Syracuse University — Department Chair, African American Studies

The Department of African American Studies ( in Syracuse University’s College of Arts & Sciences seeks a dynamic scholar to serve as Department Chair beginning Fall 2022. The successful candidate will possess a strong record of scholarship; teaching excellence; experience overseeing departmental administrative procedures and governance; demonstrated skill in collaborating with faculty on curricula and programming for undergraduate majors and minors and graduate students; and a commitment to community engagement.

Since gaining department status in 1979, African American Studies at SU has offered multi-disciplinary approaches to global studies of people of African descent. Unique departmental resources, such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library ( and the Community Folk Art Center (, have been integral to academic initiatives. Recent and pending faculty retirements have led to a critical juncture. The new chair will thus play a pivotal role in leading the department as it formulates strategic plans to engage changing social, political, cultural, technological, and pedagogical landscapes.

The position requires a Ph.D. with a principal research and teaching focus on aspects of Black life in the Americas, the Caribbean, Africa, or Europe. Scholars in any field of the humanities or social sciences are welcome to apply.  Candidates who have met the standards for the rank of professor with tenure are preferred.  However, full consideration will also be given to applications from advanced tenured associate professors.  The teaching requirement during the three-year term as Department Chair will be one course per semester.  At the end of the chair term, two courses per semester will be required.

Applications must include a current curriculum vitae; letter of interest; sample publication; diversity, equity, and inclusion statement; and three confidential recommendation letters. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

To apply, please visit: 

Syracuse University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse faculty. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.