JOB: TT Professor, African Cultures and Literatures, Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota

Posted on Oct 30, 2017

The Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, College of Liberal Arts, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position beginning fall semester 2018 (08/27/2018). Appointment will be 100%-time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May). Appointment will be at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, consistent with collegiate and University policy. Candidates will be evaluated according to a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, b) relevance of their scholarly research to the department's academic priorities and fields of inquiry, c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, as well as d) strength of recommendations. Required Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Comparative Literature or related field is required. Ph.D. must be in hand by the start date (August 27, 2018). Specialization in Comparative Literature or related discipline, with a focus on West African and/or Sub-Saharan African literatures and cultures. Knowledge of the history and theory of Comparative Literature and its relation to the history of colonialism is essential. Preferred Qualifications: Fluency in one or more modern European languages as well as one or more modern non-European languages. Scholars whose teaching and research span across literature and film/media, and/or literature and music/sound are also welcome to apply. Faculty in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature in the College of Liberal Arts are expected to maintain an active program of scholarly research or creative activity that includes publication, exhibition, or performance; develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses; advise students; and contribute service appropriate for the rank of appointment to the department, college, University, and profession. The Standards for Promotion and Tenure in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature are available at: The Workload Principles and Guidelines for Regular Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts are available at: The Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature is a vibrant intellectual community where practices and products of all sorts - musical, urban, literary, cinematic, traditional, global, popular, electronic, and more - are studied critically in relation to their social, historical, and political contexts. Founded in 1992, the department is a site of diverse theoretical, critical, and historical inquiries. Our research extends from global literatures, film, and sound, to the formation of suburbs, the theory of cultural criticism, and practices of the cultural avant-garde both inside and outside the West. The department is organized around two dynamic undergraduate majors and two rigorous, progressive doctoral programs. In one major (CSCL), undergraduates pursue either of two tracks: cultural studies (emphasizing discourse and media) or comparative literature (emphasizing literature and language). The other major, Studies in Cinema and Media Culture (SCMC), addresses cinema as a social institution that is part of a global culture...

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JOB: Dean, College of Arts and Letters – James Madison University

Posted on Oct 19, 2017

James Madison University (JMU) invites applications and nominations for Dean of the College of Arts and Letters (CAL) who champions the vital role of the liberal arts and social sciences, by advocating for the essential contributions of the CAL disciplines in promoting knowledge and skills that can be applied in response to the social, political, ethical and environmental challenges facing our region, our nation and our world. Reporting to the Provost, and serving on the senior academic leadership team, the Dean provides academic, intellectual, administrative and budgetary leadership for the College. In collaboration with academic unit heads, the Dean encourages a highly stimulating and creative learning environment for faculty and students, while supporting academic unit autonomy. The Dean champions recruitment, development, inclusion and retention of diverse and highly qualified faculty, students and staff. Working collaboratively with academic units, the Dean develops and leads strategic priorities for the College and its programs. The Dean raises the visibility of the College by representing all its disciplines to internal and external constituents and by advocating for faculty and student interests through advancement and development endeavors. The Dean advances academic unit efforts by supporting faculty research and creative endeavors, various teaching methods, curricular innovations, and other scholarly activities. As a transformative leader, the Dean facilitates innovation, communication and coordination of the College’s initiatives in fulfilling JMU’s vision to be the national model of the engaged university. The College offers high-quality programs of specialized study in the social sciences, humanities and communication including several pre-professional and cross-disciplinary areas. CAL has 260 full-time faculty, 46 staff, 3,200 undergraduate majors and 125 graduate students. In line with the university’s commitment to engaged learning and ethical reasoning practices, the College’s array of challenging courses promotes lifelong learning by sharpening analytical abilities, improving communications skills, cultivating facility with written expression, enhancing cultural awareness, intensifying moral and aesthetic sensitivity, and enriching understanding of the way historical contexts inform the production of knowledge. College academic units include Departments of English; Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures; History; Justice Studies; Philosophy and Religion; Political Science; Sociology and Anthropology; and Schools of Communication Studies; Media Arts and Design; and Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. All academic units actively participate in the university’s General Education program. The College is committed to global engagement including a variety of faculty-led short-term and semester-long study abroad experiences for students. The faculty excels in teaching and values intellectual inquiry, scholarly and peer-reviewed research and creative endeavors. Faculty are committed to providing high impact learning experiences for students framed within a strong liberal arts tradition, creating environments for a rich exchange between faculty and students. JMU seeks a dynamic and collaborative leader who possesses the following required qualifications: Earned...

