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Professor of African Studies

Howard University
Washington D.C.
Date posted
Feb 1, 2024

Howard University

Department of African Studies

Professor of African Studies

The Department of African Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenured position at the rank of full Professor. We seek applications from exceptional candidates with a well-respected and internationally established record in African Studies. The applicant’s teaching and pedagogical background should demonstrate interdisciplinary approaches that harmonize various social science and humanities fields and facilitate multidimensional teaching, research and analysis of political, economic and socio-cultural development issues in Africa. Specialization in teaching and research on development and public policy in Africa will be an advantage.


Successful candidates are expected to present evidence of significant extramurally funded research programs in their areas of expertise and active participation in teaching and curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Evidence of interest and success in mentoring underrepresented students is highly desired. 


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. It is a residential campus of over 13,000 students located in the heart of the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.


The Department of African Studies currently consists of ten faculty members, conducting diverse research in African Studies. The department offers BA, MA, and PhD degrees in African Studies with foci in 1. Development and Public Policy, 2. Africa in World Affairs, and 3. Culture, Language, Literature, and the Arts. The Department is at the forefront of innovative interdisciplinary African Studies pedagogy and intellectual discourse in the field of African Studies.


Howard University is also home to the federally-funded Title VI National Resource Center for African Studies (


 Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in an Africa-related field of study from a recognized accredited institution;
  • Internationally recognized record of significant scholarship, publications, teaching, and professional accomplishments that meet the qualifications for appointment at the rank of tenured full professor in the college;
  • Evidence of a commitment to and success in securing external funding and fundraising;
  • Minimum of 6 years experience at the tenured Associate Professor level or equivalent senior position in non-academic settings; and
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to helping students obtain a broad-based education.


Complete applications consist of a single PDF file containing:

1) Cover letter addressing qualifications listed above;

2) Current curriculum vita;

3) Two-page statement of research accomplishments, interests and future plans;

4) Two-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy; and

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


Applications should be addressed to the Chair of the search committee: Dr. Mbye Cham and submitted electronically to Completed applications should be submitted by January 26, 2024, to receive full consideration. The desired starting date is August 2024. Additional details and information on the Department of African Studies can be found at Questions about the position should be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Mbye Cham


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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