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Assistant, Associate or full Professor of Africana Studies

University of Richmond
Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Aug 31, 2023

Assistant, Associate or full Professor of Africana Studies - 000888

The Africana Studies interdisciplinary program at the University of Richmond invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate or full professor in the field of Black Diasporas, open to all areas of specialization. We seek a teacher-scholar whose work encompasses a broad spectrum of teaching, scholarship and/or creative activity related to Africa, and/or the African Diaspora. We are especially interested in identifying colleagues who bring new methods and perspectives to understanding the African diaspora, and who extend the methodological, thematic, geographic, and/or chronological reach of our faculty. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. by the start of employment, August 2024. Candidates will be screened by an interdisciplinary search committee. Each candidate will also meet and receive the approval of the department into which the candidate would be hired.

University of Richmond faculty are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic excellence in teaching, research/scholarship, and service. The successful candidate will be expected to excel in teaching, maintain an active research agenda including publication in peer-reviewed outlets, and make meaningful service contributions to the Africana Studies Program, the department in which they will also be hired, and the university. The University provides faculty several resources to support teaching and scholarship that include the Teaching and Scholarship Hub and the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement.

Incoming faculty will be expected to teach core courses in the Africana Studies Program in addition to courses in their areas of specialization. We welcome applications from scholars who hold (or are near completion of Ph.D.) a Ph.D. in any humanistic or social scientific field. We welcome applications from scholars who hold (or are near completion of Ph.D.) a Ph.D. in any humanistic or social scientific field, including but not limited to: English, Health Studies, Psychology, or Religious Studies.

We welcome applications from scholars with a strong interest in a current or future leadership role and making contributions to the administration of the Africana Studies Program. The hired candidate will have substantial input into the program's curricular development. In addition to advising students, responsibilities would include participating in campus-wide committees; engaging and supporting Africana Studies, its programs, and events; research, scholarship and/or creative activity; and service to the university and profession.

The University of Richmond is a private university located just a short drive from downtown Richmond, Virginia. Through its five schools and wide array of campus programming, the University combines the best qualities of a small liberal arts college and a large university. With nearly 4,000 students, an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 90% of traditional undergraduate students living on campus, the University is remarkably student-centered, focused on preparing students "to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society."

The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of difference in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success.

Applicants should apply online at, and should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and statements on research and teaching (two (2) pages single-space for research and teaching statements, respectively). The teaching statement should articulate the candidate's philosophy, interest, and future development goals as well as involvement in, and commitment to, inclusive pedagogy. Candidates for this position might be asked, at a later date, to provide the names and contact information for three references who will be asked to submit letters of recommendation. Questions about the application or materials may be directed to Ernest McGowen (, Coordinator of Africana Studies. Review of applications will commence October 16 and continue until the position is filled.

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