Armstead Robinson Endowed Professorship in 19th century African American History

The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia invites applications for the Armstead Robinson Professor of 19th century African American History, to start in Fall 2023. This Endowed Professorship is named after Armstead Robinson, the esteemed late historian of 19th century African American and Civil War history, and the founding director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. We invite applications from tenured scholars of 19th century African American history with a distinguished research record that utilize a variety of methodological and thematic approaches and demonstrates broad interdisciplinary grounding in Black Studies.  We are especially interested in those scholars who can situate their work in dynamic transatlantic and diasporic circuits of movement and influence, related to Africa and the broader African Diaspora and specialize in histories of Afro-Indigeneity, racial capitalism, gender & sexuality, and black queer studies.


Ideal applicants would be either a Full Professor or an advanced Associate in rank by the time of appointment; applicants will be assessed in terms of their demonstrated record and potential for excellence in research, teaching, and service.  Screening of applications will begin on December 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.


The successful candidate will be expected to teach two courses a semester at the undergraduate and graduate levels, maintain an active research program, and contribute to and develop initiatives in areas of research that complement and expand departmental strengths in African and African Diasporic studies. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a record of institutional/administrative leadership, mentorship, and professional collegiality.  They will be able to take advantage of collaborative relationships with students and faculty in other departments, units, and research initiatives, such as the graduate certificates and fellowships in American Studies, Digital Humanities, Environmental Humanities and Environmental Justice, Gender/Sexuality Studies, Indigenous Studies, and Race and Inequality in Higher Education, as well as the various humanities labs and working groups housed in the Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures.


The inaugural holder of the Armstead Robinson Chair will join the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American & African Studies, which houses the Department of African American & African Studies, featuring a vibrant, interdisciplinary roster of outstanding faculty and our internationally renowned fellowship program that includes fourteen postdoctoral and predoctoral fellows, all working in Black Studies in national and global contexts, with intersecting fields of interest across disciplinary domains. 


Screening of applications will begin on December 9, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.


To Apply:

Please apply through Workday, and search for R0041868.  Complete an application online with the following documents:

  • Cover letter (2 pages) addressing areas of research, teaching experience, and potential projects or collaborations at the University of Virginia
  • CV addressing research, teaching, and service record
  • Inclusive excellence statement (1 page) that addresses the applicant’s demonstrated experience working on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion and/or working with diverse populations and/or cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in your work.
  • The names and contact information for three references


Candidates will be asked to submit additional supporting materials, such as a writing sample, if selected to participate further in the recruitment process.


Upload all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission.  Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive consideration. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'. 


Questions about this position should be directed to Robert Trent Vinson at  Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Melanie Sponaugle, Academic Recruiter, and


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Education: Ph.D. or terminal degree.
Experience: Three years
Licensure: None


This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

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