AF AM Job Openings

*Here is a list of current job openings for the 2020-2021 academic year.  If you would like to add a job posting to this list, please send us an email with more details


Wake Forest University (Deadline: April 5, 2021)

Job Ad–Visiting Assistant Professor of the Modern History of Science, Technology, and the Environment (STE)

Wake Forest University seeks a one year visiting assistant professor of the modern history of science, technology, and the environment (STE, geographical specialization open) for appointment beginning August 2021. Teaching undergraduates is central to Wake Forest’s mission, and the primary teaching responsibility of the post will be sections of a divisional course (HST 101-114) that meet the college’s general education requirements. There will also be an opportunity to teach an upper division class in the general field of STE.  Candidates should have teaching experience and Ph.D. in hand by August 2021. More information about the department and its course offerings can be found at, and for quick facts about the University, go to

A complete application will include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, graduate transcripts and a list of references. Applicants are also asked to include a brief statement in their teaching statement or cover letter describing which divisional course or courses they are prepared to offer and an upper-level course in their area of specialty they propose to teach at Wake Forest. Divisional courses (HST 101-114) are described here: Review of applications will begin by April 5, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but to guarantee full consideration they should be received by April 5, 2021.  References will be contacted only for short-listed candidates, with the applicant’s prior approval. Interested applicants should apply via the University’s career website at: Inquiries about the application process and document submission may be addressed to Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and inclusivity, and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest University is an AA/EO employer and values an inclusive and diverse learning community and campus climate.

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (Deadline: April 13, 2021)

Job Ad–Contract Historian Position at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is seeking a full-time, contract Historian for the period of four months with possible renewal for up to twelve months. Ideally the contract Historian will begin work, remotely, on or around May 3, 2021, and conclude the contract no later than August 31, 2021 (with a possibility for renewal).

Candidates with PhD degrees or ABD in History, Art History, or American Studies—with expertise in the Early North America / Colonial America / the Atlantic World—are of particular interest.

We advertise such a position by a “Request for Quote” or RFQ and “Statement of Work” or SOW, and we evaluate candidates according to the descriptions prepared in these two documents. Applicants should read these documents carefully and follow their instructions. Please see the dropbox link for all materials, and the summary below. A Quote, Resumé/CV and List of References are to be submitted by email on April 13, 2021 by 5pm EST to Kate Clarke Lemay, Acting Senior Historian, National Portrait Gallery.

This Request for Quote (RFQ) is issued by the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution (SI), for technical professional, non-personal services to provide services compiling biographical research; evaluating and making recommendations about the acquisition of historical and contemporary sitters into the NPG collection; fact checking, drafting and editing labels for objects in the permanent collections in accordance with the Statement of Work (SOW). The contract will be awarded for an hourly rate after selection on a best value basis.

Description of Required Services

The National Portrait Gallery requires professional, technical, non-personal services to support the aid in researching biographies, writing labels, and assessing new candidates in portraits for possible acquisition into the Portrait Gallery’s collection.

See Statement of Work for more detailed description of tasks.

Location of Work and Work Hours

All work shall be performed remotely, in a home office, or at local research libraries. Contractor must provide their own computer and maintain a reliable internet connection to perform services remotely. NPG shall provide Smithsonian network and email access. NPG will need to verify a secure external connection to the Smithsonian networks.


The SI plans to award based on best value. The SI plans to award without discussions, however, does reserve the right to conduct discussions if later determined by the Contracting Officer to be necessary. All of the following factors are of equal importance unless otherwise stated.

Evaluation factors are:

  1. Relevant Experience/Past Performance
  2. Experience doing archival and bibliographic graduate research, or research for objects in exhibitions, at least 1 year.
  3. Résumé

Submit a résumé outlining your experience as it relates to these tasks, and the following competencies or qualifications:

  • Completed Ph.D. or Ph.D. candidate in History, Art History or American Studies
  • Expertise in Early United States, Colonial America, and the Atlantic World
  • Experience advancing decolonization, diversity and equity, and sustainability in scholarship, writing, and creative/professional activities
  • Active participation in conferences and scholarly organizations
  • A clear potential for a trajectory of excellence in scholarly publications
  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent editing and writing skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Must have working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel
  • Familiarity with TMS/ The Museum System (preferred, but not required)
  • A demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity and diversity with a proven record of promoting a respectful and inclusive work and learning environment

Past performance should be indicated by a list of at least two (2) references who can answer specific questions on quality of work similar to that described in the SOW. Provide points of contact and their current telephone numbers, dates for periods of performance or employment and brief descriptions of the work performed with each reference.

