AF AM Job Openings

*Here is a list of current job openings for the 2021-2022 academic year.  If you would like to add a job posting to this list, please send us an email with more details


Dartmouth College (Deadline: May 5, 2022)

Job Ad–Lecturer in African American Religions

The Departments of Religion and African and African American Studies at Dartmouth College invite applications for a Lecturer in African American Religions. We seek qualified candidates whose academic specialization lies in Religion, African American Studies, or a related academic discipline. Applicants should be grounded in both theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion and African American life in any historical period or contemporary context.

This appointment is full-time, non-tenure-track, and benefits-eligible. The initial term is one year for the academic year 2022-23, with possibility of renewal for a second year. The person in this position will teach across Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters, with the option to teach either four courses (with prorated benefits) or five courses (with full benefits). The courses will be offered in Religion, in African and African American Studies, and/or cross-listed between the two units.

The Departments of Religion and African and African American Studies, and Dartmouth as a whole, are highly committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive population of students, faculty, and staff. We are especially interested in applicants who are able to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds, including but not limited to: racial and ethnic minorities, women, individuals who identify with LGBTQ+ communities, individuals with disabilities, individuals from lower income backgrounds, and/or first generation college graduates. Applicants should state in their cover letter how their teaching, research, service, and/or life experiences prepare them to advance Dartmouth’s commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


PhD, or ABD, in Religion, African American Studies, or a closely related field by the time of appointment, along with a record of outstanding scholarship and effective teaching. The appointment can begin any time between July 1 and September 1, 2022.


Please submit via Interfolio:

  • Cover letter, including discussion of research areas, description of two potential courses, and diversity-related comments;
  • CV, including the names of at least three references.

Review of applications will begin on May 5, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. Finalists will be asked to provide a teaching portfolio and recommendation letters at a later date.

Brown University (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–Curator for the Black Diaspora

The Curator for the Black Diaspora is a subject specialist who brings unique expertise to an innovative, team-based curatorial model at the John Hay Library, home to Brown University’s remarkable collections of rare books, manuscripts, and University Archives. Brown’s research and programmatic strengths related to the Black Diaspora are focused in Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States. The Curator combines deep knowledge of the histories and cultures of one or more of these geographies with experience in non-colonial, non-extractive collections and research practices. The Curator will carry out a foundational project, in partnership with library staff, faculty, and students, to define the ethical parameters for growing Black Diaspora materials in Special Collections. The Curator will be guided by the John Hay Library Collection Policy and will use methods including acquisitions, post-custodial collecting, oral histories, and community engaged projects. In partnership with the University Archivist, students, faculty, and alumni, the Curator will also provide focused attention to the long-term preservation of the rich history of Black students, faculty, and alumni at Brown University and will participate in ongoing projects with the Inman Page Black Alumni Council, Rites & Reason Theater, and more.

Additionally, in association with the Academic Engagement department at Brown University Library, the Curator will serve as the subject liaison for Africana Studies and is a resource for the expanding academic and curricular needs of the University. The Curator will purposefully engage with students on campus to support their scholarship and cultural exploration and will partner with relevant student centers including the ​​Brown Center for Students of Color. The Curator will also advise on major initiatives on campus that relate to historical or contemporary collections of Black diaspora material, with particular focus given to initiatives from the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) and the Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity in America (CSREA), and the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women’s Black Feminist Theory Project. The Curator will also cultivate reciprocal, mutually beneficial relationships with local cultural heritage institutions whose work centers Black history and culture.

