Assistant Professor Department of African American Studies

University of Maryland, College Park
Maryland, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 29, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of African American Studies (AASD) in the College of Behavioral and Social  Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park is recruiting a tenure-track Assistant  Professor. The department is seeking to strengthen its capacity in political science, economics,  and international/diaspora scholarship. The Department of African American Studies is an interdisciplinary social science department engaged in the study of African American life and is committed to translating scholarship into practice and policy. 

Duties include undergraduate teaching, research and service. The candidate should be prepared to teach the department’s introductory courses along with methods and higher-level electives.  The department prefers candidates who have a clear and compelling independent research agenda and who possess strong quantitative skills, experience with big data, and research in comparative, international contexts. Evidence of success with federal or foundation grants and/or fellowships is also preferred. 

Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in African American Studies, African Studies, Political  Science, Economics, Sociology, or Public Policy and a record of publications employing quantitative or mixed methods. 

Application Process: Review of applications will begin on May 18, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please submit your application no later than May 17,  2021. Applications must include: 1. Cover letter; 2. Curriculum vitae; 3. List of three references  (names, titles, contact information); 4. Research statement that outlines current and future research agenda; 5. Teaching statement including list of courses taught; and 6. Two publications or writing samples. The committee will contact applicants before soliciting letters of recommendation. All materials must be uploaded as separate PDF documents to ( No additional materials should be submitted. 

AASD centers on the Black experience through research, scholarship, and teaching.  Understanding and addressing structural racism, inequity, and racial injustice are central to the mission and vision of the department. AASD faculty are engaged in intersectional interdisciplinary research in anthropology, sociology, criminology, public health, medicine,  artificial intelligence, history, labor, Black women’s studies, and the digital humanities. The department offers minors in Black Women’s Studies and African Studies, and a certificate in  African American Studies. The Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. Center for Education, Justice and  Ethics, a policy and research center, is also situated in the department. 

The University of Maryland is located in Prince George’s County, a predominantly Black county, with a range of socioeconomic class, social and health indicators. Prince George's  County and the Baltimore-Washington DC metropolitan region serves as one of the nation’s epicenters for centering the Black experience. 


The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer,  complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The  University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed,  marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the  First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.