Davidson College (Deadline: Review begins April 15)

Job Ad–Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

The Africana Studies department at Davidson College invites applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor to teach in the Africana Studies department beginning July 1, 2021. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to interdisciplinary undergraduate education, mentoring majors, and program development. The candidate’s field is open, but candidates with a record of offering transnational courses in Afro-Latin American and/or Caribbean Studies, performance studies, environmental studies, gender and sexuality studies, anthropology, history, and public health are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have two or more years of full-time teaching experience at the college or university level and be able to teach required courses for the major, including AFR: 101 Introduction to Africana Studies and AFR 300: Major Thinkers in Africana Studies. Travel and summer research funding are available. Candidates should possess demonstrated teaching ability, outstanding academic qualifications, and an active research program. The Ph.D. degree should be in hand by July 1, 2021.

Apply online at .  Candidates must submit a cover letter, CV, a 1-2 page statement of teaching philosophy, summaries of teaching evaluations, 2-3 sample syllabi, and contact information of three professional references. Candidates should discuss in their statement of teaching philosophy how they would fulfill the needs of a diverse student body through antiracist pedagogy.

For additional information and to apply online go to

We will begin reviewing applications on April 15th. The position will remain open until filled. Direct inquiries to: Dr. Devyn Spence Benson, Associate Professor & Chair of the Africana Studies Department ( or Dr. Dan Aldridge, Professor of History and Search Committee Chair (

A top-tier highly selective liberal arts college in Davidson, N.C., twenty miles from Charlotte, Davidson College has a low student-faculty ratio and a collegial atmosphere honoring teaching and academic excellence. The College is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country. At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community.  In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origins.

Virginia Tech (Deadline: April 25, 2021)

Job Ad–Instructor of Religion & Culture

The Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech ( seeks a full-time

Instructor in the area of Religion in the Public Sphere to begin August 2021. The appointment will be for one academic year. Area of specialization is open, but the successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching high-enrolling courses at the undergraduate level, and a commitment to working with and supporting diverse populations. Teaching load is 4 courses per semester (2-3 course preparations per semester). Appropriate Ph.D. must be in hand by August 2021.

High-enrolling courses the successful candidate could potentially teach include:

  • RLCL 1034: Religion and the Modern World
  • RLCL 1014: World Religions
  • RLCL 1024: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • RLCL/ AFST/ WGS 2204: Race and Gender in Religion & Culture
  • RLCL 2124: Religion in American Life
  • RLCL/ HUM 3204: Multicultural Communication

See more about courses at

A commitment to working effectively with a diverse campus population in support of Virginia Tech’s “Principles of Community” is required. Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and actively seeks applications from women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. The Carnegie Foundation classifies Virginia Tech as a university with “very high research activity” and the Department of Religion and Culture has a very strong record of excellence in teaching and research. Located in the town of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is the largest state-supported university in Virginia. Blacksburg is 40 minutes from the city of Roanoke, VA, 2 hours from both Charlottesville, VA and Greensboro, NC, approximately 2 ½ hours from Charlotte, NC, and under 4 hours from Washington, DC. In addition, Blacksburg has been voted a Top 10 “dream town” for outdoor activities by Outside Magazine, and declared the “Best Place in the U.S. to Raise Kids” by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Candidates must apply online at posting # 515671 and provide:

  • letter of application
  • CV
  • contact information for three references who can speak to the candidate’s teaching and research

Questions may be addressed to the department chair, Prof. Matthew Gabriele ( Review of applications will begin April 25, 2021.

University of South Carolina (Deadline: April 30, 2021)

Job Ad–Postdoctoral Fellowship in Race, Freedom, and Democratic Citizenship in African American Studies

The African American Studies Program is excited to invite applications for two interdisciplinary postdoctoral teaching fellowships in “Race, Freedom, and Democratic Citizenship” at the University of South Carolina. The main focus of these postdoctoral fellowships is on teaching courses in our program that meet the aims of a new state mandate to offer instruction on the United States’ founding documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and the Emancipation Proclamation. The African American Studies program aims to supplement this mandate with a robust exploration of the evolving definitions of freedom in the United States through an analysis of the lives and writings of African Americans who have struggled to realize the country’s founding principles and core values. In considering how the provisions of these documents impact the everyday lives of Black citizens from the seventeenth-century to the present, we welcome interdisciplinary perspectives and modes of inquiry that range from history and political science to rhetoric, art, film and media studies, music, literature, gender studies, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, environmental studies, and more. Postdoctoral fellows will also be given some flexibility to pursue their own research agenda, to collaborate with other scholars in African American Studies, and to contribute to the intellectual life of the university through colloquia and at least one public talk.

Each postdoctoral fellow will be appointed for two years (2021-2023) with the option to renew for a third year. Fellows will be required to take part in professional and intellectual development activities with a cross-campus cohort of other founding documents instructors. The fellowship carries a salary of $45,000 plus benefits for a 2-2-1 teaching load over the fall, summer, and either a summer or winter term. The fellows will also be associated with the UofSC Institute for African American Research (IAAR) and receive a yearly $3,000 research/travel fund along with office space in IAAR.

Required Experience: Scholars who have received their Ph.D. degree in any relevant field in the humanities and social sciences are invited to apply.

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants that have demonstrated excellence in the classroom, along with a willingness to teach the U.S. founding documents. Scholars who have been awarded a Ph.D. within the previous five years are preferred.

