Associate Professor/Professor - Africana Studies

Cortland, NY
Nov 20, 2020
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Associate Professor/Professor - Africana Studies


Academic Affairs, Division of


Africana Studies

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FT Faculty

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Position Summary:

SUNY Cortland is an engaged learning community that is committed to promoting a diversity of thought and experience. We believe that an equitable, inclusive and diverse campus and curriculum are critical to our educational mission. Tenure track faculty contribute to the College’s values of inclusive excellence through outstanding teaching, research and/or scholarship, service to the department and college, and by providing academic advisement and mentoring to/for all students. Faculty are expected to maintain a routine presence on campus to support our Campus Values of Focusing on the Students, Integrity, and Intellectual Life and serve our Campus Priorities of Academic Excellence, Transformational Education, Well-being, and the Maximization of Resources.

Major Responsibilities:

•Teach 18 credits per year (9 credits per semester).
•Teach introductory and advanced courses depending on departmental need to majors and non-major undergraduate students and evaluate student performance.
•Develop, teach and maintain cross-listed courses with other departments in the areas Black/Africana intellectual traditions.
•Develop and maintain an active scholarship or research agenda that leads to publications and presentations; seek external funding to support research agenda.
•Provide service to the department, school, and university.
•Provide scheduled office hours and support students outside of the classroom in at least one of the following ways: act as academic advisor, serve as advisor to student organizations, and supervise teaching assistants, research assistants, or students in other internship experiences.

Job Requirements
•Cultural competence and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as part of anticipated career trajectory.
•Commitment and desire to contribute to a culture of inclusivity and diversity through teaching, scholarship and service.
•Ability to provide leadership in teaching, research and/or service toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment; ability to effectively communicate the intellectual foundations of Africana Studies to undergraduate students.
•Desire to work with students from diverse backgrounds; ability to teach and assess learning in culturally diverse settings; commitment to improving access to higher education for all students regardless of background, and; commitment to educating students to become global citizens.
•Ability to demonstrate diversity of thought and experience in both personal and scholarly pursuits.
•Skills and abilities for effective course and curricular design.
•Effective interpersonal and organizational skills.
•Strong teaching and mentoring skills; sound understanding of and passion for Africana Studies, African, African American/Black Studies, Africology, Afro Diasporic and/or Critical Race Studies.
•A growth mindset and excellent networking skills; ability to collaborate with colleagues across departments, work in teams, and lead through influence.
•Commitment to support the SUNY Cortland mission, vision, values and priorities and amplify current activities in the Africana Studies Department.

Functional and Supervisory Relationships:

•Reports to the academic department chair
•Member of a dynamic cohort of academics who work collectively to support an inclusive community and campus climate, and; enhance the cultural, academic and professional experience of groups traditionally under-represented in higher education.

Required Qualifications:

•Ph.D. in Africana Studies (a joint degree, and/or closely related relevant discipline with a specific focus on Africana Studies, African, African American/Black Studies, Africology, Afro Diasporic, or Critical Race Studies may be considered).
•Evidence of ability to effectively communicate the intellectual foundations of Africana Studies to undergraduate students.
•Evidence of a commitment to undergraduate mentoring and teaching excellence.
•Demonstrated record of scholarship/research in African, African American/Black Studies, Africology, Afro Diasporic, or Critical Race Studies, commensurate with appointment at the rank of associate professor or professor.
•Evidence of effective interpersonal skills including collaboration and communication skills.
•A record of relevant successful professional and/or community service
•Evidence of ability to meet criteria as a faculty member at the rank of either associate professor or professor at the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications:

•A record of successful mentoring and evidence of demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching:
o Mentoring students in courses and through academic advising.
o Integration of research into the classroom in meaningful ways.
o Stimulation of enthusiasm for scholarship and learning.
o Inspiration of success and inclusion of a diverse student population.
•Evidence of effective teaching or instructional coordination of introductory level course such as Introduction to African American Studies, Africana Studies, or similar relevant, related course.
•Demonstrated ability and desire to advise and support multicultural student organizations.
•Demonstrated ability and desire to mentor undergraduate research assistants.
•Evidence of ability to contribute in one or more other interdisciplinary areas (e.g. Latinx studies, global and international studies, feminist theory, queer theory and/or transgender studies, etc.)

EEO Statement:

The State University of New York College at Cortland is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act (AA/EEO/ADA) employer. The College actively seeks applications from women, veterans, individuals with a disability, members of underrepresented groups or anyone that would enrich the diversity of the College.

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Required Application Materials:
1) CV
2) Cover Letter
3) List of Professional References
4) Statement of Teaching Philosophy
5) “Other”: a brief diversity statement describing how you have contributed to diversity, equity and inclusion and how you will advance the diversity and inclusion at SUNY Cortland.

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