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Visiting Assistant Professor, African American Studies

Bryant University
Smithfield, Rhode Island
Start date
Nov 8, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Administrative, Academic Affairs
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


Visiting Assistant Professor, African American Studies
(with expertise in Theater/Performance Studies/Visual Studies/Music or Creative Writing)


Position Summary
The Department of History, Literature, and the Arts at Bryant University invites applications for a two-year visiting Assistant Professor in the fields of African American Studies with expertise in Theater, Music, Performance Studies, Visual Studies, or Creative Writing. This position would support classes in our Literary and Cultural Studies major, our Arts and Creative Industries major, our Africana and Black Studies minor, and our Ethnic Studies concentration. This appointment, which begins in August 2024 and runs through July 2026 (with the option to renew for one year), offers a competitive salary with full benefits.



Bryant University is a selective, four-year, residential university that has academic programs that are distinguished by an integration of the arts and sciences with business. Our innovative academic programs are attuned to the needs of industry and society. We have 3459 undergraduate students who hail from 36 states and 59 countries. We also have 211 full- and part-time graduate students. Bryant is located in Smithfield, RI, and is 15 miles northwest of Providence, RI, and one hour south of Boston, MA.


Principal Accountabilities
The Visiting Assistant Professor in African American Studies is responsible for teaching three courses per semester, sustaining an active and productive scholarly research agenda, and contributing to departmental growth and development. The successful candidate should be committed to teaching excellence, and will be expected to develop new courses, mentor students, and participate in service activities that include designing and leading new initiatives.


Interested candidates must have obtained a PhD by summer 2024 in African American Studies, African Diasporic Studies, American Studies, Music, Performance Studies, Theatre Arts, Visual Studies or any related interdisciplinary field. Successful candidates will have a solid teaching portfolio and evidence of a productive scholarly research agenda.


Working Environment
Women, racial and ethnic minority candidates, and other individuals from historically under-represented groups within the profession are encouraged to apply.

Bryant University recognizes that its position as a leader in higher education is greatly determined both by the diversity of its campus community and its intellectual endeavors. Its commitment to link academic and social diversity for the benefit of the learning and living environment reflects its belief that excellence and diversity are mutually reinforcing objectives. We are committed to building an equitable and inclusive campus community, one that values individual difference and fosters greater understanding of the many facets of diversity and other distinctive characteristics that make us different. We encourage applications from candidates with an appreciation for and understanding of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Learn more about our ongoing commitment to building a community of inclusive excellence.


Applicant Instructions
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