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Open Rank Professor of Africana Studies

Smith College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Sep 16, 2020

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies, Other Humanities
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Africana Studies at Smith College invites applications for a position in the social sciences, to begin July 1, 2021. The department will also eventually include the Inaugural Ruth J. Simmons Chaired Professor. This is an opportunity to join a department with a reputation for excellence in research and teaching. Successful candidates should be prepared to engage actively with diverse students across the liberal arts.

This is an open-rank search for a tenure-track or tenured appointment depending on rank at the time of hire. Teaching responsibilities will regularly include 200 and 300-level courses, as well as gateway courses such as Intro to Black Culture, Methods of Inquiry in Africana Studies, and the senior capstone seminar. Other courses may be taught depending upon the candidates’ fields of specialization. Ph.D. in Africana, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Economics, American or Women and Gender Studies, or a relevant field, is expected by the time of appointment. Candidates with a strong foundation in the family, labor/class, religion and spirituality, the judicial system and incarceration, black political thought, diaspora, transnationalism, black internationalism and/or global studies, and quantitative methods, are encouraged to apply.

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is the largest women’s college in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges. Details about the Department of Africana Studies may be found at

Diversity and a culture of inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religions, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

Submit application at with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a diversity/inclusion statement, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Finalists will be asked for writing samples. Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2020. 

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