on doing this city-by-city. Here are just some of the places where we want to engage youth:
  • Philadelphia
  • Atlanta
  • Charlotte
  • Miami
  • Montgomery
  • New Orleans
  • Chicago
  • Omaha
  • Detroit
  • Los Angeles
  • Seattle
  • Your City

  1. Be the Link - Connect us with potential funders of the book project in your city. This might include local corporations, non-profits, individual donors, sororities, etc. All donations raised are tax deductible and will stay in your community in the form of books
  2. Be the Catalyst - Create a fundraising event. Can you organize a concert, a cocktail reception, a luncheon, breakfast or even an auction? Tell us about it. We'll help!
  3. Be an Agent - Do you know someone that has national or local popularity who might be interested in lending their voice to the One Million Abolitionists project? That person might be an artist, a musician, an actor, an athlete, a leader of industry, a legislator or media personality (newspapers, television, radio).
  4. Be an Activist - Can you help us spread the word about this project throughout social media and the traditional media as well? 
  5. Be the Spirit - Inspire your faith institution to partner with FDFI to raise a love offering for the book and help us give them away too. Parishioners will be celebrated.

    Contact Robert at with your ideas and with your passion to support the project in any of these areas.
  6. Be the Change - Make a tax deductible donation directly to FDFI to help fund the One Million Abolitionists project. Our cost to print, distribute and manage the project is about $3 per book. Help us bring 5,000, 10,000, 25,000 or more books to your city!
Donate Now!

In freedom!
Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. 
Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives

FDFI is a 501c3 public charity and all donations are tax deductible. 

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