October 24, 2014
Table of Contents:
Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor of African American literature
Position in the Department of Africana Studies USF
Call for Papers: New Studies in Gender and Black Sexuality
Call for Papers: Tenth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Commemorative Issue
Assistant/Associate Professor of Haitian Languages/Caribbean Studies
Purdue Black to the Future Symposium

Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor of African American literature


The Department of African American Studies at Syracuse University invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor of African American literature, to begin Fall 2015. We seek an exceptional candidate: an innovative literary scholar with a well-defined research agenda and demonstrated excellence in interdisciplinary teaching. The Ph.D. (or the equivalent) degree must be in hand by June 2015.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in African American literature and courses which involve at least one other part of the Global African World beyond the U.S.  The current undergraduate curriculum (available on our website) offers courses in African American, African and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures and Africana Oratures.
Candidates should be able to teach some of these foundational Black Studies courses as well as develop new ones. Also, the successful candidate will be expected to teach graduate courses in the Department's M.A. Program in Pan African Studies. We welcome applicants with new approaches to Pan Africanism and the Humanities. A strong commitment to research, teaching, advising and service as well as collaboration with colleagues in other departments is expected.
For full consideration, interested candidate must go to www.sujobopps.com and complete an online faculty application and attach the following documents: CV, a letter of application, one writing sample of 20-25 pages.  We will begin to review applications as we receive them and will continue until the position is filled. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by October 29, 2014. Information on the Department of African American Studies is on the Department's website: http://aas.syr.edu.   Syracuse University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Position in the Department of Africana Studies USF

The Department of Africana Studies (AFA) at the University of South Florida invites applicants for a 9-month tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 7, 2015.


A Ph.D. in a social science discipline from an accredited institution is required for the position.  Applicants should specialize in contemporary economic, political and social issues in Africa.  Applications from ABDs will be considered, but the degree must be conferred by the appointment date.  The teaching load is four courses per year.  Candidates must be able to teach both undergraduate and graduate level courses.  Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate teaching effectiveness and a promising research agenda. The AFA Department is particularly interested in candidates whose teaching and research focus on North Africa and/or Southern Africa and candidates who are willing to work and collaborate in an interdisciplinary department that is developing a global focus. Salary is negotiable.  To apply, please visit  http://employment.usf.edu and attach a cover letter, CV, a statement describing teaching philosophy, evidence of successful research and provide names and contact information for three references.  Position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin November 17, 2014.


Inquiries may be sent to Cheryl Rodriguez, Search Committee Chair, crodriguez@usf.edu.


USF is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. For information regarding the USF System, please visit our website at  http://system.usf.edu/ 


Call for Papers: New Studies in Gender and Black Sexuality

There has been in the last few years, a great deal of ferment in studies of race and sexuality and in thinking about the intersections amongst race, politics, and multiple sexual identifications. In the wake of black feminism, non-western womanism, and discourses of queerness, we find ourselves facing as many new forms of domination and discrimination as there are new sexual identities and possible social positions. In keeping with its long-standing commitment to black feminism, gender politics, and liberation, TBS is aggressively seeking scholarly and literary essays, articles, interviews and reviews engaging this rapidly changing world of black sexuality studies. Topics of particular interest include: blackness and desire, popular culture and sexual politics, Africa and LGBT crisis, queerness and the literatures of black Diaspora, black feminism and queer theory, pornography and race, sexual subcultures, performance and performativity, and the complex deployments of power and desire at work in Kink, Fetish, and BDSM theory. We also welcome jointly authored work, manifestos, and testimonials and are open to suggestions about possible collaborations.


Deadline is July 2015. Late submissions will not be accepted. Please see submission guidelines for further information.




Call for Papers: Tenth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Commemorative Issue

TBS is seeking scholarly articles, artwork, book reviews and conversations in print to memorialize the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in a commemorative issue (45.3.)  Special consideration will be given to submissions which address the theme "Where are we now, Where do we go from here?" particularly those that address education, activism, gentrification, art, and culture. TBS is also interested in publishing pieces that compare New Orleans' redevelopment into a whiter city and the subsequent loss of Black political power, to other municipalities who drew from this city's process as model and inspiration.  Youth activists, community members, and artists are especially encouraged to respond.


Prospective writers should familiarize themselves with recent issues of the journal.  Works should be no longer than 5,000 words and, must conform to the Chicago Manual of Style, and should include endnotes. An abstract of 100-200 words and a biographical statement of 50-75 words, suitable for publication, should accompany all submissions. Please submit electronically to Ashley M. Howard (ahoward2@loyno.edu) as .doc files. Deadline is January 1, 2015.  Late submissions will not be considered.