Job Responsibilities

  • Major Responsibility: Curatorial      40%
  • Major Responsibility: Subject Librarian for Africana Studies   25%
  • Major Responsibility: Special Collections Research Support & Instruction      25%
  • Major Responsibility: Professional development 10%

Education and Experience


  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3 years of experience in an academic library, public library, school library or other cultural heritage setting, or educational institution in a teaching, administration, or research role.
  • Experience or degree in Black studies or a related field of study (Anthropology, Art History, History, Sociology etc.) with a specialization in African Americans and/or the Black Diaspora.
  • Experience evaluating books and manuscripts for acquisition; working with donors and rare book and manuscript dealers preferred
  • Experience introducing primary sources and primary source literacy to a variety of learners in person and in virtual settings.
  • Successful experience working directly with diverse audiences.
  • Strong customer-service orientation.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide effective and efficient curatorial and research services. Knowledge of best practices in virtual and in-person curatorial service in a high-paced cultural heritage institution, educational institution, or similar environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to bring inclusive, collaborative and engaging approaches to curatorial service and/or teaching operations and programming onsite and virtually.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Excellent planning, decision making, problem-solving skills with superior verbal and written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively in a diverse, dynamic, team setting and to balance multiple competing priorities.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at every level of the University.


  • Experience with curatorial travel and in-person curatorial work with donors preferred.
  • Experience promoting the use of primary sources through exhibitions, programming, and other outreach.
  • Knowledge of current research trends and information literacy techniques.

Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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Hunter College, CUNY (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–Lecturer in Africana, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies

The Department of Africana, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Hunter College of The City University of New York invites applications for a position at the rank of Doctoral Lecturer specializing in African American History. This is a full-time appointment with a renewable contract and eligibility for a Certificate of Continuous Service after 5 years. The position will begin August 2022.

Located on the 68th Street campus on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Department of Africana, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies offers students a critical understanding of the political, cultural, social and ideological forces that have shaped the experiences of people of African, Puerto Rican and Latinx diasporas. Hunter College has both a teaching and a research mission.


  • Teach several introductory, intermediate, and advanced level courses in the interdisciplinary field of Africana Studies.
  • Teach established course offerings for undergraduate students to fulfill requirements including, Introduction to Africana Studies, a two-semester survey of African American History, with the first semester covering the U.S. American colonial period to the Civil War, and the second semester focusing on 1865 to the present. Pursue professional development to remain current with scholarship in areas of teaching responsibility and contribute to long-term curricular offerings in the department. Advise students and serve on programmatic, departmental, divisional, and college committees as needed.

The position includes a teaching load of 24 credits per academic year (eight 3-credit courses). Allocation for student advising and service may be counted towards the teaching load.

Hunter is committed to active engagement with students and the community at large, and embraces equity, inclusiveness, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work. Applicants must also have a commitment to work in multicultural and urban education settings.


To qualify for this position, applicants should have earned a Ph.D. in History, (or a related field such as Africana Studies, African American Studies or American Studies) with a specialization in African American History.

Demonstrated pedagogical success, scholarship or achievement, and an ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

The following qualifications are preferred: knowledge of the global African diaspora, strong student and peer evaluations, and a record of service, and commitment to mentoring students.


  • Applications must be submitted online by accessing the CUNY Portal on City University of New York job website To search for this vacancy, click on SEARCH ALL POSTINGS and in SEARCH JOBS field, enter the five digit Job Opening ID number 23890.
  • Click on the “APPLY NOW” button and follow the application instructions. Current users of the site should access their established accounts; new users should follow the instructions to set up an account.
  • Please have your documents available to attach into the application before you begin. Note, the required material must be uploaded as ONE document under CV/ Resume (do not upload individual files for a cover letter, references, etc.). The document must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format- and name of file should not exceed ten (10) characters – also DO NOT USE SYMBOLS (such as accents (é, è, (â, î or ô), ñ, ü, ï , –, _ or ç)).

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please include a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae/ Resume, Statement of scholarly interests, Names and contact information of 3 references, Upload all documents as ONE single file– PDF format preferred.

CLOSING DATE: Search will remain open until filled.


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University of Denver (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–Postdoctoral Research Fellow- History of the Black Diasporas

The University of Denver Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE: is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow with expertise in the History of the Black Diasporas beginning July 1, 2022 and ending June 30, 2023. Under the guidance and mentorship of an interdisciplinary team of faculty connected to IRISE and the Department of History in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to focus on research, search out meaningful service opportunities across campus, and gain teaching experience at the undergraduate level.

The position is meant to prepare the fellow to pursue a tenure-track appointment in the academy.

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on April 18, 2022.

For further information on the fellowship or to apply, click here.

