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Assistant Professor - African and African American Studies

Washington University in St. Louis
Missouri, United States
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Aug 2, 2017

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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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Washington University’s School of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the Urban Humanities beginning Fall, 2018.  The search is at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor and the appointment will be located in the Department of African and African American Studies. We seek scholars from within a broad range of humanities and humanistic social science disciplines (for example, art history, film and media, gender and women’s studies, history, languages, literature, music, performing arts, philosophy, religion, anthropology, sociology) with research interests in urbanism, race, and the built environment in Africa and/or the African diaspora (North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, South Asia).  We are especially interested in candidates who bring with them experience in or familiarity with architecture, the built environment, and urban design.  The successful applicant will be appointed in the Department of African and African American Studies.

Through the generous support of the Mellon Foundation's Architecture, Urbanism, and Humanities initiative, Washington University is in the midst of a four-year effort aimed at bringing humanities scholars into productive dialogue with architects, urban designers, and landscape architects.  This hire, along with a parallel appointment in Architecture and Urban Design, is aimed at building upon these efforts by forging sustainable and permanent connections between the Humanities, Architecture and Urban Design.

The successful candidate will teach classes in her/his areas of specialization, assist in the advising of AFAS majors, be active in research and publication, participate in departmental and university service and governance, and contribute to the interdisciplinary mission of African and African American Studies and to the ongoing collaboration between the Humanities, Architecture and Urban Design at Washington University.

To assure that the review committee has immediate access to your application materials, all materials should be submitted electronically through the Washington University jobs site (  The job posting number for this position is 37381.  Applicants should submit a letter of interest describing their scholarly qualifications and research; current curriculum vitae; teaching statement detailing their approach to teaching and to creating diverse and inclusive learning environments; and three (3) letters of recommendation on your behalf sent by the reviewer (or assistant) to  The committee will review applications until the search is concluded, but applications should be received by October 15, 2017 to ensure full consideration.

Additional application instructions:

To apply, please go to and search for job posting # 37381 and click the "apply" button at the bottom of the page. After submission of the application, you must EXIT the Wash U jobs site then log back in with your established username and password. Click on "Applications" then "Add Attachment" to upload your letter of interest; current curriculum vitae; and teaching statement. 

The three (3) letters of recommendation written on your behalf should be sent by the reviewer (or assistant) to  Please include the applicant's name in the subject line. 

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation,

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