Valdosta State University — Program Coordinator, African American Studies

Valdosta State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences seeks qualified applicants for a tenure-track, faculty position in the African American Studies Program to serve as Program Coordinator.  Rank will be at either assistant or associate, depending upon credentials and qualifications.  All Valdosta State University faculty share the responsibility of teaching courses at multiple levels as needed in their respective disciplines. To carry out our comprehensive mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to successfully engage students as they launch or continue their intellectual journey.

Reporting directly to the Dean of the College, the program coordinator is responsible for the overall day-to-day functions of the African American Studies program. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Hiring, managing and evaluating faculty members who teach in the program;
  • Scheduling classes and sections for each faculty member in each academic semester;
  • Advising, scheduling and providing overrides where appropriate for students during the academic year;
  • Teaching required courses during the academic year;
  • Conducting required research during the academic year;
  • Attending required conferences including those associated with academic presentations during the academic year;
  • Participating in COHSS Executive Committee meetings during the academic year;
  • Attending monthly Council of Department Head meetings;
  • Serving as Budget Manager of the AFAM budget.  

Required qualifications include:

  • Ph.D. in African American Studies or a closely related field, such as English, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, etc., with teaching experience and/or scholarship in African American Studies.
  • Meets qualifications for rank of assistant professor or associate professor in an academic department within the college.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities in managing personnel, budgets, and administrative duties.
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, as well as scholarship.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Previous experience in a leadership role in African American Studies.

Valdosta State University is a comprehensive university with a student enrollment of approximately 11,200. The city of Valdosta is located just north of the Florida state line on Interstate 75, is served by a regional airport, and is within a two-hour drive of Jacksonville and Tallahassee, Florida.  For more information visit and for more information about the community visit 

Online application is required and should be submitted at by November 11, 2019.  For more information contact Dr. Sewell, Search Chair, at 229-333-5946 or  Valdosta State University is an Equal Opportunity educational institution and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to minorities and individuals with disabilities. Valdosta State University has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.