Ruth J. Simmons Chair at Smith College

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Nov 06, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Smith College invites applications for the inaugural Ruth J. Simmons Chaired Professorship. We seek a senior scholar of U.S. and/or global blackness, approached through any disciplinary or interdisciplinary intellectual formation. The successful applicant will join an Africana Studies department with a reputation for excellence in research and teaching. Collaborations will be possible with colleagues in such areas as Sociology, Government, History, English, and Psychology, depending on the candidate’s interest. Successful candidates should be prepared to engage actively with diverse students across the liberal arts.

This is a search for a senior and tenured appointment. Teaching responsibilities will regularly include 200 and 300-level courses in the professor’s specialization, as well as contributions to the Africana Studies core curriculum.  We eagerly anticipate creative curriculum development in and across the successful candidate’s fields.

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 December 15, 2020. 

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