Applications should include:

  • a letter from the applicant, including an overview of current research interests and a teaching statement that describes your proposed approach to teaching the U.S. founding documents (not to exceed 3 pages)
  • a curriculum vitae
  • three letters of recommendation
  • writing sample (not to exceed 20 pages)
  • a transcript that states degree completion no later than May 2021

For best consideration, completed applications should be submitted as soon as possible. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on April 30, 2021.

For more information and to submit an application, please visit:

The Bibliographical Society of America (Deadline: May 1, 2021)

Job Ad–Editor of the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (PBSA)

The Bibliographical Society of America (BSA) seeks a new Editor or co-Editors of the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (PBSA). The Editor is responsible for the editorial direction of the journal, which serves to fulfill the mission of the BSA to foster the study of the material text.

PBSA is the Society’s distinguished quarterly journal and it is published in partnership with the University of Chicago Press in both electronic and paper form. It has been an important avenue for scholarly communication on bibliographical matters since 1906. PBSA contains articles on book production in manuscript, print, and digital forms; publication; distribution; collecting; and reading in all periods, geographical regions, and media; as well as editorial and textual scholarship across all disciplines. The journal publishes original articles, book reviews, bibliographical notes, and review essays.

The Editor oversees publication of four issues of PBSA each year and attends BSA meetings in New York annually during Bibliography Week. The Editor of PBSA works closely with the Managing/Reviews Editor and the production team at the University of Chicago Press, supervising the Managing/Reviews Editor.

The next Editor of PBSA will also work with the Council and Publications Committee toward reaching the goals outlined for the journal in the Society’s Equity Action Plan (EAP). As outlined in the EAP, the BSA seeks to broaden PBSA’s coverage to include works that represent a wider array of textual artifacts from diverse authors in English and in other languages and to address issues of equity related to the

composition and role of the Editorial Board. We welcome applications from members of underrepresented groups who feel that their background and experience make them uniquely qualified for this work in collaboration with the Council and Publications Committee.

The Society has some flexibility in filling this position and welcomes candidates to apply on their own or as an editorial team of two (2) individuals. Candidates may be affiliated with an academic or research institution or work independently in the humanities. The BSA is open to accommodating the various modes of professional life encountered in the search process.

Negotiations for compensation for the Editor, team, or a partnering institution by means of an agreement begin at $16,000.

Application instructions, a job description, and other details are available on the BSA website at .

Please submit application materials to BSA Executive Director Erin McGuirl at by May 1st 2021. Only electronic correspondence/materials will be accepted.

Queen’s University (Deadline: May 15, 2021)

Job Ad–Queen’s National Scholar (QNS) position in Black Religions

The School of Religion at Queen’s University invites applications for a Queen’s National Scholar (QNS) position in Black Religions. The position is a full-time tenure track/tenured position at the Assistant Professor or early Associate Professor rank with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2021. The QNS in Black Religions is one of five QNS being recruited this year in support of Queen’s interdisciplinary Black Studies program and planned BA Minor/General in Black Studies. Further information on the Queen’s National Scholar Program can be found on the website of the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) at:

Applicants must self-identify as Black persons, including those from Africa or of the African diaspora (e.g. African and Africa descended people from the Caribbean, North America, Europe, or Latin America).

Any geographies or area of specialization in the religious cultures, traditions, theologies, practices, and spiritualities of African descendants in the Atlantic world are welcome, such as Canada, America, Latin America, the Caribbean and their diasporas. These can include but are not limited to Christianity, Islam, West African and Caribbean traditions and spiritualities, Black diasporic traditions and spiritualities, other modes of pietistic, indigenous, and spiritual orientations and their various intersections in Black experience. Interdisciplinary, anti-racist, queer, feminist (gender/sexuality), anti-colonial and de-colonizing approaches are all encouraged. We also welcome applicants whose research exists at the nexus of social justice, activism, and artistic/creative scholarship. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute curriculum relevant not only to the offerings in Religious Studies, such as undergraduate and graduate courses in Black Religions and Religious Studies theory and methods, but also to the planned BA Minor/General in Black Studies and its core course(s).

As a Queen’s National Scholar, the ideal candidate will clearly demonstrate three main attributes:

1) Excellence in providing rich and rewarding learning experiences to students;

2) Excellence in developing innovative, collaborative or interdisciplinary research programs that align with Queen’s priorities; and

3) A demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Further information on teaching and research priorities at Queen’s is available in the Queen’s Academic Plan, found via: and the Queen’s Strategic Research Plan, found via:

Queen’s University has developed a special program, as described by the Ontario Human Rights Commission, in connection with the search to fill this position.

