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Assistant Professor in Africana and Latin American Studies

Colgate University
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 25, 2024

Job Details

The Africana and Latin American Studies Program at Colgate University invites applications for a tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning fall semester 2024. We seek an interdisciplinary candidate whose work focuses on transoceanic and/or circum-Atlantic topics within the broader field of Black and Latinx Studies. Fields of specialization are flexible; they could include but are not limited to: Afrodiasporic practices of healing and medicine; cultural and racial impacts of climate change; non-metropolitan migrations or digital diasporas; racialized geographies of resistance and (un)belonging; activism, artivism, and political change in transregional contexts. Scholars who employ interdisciplinary, transnational, comparative, diasporic, decolonial, feminist, and/or queer approaches are encouraged to apply. Completion of a Ph.D. is required prior to or shortly after the date of hire.

While we welcome a range of areas of expertise, we are especially interested in scholars who can contribute in robust and innovative ways to our newly revised major . Africana and Latin American Studies at Colgate has developed beyond its former geographically oriented tracks of study (African, African American, Latin American and Caribbean Studies) to an interconnected interdisciplinary and dynamic program of study that centers Black, Latinx, and diasporic experiences, historical and ongoing structures of colonialism, and projects of resistance within these contexts. We seek a scholar-teacher who, through their area(s) of expertise, can inspire students to explore a wide range of intellectual and cultural interests as part of our program.

Full-time faculty at Colgate teach five courses a year (or their equivalent). The successful candidate will teach both introductory and advanced undergraduate electives in their area(s) of expertise, as well as the required introductory course and research seminar for the Africana and Latin American Studies major. Colgate faculty are committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship, and all faculty are expected to participate in all-university programs, including the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum .

We invite applicants to submit a cover letter (2-3 pages), a CV, and the names and email addresses of three references willing to write letters on their behalf through Interfolio . A candidate’s cover letter should outline their scholarly work and their approach to teaching. At a later stage of the review process, candidates shortlisted for campus visits will be asked to submit a writing sample of up to 30 pages (double-spaced) in length. Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities, and candidates may want to review Colgate’s key goals in this area. In their cover letter, candidates must also describe how their approach to teaching, scholarship, mentorship, and/or community service might support the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Colgate is a vibrant liberal arts university of 3200 students located in central New York state that sits on the traditional lands of the Onyota’a:ká, known as the People of the Upright Stone and Oneida Indian Nation of New York. Further information about the Africana and Latin American Studies Program can be found on this page .

Applicants with dual-career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and at other institutions of higher education in upstate New York here .

Salary Range or Pay Grade

$89,500 (for ABD applicants) to $93,500 (for applicants with a PhD in hand)

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Policy Statement

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.


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