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University of Memphis, History
Assistant Professor in African American History

The Department of History at The University of Memphis seeks an outstanding scholar for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Twentieth Century African American History to begin in August 2017 pending availability of funds. Ph.D. in History required by the time of appointment. Successful candidates will possess a strong research agenda and good teaching skills.

Screening of applications begins onMonday, November 28, 2016. Review of applications may continue until the position is filled. The Search Committee will conduct preliminary interviews at the American Historical Association annual meeting in Denver, CO in January 2017.

The application process is online at Choose “Full-Time Faculty Positions,” then “Assistant Professor, African American History.”

All applicants are expected to have at hand, ready for immediate upload:

  • Letter of application
  • C.V.
  • Writing sample (Upload in “Other Document 1”)
  • Academic transcript
  • Contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references.

Posted: 11/2/16

Colby College
Waterville, Maine

The Department of Anthropology and the African-American Studies Program at Colby College invite applications for a joint one-year visiting Assistant Professorship, beginning September 1, 2017. While the Ph.D. is preferred, a very advanced ABD with highly relevant innovative fieldwork and extensive teaching experience will be considered. Teaching experience is necessary.

We seek a scholar whose research specialties and teaching experience focus on the African Diaspora, the Black Atlantic, and the Caribbean. Preference will be given to specialists in the Caribbean or other African Diaspora communities in North or South America (including Canada). Absolute preference will be given to specialists in areas outside the United States. The successful candidate will be expected to teach introduction to sociocultural anthropology, and four additional courses, at least three of which should explore topics in the African Diaspora. Applicants are encouraged to suggest courses and topics not currently in the African American Studies program curriculum. Applicants should send a cover letter describing teaching philosophy and research interests, a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of reference to Electronic submission of application materials through Interfolio is required.

Review of applications will begin October 17, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the AAA meetings. For more information, please contact Professor Chandra D. Bhimull or Professor Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, Director, African American Studies, by e-mail: or

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or veteran’s status in employment or in our educational programs. Colby is an Equal Opportunity employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and encourages applications from qualified persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, military veterans and members of other under-represented groups. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. For more information about the College, please visit our website:

Posted: 10/26/16

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest College invites applications for a tenure-track position to begin in the 2017-2018 academic year from scholars of African American history, specializing in topics such as the history of slavery, emancipation, reconstruction, Jim Crow, black liberation movements, the history of race and anti-black racism in the U.S. Teaching load is six courses per year (three courses in each of two semesters).

Responsibilities include teaching introductory-level African American history survey courses, topical electives, and advanced seminars in service to the African American Studies major and the History major. Willingness to teach courses focused on the African diaspora that incorporate an African-centered methodology, the link between African American history and the Black Atlantic, and/or Pan-Africanism is especially desired. Classes are small (typically 15-30 students) and generous support for scholarly research, including a semester of pre-tenure leave for those who pass third-year review is available. Strong preference for candidates who have demonstrated success in teaching in diverse classrooms. The Ph.D. degree must be completed by summer 2017.

A highly selective liberal arts college located in a suburb of Chicago, Lake Forest College enrolls approximately 1,600 students from over 43 states and 75 countries. At Lake Forest College, the quality of a faculty member’s teaching is the most important criterion for evaluation. The College also expects peer-reviewed publications and active participation in the College community. Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Sample syllabi and a writing sample are also encouraged, as well as evidence of teaching effectiveness, including a pedagogical statement that, among other issues, addresses your ability to reach diverse audiences.

To Apply: Please submit letter of application and c.v. to Dr. Judy Dozier, Chair of the African American Studies Program, in a zip file labeled with your name to
An official transcript and three letters of reference must also be sent directly to the above email address or mailed to:

African American Studies Program (CA)
Lake Forest College
555 N. Sheridan Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045.

Posted: 10/21/16

Duke University

The Department of African and African American Studies at Duke seeks an Africanist whose work is in any of the following disciplines: History, Political Science, Historical Sociology; including but not limited to research in the areas of Material Cultural Studies; Migration Studies; Development. Focus on sub-Saharan with a preference for East Africa.

Applicants must demonstrate a strong research concentration in African Studies, and be conversant with current methodological and theoretical issues.

Letters of application and a curriculum vitae should be submitted by November 1, 2016, to the automated job application service, All applications received by November 1, 2016, will be guaranteed consideration.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Posted: 10/2/16

Fordham University

Assistant Professor, Tenure Track

Application Deadline: Friday, November 18, 2016

The Department of African and African American Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of African-American Intellectual and Political History as well as Pan-Africanism and Global diasporic movements, beginning August 2017 at Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus.

The successful candidate for the position will be an interdisciplinary scholar of African American History and African Diasporic politics and movements, who can offer courses rooted in these academic areas.

Preference will be given to those candidates whose research reflects a broad perspective on African-American, Pan-African and Diaspora Intellectual and Political History.
We seek candidates with evidence of excellence in teaching and a well-defined research agenda. S/he will be expected to contribute to undergraduate curricular needs in African and African American Studies, International Studies as well as American Studies.

We invite candidates with an ability to make a positive contribution to the department’s climate fostering inclusiveness, diversity, and LGBTQ awareness.

Ph.D. at the time of appointment is required.

Fordham is an independent, Catholic University in the Jesuit tradition that welcomes applications from all backgrounds. Fordham is an equal opportunity employer.

Deadline for applying is November 18, 2016.

Interested applicants must submit the following documents via Interfolio: cover letter, c.v., three letters of recommendation (attn. Search Committee), dissertation abstract.

Apply here.

Posted 9/28/16

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