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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Tenure System

Michigan State University
Michigan, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Nov 2, 2020

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Other Humanities, Women's & Gender Studies
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of African American and African Studies invites applications for two open rank tenure-stream faculty positions in Black Feminisms, Genders, and Sexualities Studies with the ability to be appointed at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor (9-month appointment) in the Department of African American and African Studies in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University. We have special needs in Black Genders Studies and Black Sexualities Studies. Each position is a 100% appointment in African American and African Studies and begins August 16, 2021.

Both faculty members will play a key role in collaboratively building the new AAAS Department, with core areas in Feminisms, Genders, and Sexualities Studies. The normal teaching load is 2-2. The successful candidates will maintain high quality research in Black Studies or related interdisciplinary fields and approaches. A typical workload percentage for a 100% appointment in the College of Arts and Letters is 40% research, 40% teaching, 20% service. However, the service load for this position will be distinctive as both faculty members will provide substantial support to the new build. The following responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Aiding in the implementation of strategic short- and long-range plans for departmental development;
  • Assisting in the creation and implementation of operating policies and procedures, including best practices for recruiting outstanding faculty, students, and staff;
  • Collaborating with AAAS faculty in sustaining public-facing humanities research agendas and excellence in outreach to foster and produce knowledge in the field and local communities

We are seeking candidates who hold a doctorate or MFA and demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach to visionary Black Studies. Visionary Black Studies in AAAS at MSU includes, but is not limited to: Creative Expression, Afrofuturism, Performance Studies, Religion and Spirituality, Environmental Justice, Entrepreneurship, Black Girlhood Studies, etc.

Candidates should possess excellent communication skills. A successful candidate should have a demonstrated history of community engagement and/or community-based approaches to scholarship. Candidates should have a capacity to engage in curriculum and departmental development. Preference will be given to candidates who can research and teach in Black Genders Studies and Black Sexualities Studies.

Senior candidates for these positions must meet the requirements for tenure at the rank of associate or full professor and have a robust, coherent research/production narrative. Successful senior candidates must demonstrate innovative interdisciplinary/pedagogical approaches in their scholarship/production.

Review of applications will begin January 4, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applicants who submit complete applications by the start of the review period. Applications must be submitted electronically at the MSU Human Resources site at (Posting #680140).

Required Application Materials:

  • A cover letter
  • Current CV
  • A research statement articulating research trajectory emphasizing representative scholarship and future plans
  • A summary of your experience with diversity in the classroom and/or in your past, or planned research or administrative endeavors, any experience mentoring diverse students or community outreach initiatives, and an explanation of how you will advance our goals of inclusive excellence
  • If applying for a position at the rank of Assistant Professor, the names and email addresses of 3 potential referees who can comment on quality of scholarship/teaching. If applying for a position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, the names and email addresses of 4 potential referees, all of whom must be of equal or higher rank who can comment on quality of research, teaching, engagement and/or service.

For more information on this position, please contact the search committee chair: Dr. Tamura Lomax, Associate Professor of African American and African Studies, Michigan State University, Email:

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The University actively encourages applications and/or

nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, persons with disabilities and LGBTQ individuals.

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