Saint Louis University — Tenure Track Assistant Professor, African American Studies

Search for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in African American Studies
Department of African American Studies, Saint Louis University

The Department of African American Studies at Saint Louis University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the discipline of African American Studies to begin Fall 2023.

We welcome a range of interdisciplinary areas of scholarship and expertise, and are especially interested in applicants whose research and teaching explores Black political economy and/or Black ecologies/geographies in the U.S. and throughout the African Diaspora.

The tenure home of this position is the Department of African American Studies, which was established in Fall 2021, having long offered the B.A., and an undergraduate minor as an academic program. The department’s core faculty specialize in histories of African enslavement and social movements, art history of Africa and the Diaspora, critical histories of Black education, critical prison studies, engaged scholarship, and community-based research. We are deeply dedicated to social justice and welcome applicants who share that commitment. Scholars whose work employs or is informed by We welcome applicants whose work employs or is informed by critical and intersectional approaches are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will demonstrate their potential as a scholar with a robust research agenda, an engaging pedagogical approach, and potential for excellence in student mentoring.

Preferred applicants will have completed a Ph.D. in African American Studies at the time of employment. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to contribute to departmental, college, and university priorities. The teaching expectation is two courses per semester, along with student mentoring, and college or university-wide service. We seek balance between research, teaching, and service and are interested in candidates with a demonstrated commitment to each of these areas.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants for this position must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) or be enrolled in a Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) granting program at the time of application with completion of the Ph.D. required by the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • Evidence of strong research productivity and excellence in teaching
  • Evidence of an ability to effectively communicate their work to a broader public
  • Experience and interest in teaching and mentoring African American students
  • Experience in supervising and collaborating with students on research projects centered in African American studies

To apply, please visit SLU’s Workday portal at

Please submit (1) a letter of application, (2) C.V., (3) a writing sample of no more than 30 pages, and (4) a teaching philosophy statement.

Applicants should prepare a list of references with contact information that may be contacted during the search process. Additionally, all applicants to SLU are asked to complete a statement that explains the applicant’s understanding of Jesuit identity and values. As applicants advance in the search, additional materials may be requested.

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on December 9th, 2022. Position open until filled.

For questions, email the Search Committee and Department Chair, Christopher Tinson, Ph.D.,