Wesleyan University — Assistant or Associate Professor of African American Studies

The African American Studies Program at Wesleyan University is conducting a search for one or more full-time tenure-track or tenured appointments beginning July 1, 2019. Although we are primarily interested in assistant or advanced assistant professors, we will consider exceptional candidates at the rank of associate professor. The African American Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary major that focuses on people of African descent in the Black Atlantic world, especially in the United States and in the Caribbean.

We welcome applicants with a scholarly focus in history or literature. We especially seek candidates whose teaching and research engages with critical race and Black feminist and queer theories, emancipatory politics, environmental justice, or science and medicine.

The teaching load is two courses per semester with an expectation of undergraduate advising and supervision of independent studies and honors theses. Wesleyan values both scholarship and teaching very highly, has a strong, diverse undergraduate student body, and offers a generous sabbatical program and competitive salaries and benefits. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in African American Studies or related field in hand by the time of appointment to be hired as an Assistant or Associate Professor; a successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but will complete the Ph.D. in African American Studies or related field within one year of hire.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, statement of current research, and documentation of teaching experience, including course syllabi and student evaluations. As part of the teaching statement, we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body. We also require the email addresses for three referees so that we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation from them. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2018 until the positions are filled.

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Debbie Colucci, Interim VP for Equity & Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator, 860-685-4771, dcolucci@wesleyan.edu.

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