AF AM Job Openings

Here is a list of tenure-track job openings for junior scholars in the fields of United States History, African American History and African Diaspora Studies. If you would like to add a job posting to this list, please send us the details via email


Monmouth University (deadline: January 2, 2017)
African-American History

Monmouth University’s Department of History and Anthropology seeks applicants for an Assistant Professor in African-American History. This anticipated opening is for the 2017-2018 academic year and is a tenure-track appointment. Candidates with the ability to teach advanced courses on African American Intellectual History; Race and Ethnicity, Gender Studies, American Popular Culture, the Civil Rights Movement, and the African Diaspora are preferred, as is the ability to contribute to our existing undergraduate and graduate programs in history. In accordance with the University’s commitment to rigorous general education grounded in the liberal arts, the successful candidate will make a strong contribution to the core courses in Monmouth’s curriculum. Candidates must be committed to Monmouth’s teaching and scholarship mission, including the mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students and engaging in department activities as outcomes assessment. The department of History and Anthropology offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in history and anthropology, as well as minors in history, anthropology, geography, archeology, and Geographic Information Systems. It is situated in the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Click here to apply.

Spelman College (deadline: January 3, 2017)
African and African Diaspora History

The Department of History at Spelman College invites applications to fill a tenure-track appointment, beginning August 2017, at the rank of Assistant Professor in African History. The successful candidate will be qualified to teach introductory surveys on Pre-Modern and Modern African History and on the African Diaspora, upper-level courses in the area of primary expertise.  In addition, the candidate will be expected to teach core courses for the Major on a rotational basis. Courses taught will contribute to the History department, the African Diaspora and the World Program, and to the College’s commitment to global education. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to complete applications that are submitted by January 3, 2017. To APPLY, copy and paste the link address below to submit an electronic application with required attachments: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=a62562b018bd41c9ba286b41285f51e5

Tennessee State University (deadline: January 3, 2017)
African Diaspora and African American Intellectual history

The Department of History, Political Science, Geography and Africana Studies at Tennessee State University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship for Fall 2017 in the History of Early America and/or the Atlantic World.  Candidates for this position must be prepared to teach US History survey before 1877 as well as upper-level courses in their area of specialization.  The department is especially interested in candidates who are able to teach courses in the African Diaspora and African American Intellectual history.  Qualifications include an earned Ph.D. in History by time of appointment, superior teaching ability, and evidence of scholarly potential. The position is an academic 9 month, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Faculty in the Department of History, Political Science, Geography, and Africana Studies teach a 4/4 course load with the opportunity to teach upper-division courses in their area of specialization. Please submit applications online at http://jobs.tnstate.edu. For questions, please email Dr. Learotha Williams Jr., at lwilli22@tnstate.edu or by phone at 615.963.5513

University of Chicago (deadline: January 10, 2017)
Race and Ethnicity

The Social Sciences Division at the University of Chicago is committed to sustaining leadership in the study of race and ethnicity in the social sciences. To this end, we invite applications for one or more tenure-track position(s) at the rank of Assistant Professor from scholars who engage issues of race and/or ethnicity within established social sciences disciplines or emergent disciplines such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, American Studies, Latina/o Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Native American Studies, Human Rights, or Justice Studies. This is a division-wide search. Successful candidates will be appointed in one of the following departments: Anthropology, Economics, History, Comparative Human Development, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. The Division of Social Sciences is committed to increasing the diversity of the faculty, and we therefore encourage applicants who come from racial, ethnic, and social groups that are underrepresented in academia.

Appointments may begin as early as July 1, 2017. Candidates are expected to have the Ph.D. in-hand by the start of the appointment. Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed; early submission is encouraged. Applications must be submitted through the University of Chicago’s Academic Career Opportunities website, http://tinyurl.com/zd4dhqw.

University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (deadline: January 10, 2017)
African American history

The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa is hiring a professor to teach undergraduate courses in Ethnic Studies on African American history and contemporary social, cultural, economic and political issues in African American communities in the continental United States and Hawai‘i; race theory; contemporary African diasporas in comparative perspective; popular culture, and other courses as needed. The successful candidate shall maintain an active program of research and scholarly publication that integrates innovative theoretical analyses with empirical work, and contribute to the Oceanic focus of the Ethnic Studies Department and the University’s excellence in Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific studies. Review of applications will begin January 10, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Complete applications received by that date will be given priority. Click here to apply.

Purchase College, SUNY (deadline: January 15, 2017)
African American History or Diaspora Studies

Purchase College, SUNY, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Modern American History (post-1865), starting in September 1, 2017.  Candidates must have a PhD by Sept. 1, 2017, and strong teaching experience is preferred.  Candidates should specialize in social history with a sub-specialization in African American history or diaspora studies. Candidates must be able to contribute to our Global Black Studies minor and serve an ethnically and racially diverse student body. Candidates interested in interdisciplinary research and gender and sexuality and/or popular culture history are especially welcome.  Successful candidates must demonstrate their commitment to student learning and to a liberal arts education. Teaching responsibilities are five courses a year plus supervision of senior research projects. A senior project is a college-wide requirement and signature feature of the Purchase curriculum. To apply for the position, please visit our Purchase College Job Vacancy website at https://jobs.purchase.edu and complete an online application.

