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Assistant Professor, East Africa/Horn of Africa
University of Minnesota

Deadline: December 07, 2015
Date Posted: October 29, 2015
Type: Tenured, tenure track
Salary: 65,000.00-80,000.00
Employment Type: Full-time

The Department of African American & African Studies (AA&AS) at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in African Studies with specializations in East Africa and/or the Horn of Africa to begin Fall 2016. This position will be a joint appointment between AA&AS and one of the following units in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA)-History, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography.

Established in 1969, AA&AS is a distinct academic unit in CLA. Interdisciplinary in its approach to teaching and learning, AA&AS students are exposed to a wide range of ways of knowing that are fashioned out of the rigorous study of Africans, African Americans, and African descended people in society, history, culture, literature and arts. Moreover, a number of scholars and students in collaborating units are all advancing cutting-edge scholarship in African studies, and these units graduate programs are top-ranked. This joint appointment promises to buoy the African Studies Initiative currently underway within CLA and beyond.


Appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year. Appointment will be made at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor depending on qualifications and experience and consistent with collegiate and university policy. This position will be a joint appointment with the tenure home decided by the chosen candidate in consultations with the chairs of the two departments and the appropriate dean(s). The candidate will be expected to contribute approximately 50% work effort to each unit.
The ideal candidate will be a broadly trained comparativist in African Studies, particularly in one or more of the following areas: political violence, conflict and conflict resolution, gender, familial, and community relations, environment, health, migration, religion, international security, post-conflict governance and institution-building, history and prehistory, historical memory, and colonialism and postcolonialism. The candidates must be grounded in a discipline with a focus on Africa and the ability to work across disciplines. Ethnographically-grounded research is also welcomed.

The selected candidate must have a Ph.D. by the time of appointment. The candidates must have an established record of interdisciplinary scholarship, evidence of teaching excellence in undergraduate and/or graduate education, and demonstrated commitments to bring the study of East Africa and/or the Horn of Africa to the local and global communities of the African Diaspora through collaborative and community-engaged work, all the while advancing cutting-edge scholarship.

Candidates will be evaluated according to a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, b) relevance of their scholarly research to the department's academic priorities and fields of inquiry, c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and d) strength of recommendations.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online at Instructions: click the external applicants link on the left column and enter Job ID 305370. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach (1) A cover letter and (2) A curriculum vitae. Once this step is complete, please add additional materials by accessing the My Activities page and uploading: (3) One article-length writing sample or the equivalent; (4) Brief statement of teaching philosophy to show evidence of teaching effectiveness; (5) Brief statement of public engagement to show evidence of commitment to collaborative and community engaged work; and (6) two sample syllabi.

In addition to the required documents submitted through the U of M employment system, applicants are also asked to arrange for three letters of recommendation to be emailed separately to Applications are considered complete when all materials, including letters of recommendation, have been received. Additional materials may be requested from candidates at a future date. Review of complete applications will begin on December 7, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. For the question about the position or the application process, please contact the Department of African American & African Studies at (612) 624-9847.

University of Maryland

Synergies among Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture
Open Rank Professor and Project Director

The College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland seeks a dynamic
scholar at the rank of advanced assistant, associate, or full professor with a proven record of conducting innovative research and teaching at the intersection of African American History & Culture and Digital Humanities to direct a major Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded project: Synergies among Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture. The successful candidate will develop and oversee individual and collaborative research, pedagogy, and outreach. The Project Director will participate in preparing a diverse cadre of scholars and students whose work in African American History & Culture and the Digital Humanities shall enrich arts and humanities research and teaching with new methods, archives, and tools. For additional information about Synergies, see:

In collaboration with the project's principal investigators, the Dean, and the directors of the Arts and Humanities Center for Synergy, and the Maryland Institute for Technology and the Humanities (MITH), the Project Director will be responsible for: setting research goals and outcomes; developing curriculum, training, and associated programming; representing and communicating the work of the project to relevant campus, disciplinary, and public communities; supervising project staff, scholars, and students; and, ensuring successful implementation of all project activities. The Project Director will also work closely with the Center for the History of the New America, the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, and the University of Maryland Libraries.

