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Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana

Bates College
Lewiston, Maine, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 27, 2024

Job Details

The Africana Program at Bates College invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position, beginning in August 2024.

We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, but are especially interested in those whose work focuses on Blackness through feminist, queer, and global lenses, including but not limited to the United States. PhD must be in hand before beginning the job in August 2024.

Experience teaching undergraduates is strongly preferred. Candidates with a demonstrated commitment to inclusive pedagogy and the success of historically underrepresented, marginalized and first-generation students are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will teach 5 courses a year, including co-teaching Africana 100 in the Fall, and have the opportunity to redesign existing course titles so as to reflect their expertise and interests. Such course options may include Queer Africana, Narrating Slavery, Anti-Blackness and the Environment, Black Feminist Activist and Intellectual Traditions, Decolonization, Black Lives Matter, Birthing While Black, and Survey of Literatures of the Caribbean.

The college’s mission statement celebrates “the transformative power of our differences.” Accordingly, we believe that campus diversity can contribute to student learning, and we embrace the college’s aim to extend access to a Bates education to an ever-wider range of students. We strongly encourage applications from individuals in underrepresented groups, individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to higher education due to societal, economic, or academic disadvantages, and individuals with a demonstrated capacity to advance the college’s continuing commitments to equity and inclusion.

Bates College is a residential liberal arts college in Lewiston, Maine. Details about the college and its community can be found here . Lewiston is a diverse and growing city in Maine, two and a half hours north of Boston and 45 minutes from Portland, Maine’s largest city.

At Bates, Teaching is supported by a new Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning . Community-engaged learning and study abroad are encouraged and robustly supported. Bates is committed to supporting educational access for all. Educational access and justice are central to Bates’ history and mission. That work is supported in a variety of ways, including an HHMI Inclusive Excellence grant to support transforming how we teach STEM, a Schuler Education Foundation Grant grant to support financial aid for Pell-eligible students, low income, and undocumented students, and a Mellon Foundation Curricular Transformation Grant . Read more about our faculty’s commitment to equity and inclusion here .

PhD must be in hand before beginning the job in August 2024.

The following materials are required: cover letter (2-3 pages) outlining the applicant’s scholarly work and their approach to teaching, a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, writing sample of up to 35 pages (double-spaced) in length, and sample syllabus of a course the applicant would be prepared to offer.

Review of applications will begin on March 15th and continue until the position is filled.

Questions about the position can be addressed to:
Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Bates College is committed to equal opportunity and to providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff. Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations. All college faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.

Inquiries concerning the college’s policies, compliance with applicable laws, statutes, and regulations (such as Title VII, Title IX, and ADA/Section 504), and complaints may be directed to the Title IX Officer, Gwen Lexow at 207-786-6445 or


.Bates College

Located in Lewiston, Maine, Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college. We are proud to offer a highly personalized education that centers on deep and sustained interactions among students, faculty, and community. We are engaging the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.

When Bates opened in 1855, it was New England’s first co-ed college. Since then, we have admitted students no matter their nationality, race, religion, sex, or socio-economic status. While this openness was at the core of our founding identity and principles, it has been tested throughout time and requires us to constantly reflect upon and recommit to our mission.

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