Texas A & M University (deadline: January 15, 2017)
20th Century US History

The Department of History at Texas A & M is seeking faculty for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor position beginning Fall 2017. The Assistant Professor of History will teach upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses as appropriate to area of specialization and department need, as well as U.S. survey courses. This faculty member will supervise the graduate public history certificate and will develop additional public history initiatives. With other history faculty members, this individual will be expected to advise history majors and recruit new students. The individual also will be expected to contribute to department, college and/or university service. Deadline: January, 15, 2017. Click here link for more details.

SUNY College at Brockport (deadline: February 15, 2017)
African American History

The Department of African and African American Studies (AAS) at The College at Brockport is hiring up to two tenure-track positions, to start Fall 2017. For both positions, duties include: Teach three courses per semester in area of specialization and in related general education courses, as assigned by department chair; maintain an active scholarly agenda appropriate to rank; advise and mentor AAS students; active service to AAS department and to the College. For best consideration, applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for 3 references by February 15, 2017. Writing samples will be requested later in the process and should not be sent at this point. Submit materials through https://www.brockportrecruit.org

Required Qualifications for the Assistant Professor Of African American History

  • Completed PhD in Africana Studies or related field.
  • Demonstrated expertise in twentieth-century African American history, with a focus on the intersection of race, class and gender in US labor history.
  • A record of active scholarship in the area of expertise.
  • Minimum of three years full-time teaching experience in higher education.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively teach courses in area of expertise, including African American history, US labor history, the Black Family, and Urban Economic Problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively teach introductory courses such as Introduction to African American Studies and Institutional Racism.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively mentor and advise AAS students.
Boston College (deadline: Until the Position is Filled)
Race, Religion, and the African Diaspora

Boston College’s African and African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) invites applications for two open-rank, open field core faculty positions in race, religion, and the African Diaspora, to begin in August 2017. There will be two jointly appointed positions, one in the Department of Theology and the other in another cooperating department.   In theology, we are seeking a scholar with competency in systematic/constructive theology, ethics, comparative theology, liberation theology, feminist theology, or black theology. For the second position, we are seeking a scholar in fields such as religion, religious studies, African diaspora studies, history, art history, sociology, anthropology, political science, comparative literature, ethnic studies, and women’s and gender studies who specializes in the religious experiences of African-descended people. We envision successful candidates teaching classes such as Introduction to African and African Diaspora Religions; Religion in Africa; Varieties of Black Religious Experience; Race, Religion, and Social Justice; and Introduction to Black Theology.

Successful candidates will have an active research and publication profile, a record demonstrating excellence in teaching, and PhD or the equivalent in a relevant field by August 2017. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vita, a writing sample of no more than 30 pages, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants must be submitted via Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/36597. Review of applications will begin on October 1st and continue until the positions are filled.

Bucknell University (deadline: Until the Position is Filled)
Black Atlantic and/or African diaspora

The Department of History at Bucknell University seeks a historian with a focus on the Black Atlantic and/or African diaspora. We invite applications for a tenure-track appointment beginning fall 2017. This is an open rank search. Research and teaching interests might include the following fields: comparative slave systems and the transatlantic slave trade; histories of resistance and slave revolts; the slave family, gender, and sexuality; the rise of plantation agriculture and its effects on world trade systems; abolition and the transitions to free labor; and transnational political and cultural movements. A PhD in History is required by August 22, 2017. Interested candidates must submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a sample of scholarship, and three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on October 3, 2016. The position is open until filled. Click here to apply.

Coppin State University (deadline: Until the Position is Filled)
African American History

The Department of Humanities at Coppin State University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor in the area of History. Applicants should have prior teaching experience in higher education and a diverse teaching portfolio. The applicant will teach in the History Program which houses the General Education courses: United States History I&II, African American History I&II, World History I&I, and African History. There are also opportunities available for teaching online, evenings, weekends, and during the winter/summer terms. The successful candidate will be prepared to contribute to the department’s current program of study in history, and to further the program’s commitment to increasing and fostering diversity in our campus community. Service to the campus, community and the profession is expected, in addition to demonstrated teaching excellence and continuing scholarship. The Humanities Department (in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Education) offers a major in History, with concentrations in United States and African American history. Click here to apply.

Florida Atlantic University (deadline: Until the Position is Filled)
African American and Africa/African Diaspora History

The Department of History at Florida Atlantic University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in 19th or 20th Century African American and Africa/African Diaspora History.  Candidates will exhibit promise of excellence in research and teaching, and demonstrate a commitment to generating externally funded grants. Research fields and subfield specializations are open.  Teaching load is typically 2-3 and will include the U.S. and world history surveys, the historical methods course required of majors, as well as upper-division and graduate courses in African American, African, and African Diaspora history. PhD must be in hand by the time of the appointment, though advanced ABDs will be considered.   Please submit application, cover letter, CV, and writing sample (one article or book chapter) through our online portal at: https://jobs.fau.edu (position # 993121), and under separate cover arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation sent to Dr. Evan Bennett, Chair, Search Committee, Department of History, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, FL  33431.  Transcripts for faculty positions must be an official copy scanned into an electronic format and attached to the application.  Applications should address candidate’s research and teaching qualifications as well as indicate availability for an interview at the AHA annual meeting in January 2017.

