Howard University — Ronald W. Walters Endowed Chair for Race and Black Politics

Applications Due December 31, 2021 

This is a nationally competitive Endowed Chair to honor the enduring memory of Dr. Ronald W. Walters who was a giant among scholars at Howard University, nationally and internationally. This endowed chair is designed to reflect his unique history as an activist, a political strategist, and a trailblazing academic professor.

The Ronald W. Walters chair will be housed in the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center at Howard University. It is intended to spur interdisciplinary collaborations across the university on critical issues of race and Black politics, especially those issues that affect Americans of the African diaspora. The Ronald W. Walters Chair will be awarded to a nationally recognized scholar, leader, or activist with a proven record of achievement as a scholar, teacher, and public advocate. 

For external candidates, this is a non-tenured visiting professor position. Howard University tenured professors are also encouraged to apply. The position is initially for a one-year period beginning August 2022. The position can be renewed for an additional year. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • An earned doctorate in Political Science, History, African American Studies, African Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, or other related fields 
  • A record of excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service commensurate with rank of tenured professor 
  • High visibility/recognition in the areas of race and Black politics 
  • Demonstrated commitment to the issues impacting Americans of the African Diaspora 
  • Demonstrated leadership in building partnerships across academic disciplines 
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to mentorship 
  • Experience in fundraising, writing, and administering external grants

Chair Activities (examples) 

  • Conduct cutting-edge research and contribute pragmatic solutions to key challenges for American democracy. 
  • Provide exemplary instruction to students with a focus on race and Black politics
  • Mentor and inspire students to participate actively in politics and public service through local, state, national, and international internships. 
  • Cultivate critical-minded citizens who can apply their knowledge and skills to addressing societal and global challenges especially as it relates to impact of racial disparities. 
  • Provide enriching educational experiences that prepare students for productive careers. 
  • Provide scholarly expertise to help promote the public good and inspire civil, respectful, and inclusive dialogue in American politics. 
  • Contribute to college and university initiatives by sharing disciplinary expertise 
  • Provide thought leadership and share insights through scholarly engagement with diverse groups including faculty, students, and external communities

Application Procedures

  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Application letter that addresses the above preferred qualifications 
  • Statement of professional philosophy 
  • Names and contact information for three professional references

For additional confidential inquiries please contact Dr. Sandra Edmonds Crewe (secrewe@howard.edu), chair of search committee.

Please submit applications to Ms. Yolanda Rogers, (provost.search@howard.edu) no later than December 31, 2021. The position will be open until filled.

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Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 140 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. To date, Howard has awarded more than 120,000 degrees in the arts, the sciences, and the humanities, and more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. The historic main campus sits on a hilltop in Northwest Washington blocks from the storied U Street and Howard Theatre. We are two miles from the U.S. Capitol where many students intern, and scores of alumni shape national and foreign policy.

Howard is a leader in STEM fields. The National Science Foundation has ranked Howard as the top producer of African-American undergraduates who later earn science and engineering doctoral degrees. The University also boasts nationally ranked programs in social work, business and communications. To date, we have produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients.

The College of Medicine is internationally regarded for its illustrious legacy of training students to become competent and compassionate physicians who provide health care in medically underserved communities at home and abroad. The College is a national leader in studying health disparities among people of color and is one of America’s top institutions for training women surgeons. The Howard University Health Sciences division includes the Howard University Hospital and the Colleges of Dentistry, Pharmacy, and as well as Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.

For more than 150 years, the Howard University School of Law has served as an advocate for social justice and as an architect of social change. It has produced more than 4,000 social engineers including the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, noted legislators, civil rights attorneys, mayors, and public officials across the United States. It is the No. 1 law school for African Americans ranked by prelaw magazine.

The University’s motto Veritas et Utilitas, Truth and Service, represents a key part of our identity. The more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students dedicate hundreds of hours each year to service in nearby LeDroit Park, around the nation and throughout the world. Over the U.S. Peace Corps’ 50-year history, more than 200 Howard graduates have served as volunteers around the globe, the highest number among historically Black colleges.

The University remains committed to further enhancing its strategic positioning as one of the top research universities in the nation. As we celebrate 154 years, we are uniquely positioned to have the next 150 years as glorious as the past.

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