The Papers of Clarence Mitchell, Jr., SUNY College at Old Westbury (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–Assistant Editor, The Papers of Clarence Mitchell, Jr., and the NAACP Washington Bureau, SUNY College at Old Westbury

Clarence Mitchell, Jr., was to the NAACP’s legislative struggle what Thurgood Marshall was to the NAACP’s legal struggle, the defining and inspirational strategist and leader whose mission was to uphold and implement the constitutional protections for citizenship rights of African Americans. The Papers of Clarence Mitchell Jr. Project, a nine-volume historical documentary edition, is seeking an assistant editor to continue work on completing in print and digitally the final three volumes. The project is publishing the weekly, monthly and annual reports Mitchell prepared, first as associate director of field administration at the Fair Employment Practice Committee from 1942 to 1946, a period during the war that marked the beginning of the modern civil rights movement, and subsequently as a staff member of the NAACP. Here Mitchell was labor secretary, working out of the newly created NAACP Washington Bureau until 1950, when he became its director. That year he assumed leadership of the NAACP struggle in Congress for passage of civil rights laws. His reports, one of six categories of his papers, document the struggles by African Americans for presidential leadership for laws to end racial segregation and discrimination, initially in the defense industry, and subsequently throughout society. Then, the struggle in Congress was waged within the limitations of the “separate but equal doctrine.” Following the Supreme Court’s decision in 1954 that declared that segregation was unconstitutional because it was discrimination, Mitchell launched the struggle for Congress to pass laws to enforce the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision.

The NAACP Washington Bureau archive is the only source that documents how Mitchell devised, strategized, and led the struggle for passage of the 1957 Civil Rights Act, the 1960 Civil Rights Act, the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the 1968 Fair Housing Act, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and for presidential leadership to protect all other forms of constitutional rights of African Americans. The nature of this struggle Mitchell led earned him popular recognition as the “101st senator.” (See the project’s website

Candidates for assistant editor must have the interest and ability for assessing and making historically relevant Mitchell’s generally cryptic reports and other categories of his papers. This is done by the ability to not only work with the content of the archive itself, but also by enhancing this source with broader historical records (print and electronic) from other NAACP primary sources, such as newspapers and magazines (Crisis, e.g.), recorded interviews, collections from presidential and university libraries, as well as scholarly articles and books.

Candidates must also have experience working with digital tools and platforms, and be able to learn/work in Drupal, the core technology of the NHPRC-Mellon Foundation-funded University of Virginia Digital Publishing Cooperative, of which the Papers of Clarence Mitchell Jr. Project is a member. Specific job functions are conducting basic scholarly historical research; preparing the Biographical and Congressional Directories; preparing a subject and name index; the bibliography; annotation, and ability to work through the NAACP General and Washington Bureau collections at the Library of Congress.

Candidates must have an extended involvement in History, or Political Science, or a background in Law, legal history, and/or historical documentary editing.

The project is sponsored by SUNY Old Westbury and funded primarily by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The salary — $69,000 annually;  — 37.5 hours work week; Vacation – 4 weeks annually. In-person work at the SUNY Old Westbury is preferred, but remote or hybrid options will be considered.

Send letter of interest and CV with references to:

Professor Denton Watson,

Or by mail to:

The Papers of Clarence Mitchell, Jr.
SUNY College at Old Westbury, CC E215
PO Box 210, 223 Store Hill Road,
Old Westbury, NY  11568
Phone: 516-459-9248
Fax: (516) 876-2887

Mississippi State University (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–Frank and Virginia Williams Endowed Chair of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Studies