This opportunity is open only to qualified individuals who self-identify as Black persons, including those from Africa or of the African diaspora (e.g. African and Africa descended people from the Caribbean, North America, Europe, or Latin America). Recognizing the intersectionality of identities within Black communities, applications from Black candidates who also, for example, identify as women, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons are welcome. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Include the following in your application by May 15, 2021 as PDF documents addressed to Adnan A. Husain, Director, Queen’s School of Religion, at

  1. A cover letter (including one of the two statements above regarding Canadian citizenship/residency status)
  2. A current Curriculum Vitae which includes a comprehensive list of publications, awards and grants received
  3. Samples of scholarly and/or creative publications
  4. A statement of current and prospective research interests in academic/creative scholarship
  5. A teaching dossier including a statement regarding teaching experience and interests, sample course syllabi, and student evaluation
  6. A statement of experience with, and commitment to, facilitation and promotion of equity, diversity, and inclusion; and,
  7. A minimum of three letters of reference, preferably from more than one university or other appropriate institution, at least one letter must be at arm’s length. Reference letters should be dated, and include the referee’s name, position, department, institution, email address and telephone number, the name of the nominee, and the period of time and the capacity in which the referee has known the nominee; sent directly to Director, Queen’s School of Religion, Adnan A. Husain, at

Queen’s University (Deadline: May 15, 2021)

Job Ad–Tenure-Track/Tenure Professor, Black Creative Writing and Cultural Production

The Departments of English and Gender Studies at Queen’s University invite applications for a Tenure-track or tenured position at an open rank (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor) with specialization in Black Creative Writing and Cultural Production. The successful applicant will be a Black creative artist with a strong publishing record, evidence of commitment to teaching excellence, and demonstrated critical expertise in Black Studies. The preferred starting date is July 1, 2021.

This position is one of seven positions created in support of the interdisciplinary field of Black Studies at Queen’s and the planned BA Minor/General in Black Studies.

Applicants must self-identify as Black persons including those from Africa or of the African diaspora (e.g. African and African-descended people from the Caribbean, North America, Europe, or Latin America).

We seek applications from Black literary artists and scholars with strong records of publication who work in any medium or genre (e.g. fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, drama, graphic forms, etc.) and whose work addresses and/or contributes to some of the following fields: histories and theories of Black arts and cultural production; Black and diaspora poetics; Afro-futurism and speculative fiction; race and creative writing pedagogy; theories of blackness; race, racism, and antiracism; Black liberation; intersectional politics; theories of cultural production; solidarity work; and decolonization. Applicants who demonstrate engagement with Indigenous, feminist, trans, disability, and/or queer studies are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates for this position must demonstrate records of creative and critical excellence, as registered by scholarly publications and/or a creative portfolio, combined with evidence of excellence in teaching. As we recognize that creative artists often take non-academic pathways to achieving renown, completed doctoral or MFA degrees are desired assets for the position but not mandatory.

The successful candidate will provide evidence of high-quality scholarly and/or artistic output and the ability to secure external funding, as well as ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates must provide evidence of an ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centered environment. The successful candidate will also be expected to make contributions through service to the contributing Departments, the Faculty, the University, and/or the broader community. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The successful applicant will contribute to the development of Black Studies at Queen’s, including its planned Minor in Black Studies, as well as the expansion of the Creative Writing Program. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to offer courses in Black Cultural Production and/or Black Popular Culture and Creative Writing workshops at various levels of curriculum; the successful candidate will also have the opportunity to supervise undergraduate and graduate students in English, Gender Studies, and the interdisciplinary Cultural Studies Program. The Department of English at Queen’s boasts esteemed creative writers and numerous scholars researching and teaching in the fields of Black literary studies, diaspora studies, and critical race theory. With several of its faculty members working at the intersections of race and gender, the Department of Gender Studies is committed to interdisciplinary, historical and transnational research and teaching grounded in feminist, anti-racist, Indigenous, postcolonial, queer, trans, and social justice studies.

Queen’s University has developed a special program, as described by the Ontario Human Rights Commission, in connection with the search to fill this position.

This opportunity is open only to qualified individuals who self-identify as Black persons including those from Africa or of the African diaspora (e.g. African and African-descended people from the Caribbean, North America, Europe, or Latin America). Recognizing the intersectionality of identities within Black communities, applications from Black candidates who also, for example, identify as women, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons are welcome. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

A complete application consists of:

  • a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship/permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph);
  • a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications, awards, and grants received);
  • three samples of creative and/or scholarly publications;
  • an artist’s statement or a statement of scholarly/creative interests and experience;
  • a teaching dossier; and,
  • Three letters of reference sent directly to Elaine Power at Reference letters should be dated, and include the referee’s name, position, institution, email address, and telephone number, the name of the nominee, and the period of time and capacity in which the referee has known the nominee.

