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Assistant Professor of sub-Saharan African History

Clark University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Aug 3, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, History, Jobs Outside Academe, Non-profit & Government Organizations
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Salary Band
Commensurate with Experience
Employment Type
Full Time
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Company Description:

Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University's commitment to "challenge convention and change our world" and to address issues of critical importance to society. It is also reflected by Clark's many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and international development program. Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.


Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city "on the rise." The second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a vibrant food hub.

Job Description:

The Department of History at Clark University seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor of sub-Saharan African History (post-1500) to begin Fall 2022. All regional specializations and topics of study will be considered. Scholars whose work includes research in a non-European language preferred, but not required. Candidates must have PhD in hand no later than August 2022.





We seek a historian with the ability to teach courses at all levels of our undergraduate curriculum (introductory surveys in African History and more specialized courses for advanced undergraduates) and complement existing departmental strengths in African-American History/African Diaspora, the Atlantic World, and British Empire. In addition, we seek applicants capable of contributing to the training of MA students in History's accelerated degree program and Ph.D. students in Holocaust and Genocide History. Finally, the successful candidate will be prepared to teach courses that scaffold the study of Africa beyond the History Department (Art History, Geography, and International Development, Community, and Environment) and contribute to programs in Africana Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, or other relevant interdisciplinary programs.

This is a Full-time position with excellent benefits, which include employee and family tuition benefits, 4 weeks' vacation, generous retirement plan, free use of campus fitness center and many more.


Clark University currently requires all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than July 15. Exemptions will be made for medical or disability reasons or religious beliefs, and could be made, at the sole discretion of the University, for other well-documented reasons.

Additional Information:

This position is part of a university-wide hiring initiative at Clark University focusing on the hiring of "synergy" positions that will offer discipline-specific courses that contribute to and strengthen our interdisciplinary concentration in Africana Studies at the Center for Gender, Race and Area Studies (CGRAS). Each appointment made as part of the synergy hire will reside full time in the hiring department with promotion processes occurring in the hiring home department. The university's commitment to recruitment and retention of talented, diverse scholars includes enhanced support to members of the synergy hire, including a reduced teaching load in the first year and priority participation in robust mentorship programs offered by both Clark University and the New England Board of Higher Education's North Star Collective.


About CGRAS and Africana Studies: CGRAS is an academic hub at Clark University consisting of a federation of interdisciplinary programs designed to engage and facilitate intellectual synergies within and across intersectional approaches to gender, race, and ethnicity in scholarship and teaching. It spans a broad range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences that advance the academic and compositional diversification of Clark University, providing a vibrant intellectual and mentorship space. The Africana Studies program is an undergraduate concentration that delivers courses spanning sub-Saharan Africa and the African diaspora (inclusive of African American, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro-European studies).


Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.

Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online. Create a Clark University Careers Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below. You will be able to upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Summary of research interests
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Three letters of reference

Applicants' statements should detail how their scholarship and teaching will support the success of students from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds and further Clark's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates may instead submit a separate diversity statement.


Inquiries regarding this position should be directed to Professor Amy Richter, Chair, African History Search Committee.


Please submit all required documents no later than October 18, 2021.


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Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.


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