Mississippi State University invites nominations and applications for qualified candidates as the Frank and Virginia Williams Endowed Chair of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Studies. The university seeks an experienced, creative, and nationally recognized scholar who values Lincoln’s legacy in shaping the nation in the 19th century and beyond. The Frank and Virginia Williams Chair will be a tenured position, with Chair responsibilities assigned within the University Libraries. Tenure will reside within the Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences, as the disciplinary background of the Chair will be as a nationally recognized historian of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era. The Chair will be responsible for managing the Williams Collection of Lincolniana at the University Libraries, working with Library associates to ensure growth in reference, collection development, acquisition and access, description, digitization, and storage of the Collection as well as curatorial responsibilities related to the exhibits of the Frank and Virginia Williams Gallery. The Williams Chair will assist the ongoing development of the Frank and Virginia Williams Lecture Series on Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Studies. The Chair will be expected to ensure courses have been developed in their academic area of specialty utilizing the Williams Collection, in concert with the History Department, African American Studies program, or other academic units. For more information on the Lincoln collection, please visit For more information on the Department of History and on the African American Studies Program please visit and

The Mitchell Memorial Library on the main Starkville campus houses the official Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and Museum and the Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana. The Chair will develop a strong collaborative relationship with the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library. These important collections document the lives of two American presidents during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. In addition to producing scholarship on these important subjects, the Williams Endowed Chair will work with the University and the Library to promote the use of the manuscripts, artifacts, and book collections of the Williams Collection of Lincolniana, as well as to create appropriately contextualized exhibitions in the Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana Gallery. The Library is an active institutional member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries. For more information about the university libraries please visit

Candidates should possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • A strong record of nationally and internationally recognized scholarship in the Civil War era.
  • An exceptional network of peer relationships in Lincoln, U.S. Grant, and Civil War historians.
  • Exceptional leadership skills and the ability to work effectively with university faculty and academic administrators across the academy to build effective relationships and foster a collaborative environment that facilitates research and teaching excellence.
  • Library, archives, or museum collection management experience; strong management skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and to continuing programs to achieve inclusion among faculty and staff; and to provide services that meet the needs of a diverse population of students and scholars.
  • Ability to actively promote the Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana.


A Doctoral degree in History or a closely related field is required. The candidate will possess credentials and experience to qualify for the rank of Associate Professor or Professor in a discipline within History or a related field.

  • Must demonstrate a strong recognition of and commitment to MSU’s status as a landgrant institution and research university.
  • Must possess a research agenda and a record of published scholarship in Lincoln and Civil War studies to merit consideration for tenure at the rank of associate professor or professor within the Department of History.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with the academic, research, and service efforts of the university, as well as external constituencies and stakeholders.
  • Minimum of six years of significant scholarship and instruction in an academic environment.
  • Knowledge of current trends in the archival, library, or museum fields.
  • Ability to set and adjust priorities in a dynamic and changing environment.
  • Ability to carry out professional research and service necessary to meet Department of History and university requirements for promotion and tenure.

All applicants must apply online at to be considered for this position. Attach to the online application a letter of interest that outlines professional and research philosophy, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–Tenure-Track/Assistant Professor or Tenured Associate Professor-History of slavery in North America

The Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor or tenured Associate Professor who specializes in the history of slavery in North America.

UNC-Chapel Hill has world-class faculty and resources, making it one of the best possible places to study the history of North American Slavery. Wilson Library is one of the most important repositories of Southern and African American History. The Center for the Study of the American South is an innovative leader and cultural hub in Southern Studies. The Institute for African American Research and the Institute for Arts and Humanities contribute to the rich intellectual environment at UNC-Chapel Hill. And Carolina Public Humanities helps carry forth our commitment to serve the public.

The Department of History seeks candidates who can bolster our existing strengths in African American History, United States History, and Southern History. The Department also seeks candidates whose commitment to scholarship, teaching, and service will support a climate of diversity and public engagement.

The teaching load for this position is 2 classes per semester. Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. in History or a related field in-hand by July 1, 2022.

To apply for this position, please use the following link  to submit your curriculum vitae and a cover letter detailing your research and teaching interests. Review of applications will begin immediately. Those invited to interview in the next round will be asked for additional materials. For inquiries about the position, please email

Texas Tech University (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–Director, Texas Tech University Black Cultural Center


Directs, plans, coordinates and supervises the operation and activities of a specialized unit or small department; develops and implements policies and procedures, administers the budget, organizes tasks and sets priorities. Serves as liaison with university personnel and community at large.  Works under general supervision with broad latitude for initiative and independent judgment.