Assistant/Associate Professor of Haitian Languages/Caribbean Studies


Auto req ID: 1873BR

Position Number: 00003103

Department: African/African Amer Studies

Location/Division: Lawrence

FTE: 1.0

Reg/Temp: Regular


Position Overview:

The University of Kansas African & African-American Studies Department invites candidates to apply for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. The area of specialization is open, but special consideration will be given to applicants who can teach Haitian Creole and who have professional knowledge of global Haitian communities and Afro-Caribbean history and culture.  The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching, research, and service.  The candidate selected may also lead our Institute of Haitian Studies as her/his primary service to the department, as well as will have opportunities for affiliation with the University's Kansas African Studies Center and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, both Title VI National Resource Centers. The search is part of an emerging cluster of hires in the area of "Migration, Immigration, Diaspora, and Human Trafficking."

The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and (4) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. For more information, see http://www.provost.ku.edu/strategic-plan/initiatives. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of this appointment.


Job Description:

40% RESEARCH : Develop and maintain an active research program that is advanced substantially beyond the level of the Ph.D. thesis. It should provide solid evidence that the faculty member is a dedicated scholar whose research will continue to develop in depth and importance throughout his or her career. Conduct and publish research (quantity, quality, significance, and impact) commensurate with an AAU institution.   Research, write, and publish in area of specialty in peer reviewed journals/books.   Maintain an active and productive research program.   Attend and present findings at professional conferences. 

40% TEACHING : Teach two courses/semester.   Faculty are expected to take their teaching responsibilities seriously and to strive for excellence in the classroom. Prepare for and attend all class meetings. Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. Participate in the academic advising of undergraduate and graduate students. Participate in the research advising of students including serving as a dissertation/thesis director and professional mentor for students. Adhere to departmental, College and University policies.

20% SERVICE : Serve on departmental, College, and/or University committees and actively contribute to the workings of the University community. Participate in professional service.


Required Qualifications:

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of educational experiences in letter of application; (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in the c.v.; (3) letters of reference; (4) evidence of effective teaching (including Haitian Creole) in application materials; and (5) congruence with areas of strength, and research and teaching needs, of the KU AAAS Department and the University of Kansas.

For Both Ranks:  

  1. A Ph.D. or ABD in any area of Africana Studies, the humanities, the social sciences (or a similar field) is expected by the start date of the appointment (08-18-2015).  
  2. Expertise in the histories and cultures of African-descended people that complements those of existing faculty and contributes to the interdisciplinary theme of Migration, Immigration, Diaspora, and Human Trafficking.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work in interdisciplinary and collaborative environments.  
  4. Demonstrated ability to teach effectively at the undergraduate level.

For appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor: (1) potential to establish an independent programmatic line of research that includes publications and external funding;  and (2) potential to effectively teach courses and mentor students.

For appointment at the rank of Associate Professor with tenure: (1) an established independent programmatic line of research that includes a record of publication in peer-reviewed journals and external funding; (2) growth in teaching and mentoring that culminates in effective teaching and mentoring; (3) record of regular local and/or national service participation; (4) meets University criteria for tenured Associate Professor.


Additional Candidate Instruction:

A complete online application includes the following materials: a cover letter; CV; writing sample (published or unpublished); proof of teaching experience (e.g., course evaluations or sample course syllabi); and the names, e-mail, and contact information for three references.

Initial review of applications begins December 1, 2014 and will continue as long as required to identify a qualified pool.


Contact Information to Applicants:

Applicants: Clarence Lang, celang@ku.edu, Search Committee Chair

Department Contact:Lisa Brown, lisah@ku.edu; 785-864-3054


Advertised Salary Range:

Competitive with comparable research universities


Strategic Initiative:

Strategic Initiative #1: Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World


Additional Strategic Initiative(s):

Strategic Initiative #2: Promotion Well-Being, Finding Cures
Strategic Initiative #3: Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities
http://www.humanresources.ku.edu/policies_procedures/category_details/index.aspx?category=8 or you may contact 785-864-4946 or employ@ku.edu for alternate access options. Any inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.



Purdue University

West Lafayette, Indiana
29th Symposium on African American Culture and Philosophy
"Black to the Future: Black Culture Through Time and Space"
November 20-22, 2014

Registration Fees [by October 20th] for the 29th Symposium:
$75.00 for Faculty and Professionals
$50.00 for Students
Registration link below:

Keynote Address:
Out of the Shadows, Into the Stars: 
Science and Technology in African American Studies
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Stewart Center, Room 310
7:00 pm

Alondra Nelson is professor of sociology and gender studies and Dean of Social Science at Columbia University, where she has served as director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality.  The keynote address is free and open to the public, but registration is required for the Friday and Saturday panels.



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