The deadline for applications is May 15, 2021. Applicants are encouraged to send all documents in their application packages electronically as PDFs to Elaine Power at, although hard-copy applications may be submitted to:

Elaine Power, Professor and Head Department of Gender Studies

Queen’s University Kingston, Ontario CANADA K7L 3N6

Carleton College (Deadline: August 15, 2021)

Job Ad–Tenure-Track/Tenured in African American History

Carleton College invites applications for an open-rank (tenure-track or tenured) position in African American History to begin September 1, 2022. We welcome applications from all subfields of African American history. A Ph.D. in African American history or a related field is expected by the time of appointment. Teaching responsibilities will include surveys of African-American history, more specialized courses and seminars in the candidate’s areas of specialization and interest, and opportunities to advise theses and independent research.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant History Department and have opportunities to contribute to a growing interdisciplinary Africana Studies Program, with specific teaching and administrative obligations in each department/program to be determined in consultation with the candidate.

Carleton is a highly selective liberal arts college with a student body of approximately 2,000.  Located in the historic and thriving town of Northfield, Minnesota, we are forty-five miles south of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, whose greater metro area has a diverse population of three million people and a rich variety of cultural resources. We are a community of scholars committed to the goal of excellence in undergraduate education, in research, and in building a more socially just, diverse, and inclusive society in all of our endeavors. We seek candidates who share these values and commitments.

To apply for this position, candidates should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a course syllabus and an annotated listing of courses you are prepared to teach, graduate transcripts, and a statement of teaching philosophy that addresses our liberal arts environment. In the statement of teaching philosophy, we are particularly interested in hearing about candidates’ specific classroom strategies for promoting equity, critically examining histories of oppression, and fostering a respectful classroom environment. Letters of recommendation will be requested for selected candidates following the initial review of materials. These materials should be submitted at To ensure full consideration, please submit all application materials by August 15, 2021.

Carleton does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, status with regard to public assistance, disability, or age in providing employment or access to its educational facilities and activities. We are committed to developing our faculty to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Women and members of minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Please direct any questions you may have to the search committee at

Clemson University (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–Director of Pan-African Studies-College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

The College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities (CAAH) at Clemson University seeks nominations and applications from accomplished scholars for the position of Director of Pan-African Studies. Rank open. Applicants should have a demonstrable commitment to interdisciplinarity, with a PhD in a field relevant to African American or Africana studies, diaspora, migration, and/or Black studies, and tenurable in a department currently housed in the College.

The program in Pan-African Studies is currently undergoing a name change. The new director will play a central role in the reconceptualization of the curriculum and program expansion. The program has enormous potential as an academic hub, as a research leader, and as a focal point for exchange and dialogue on historical and contemporary issues of race at Clemson and beyond. The successful candidate will be an individual with vision, a demonstrated capacity for leadership, and with the energy to mobilize Clemson’s human and material resources. The director is expected to collaborate with faculty, staff, students, and community partners engaged in the on-going process of reevaluating the history of Black life at Clemson and bringing that story to our local and global communities. This position requires program advocacy and active engagement with students, and the director will be expected to organize campus and community events to increase awareness and program visibility. The College offers three PhD programs, and the new director will be encouraged to contribute to them as appropriate. In addition to program building, coordination and academic advising, the new director will maintain an active career in research and scholarship and be expected to teach, teaching loads adjusted depending on other activities. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate proficiency in budgeting, personnel management, external support/fundraising and program development.


Applicants should have a demonstrable commitment to interdisciplinarity, with a PhD in a field relevant to African American or Africana studies, diaspora, migration, and/or Black studies, and tenurable in a department currently housed in the College.


Candidates should provide a CV, a letter of application, which should include a discussion of leadership philosophy and experience engaging with issues of diversity, inclusion and/or social justice, a sample of scholarship, and a list of at least three (3) references to the search committee by uploading the documents to Interfolio (

Applications received before April 5, 2021 will receive careful consideration.

Inquiries may be directed to the Search Committee Chair:

James M. Burns
Clemson University | CAAH | Associate Dean and Professor of History
865-656-0376 |

Applicants should have a demonstrable commitment to interdisciplinarity, with a PhD in a field relevant to African American or Africana studies, diaspora, migration, and/or Black studies, and tenurable in a department currently housed in the College.

Apply Here:

University of Texas at Austin (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–Director, Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis

The African and African Diaspora Studies Department at The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for the Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA), which will begin in the Fall 2021 semester, subject to budget availability. This is an administrative faculty position providing leadership to a staff of six full-time employees, including an Associate Director, Assistant Director for Policy Research, Research Associate, Grants and Contracts Specialist, Multimedia Communications Specialist, and Administrative Associate, as well as one or more Postdoctoral Fellows. The incumbent will be expected to teach one undergraduate or graduate course each fall and spring semester. Interested candidates should have a strong record of policy research relevant to African Americans and African-American communities in the United States, one that attends to racial inequalities and disparities in health, education, political participation, economics, law, criminal justice and/or environmental justice. Individuals from disciplines within the Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, or Public Policy or representing professions such as Law, Social Work, Medicine, or Psychology are encouraged to apply.

The Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA), created in 2010, is one of four campus units comprising Black Studies at UT, an academic cluster also including the African and African Diaspora Studies Department (AADS), the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies (WCAAAS), and Art Galleries at Black Studies (AGBS). IUPRA conducts and promotes the production of policy-relevant research with the aim of redressing the multiple structural inequalities that impact the lives of African Americans (and other Black diasporic communities).

