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Black Studies Program Director-Associate or Full Professor Level

Providence College
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Oct 19, 2022
Founded in 1917, Providence College (PC) is a premier Catholic liberal arts institution steadfastly committed to academic excellence through a dynamic core curriculum, a distinctive Development of Western Civilization Program, and abundant experiential learning opportunities. The only U.S. higher education institution administered by the Dominican Friars, PC is committed to providing a variety of opportunities for intellectual, social, moral, and spiritual growth in a supportive environment. Providence College believes that cultural and intellectual pluralism is essential to the excellence of its academic programs, and strives to foster an academic culture and campus community reflecting the global environment in which we live and work.

The approximately 105-acre campus is situated in Rhode Island’s capital city and is close to the many cultural and educational offerings of Rhode Island’s “renaissance city.” Additionally, Providence is located an hour from Boston and just a few hours from New York City.

For years, Providence College has been recognized in the U.S. News & World Report “Regional Universities – North Category” and has been commended by several other ranking publications.

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Position Information

Job Title
Black Studies Program Director-Associate or Full Professor Level

Associate Professor

Tenure Information
Tenure Track

Job Description

The Black Studies Program at Providence College invites applications for a full-time Associate or Full Professor position, with consideration for appointment with tenure, beginning August 2023. We seek applicants whose research, academic, and administrative experiences will provide the Black Studies Program with the necessary leadership and vision to support the recent expansion of the program following the hiring of five junior faculty scholars. The Black Studies Program is working toward an expected transition to departmental status. Potential applicants should have a deep commitment to mentor undergraduates and support the student-led development of the Black Studies Program. We have a strong preference for candidates who show a commitment to publicly engaged scholarship, student-centered pedagogical and mentoring practices, and supporting the success of students from historically marginalized economic, social, and cultural groups.

Essential Duties

The position will be full time in Black Studies if, as expected, the Black Studies Program is granted departmental status and will otherwise be a joint appointment in an existing college department. The course load is 2-2.

Education and Experience Required

We would invite applicants with PhD in hand in Black Studies, African Studies, or any associated discipline with a focus on the interdisciplinary study of African-descended people, anti-Black racism, racial justice, or collective forms of resistance to racism and its intersections with other systems of oppression. We would be open to scholars whose geographic focus is the U.S., or elsewhere in the Americas, Europe, the Atlantic World, the Pacific World, and/or Africa itself, or whose work is transnational or comparative in nature.

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Full consideration of application if received by:

Instructions to candidates

Applicants should apply online at the College’s career site at and submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, teaching statement/philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness, a statement on how the candidate would approach the teaching of the Introduction to Black Studies course, graduate transcript, and three letters of recommendation. For additional information, please contact Dr. Eric Hirsch, search chair, at

To ensure full consideration, please submit all application materials by January 6, 2023. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

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College Information/EOE Statement

Providence College is a Roman Catholic four-year liberal arts institution conducted under the auspices of the Dominican Friars and seeks candidates who can affirm and contribute to its Mission. Providence College is committed to upholding an academic culture and campus community that attracts and supports the development of a stellar and diverse faculty reflecting the global environment in which we live and work. As such, a pillar of Providence College’s Strategic Plan for Diversity involves “intentionally recruiting and retaining faculty and staff who are drawn to, and supportive of, the mission of the College, and who have demonstrated a commitment to the human flourishing of each member of the campus community.” To review the strategic plan, please visit An AA/ EOE, the College especially encourages applications from women and persons of color.
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Documents Needed To Apply
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Transcripts
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Teaching Statement / Philosophy
  5. Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  6. One-page statement on how you envision teaching the Introduction to Black Studies course
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