North Carolina Central University (deadline: Until the Position is Filled)
African Diaspora and African American History

This position will provide instruction African Diaspora, United States history, African American history and African history courses. Commitment to Diversity and inclusion in fulfillment of the university’s mission; ability to teach and direct general education survey courses in Black Experience and upper division courses in United States History, African American History, and African Diaspora History; Ability to conduct and direct research in a specialty area; excellent teaching skills; recruit, advise and mentor students; ability to work with faculty and staff on efforts to retain students and improve graduation rates. A PhD in African Diaspora History with a minor in United States History from an accredited institution. Applicants should have at least three years of teaching experience that may include teaching assistantships. Click here to apply.

Utica College (deadline: Until the Position is Filled)
African American History

The Department of History at Utica College is searching for a historian of post-1865 African American history. A successful candidate must be able to teach lower division courses in the African American experience, as well as upper division courses in their area of expertise. The ideal candidate’s fields of expertise will complement existing course offerings and areas of specialization. Sub-field is open, but an aspect of African or African diaspora history will be particularly welcome.

To apply, submit a letter of application, CV, evidence of teaching excellence, statement of teaching philosophy, writing sample, and three references.   Applicants must describe their work or experiences with diverse student populations in no more than a two page statement of teaching philosophy. All application materials must be submitted online at the following link: http://uc.peopleadmin.com/postings/1765
University of Oregon (deadline: Until the Position is Filled)
African American Studies
The University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce openings for a cluster hire in African American Studies.  This open-rank search for tenure-track faculty will bring at least three scholars to a campus expanding its existing expertise in African American Studies in the contexts of Africa and the African Diaspora in twenty-five departments and across six schools and colleges.  We seek to create a cohort of scholars with complementary strengths and shared interests whose scholarship and teaching will enhance the study of race and ethnicity at UO and beyond and help us work toward establishing a comprehensive curriculum in Black Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

These hires will occur in several departments, including English, History, and Women’s and Gender Studies.  Ideal candidates for the cluster positions will have specialized training and expertise in one or more of the fields specified below:

This initiative will help build critical mass in both traditional and emerging fields of scholarship, foster cross-disciplinary work, and diversify the knowledge we produce at UO. We encourage applications from scholars eager to participate in a cohort committed to excellence, diversity, and equity and to redefine the research university for the next generation.  We encourage applications from women and underrepresented minorities. UO is an EO/AA/Veterans/Disability institution committed to cultural diversity.

Wilmington College (deadline: Until the Position is Filled)
African American History

Wilmington College seeks to fill a tenure-track American History position at the Assistant Professor level, starting 2017/2018 academic year. Candidates must have Ph.D in History by August 2017. Period is open, but added consideration will be given to applicants with the ability to teach African-American history and/or rural history as well as both halves of the US History survey, and with an interest in integrating Public History practices into coursework. Experience teaching interdisciplinary general education courses and first-generation students is welcome. Teaching load is 3 courses per semester.

Interested applicants should submit a detailed cover letter, resume/CV, and teaching philosophy. Applicants should be prepared to submit three professional references later in the process. Please specify position of interest in the letter of application. For positions requiring degrees, unofficial transcripts of college work are helpful. Applicants must be able to provide identification documents to confirm eligibility to work in the US upon hire. Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation. Application materials should be submitted to the Director of Human Resources via email to humanresources@wilmington.edu. Mailed application materials may be sent to Wilmington College, Pyle Center 1187, 1870 Quaker Way, Wilmington, OH 45177-2499. Visit http://www.wilmington.edu/about/employment/ to apply.

Wooster College (deadline: Until the Position is Filled)
Africana Studies
The Department of Africana Studies at The College of Wooster seeks to fill a full-time tenure-track position, beginning in fall 2017 at the assistant professor level.  We are looking for someone with broad interdisciplinary Africana Studies training in either the Humanities or Social Sciences in Diasporic, preferably Caribbean or Black Latin American Studies.  The successful candidate must demonstrate a command of Afrocentric/African-centered theoretical and methodological perspectives and approaches, an ability to teach Africana introductory as well as upper-level courses, and be able to supervise independent research projects as part of The College’s Independent Study requirement. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of unofficial graduate transcripts, evidence of effective teaching (including syllabi and student evaluations), teaching statement, research statement, statement on contributions to diversity in the classroom and/or curriculum, and three reference letters through Interfolio [https://apply.interfolio.com/36742]. Questions may be addressed to Josephine Wright, chair of Africana Studies at jwright@wooster.edu. Review of applications will begin on October 7, 2016, and will continue until position is filled.