Assistant or Associate Professor in African American and Africana Studies

Job description

The program in African American and Africana Studies (AAAS) at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY invites applications for tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. We are inaugurating an interdisciplinary major with a significant new investment by the College of Arts and Sciences, and support from other colleges and programs in the University, and we are recruiting several faculty for this growing program. We are searching broadly for scholars whose research and teaching will complement our faculty, add breadth and richness to our new major, while also contributing to their home department. We also seek specialists whose research (or creative activity) is focused on Africa, African Americans, and/or the African Diaspora, in disciplines that include the arts (including visual arts, performing arts, dance, theater, and music), the humanities (including history and particularly west African history), art history, musicology, performance studies, language and literature, film studies, digital studies, philosophy, and religious studies), the social sciences (including anthropology, sociology, psychology, and geography) and fields of business (including global finance, economics of inequality, management, and marketing). The appointment would be in the home department and home college of the successful candidate, and teaching and service would be allocated between AAAS and that home department. Candidates who have successfully developed curricula for new programs, and who have worked within interdisciplinary contexts, are especially urged to apply.

A Ph.D. or equivalent must have been awarded at the time of appointment. To apply, please submit:

• A letter of application
• A current CV
• A teaching statement (upload under Specific Request 1)
• Either an article-length writing sample or a documentation of a sample of work from your portfolio (depending upon your discipline). Please upload under Writing Sample.
• A one to two page reflection on commitment, approaches, and insights related to inclusion, diversity, and equity (please upload under Specific Request 2). As a program and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, research, and working environment for all.
• Contact information for at least three references when prompted in the application. This information will be used to solicit reference letters from your contacts within the employment system.

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2019, and continues until the positions are filled.

This position is one of two being hired for African American and Africana Studies . It is recommended that, if submitting an application for this position, that candidates also submit their application materials for the second position found here
Candidates may direct questions to Search Committee Chair Dr. Anastasia Curwood at [email protected]

Job Title
Assistant or Associate Professor in African American and Africana Studies

Requisition Number

Working Title

Department Name
8E006:African American Studies & Res

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education

PhD or terminal degree must have been awarded at time of appointment

Required Related Experience

Demonstrated research focused on Africa, African Americans, and/or the African Diaspora, in disciplines that include the arts, the humanities, the social sciences and some fields of business.

Required License/ Registration/Certification


Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Open Untill Filled

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's Online Employment System?
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • Academic Keys
    • Latinos in Higher Education
    • A colleague, friend, and/or family member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Specific Request 1
  4. Specific Request 2
  5. Writing Sample
Optional Documents





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    Job No:
    Posted: 11/27/2018
    Application Due: 1/26/2019
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