The director of IUPRA will work with various legislative officials, organizations, and community stakeholders to identify issues of importance, as well as to provide research and analysis to inform public policy. The director will be charged with:

  • articulating a vision and strategic plan for the Institute by which a strong partnership can be fostered between those in leadership positions across the state of Texas, The University of Texas, and the national academic and policy communities;
  • identifying and obtaining external sources of funding, including government and foundation-sponsored grants and contracts;
  • overseeing and coordinating the work of the Institute’s permanent staff, including research associates and administrators; and
  • working with Department and affiliated faculty and fellows to create curriculum and degree tracks, cultivate a social-science track to train graduate students and affiliates to produce policy-relevant research and publications to inform the work of policymakers and advocates.

The selected candidate must have a doctoral degree or terminal degree in their field and an established record of scholarship and teaching in any of the disciplines appropriate for a tenured full professor in the College of Liberal Arts, as well as demonstrated commitments to policy engagement and cross-field collaboration. The selected candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses; maintain a strong research program; demonstrate evidence of successful research productivity and success in obtaining external grant funds; direct graduate research; exhibit a commitment to service to the department, college, and university; and demonstrate a willingness to collaborate with colleagues in the department, college, and university. IUPRA is part of the Black Studies suite which includes the African and African Diaspora Studies Department, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, and Art Galleries at Black Studies. The Director reports to the AADS Chair and collaborates with the other Black Studies units.

Applications should consist of a letter of interest; curriculum vitae; two representative scholarly publications; a concise statement on administration, research, and teaching; and names and contact information for five references (all in PDF format). Applicants are also encouraged to discuss in their cover letter or a separate statement their past or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. Application materials should be submitted via the following link: . Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Cherise Smith, Search Committee Chair and AADS Department Chair at

NIA Centre (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–Executive Director, NIA Centre

Executive Director to provide strategic vision and programming for growing African American cultural center (Grand Rapids, MI)

The NIA Centre is a non-profit organization that has launched a major effort to place a world-class African American Cultural Centre in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Centre’s roots date back to 2011. Ultimately, the goal of the Centre is to provide an inclusive gathering space created to inspire, build, transform, and connect all people, of all ages. Ultimately, the goal of the Centre is to provide an inclusive gathering space created to inspire, build, transform, and connect all people of all ages.

NIA is a Swahili word meaning “purpose.” One of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, NIA refers to the building and development of a local community in order to restore people to their traditional greatness. So, too, is NIA Centre’s purpose. It is a place where family, community, and culture is celebrated. A place where the past is revered and honored. A place where the community gathers to share, teach, and learn. And a place where the organization advocates for the community’s future.

NIA Centre seeks an Executive Director, who, in partnership with the Board of Directors, will lead the NIA Centre in fulfilling its mission. A key aspect of this role will be the development of a strategic and sustainable approach to achieving the Centre’s goals. The ED will provide oversight over the daily operations of the organization and lead efforts in a wide range of areas including event planning, fund development, program development, membership engagement, social media, volunteer development, capital campaigns, and facilities management.

The ideal Executive Director will have:

  • At least 5 years of leadership experience in a non-profit organization, preferably one focused on community organization.
  • Organized and methodical approach to decision-making and change management; ability to balance continuity and growth.
  • Ability to identify and build relationships with potential institutional funders, ultimately resulting in monetary support from the organization.
  • Understanding of the basic principles of fundraising and fund development; ability to proactively build a fundraising base.
  • Experience designing and building unique community-focused programs that are accessible to a wide audience.
  • Ability to manage a program from inception through results evaluation.
  • Sincere and inspirational belief in the importance of NIA Centre’s work and its impact on the local community.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred.

Development Resources, inc. is leading this search for NIA Centre. All of DRi‘s searches can be viewed at Applications can also be submitted via email to

Pomona College (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–Chair of the Department of English

Pomona College invites applications and nominations for an advanced Associate or Full Professor level faculty position to serve as Chair of the Department of English. At a moment when the department is in conversation about diversifying the major as well as building on its current strengths, the search committee seeks a dynamic leader, enthusiastic about advancing the study of literature as both a disciplinary and interdisciplinary practice, both within the department and in the larger field. Administrative or chairing experience is a plus. While the area of specialization is open, scholars with a background in one of the following fields is desired: African American, Arab American, Asian American, Latinx, Chicanx, Native American literatures, Multi-ethnic Literatures, and/or Critical Race Theory.

Pomona College and the English Department support equal access to higher education. Of the students admitted into the class of 2024, 58.8% self-identify as domestic students of color, 13.6% international and 20.7% are first generation college students. The successful candidate will have the ability to teach and mentor exceptional students of diverse backgrounds—utilizing pedagogical practices that are rigorous, inclusive, and which promote academic equity.

