Associate or Full Professor / Department Chair, Department of Africana Studies

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Associate or Full Professor / Department Chair, Department of Africana Studies

Job Description Summary, Duties and Responsibilities, Required Qualifications and Preferred Qualifications:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: This is an open until filled search. First consideration will be given to applications received by
February 15, 2021. Second consideration may be given to applications received by March 1, 2021. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (March 1, 2021) may not be given full consideration.

This is a full-time, tenure-track, academic year appointment to commence in Fall 2021, with the tenure home in the Department of Africana Studies

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Rhode Island seeks an associate or full professor to chair the newly created Department of Africana Studies. Its predecessor, the Africana Studies program, established in the mid-1990s, has a long history of advocacy for peoples of the African diaspora. The department is home to an interdisciplinary undergraduate major and minor devoted to the study of the histories, politics, and cultures of peoples of the African diaspora. The department includes faculty with tenure homes in History, English, Political Science, Music, Art, and Art History who maintain affiliations with Africana Studies.

URI is Rhode Island’s flagship public university, serving undergraduate and graduate populations from the state, New England, the greater northeast, and beyond. Rhode Island is home to vibrant communities of the African diaspora, with significant populations of people from Cabo Verde, Liberia, and the Caribbean. New research increasingly reveals the deep and rich history of the African diaspora in Rhode Island, as a site of critical freedom struggles borne of the state’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade and subsequent nineteenth and twentieth century civil rights movements.

We are especially interested in social science scholars trained in Africana Studies, with vision for the new department’s academic profile and whose work bridges various disciplines, geographies, and cultures. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to establish innovative curricula, to develop future scholars, and to participate in an energetic community. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated potential for excellence in leadership, a distinguished scholarly record, and a deep investment in community engagement and interdisciplinary collaboration.

This is a tenure-track academic appointment to commence in Fall 2021, with the tenure home in the Department of Africana Studies. For consideration at the rank of full professor with tenure, candidates for this position must meet the requirements at URI. If hired at the associate professor level, URI requires that the individual be employed by university for at least two years before being eligible for tenure. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please see Articles 15 through 20 of AAUP collective bargaining agreement for information on promotion and tenure processes at the University of Rhode Island. LINK TO CONTRACT:


1.Ph.D. in Africana Studies, African American Studies, Black Studies or a related discipline in the URI College of Arts and Sciences.

2.Multiple refereed publications in academic journals and presses.

3.Demonstrated potential or experience in a leadership role at the institutional level.

4.Experience as an associate or full professor. Exceptional candidates at the advanced assistant professor level will be considered.

5.Active academic record that meets URI research and teaching standards for tenure and rank of associate or full professor.

6.Demonstrated commitment to working with students from diverse backgrounds and BIPOC populations.

7.Demonstrated potential for community engagement.


1.Success as chair, program director, or other academic leadership position.

2.Successful engagement with the broader academic and non-academic community.



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Academic Year, Full-time, Tenure-track, Permanent


African& Afro-American Studies

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach the following five (5) documents to your online Faculty Employment Application:

1)Letter of application that describes your qualifications and interest in this position, with an emphasis on leadership.

2)Curriculum Vitae that includes the names/contact information for three references.

3)A document with Two course syllabi and teaching evaluations for recent courses.

4)Statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

5)Chapter or article-length sample, of no more than 30 pages, of your scholarly work.

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Posted: 12/31/2020
Application Due: 4/15/2021
Work Type: Full Time