African and African American Studies Faculty/Director, Center for Africana Engagement

Kentucky, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 13, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

African and African American Studies Faculty/Director, Center for Africana Engagement

Position Number: F00265P
Position Type: Faculty
Position Category:
Driver Classification: Non Driver
City: Richmond
Division: Academic Affairs/Provost
Department: College of Letters, Arts & Soc Sci
Unit: Dean - Letters, Arts & Soc Sciences
Contact Person: Ogechi Anyanwu
Funding Source: Institutional

About the College/Department:
Eastern Kentucky University is a regional, coeducational, public institution of higher education offering general and liberal arts programs, pre-professional and professional training in education and various other fields at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Located in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, EKU has a distinguished record of more than a century of educational service to the Commonwealth. Eastern Kentucky University is committed to access, equal opportunity, dignity, respect, and inclusion for all people, as integral to a learning environment in which intellectual creativity and diversity thrives.

Situated near the heart of the Bluegrass, Richmond is served by a network of major highways that make EKU easily accessible from all parts of Kentucky and surrounding states. Richmond is 26 miles southeast of Lexington, Kentucky. Interstate Highways I-75 (north-south) and I-64 (east-west) make the metropolitan areas of Cincinnati, 112 miles to the north, and Louisville, 110 miles to the west, within convenient distance by automobile. Richmond is also served by U.S. Route 25 from Southeastern Kentucky and Kentucky Route 52 from the east and west. The Bluegrass, Mountain, Daniel Boone, and Cumberland Parkways provide even greater accessibility by automobile since the city is located near the convergence of these arterial highways into the interstate system.

EKU is a dedicated high-quality instruction, scholarship, and service, and places emphasis on the three in that order. Through its colleges and schools, the University seeks to offer quality instruction at a variety of degree levels in general education, the arts, the sciences, business, education, pre-professional and professional areas, and applied and technical disciplines. Through consultative services, continuing education, and the extended campus, the University seeks to provide service to the community and the region. Research seeks both to advance knowledge in the subject matter areas with which the University is concerned and to support the primary function of teaching.

Position Summary:
The African and African American Studies Program at Eastern Kentucky University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Africana Engagement. The candidate will begin in August 2021 or January 2022.

We seek candidates from a variety of academic disciplines and interdisciplinary approaches. The successful candidate will teach courses in the African and African American Studies program (reporting to the Director of African and African American Studies for this purpose) and serve as the Director of the Center for Africana Engagement . Tenure home will be determined by the discipline of the successful candidate.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The successful candidate will
  • Teach coursework within the area of African/African American studies, with other teaching assignments to be considered depending on the discipline of expertise.
  • Create tutoring and mentorship opportunities for students.
  • Support the Director of African and African American Studies in recruiting and advising students in the program.
  • Teach a range of courses that include introductory and upper-level classes in the minor.
  • Coordinate activities and programs in the Center for Africana Engagement to offer programming that serves students in their academic, social, cultural and co-curricular development.
  • Demonstrate respect for the diverse learning needs of students.
  • Implement teaching activities and a diversity of teaching techniques, procedures, and resources, including the application of technology.
  • Collaborate with campus partners to provide quality programming, both in and out of the classroom.

Minimum Qualifications:
Applicants should hold a terminal degree in her/his/their discipline from an accredited or internationally recognized institution and should have:
  • Demonstrated understanding of the diverse and intersectional needs and concerns of Black/African American students and communities.
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating and planning student success and retention initiatives for Black/African America.
  • Demonstrated experience working on a college campus in a role that worked directly with students related to the personal engagement of dynamics of power, privilege and oppression across multiple identities (i.e., race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, disability, religion, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience with coordinating, planning and facilitating of social justice educational programming about topics related to intersectionality, power, privilege, and oppression across multiple identities (i.e., race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, class, disability, religion, etc.)

Desired Qualifications:

Posting Number: F00265P
Number of Vacancies: one
Job Open Date: 07/07/2021
Application Review Date:
Job Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:

AA/EEO Statement:
Eastern Kentucky University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of age (40 and over), race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, ethnicity, disability, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information in the admission to, or participation in, any educational program or activity (e.g., athletics, academics and housing) which it conducts or any employment policy or practice.

Background Check Statement:
Offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory background check.

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