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Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor, Africana Studies

The College of Wooster
Ohio, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Aug 31, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The College of Wooster is pleased to announce a cluster hire in Africana Studies with appointments beginning August 2022. We seek to appoint three tenure-track positions (at least one of which could be at the Associate Professor or Professor level) housed in the Department of Africana Studies. The department welcomes a range of areas of expertise within Africana Studies, which could include, but are not limited to: critical race theory, Black queer theory, Africana religions, Black social and political movements, Africana musicology, Africana popular culture, Black theatre and dance, transnational Black feminisms, Black youth and digital cultures, race and healthcare disparities, and environmental injustice. We welcome scholars who can contribute expertise in African diasporic communities and cultures in North America, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Africana Studies, Black Studies, or a related field, have experience teaching about the African Diaspora, and demonstrate their interest in contributing to the general education of the College, including the First-Year Seminar program. An interest in curricular innovation or innovative pedagogical approaches is especially welcome. Candidates will teach the equivalent of five and a half courses, including introductory and advanced courses in Africana Studies, some of which will be cross-listed in other departments and programs, and credited supervision of independent thesis projects as part of the College’s Independent Study program. Faculty hired into these positions will have the opportunity to collaborate with affiliated faculty teaching in a broad range of other disciplines on campus.

Applicants should submit a letter of application; curriculum vitae; unofficial graduate transcripts; evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as teaching statement, syllabi, and course evaluations, if applicable) and research (such as research statement and writing sample of 25 pages or less); a statement detailing how the applicant has engaged and/or expects to engage with issues of diversity and inclusion in the classroom and the curriculum, as well as on campus and in the broader community; and three reference letters through Interfolio. Applications received at by September 15, 2021 will receive full consideration. If you have questions regarding Interfolio, please contact Santha Schuch, Administrative Coordinator, Department of Africana Studies, at Questions about the position should be directed to Professor Lee McBride, Chair of Search Committee, at

First founded in 1968, The Department of Africana Studies has long held a central role in a College of Wooster education, offering both a major and minor in the context of a liberal arts curriculum focused on mentored undergraduate research. With College-wide strategic planning underway, we are excited to hire a new cohort of faculty leading the Department into the future. We are especially interested in hiring faculty who can contribute to the intellectual vibrancy and diversity of the academic community through their teaching, research, and service. The College of Wooster enrolls a diverse student body (24% domestic students of color and 17% international students); all applicants are expected to discuss their experience working with diverse student populations.

 The College of Wooster is an independent college of the liberal arts and sciences with a commitment to inclusive excellence in undergraduate education. We are especially interested in hiring faculty who contribute to the intellectual vibrancy and diversity of the academic community through their teaching, research, and service, and who are committed to ensuring the success of diverse student populations. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy, or by state, local, or federal law. All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a criminal background check and verification of the legal right to work in the United States as required by federal law. The College of Wooster is committed by policy and practice to diversity, equity and inclusion. For more information on our nondiscrimination policy visit:

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