University of Minnesota — Assistant Professor, Sub-Saharan African History

Assistant Professor
Sub-Saharan African History

The Department of African American & African Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in African Studies with specializations in Sub-Saharan African History to begin Fall 2020 (August 31, 2020).

Appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year. Appointment will be made at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor depending on qualifications and experience and consistent with collegiate and university policy.

The ideal candidate’s scholarship should focus on migration, spatial mobility, transnationalism, and citizenship across a range of global contexts and perspectives. The specific geographic and temporal focus within sub-Saharan African history is open. A PhD in History, African Studies or related discipline as well as scholars engaged in innovative interdisciplinary work that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries (e.g., a historical anthropologist) will be given strong consideration. Candidates whose research complements the Department’s strengths in African American and African Diaspora studies are especially encouraged to apply.

The selected candidate must have a Ph.D. by the time of appointment. The candidates must have an established record of interdisciplinary scholarship, evidence of teaching excellence in undergraduate and/or graduate education, and demonstrated commitments to bring the study of sub-Saharan Africa to the local and global communities of the African Diaspora through collaborative and community-engaged work, all the while advancing cutting-edge scholarship.

Candidates will be evaluated according to a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, b) relevance of their scholarly research to the department’s academic priorities and fields of inquiry, c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and d) strength of recommendations.

About the Job
Faculty in the Department of African American & African Studies and other units in the College of Liberal Arts are expected to maintain an active program of scholarly research, to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses, advise undergraduate and graduate students, and contribute service to the department, college, and profession. Tenure-track assistant professors teach four semester-length courses per academic year at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The development of additional courses and research themes that complement and extend current departmental expertise is strongly encouraged.

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About the Department
The Department of African American & African Studies (AA&AS): Established in 1969, AA&AS is a distinct academic unit in the College of Liberal Arts. Interdisciplinary in its approach to teaching and learning, AA&AS students are exposed to a wide range of ways of knowing that are fashioned out of the rigorous study of Africans, African Americans, and African descended people in society, history, culture, literature and arts. AA&AS is a place to make connections across complexities of Africa, African American, and the African Diaspora.

Established in 1868, the College of Liberal Arts supports the University of Minnesota’s land-grant mission as home to disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

The College of Liberal Arts is committed to intellectual freedom, the pursuit of new knowledge, and the belief that the liberal arts are the foundation of academic learning. CLA prepares students to be independent and original thinkers, innovators in their chosen fields; to create meaning in their lives and in their life’s work; and to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities and the world.

The College of Liberal Arts values diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives as key to innovation and excellent education.

Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota, with its five campuses and more than 65,000 students, is one of the largest, most comprehensive universities in the United States, and ranks among the most prestigious research universities in the world. It is both a major research institution, with scholars of national and international reputation, and a state land-grant university with a strong tradition of education and public engagement.

How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online at To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach (1) A cover letter and (2) A curriculum vitae. Once this step is complete, please add additional materials by accessing the “My Activities” page and uploading: (3) One article-length writing sample or the equivalent; (4) Brief statement of teaching philosophy to show evidence of teaching effectiveness (5) Brief statement of public engagement to show evidence of commitment to collaborative and community engaged work, and (6) two sample syllabi.

In addition to the required documents submitted through the U of M employment system, applicants are also asked to arrange for three letters of recommendation to be emailed separately to Applications are considered complete when all materials, including letters of recommendation, have been received. Additional materials may be requested from candidates at a future date. Review of complete applications will begin on October 10, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. For questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Department of African American & African Studies at (612) 624-9847.

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Background Check Information
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About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.