Pomona is the founding member of The Claremont Colleges, a unique constellation of five small undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions located in beautiful southern California near the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. With an 8:1 student to faculty ratio, Pomona students enjoy the advantages of personalized instruction and close faculty-student interaction in a small liberal arts college setting.

Tufts University (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–Director Feinstein International Center

The Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy ( is seeking a dynamic leader to fill the full time, academic position as Director of the Feinstein International Center (FIC). Founded in 1996, the Feinstein International Center is one of the flagship programs of the Friedman School, a unique center of scholarship, research and teaching that plays a leading role in promoting an understanding of humanitarian action among people living in crises-affected and marginalized communities worldwide ( The Center leads innovative research in these areas around the globe. The Center also administers a Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) degree that is offered jointly by the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, as well as a specialization for Masters students in the Friedman School’s Food Policy and Applied Nutrition Program ( The Center also provides technical assistance and training globally.

The successful candidate will have a strong track record of designing, implementing and managing cross-disciplinary research and established scholarship relevant to the work of the Center, be able to oversee grant application and research processes, and actively promote and engage in long-term partnerships with national and international funders, policymakers, and humanitarian and human rights agencies. Candidates should have established scholarship with the focus in humanitarian action in crises-affected and marginalized communities, while also understanding and supporting the diverse related issues in such settings such as food security, nutrition, health, protection, rights, livelihoods, and community resiliency. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in areas including nutrition research, administration of food or nutrition programs in emergencies, and demonstrated cross-cultural experience and management.

Principal responsibilities will include:

  • Provide leadership for growing and sustaining the FIC portfolio of externally funded research that supports the work of the Center, including strategic fundraising that supports core activities.
  • Developing and sustaining a strong personal research agenda that supports impactful peer-reviewed publications.
  • Strengthening and developing strategic external relations with national and international actors and institutions.
  • Presenting the collective vision and intellectual output of the Center’s researchers to global policy, practice and research constituencies.
  • Facilitating a process by which the Center can commit to increasing equity in its work and meeting the broader School and University goals of combatting structural racism within and outside Tufts.
  • Promoting graduate instruction at both Masters and PhD levels, including contributing to teaching and advising.
  • Strengthening and growing links with other Schools at Tufts.
  • Overseeing as an academic leader the Center staff, administration, and budgetary activities, in collaboration with the central Friedman School administration.


  • Candidates must possess a doctoral level degree or other terminal degree in an appropriate discipline or extensive experience of practice.
  • Candidates should have established scholarship and experience with the focus in humanitarian action in crises-affected and marginalized communities, while also understanding and supporting the diverse related issues in such settings such as nutrition and food security, health, protection, rights, livelihoods, and community resiliency. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated cross-cultural experience and management.
  • A record of independent research and publications with external financial support is expected. A candidate’s areas of focus should complement the Friedman School’s existing strengths in research and teaching programs.

Application Instructions

Questions about the position should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dan Maxwell. E-mail:

Candidates should submit their application, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests and objectives, and contact information for three references through Interfolio:

University of Louisville (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–Assistant Professor in African American and Gender/Sexuality History

The Departments of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville invites applicants for a joint tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in early African American and Gender/Sexuality History, to begin August 1, 2021.  Preferred candidates will hold a PhD in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, African American Studies, History or a related field. Candidates with experience in collaborative or community engaged research are highly desired, as are those with the ability to contribute to the LGBTQ Minor in WGST.  Women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups are urged to apply.

The appointed scholar will hold a primary appointment in WGST and develop and teach introductory and advanced courses in WGST and PAS, including courses on history of feminisms and early African American history.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and includes a competitive benefits package. Interested applicants must attach one document containing (1) a cover letter addressing specific qualifications and interest in the position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) evidence of successful teaching, (4) up to three recent publications (a first-authored publication is strongly encouraged), and (4) contact information for 3 references.


To apply for this position, follow the “Online App. Form” link below and then click on the “Apply Now”. You must answer all required fields and submit your application by clicking the “Submit” button.  Detailed instructions are available at in the “My Career Tools” section.  Vacancies are routinely removed from the jobs portal around 7:00PM on the deadline date.  If the posting description requested that you follow up and mail or email other documents, your application will not be considered complete until those have been received by the department.


Only ONE attachment can be uploaded per application. If you wish to include a cover letter or other documents, please combine them as one document with your resume/cv, save the document with a simple short title that contains only letters, spaces, or numbers, and then upload.

If you require assistance or accommodation with our online application process, you may schedule an appointment at (502) 852-6258 with Employment Services at the Human Resources office located at 1980 Arthur Street, Louisville, KY 40208.

Application Information

Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies
University of Louisville
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Reed College (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–Martha A. Darling Dean of Students (DoS)

Reed College (Reed), a distinguished liberal arts and sciences college, seeks a new Martha A. Darling Dean of Students (DoS) to augment the co-curricular student experience consistent with Reed’s unique academic mission, values, and traditions. The DoS will be joining Reed at a pivotal time as part of a new leadership team deeply committed to enhancing student life, advancing anti-racist and inclusive practices, and providing a successful and holistic student experience. Reporting to the Vice President for Student Life (VPSL), the DoS will provide strategic and thoughtful leadership centered upon principles of trust and collaborative governance to enhance co-curricular opportunities and the wellbeing of an exceptionally diverse, intellectual student body.

