Open Rank - Science, Technology, Society and the Environment in Sub-Saharan Africa

Charlottesville, VA
Apr 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Open Rank - Science, Technology, Society and the Environment in Sub-Saharan Africa

Position Type: Teaching and Research Faculty

Department: Institute for Afro-American and African Studies

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 10-07-2016

Posting Summary:
The University of Virginia Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies invites applicants for an open-rank faculty (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor) position in science, technology, society, and the environment in sub-Saharan Africa. We are especially interested in applicants whose work focuses on the historical, cultural, sociopolitical, and environmental contexts out of which technological innovations and questions regarding environmental change in Africa emerge. We welcome applications from a range of fields, including but not limited to anthropology, sociology, geography, history, political science, African Studies, and Science and Technology Studies. Examples of desirable research foci include: the indigenization of technology as it relates to social, political economic, and cultural responses to environmental change; the role of environmental development NGOs; the intersections between indigenous knowledges and technologies and perceptions about global climate change, and such issues as ecological migration. We seek candidates who show exceptional accomplishment as scholars, teachers and mentors and who can offer broad courses that integrate interdisciplinary perspectives. Preference will be given to candidates who hold the rank of Associate or Full Professor, but we will also consider candidates at the advanced Assistant Professor level who have a proven record of scholarly engagement and publication. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and to service.

Review of applications will begin November 5, 2016. Priority will be given to applications received by November 26, 2016. However, the search will remain open until filled. The anticipated appointment start date is July 25, 2017. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in a relevant field at the time of application.

To apply, candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (, search on posting number 0619715 and electronically attach the following: a cover letter of interest describing research agenda and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, a sample article or chapter-length scholarly work (Attach to Writing Sample 1) and contact information for three references.

Questions regarding the application process in JOBS@UVa should be directed to:
Shelley Thomas, Office and Fiscal Administrator, Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies, at

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The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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