Holding a tenure-track or tenured faculty appointment with a tenure line in an academic unit of the College of Arts and Humanities, the faculty member will hold the Mellon Project Director position for a three-year term, beginning July 1, 2016. The Project Director reports to the directors of the Arts and Humanities Center for Synergy and the Maryland Institute for Technology and the Humanities (MITH).


Must hold a Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree. Must be qualified to be tenured in an academic unit of the College of Arts and Humanities, University of Maryland. Must have a proven research record in the study of African American history and culture. Must have demonstrated experience with digital humanities project development.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. For additional information about the position, the Synergies Project, and the University of Maryland, and for application instructions, please visit

For best consideration, applications should be submitted no later than December 18, 2015. Review will continue until the position is filled.


The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Call for Contributors:
Race in the World: A Comparative Exploration

Deadline: 31 January 2016

Editors: Karen Farquharson, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Trica Keaton, Vanderbilt University, USA; Elisa Joy White, the University of California, Davis, USA; Kathryn Pillay, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Race is a key form of social hierarchy around the world, one both explicitly expressed and implicitly obscured by proxies. This edited book will explore contemporary race from comparative and global perspectives at this critical juncture of heightened racisms made more visible and audible by varying technologies. Whether state-driven or in the everyday, this book seeks to draw light to race and its intersections, spanning a vast geo-political landscape. In so doing, we seek to develop a twofold argument. First, systems of racial hierarchy are specific to local contexts, so that to understand race it must be situated within a particular locality. Second, racial hierarchies also share important characteristics across societies. Thus, we can identify features that are common to systems of racial stratification while recognising situated specificities.

We are particularly interested in papers that address the following topics:
  • Race and Blackness
  • Race and Gender
  • Race and Indigeneity
  • Race and Migration
  • Race and Policing
  • Race and Sexuality
  • Race and Visual Culture
  • Race and Whiteness
We are seeking contributions from all parts of the globe: Africa; the Middle East; South Asia; East Asia; Southeast Asia; Europe, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Oceania. Please send chapter proposals of no greater than 500 words to Karen Farquharson ( by 31 January 2016. Completed chapters would need to be submitted for review by 30 June 2016. Thank you.


Department Chair
Virginia Commonwealth University

Position Description: The Department of African American Studies invites applications for the position of Department Chair to begin in Academic Year 2016-2017.  Virginia Commonwealth University is seeking a dynamic individual with a distinguished record of achievement in scholarship, teaching, and administration to provide leadership to a growing interdisciplinary unit within the College of Humanities and Sciences.  Applicants should be at the advanced Associate or full Professor level and have a strong record of scholarly research commensurate with a senior appointment at a major research university.  Area of scholarship is open, though expertise in the African Diaspora is desirable.  Candidates with scholarship in the traditional disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences (e.g., urban studies, cultural studies, sociology, political science, history, gender studies, etc.) are also welcome to apply if their scholarship focuses on the Black and/or African experiences.  Candidates should have a demonstrated record of successful teaching and advising undergraduate students and experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

All candidates should be competent in working within an interdisciplinary department that supports a variety of scholarly methods.  Also desirable are (1) leadership experiences within a college and university setting; (2) record of successful mentoring/professional development of junior faculty and staff; (3) experience in interdisciplinary teamwork within a college and university; (4)  a track record in securing external funding for research along with the ability to foster on-going external funding and development activities of faculty; and (5) demonstrated investment in community engagement and commitment to social justice. Virginia Commonwealth University is a premier urban, public research university focused on academic success.  VCU takes pride in our nationally ranked academic programs and academic medical center, research and scholarly productivity, and engagement with the communities we serve and change.  VCU's Department of African American Studies has a rich and distinguished history.  In 2003 VCU became the second department in Virginia to offer African American studies as a stand- alone major offering a B.A. degree.  As an interdisciplinary department, core faculty members have degrees in African American Studies, history, psychology, sociology, English, and education.  Additionally, faculty from over 25 departments/units at VCU have affiliate appointments in the department.

Candidates can apply online at  Submit a letter describing research accomplishments, areas of teaching expertise, and administrative experience, as well as curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references in one PDF formatted file.  For full consideration, a completed electronic application must be received by January 7, 2016.  Start date is July 1, 2016.  For additional information, visit our website at or direct your questions to Dr. Faye Belgrave, chair of the search committee, at

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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