Located in beautiful Portland, Oregon, Reed currently enrolls close to 1,400 students, with 1200 students living on campus. Academic rigor and intellectual curiosity are the central focus of college life at Reed. Students are by training and inclination uniquely adapted to leadership in the modern world as the college consistently attracts passionate, idiosyncratic, intellectual, creative, and independent young adults. They experience a challenging program of study in which strong and ever-improving skills in reading, writing, critical analysis, and laboratory work are the expectation. Students choose Reed because academic vigor touches every aspect of the student experience and because it is a college distinguished for its marked intense intellectualism, resistance to social conformity, and unconventional creativity.

The DoS will join the campus community at a time of great opportunity for change and innovation after the recent arrival of a new VPSL, Dr. Karnell McConnell-Black, in July 2020. The DoS will collaborate closely with the VPSL to innovate in support of Reedies, partnering across the college to optimize student success; build a culturally competent and anti-racist organization; and augment a co-curricular experience within a culture that prizes student ownership and collective autonomy. Reed has a long history of student (and faculty) governance of the college through various boards and decision-making bodies guided by Reed’s honor principle. The DoS will be the first line of contact for students, helping to navigate sometimes complex structures and principles that makes Reed distinctive. The DoS will provide guidance and expertise to inform their decision-making and advocacy while also ensuring consistent and equitable practices and processes.  To be successful, the DoS will be given the imperative to address the following key opportunities and challenges to deliver a transformative student experience:

  • Clarify and communicate the role of the DoS to students, faculty, and staff
  • Be a highly visible student advocate and college citizen
  • Actively support and advance a cohesive and integrated DoS unit
  • Promote student success balancing collaborative autonomy with accountability
  • Foster connections with faculty and staff to advance holistic student learning and success
  • Serve as a strong Student Life Division advocate and college-wide leader

Reed has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

Illinois College (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–Visiting Faculty in African American History

Illinois College invites applications for a one-year visiting position in African-American/American history for the 2021-2022 academic year. The position is full-time but may be part-time depending on the situation of the successful candidate. ABD candidates welcome. Teaching duties include a two-semester survey of African-American history sequence, a survey of American history, and, in spring, an elective course in the candidate’s area of specialization. These courses will contribute to the college’s new minor in African American studies.

The successful candidate will bring enthusiasm for teaching and working closely with students in a liberal arts setting. Visiting faculty enjoy full faculty status and their contributions to the College community are valued. The successful candidate will be a member of the Department of History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion, which values collegiality and a supportive working environment.

Requirements for the position include a master’s degree in history or appropriate related field required. Ph.D. or ABD strongly preferred.

Since 1829, Illinois College has transformed the lives of its students. Founded by abolitionists, IC was the first college in Illinois to graduate students and hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The College is committed to ensuring access and equity. The College is located in historic Jacksonville, Illinois, 30 miles west of the capital city of Springfield and 70 miles north of St. Louis, Missouri.

Applicants should upload the following attachments in PDF format to their application submission​.

  • Letter of application
  • C.V.
  • A statement of teaching philosophy that includes discussion of teaching to a diverse student body.
  • Contact information for three references.

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Start Date: August 1, 2021

Illinois College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from underrepresented minorities and women.

Scripps College (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–Visiting Assistant Professor in History and Africana Studies

Scripps College, a women’s liberal arts college with a strong interdisciplinary tradition, invites applications for a one-year visiting assistant professor position in early U.S. History (1776 to 1877) with a specialty in African American history for 2021-2022, with possibility of renewal for the subsequent academic year.

The position requires teaching at least two introductory courses, including African Diaspora in the U.S. to 1877 and U.S. History to 1865 in Fall 2021; African Diaspora in the U.S. since 1877 should be offered in Spring 2022; the remaining two courses will reflect the visiting professor’s specialties and will likewise be offered in Spring 2022. Advising senior theses is also expected.

Ph.D. preferred; ABD will be considered. Candidates with some expertise in Atlantic or global history will be preferred. Evidence of teaching experience and teaching excellence are also required. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the College’s goal of improving higher education for underrepresented students. Towards that end, applicants should submit a brief (one page) statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Applicants should submit the following materials online at cover letter, CV, three letters of recommendation, article-length writing sample, diversity statement, and teaching portfolio (including sample syllabi and evidence of teaching experience and excellence). For matters other than the submission of material, contact Corey Tazzara, Chair, History Search Committee, at Review of applications will begin April 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Scripps College is one of seven members of The Claremont Colleges Consortium located 35 miles east of Los Angeles. In a continuing effort to build a diverse academic community and to provide equal educational and employment opportunities, Scripps College actively encourages applications from women and members of historically under-represented groups.

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