Associate or Full Professor

Columbia, MO
Apr 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Description

The Departments of History and Black Studies at the University of Missouri invite applications for an endowed Professorship in African American History and Culture, to be jointly appointed. We prefer to hire at the rank of Full Professor, but will also consider applications from highly qualified Associates. In 1969, Arvarh E. Strickland became the first tenured African American faculty member at the University of Missouri when he joined the History Department. He later served as Department Chair, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs for the University of Missouri System, and Special Assistant to the University Chancellor. He was also instrumental in the development of the Black Studies Program at MU, twice serving as Program Director. He was a popular teacher who worked to encourage the recruitment of more black faculty, staff, administrators, and students. After his retirement in 1996, his students, colleagues, friends, and family raised money to endow a Professorship in African American History and Black Studies that would honor his legacy. The first Strickland Professor was appointed in 1999.

The successful candidate for this endowed professorship shall have a track record of distinguished scholarship and committed teaching in the area of African American History (which can include African Diaspora) and Black Studies; a commitment to lecturing nationally and internationally to academic and lay audiences on the problems of race and society; and be prepared to play a leadership role in program development and in providing a presence that will continue to influence MU’s success rate in the recruitment of black faculty and students. He or she will be expected to teach four courses per year (two in each department), consisting of undergraduate courses and graduate seminars.

Application Materials

To apply, please use our online application. Merge your CV with a letter of application outlining your experience and interests in the areas of research, teaching, outreach, and program building and upload that in the Cover letter and Resume/CV section of the online application system. Please also provide contact information for three professional references (this may also be uploaded in the Attachments section of the application system.

Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Catherine Rymph, Search Committee Chair and Associate Professor of History at

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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