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Assistant Professor of Black Studies

Cleveland State University
Ohio, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 28, 2021
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Cleveland State University

Assistant Professor of Black Studies

The Black Studies Program at Cleveland State University (CSU) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the history of the Black Atlantic, broadly defined from the 15th century to the present. We welcome those with research interests from the full range of themes, including, but not limited to, histories of slavery, law, race, gender and sexuality, empire, economy, environment, science and medicine, religion, social movements, and political thought.

Reflecting the program’s increasing focus on global history, the candidate’s research and teaching interests should speak to global contexts of the Black Atlantic. Teaching responsibilities are 16 credit hours per academic year. Classes include introductory and upper-level courses in the area of expertise.

Minimum Qualifications
• Ph.D. in Africana Studies (variant iterations understood) or closely related field pertaining to the Black Atlantic, with the degree in hand by July 1, 2021; and
• Expertise in the Black Atlantic world.

Preferred Qualifications
• Expertise in the broader international history of the African Diaspora, particularly the Caribbean, Latin America, and/or South America, and the experiences of Black people outside of the United States;
• Ability to teach an introduction to a geography course once per academic year for students enrolled in the Social Studies education program;
• Potential to conduct internationally recognized research;
• Experience with teaching at the college level;
• Ability to work effectively with students from diverse backgrounds;
• Ability to enhance the dynamic intellectual life of the program.

At the time of application, candidates will provide a curriculum vitae, cover letter, diversity statement, names and contact information of three references, transcripts, and a teaching philosophy. Reference letters will be requested only from those candidates who are selected for interviews. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted as part of the application. Full consideration will be given to those candidates who apply by the review date. The review of applications will begin on February 22, 2021. The start date for the position is August 16, 2021.

Cleveland State University is an urban campus serving a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student body. Diversity is extremely important to CSU. Explain your experience serving diverse students and how you will make a positive contribution to CSU’s diverse community. For applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience, note how your work will contribute to CSU’s commitment to diversity and mission as an urban serving university. Examples of such experiences can include but are not limited to:
1.teaching about underrepresented populations
2.mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
3.conducting research with underrepresented and/or underserved communities
4.committee work
5.offering or organizing educational programming
6.participation in training and workshops.

Applications will be exclusively accepted online at Mailed or emailed application materials will not be accepted.

More information about this position may be obtained from Dr. Thomas L. Bynum, Director of Black Studies ( or Dr. Adrienne Gosselin, Associate Professor of English and Chair of Search Committee (

It is the policy of Cleveland State University to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Hire is contingent upon the maintenance of existing levels of funding from the state of Ohio. Offer of employment is contingent on satisfactory completion of the University’s verification of credentials (including evidence of a Ph.D.) and other information required by law and/or University policies or practices, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

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