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Assistant Professor, Department of Afro-American Studies

Howard University
Washington D.C.
Posted Date
Apr 27, 2023

Howard University

Department of Afro-American Studies

Assistant Professor

The Department of Afro-American Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with research interests in the area of Comparative Diaspora with a specialization emphasizing issues of Africana culture and cultural theory. The successful candidate will have a strong record of excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship in “disciplinary Africana Studies,” an intellectual project that engages and narrates the fullness of Africana humanity in time and space while utilizing internal frames of reference and cultural experiences of African people to generate theory that discerns linkages, continuities, discontinuities, repetition of normative categories, and improvisations among African people in the face of episodic challenges. Successful candidates are expected to develop extramurally funded research programs in their areas of expertise, and actively participate in the Department’s teaching and curriculum development and mentor undergraduate students.


Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. Howard University is currently classified as an R2 research university with aspirations and actions underway to achieve R1 status within the next few years. It is a residential campus of approximately 13,000 students located in the heart of the nation’s capital, Washington, DC.


The Department of Afro-American Studies currently consists of 8 faculty members with diverse research interests and specializations and is one of the few departments in the country comprised primarily of holders of PhDs in the discipline. It currently offers a BS degree in Afro-American Studies.


 Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution;
  • PhD in African American Studies strongly preferred, but allied disciplines will be considered;
  • Record of scholarship, teaching, and professional service commensurate with the rank of Assistant Professor;
  • Effective communication and organizational skills.


Complete applications consist of a single PDF file containing

1) Cover letter addressing qualifications listed above and including a statement of research accomplishments, interests, and future plans; a statement of teaching experience and philosophy;

2) Current curriculum vita;

3) Names and contact information for at least three references who will provide letters upon request from the search committee.


Completed applications should be addressed to the Chair of the search committee: Dr. Mario Beatty and submitted electronically to Screening will begin on May 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. The desired starting date is August 16, 2023.


The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, marital status, religion, disability or protected veterans status. Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities or veterans status, Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at 202-806-1280.


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