Major/Essential Functions:

  • Develop a strategic plan, goals, processes and procedures for the BCC, co-lead the BCC Advisory Committee, foster a welcoming, inclusive and affirming space for intercultural, belonging and intersectional engagement
  • Create and foster a student-centric model of student leadership development and programming. Lead, coordinate and plan workshops, programs, educational activities, trainings, programs, events, conferences, institutes centering Black diasporic experiences
  • Coordination and manage the operational and facilities of the building to include room reservations, staffing, supplies, art pieces, hours of operation
  • Responsible for referencing information relevant to campus, regional and national data on conditions affecting the Black community, using this information to inform and educate the campus community about issues, and taking appropriate and responsible actions consistent with advocacy and support of a welcoming and affirming campus community for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, alumni and community members.
  • Provide oversight, supervision and engagement of university and community partners for Cultural & Heritage Month and Week Celebrations planning and execution to include: Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, HSI Week, Native American/Indigenous Peoples Month, Pride Week, Trans Awareness Week, Trans Day of Remembrance, Women’s History Month, Asian Pacific Islander Desi Arab Heritage Month, Global Education Week, Deeply Rooted Conversation Series, Veterans & Military Recognition, Interfaith, and other programs and events centering intersecting identities and communities and community building
  • Create, administer, analyze and report center and programmatic data and assessments of unit objectives and outcomes to include but not limited to: ensure compliance with federal, state, university regulations & requirements; prepare monthly, quarterly, annual and ad hoc reports to the Senior Director and Vice President for the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Track program participant engagement, learning outcomes, assessing culture, social media engagement, intercultural learning and communication, along with other data needed to further support unit and university strategic plan
  • Responsible for budget projection and oversight to include but not limited to: analyze, interpret, review of fiscal accounts, develop and write grants, manage fundraising campaigns and preparation of fiscal reports, ensuring accuracy and compliance with policy and guidelines at the university
  • Hire, train, lead and supervise a team of professional and student staff to create an inclusive, intersectional and belonging atmosphere for students, faculty, staff and guests.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in related area required plus five years progressively responsible management experience. Additional education may substitute for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree required in higher education, Africana/Black/African American studies, ethnic/racial/women and gender studies, intercultural studies/relations, or related field from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of three (3) years related work experience working with minoritized and marginalized students, and/or student groups in a higher education setting to include experience in advising, events, programming, social, cultural, professional and interpersonal development related to: intersectional identity development, culture, diversity, intercultural communication, justice, belonging, servingness, inclusion and equity
  • Minimum of three (3) years related work experience in staff supervision, budget management, program development and evaluation
  • Demonstrated success in designing and implementing trainings, workshops, and programs aimed at developing Black identity development, cultural and heritage programming, celebration and intersectional educational experiences
  • Demonstrated experience managing buildings, centers, spaces related to centering diverse student experiences and including the proper management of operational management
  • Demonstrated experience building community relations, partnerships and interacting with a diverse constituency to include but not limited to: community organizations, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors
  • Demonstrated experience in grant writing and fundraising efforts
  • Excellent written communication and public speaking/presentation skills

To Apply:

Penn State Altoona (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–Assistant Professor of African-American Studies/History

Penn State Altoona invites applicants for a tenure-line Assistant Professorship in African American Studies/History, to begin Fall 2022 (or thereafter, as agreed upon). The successful candidate, whose tenure home will be History, will teach courses in African American History as well as introductory courses in African American Studies. Duties may also include teaching cross-listed courses in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, other related areas of humanities and/or Communication Arts & Sciences, as deemed appropriate. Faculty are also expected to engage in collaborative and/or community research and perform/participate in relevant service activities.

Requirements: Ph.D. in History, African American Studies, or a related field by the start date.

For full consideration, applicants are required to submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae that includes three references, a teaching philosophy, and recent student teaching evaluations combined into a single PDF document.

