Visiting Assistant Professor of Black Studies

Amherst, MA
Feb 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of Black Studies at Amherst College invites applications for a full-time, two-year visiting appointment at the rank of assistant professor, beginning in July 2017. Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst's students consists of Pell Grant recipients; 44 percent of our students are domestic students of color. We seek candidates who are capable of demonstrating competence and sensitivity in working in a college in which students are broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion and/or candidates who have a record of teaching a diverse student population.

We are looking for candidates specializing in ethnographic approaches to Black life. In particular, we are interested in ethnographic work on race and the environment, race and urban studies, race and health, and race and public policy. As well, the department is looking for candidates with broad interests in the field of black studies and who are conversant with the Black intellectual tradition. We are open to geographic region and historical period, as well as disciplinary training. The teaching responsibility is two courses each semester. The candidate is expected to participate in teaching our core courses, as well as offer electives in the candidate's specialty and in ethnographic methods.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand or have fulfilled all requirements for the degree by the start of the appointment. A cover letter, curriculum vitae, short writing sample, and three confidential letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically to . In the cover letter, please briefly describe your current research agenda; what would be attractive to you about teaching at a liberal arts college; and what background, experience, or interests are likely to make you a strong teacher of a diverse range of Amherst College students.

Review of applications will begin on 17 March and continue until the position is filled. All applications received by that date are guaranteed full consideration.