JOB: Director, African & African American Studies, University of Rochester

Posted on Nov 19, 2018

Director, Frederick Douglass Institute for African & African American Studies, University of Rochester, NY, USA The University of Rochester’s School of Arts & Sciences invites faculty applications for the new Director of the Frederick Douglass Institute for African & African American Studies (FDI).( We are looking for a dynamic leader who will guide intellectual pursuits and exchange in this field and, with the full support of the College’s administration, enhance the role and status of FDI, leading it to national prominence in research and teaching. FDI brings together faculty and students from across academic disciplines to engage collaboratively on topics of shared interest in the study of the African diaspora; it is an interdepartmental program offering an undergraduate major and minor, a graduate certificate, and pre- and post-doctoral fellowships. FDI also contributes greatly to academic programming on campus through lectures, conferences, and a film series. The new Director will oversee these activities and will be invited to envision and pursue new possibilities for FDI. The successful candidate will be a tenured Associate or full Professor with a distinguished research profile in this field and excellent administrative and organizational skills; they will be expected to advocate for FDI, and champion African & African American Studies in general, before the College administration and the university community. The Director will work with School of Arts & Sciences administration and the Office of Advancement to develop additional resources. The Director will report to the Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences in consultation with an executive committee of faculty associates; they will also hold a faculty appointment in an associated humanities or social science department in the School of Arts & Sciences. Candidates should submit the following application materials: Letter of application Curriculum vitae A two-to-three-page statement about the role of African & African American Studies in academia in general and in the on-campus life of a university. Names and contact information for three references; these individuals will not be contacted without permission. Please submit all materials online at Review of applications will begin December 10, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. For further information, contact the search committee at The University of Rochester, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education. EOE / Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans /...

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JOB: Open-Rank Position in Gender and Sexuality, African Cultural Studies, UW-Madison

Posted on Oct 12, 2018

The Department of African Cultural Studies (ACS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for an open-rank position in gender and sexuality, with a preference for research in southern Africa and/or in Francophone west/central Africa. The ideal candidate will have substantial fieldwork experience, superior knowledge of an African language, and a demonstrable commitment to Africanist scholarship. We welcome candidates who would actively engage in the intellectual life of our department, enhance our commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, and pursue significant ongoing research and publication. The successful candidate will offer courses in African gender studies, theory, and fieldwork, as well as introductory African Cultural Studies courses related to the candidate's cognate discipline(s). The Department of African Cultural Studies is committed to increasing and fostering diversity in the campus community. Candidates who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experience in these areas. The University of Wisconsin is committed to building a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For more information and to apply, follow this link:...

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PhD Program: Trading Texts – publication beyond print in Anglophone Africa

Posted on Sep 27, 2018

Oxford University is offering a fully-funded PhD program on the subject of publication beyond print in Anglophone Africa. According to the program's statement: Trading Texts is a comparative doctoral project that will explore two or three ‘beyond print’ publishing environments in sub-Saharan Anglophone Africa post-2000: in particular, Kenya, South Africa, and/or Nigeria. For more information, please follow this...

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JOB: World/Global Lit., San Jose State University

Posted on Sep 19, 2018

San José State University San José, California ANNOUNCEMENT OF POSITION AVAILABILITY Subject to Budgetary Approval Specialization: World or Global Literature Job Opening ID (JOID): 24724 Rank: Assistant Professor Qualifications: Demonstrated potential for teaching excellence in World or Global Literature and an emerging record of peer-reviewed scholarship are required, along with a Ph.D. in English or related field of study by start of appointment, August, 2019. Preferred attributes include training in postcolonial or other theoretical approaches, film, digital humanities/pedagogies, and/or project-based learning. Applicants should demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience. Candidates with teaching experience engaging diverse students with a range of preparations for college with the written word are especially of interest. Responsibilities: Successful applicants would teach undergraduate and graduate courses, including, but not be limited to, courses in one or more of the literatures of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and/or Oceania, major courses focused on literary analysis, and General Education courses. Participation in service at department, college, and university levels, including grading of graduate exams and service on masters-level thesis committees is required. Candidate must address the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language, and academic preparation – through course materials, teaching strategies, and advisement. Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Starting Date: August 2019 Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Application Procedure: For full consideration, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/philosophy, research plans, and at least three original letters of reference with contact information by November 5th at 5 PM to . Questions may be directed to Professor Noelle Brada-Williams via Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence. This position is an excellent opportunity for scholars interested in a career at an institution that is a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU has achieved both HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) and AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution) designation; 40% of our student population are first-generation and 38% are Pell-qualified. As a result, we rank #4 nationally in increasing student upward mobility. San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. The campus is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000), hub of the world-famous Silicon Valley high technology research and development center. Many of California’s most popular national, recreational, and cultural attractions are conveniently close. A member of the 23-campus CSU system, San José State University enrolls approximately 30,000 students, a significant percentage of whom...

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JOB: Francophone Studies, Florida State University

Posted on Sep 12, 2018

The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in French starting August 2019. We seek a dynamic and promising scholar who will invigorate our existing program strengths in innovative ways and who will further the mission of the Winthrop-King Institute by pursuing high-quality interdisciplinary and collaborative research in the field of Francophone studies (preferred specialization North-African/Sub-Saharan African or other area of Francophone studies not presently covered by the program faculty, with a possible secondary specialization in modern and contemporary French studies). Doctoral degree from an accredited institution or the highest degree appropriate in the field of specialization with a demonstrated record of achievement in teaching, academic research, and service. Native or near native proficiency in French and English are required. The Florida State University takes online applications at (Job ID#44149). To apply, submit complete dossier including a letter, a CV, a chapter of the dissertation or a publication, and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Aimée Boutin, Chair of the Search Committee using the link above. All documents, except recommendation letters, should be uploaded as a single PDF. The three required recommendation letters should be requested through our system at Please direct any questions to: Review of applications will begin October 22, 2018. FSU is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:...

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JOB: Assistant Professor specializing in African-American Literature, Lake Forest College

Posted on Aug 31, 2018

Assistant Professor specializing in African American Literature Search 2018 The Department of English at Lake Forest College seeks to fill a tenure-track position for an Assistant Professor specializing in African-American literature. This position carries a 3-3 load of undergraduate courses, to include 19 th- and 20 th /21 st- c. African-American literature survey courses, other specialized courses in African-American literature, College Writing, Introduction to Literary Studies, and possibly a first-year studies seminar. The successful candidate will have a PhD in English with a specialization in African-American literature and will be able to provide evidence of teaching effectiveness. Applicants must submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, three reference letters, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a twenty-page sample of their scholarship by November 15th, 2018. Reference letters must be submitted by the referring parties and not come directly from the candidate. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the upcoming MLA Conference. All material should be submitted electronically to Dr. Carla Arnell at ENGLISHSEARCH@LAKEFOREST.EDU. A highly selective liberal arts college located on Chicago’s North Shore, Lake Forest College enrolls approximately 1,600 students from more than 40 states and from more than 70 countries. At Lake Forest College, the quality of a faculty member’s teaching is the most important criterion for evaluation. The College also expects peer-reviewed publications and active participation in the College community. Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with...

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