One of the 20 campuses in the Pennsylvania State University system, Penn State Altoona is an undergraduate residential college of nearly 3000 students, located in Central Pennsylvania, within a 2-4-hour drive of several major metro areas, including Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Baltimore. Penn State Altoona’s classes are small, with a low student/faculty ratio. Within this small college atmosphere, its faculty also have all the recourses of a major research institution at their disposal. The successful candidate will join a community of faculty actively engaged in research, dedicated to undergraduate education, and committed to the promotion of diversity and inclusiveness.

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in all its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion and belonging that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, and leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity. We value inclusion and belonging as core strengths and essential elements of our public service mission.

Apply online at

University of Texas at Austin (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–Open Rank Search in Social Sciences – Department of African and African Diaspora Studies

Position Description:

The African and African Diaspora Studies Department at The University of Texas at Austin is conducting an Open Rank search in the Social Sciences area, to begin in the Fall semester of academic year 2022-23. Applicants of any rank working within Social Sciences are invited to apply, and we especially welcome applications at the rank of Associate or Full Professor for additional consideration to serve as Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA). The selected candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses; maintain a strong and productive research program; obtain 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.

For tenured candidates whose research would grow the department’s Social Science Cluster and who are also invited to serve as IUPRA director, this will be 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 IUPRA director will be expected to teach one undergraduate or graduate course each fall and spring semester.


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 tenure-track, tenured associate, or full professor in the College of Liberal Arts, as well as demonstrated commitments to policy engagement and cross-field collaboration.

For candidates interested in directing the Institute, a strong record of policy research should be demonstrated especially related to African Americans and African-American communities in the United States; that agenda may attend to racial inequalities and disparities in health, education, political participation, economics, law, criminal justice and/or environmental justice.

Individuals from disciplines within the Social Sciences, Education or Public Policy or representing professions such as Law, Social Work, Medicine, or Psychology are encouraged to apply.

We are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research and service.

Application Instructions:

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 and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research and service. Please submit application materials via the following link:

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Position funding is subject to budget availability.

Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Cherise Smith, Search Committee Chair and AADS Department Chair at

University at Albany (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–Assistant Professor, Department of Africana Studies

The Department of Africana Studies at the University at Albany (SUNY) seeks to appoint a full-time (100% FTE, 10-month service), tenure-track assistant professor who specializes in African American History. The department is particularly interested in faculty with expertise in pre-20th century African American history. Additionally, the successful candidate will develop introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses with capacity for large enrollments of diverse students and graduate seminars. All University at Albany faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. The position will begin September 1, 2022.

To qualify for this position, applicants should have earned a Ph.D. in History, (or a related field such as Africana Studies, African American Studies or American Studies) with a specialization in African American History, from a U.S. Department of Education accredited university or from an internationally recognized accrediting organization. They must possess the ability to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses on African American history and related topics in general and be able to teach a two-semester graduate survey of African American history, with the first semester covering the American colonial period to the Civil War, and the second semester focusing on l865 to the present.  The successful candidate will be willing to engage with institutional student success initiatives and to teach a culturally diverse population, able to demonstrate commitment to advancing a strong and growing research and scholarship agenda appropriate to the discipline and can demonstrate interest in and record of success in public engagement.

The following qualifications are preferred: knowledge of the African Diaspora outside of the United States, a record of teaching African American and U.S. history courses at the college level, and peer-reviewed scholarly publications.

Please apply online via

Application Instructions
Applicants should submit the following materials: cover letter (addressing research agenda and undergraduate and graduate teaching interests), curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, teaching philosophy statement, diversity statement (record of engagement with issues around diversity and equity), and a writing sample (either a published journal article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter). We may ask for other materials at a later date.

Review of applications will begin March 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Washington University in St. Louis (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–One or more open rank, tenure-track positions in American religion and politics

The John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for one or more open rank, tenure track positions in American religion and politics. The search committee welcomes applications from scholars from a variety of fields and disciplines including, but not limited to, African and African-American Studies; Anthropology, Asian American Studies; Hispanic Studies; History; Islamic Studies; Jewish Studies; Law; Literature; Philosophy; Political Science; Religious Studies; Security Studies; Sociology; Theology; and Women/Gender/Sexuality Studies.

