Endowed Chair, African Diaspora Studies ⎻ Grinnell College

Grinnell College and Summit Search Solutions are partnering to conduct a national search for the Inaugural Endowed Chair of African Diaspora Studies. Recently approved by the Board of Trustees, with strong support from students and faculty, the African Diaspora Studies department will offer a rich, interdisciplinary curriculum aligned with Grinnell’s commitment to social justice and human liberation. Coursework will highlight both historical and contemporary Black intellectual and cultural activity from Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean.


Fortified by years of thoughtful advocacy, preparation, and identification of resources, the Inaugural Endowed Chair will be poised for transformative action through the launch phase and beyond. This pivotal leader will have the unique opportunity to:

  • Collaborate with campus and community partners to articulate and execute the vision for the department.

  • Lead the foundational design and launch of a cutting-edge curriculum.

  • Drive strategic program development that impacts the institution and the community for decades to come.

  • Cultivate a culture of robust support for faculty and students.


Grinnell College is a private, coed, residential liberal arts and sciences college recognized for its rigorous, innovative curriculum and strong tradition of social responsibility. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls approximately 1,700 students, generally from all states and over 50 countries, in 28 major fields and 19 concentrations, and is known for its exceptional faculty, skilled staff, and consistently strong and diverse student body. Grinnell is also a national leader in college access, dedicating $74.5 million in financial aid and being one of fewer than ten institutions of higher education in the country that are simultaneously need-blind, test-optional, and no-loan, making it possible to graduate debt-free.


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