Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies (Cluster Hire)

University of Mississippi
Mississippi, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 28, 2022

Position Description

The Department of History and the African American Studies Program seek applicants for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 2023. This joint appointment is open to candidates with an emphasis on Twentieth-Century African-American history, culture, and politics. Faculty hired in this position will teach a 2:2 load in undergraduate and graduate courses in both History and African American Studies, as well as supervise graduate students in History. The tenure-granting department will be History, with teaching duties split between the two departments based on particular needs.

This tenure-track position is included in the University of Mississippi, College of Liberal Arts multi-year faculty cluster hire initiative. This initiative is designed to expand our understanding of multicultural competence in a number of areas including, among others to be named in future years: successful, effective, and ethical leadership; inclusive pedagogy in STEM; and Black intellectual thought in the Humanities. We seek scholars and scholarship with a focus on the experiences of African Americans and other underrepresented groups and attention to identities with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. Our goal is to attract and support a diverse cohort of tenure-track scholars who will produce cutting-edge research, scholarship, and creative achievement around one of these broad themes in their fields of specialization. For more information and the list of the other positions included in this cluster hire, please visit the College of Liberal Arts website at .

We strongly encourage applications from candidates who are from traditionally underrepresented groups in academia and from all candidates who are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community. We recognize that an inclusive environment facilitates job satisfaction, sharing of ideas, and impactful community engagement. The online application should include a cover letter indicating research, teaching interests, and a description of demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, scholarship, and/or service with descriptions of past efforts and commitment to future activities, curriculum vitae, writing sample(s), graduate transcript, and names and contact information for three references.

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About Our Programs

The Department of History is deeply involved in the activities of the African American Studies program, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the Croft Institute for International Studies, the McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, and the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies. The Department of History sponsors the annual Porter L. Fortune History Symposium. Recent topics have included religion in the South, gender and politics in the South, the Civil Rights movement, and the South in the Caribbean.

The African American Studies Program boasts award winning faculty and develops and coordinates an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses mainly on the African American Experience in the United States, with particular emphasis on Mississippi and the South. Its objectives are to encourage all students and faculty to examine the African American experience, to facilitate a cultural and intellectual atmosphere on campus that promotes such studies, and to develop a program of research and community service. The African American Studies Program offers various student scholarships, including the Fannie Lou Hamer Scholarship.

Position Details

Appointment (9 Month)

Assignment Type (Tenure Track)

Application Procedures

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About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.

Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.

Background Check Statement

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