Areas of specialization, including disciplinary approach, chronological focus, and religious traditions studied, are open. Candidates should possess a substantial profile of scholarly publication on religion and politics in the United States with a focus on an area that significantly augments existing faculty strengths. Candidates should also have a record of effective teaching in a diverse campus community. A PhD, received no later than July 1, 2022, is required. Duties for the position will include undergraduate teaching, conducting and publishing research, and participating in Center governance and wider university service. We particularly welcome candidates with a demonstrated interest in writing for broader audiences and engaging the public beyond the university. Applications from women and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

To apply, send a letter of application, along with a curriculum vitae, to our Interfolio listing at A list of three references should also be submitted, along with a scholarly writing sample. Nominations may be sent to the same address. The search committee will begin reviewing applications as early as March 15, 2022, and will continue doing so until the search is complete. For more information, see

Amherst College (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–Visiting Assistant Professor position in African-American or African diasporic religion

The Amherst College Department of Religion seeks a scholar of African-American or African diasporic religion for a full-time one-year visiting appointment at the rank of visiting assistant professor, beginning  on July 1, 2022. Within the last fifteen years, Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, and nationality. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell Grant recipients; 43 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color; and 10 percent of our students are international students.

Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexuality, and religion.  The candidate’s research and teaching interests should center upon one or more of the following areas: Black Atlantic religion, African-American religion, or African diasporic religions. The candidate will be expected to teach two courses in the fall and two courses in the spring, one of which should focus on themes of race and religion and another that may be a general introduction to the study of religion. The candidate may also advise honors theses.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand by the start of the appointment. Learn more about the department at  An application letter (including brief descriptions of four possible courses), C.V., one sample syllabus, and three confidential letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically to of applications will begin on March 18, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.  Amherst College is a private co-educational liberal arts college of 1,800 students and more than two hundred faculty located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts.  It participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and with the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College consortium. Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of all genders, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

Oklahoma State University (Deadline: February 15, 2022)

Job Ad–Teaching Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

The College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State University seeks to hire a Teaching Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, beginning Fall 2022. This position is non-tenure track but offers the potential of reappointment and promotion to Teaching Associate and Teaching Full Professor. We seek an interdisciplinary teacher-scholar working in any time-period, whose teaching and research engages with major themes of Black or Africana Studies from a national, regional, global or transnational perspective. We are especially interested in those whose work is situated within African studies. The successful candidate will offer the introductory African American Studies course, along with upper-level courses, structured by interdisciplinary Africana Studies methodologies.

The primary teaching, service, and research responsibilities will be in the Africana Studies program. The normal teaching load is a 3:3. The successful candidate will also assist with advising, programming, community engagement, and other service duties for the Africana Studies program: this includes help with building the profile and visibility of the programs among the student body of OSU. The teaching load may include a variety of general education, upper-division, hybrid and online classes, including independent studies and Honors contracts, as needed. Primary teaching and advising responsibilities are on the OSU-Stillwater campus; occasional teaching at the OSU-Tulsa campus is also a possibility.

Minimum qualifications for the position include: a Ph.D. or terminal degree in a relevant field in the arts, humanities, or social sciences; significant teaching experience, and evidence of commitment to excellence in teaching; evidence of scholarly potential; and a demonstrated commitment to building equitable, diverse classroom and research environments.

For further information on our programs, see; and We strive to create an intellectually diverse, equitable, and inclusive institution, and encourage candidates to discuss their own approach to these goals/the same. For information about diversity at OSU see and

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by February 15th. However, we will continue to accept and consider applications until the position is filled.

Application materials should include: a CV; cover letter; graduate transcripts, teaching statement, evidence of successful teaching, and the contact information of three references. Evidence of successful teaching may include, but need not be limited to, student evaluations. Applicants should address their approach to diversity, equity and inclusion within the cover letter and teaching statement, via discussion of their past, present, and future contributions to inclusive excellence in teaching, service, and research. Candidates can apply through Interfolio search

Washington and Lee University (Deadline: February 28, 2022)

Job Ad–Visiting Assistant Professor of African American History

The Washington and Lee (W&L) History Department invites applicants for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor of African American History beginning July 1, 2022.  This position carries a 6-course teaching load distributed over the university’s Fall and Winter Terms (12 weeks each).  Applicants should be prepared to teach the first half of the African American History survey (African American History to 1877).  Candidates whose research and teaching explores issues related to race, gender, and sexuality are particularly welcome.