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JOB: Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Posted on Oct 12, 2017

Visiting Assistant Professor - Temporary (Two-Years, Full-Time) Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Department of Africana Studies The Africana Studies Program invites applications for a two-year full-time visiting faculty position in Africana Studies beginning July 1, 2018; Ph.D. preferred, advanced ABD considered. The ability to teach Foundations of Africana Studies is required. The primary field within Africana Studies is open, but a graduate degree in Africana/Black Studies is desirable. Successful candidates will also be expected to teach advanced courses on one's field of expertise, a course on Africana Studies methodology, as well as a senior capstone course within African/Africana Studies. The successful candidate's work will be informed by theoretical and historical perspectives on race, reflecting the experiences of Africa, African Americans, and the African Diaspora. The Program values intellectual diversity and supports a wide range of critical and theoretical approaches that help bring people together across disciplines as they address questions of race in its historic and structural forms.   APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Applications received by October 27, 2017 will be given first consideration, but we will continue to review applications until the position is filled. Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample, unofficial graduate transcripts, statements of teaching and research philosophy, and arrange to have three letters of reference sent. Applicants should submit all materials through Interfolio: For further questions, contact Kevin Dunn, Co-Chair of Africana Studies, at   EOE Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to providing a non-discriminatory and harassment-free educational, living and working environment for all members of the HWS community, including students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and visitors. HWS prohibits discrimination and harassment in their programs and activities on the basis of age, color, disability, domestic violence victim status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected under the law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual misconduct including stalking and intimate partner violence, and gender-based harassment that does not involve conduct of a sexual nature. Founded as Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women, Hobart and William Smith Colleges today are a highly selective residential liberal arts institution with a single administration, faculty and curriculum but separate dean's offices, student governments, athletic programs and traditions. The Colleges are located in a small diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. With an enrollment of approximately 2,300, the Colleges offer 62 different majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program. Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service...

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GRAD STUDENT POSITIONS: African Cultural Studies at UW-Madison

Posted on Oct 9, 2017

The Department of African Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks excellent applicants for our graduate programs. We are especially interested in minority students with a strong background in African and diaspora studies who are interested in learning interdisciplinary research methods with our diverse and engaging faculty. Teaching assistantships and other funding opportunities are...

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JOB: Instructor of Francophone African Literature & Culture at the University of Chicago

Posted on Sep 6, 2017

Instructor of Francophone African Literature & Culture Romance Languages and Literature University of Chicago The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago seeks a specialist in Francophone literature and culture of Africa and the African diaspora of the 20th and 21st centuries for an initial two-year appointment expected to begin July 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. Additional expertise in theater and performance, film, Atlantic and/or Caribbean studies, gender studies, and/or post-colonial studies is welcome. The ability to work in languages besides French is highly desirable, as we expect the successful candidate to collaborate with faculty within and beyond our department. A goal of the search is to increase the diversity of the faculty in Romance Languages & Literatures and across the Humanities Division, and we therefore welcome applicants from groups historically underrepresented in academia, such as black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native. Successful candidates will be appointed as Provost Fellows with an initial two-year faculty appointment at the rank of Instructor. This initial period is intended to serve in lieu of a postdoctoral appointment. Provost Fellows will teach one class/year, receive research support, and will participate in programming designed to help support them in their transition to Assistant Professor. Provost Fellows will ordinarily be promoted to Assistant Professor at the end of their two-year term. Candidates are required to have the PhD in hand, and no more than two years of postdoctoral experience, by the start of the appointment. Applications must be submitted through the University of Chicago's Academic Career Opportunities website,, by October 15, 2017. Applications must include: 1) a cover letter that addresses current research, future plans for research, teaching experience and philosophy, and planned contributions to intellectual life at the University; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement that describes the applicant's prior and potential contributions to diversity in the context of academic research, teaching, and service; 4) one sample of scholarly writing (a published article or unpublished paper or chapter); and 5) three letters of reference. Position is contingent upon budgetary approval. The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination at Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-0287 or email with their...

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JOB: Assistant Professor of French, Lake Forest College

Posted on Jul 31, 2017

Lake Forest College – Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Assistant Professor of French Beginning Fall 2018 Lake Forest College, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in French Language and Literature to begin August 2018. PhD in French (in hand or near completion) required. Candidates should possess outstanding skills in and enthusiasm for teaching all levels of French language, French/Francophone literatures and cultures. Preference given to candidates with expertise in a secondary area such as Arabic, Linguistics, Portuguese, or Spanish. The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, French section, focuses on training students to become global citizens through engagement with the diverse literary, cultural and cinematic achievements of the Francophone world. We enable students to interpret historical and current socio-political French-speaking contexts. Our courses often connect with other disciplines such as Business, Cinema Studies, Education, History, Islamic World Studies, International Relations, Linguistics, Music, Print and Digital Publishing, Social Justice, Women’s and Gender Studies. Specific responsibilities include teaching six courses annually at all levels of French language, French/Francophone literatures and cultures; this six course load may include 1-2 courses (or additional independent study direction) in a secondary area of expertise, as needed. Faculty in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures participate in organizing departmental events, collaborate with Off-Campus Programs on study abroad and advise various student organizations such as French Club and Collage magazine. College-wide service is expected after the first year. Experience with college-level language teaching and integration of classroom technology are essential. 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 disabilities. Please send letter of application (including a description of primary and secondary areas of specialization for teaching), CV, transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, three letters of reference (sent directly from referee or link to dossier service) as well as publications or dissertation chapter in French (and/or English where applicable) to the Search Committee. To be ensured full consideration, all materials should be submitted electronically to no later than November 10,...

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