W&L is ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts institutions and History is one of the largest departments in the College.  The Department is committed to the development of an inclusive environment and strives to advance diverse perspectives and approaches within the department and its curriculum.  In keeping with the University Strategic Plan, we welcome applicants from underrepresented minority candidates and members of other communities that are traditionally underrepresented in academia.

Qualifications: A PhD or ABD status at the time of appointment is required.

The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Boosters are required. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin on February 28 and continue until the position is filled.  Semi-finalists will be interviewed via Zoom.  Candidates should submit a letter of application describing their teaching interests, experience, and pedagogical philosophy; summarizing their current and future scholarship; and reflecting their work with a diverse student population. 

Applicants should also provide a CV and a list of three references.  All materials should be uploaded here:  For more information, please contact Prof. Molly Michelmore at  Semi-finalists will be asked to supply three confidential letters of recommendation.

Brandeis University (Deadline: March 1, 2022)

Job Ad–Kay Fellow in AAAS/WGS – Black Feminist Studies

The Departments of African and African American Studies (AAAS) and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGS) invite applications for the Florence Levy Kay Postdoctoral Fellowship in Black Feminist Studies with the rank of Lecturer, 2022-2024. This is a two-year position beginning in Fall 2022. This position responds to student demand in this area, and complements a robust scholarly community anchored by our colleague in AAAS/WGS Professor Shoniqua Roach. As such, we are particularly interested in candidates whose scholarly and pedagogical engagements in Black Feminist Studies are centered in or include expertise in one of the following areas: Art, Education, Health Science, Science and Technology, Environmental and Climate Justice, and Geography. The successful candidate will teach courses in their area of specialization as well as core courses such as “Black Feminist Thought” housed in one or both departments – for a total of two courses each year. We expect that the candidate will have received the PhD by August 2022 and demonstrate excellence as a scholar and teacher. The fellowship includes a salary of $62,000 plus benefits, with moving expenses (around $1,500), and a research fund of $4,000 per year.

Applications should be submitted through AcademicJobsOnline at:

Please send a cover letter addressed to Profs. ChaeRan Freeze and Faith Smith (co-chairs) outlining your research and teaching interests, and how these would support your participation in two vibrant interdisciplinary departments. You should also send a CV; a writing sample of no more than 30 pages in length, the names and contact information of three references; and a statement about your contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, and your ideas about advancing these during your time at Brandeis.

First consideration will be given to applications received by March 1, 2022. Please direct any questions to the co-chairs of the search committee.

At Brandeis, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential components of academic excellence. Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating equitable access and opportunities for applicants to all employment positions. Because diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of Brandeis’ history and mission, we value and are seeking candidates that represent a variety of social identities, including those that have been underrepresented in higher education, who possess skills that spark innovation, and who, through their scholarly pursuits and creative endeavors, teaching, and/or service experiences, bring expertise in building, engaging, and sustaining a pluralistic, just, and inclusive campus community.

University of Memphis (Deadline: Open)

Job Ad–Instructor position in African American History

The Department of History at The University of Memphis invites applications for a non-tenure track Instructor position in African American History, starting in Fall 2022. This is a one-year position that may be renewed for two additional years, contingent on satisfactory performance. PhD in History preferred, but advanced ABDs in History will be considered. Open to any time period, geographic area, or topical focus in African American History.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach a 3-4 load the first year that includes survey courses in African American and U.S. history as well as upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses in those fields, both in classroom and online formats. The Department of History is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, and we therefore welcome applicants from historically underrepresented groups.

Initial review of applications will begin on February 1, 2022 and may continue until the position is filled.

The application process is online at

All applicants must upload the following documents:

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

Please contact the search co-chairs, Dr. Beverly G. Bond ( and Dr. Dennis Laumann (, with any questions.

For more information about the Department of History, visit:

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