Africana Studies: Assistant, Associate, Professor in Africana Studies/History - 000328

University of Richmond
Richmond, VA

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Africana Studies: Assistant, Associate, Professor in Africana Studies/History - 000328

The School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Richmond (UR) invites applicants for a full time open rank position in the newly inaugurated Africana Studies program and the History department. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. by the time of appointment. In the School, tenure is a departmental status, and therefore faculty will be appointed in the History Department. The joint appointment position will begin in the fall of 2022. Candidates should have research and teaching expertise in African American and Black Diasporic History. We are particularly interested in scholars of the United States, but we also welcome applications from specialists on transnational Black experiences from all corners of the globe. Scholars working on a broad-range of geographic, thematic, and topical areas are encouraged to apply.

Established in 2021 and part of the part of the University’s emphasis on Inclusive Excellence, the Africana Studies academic program of study is one of several actions the school is taking to foster inclusivity and broaden the range of epistemologies, methodologies, and perspectives from which students learn. Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary program that critically and systematically examines the cultures, histories, and experiences of people of African descent globally. Utilizing innovative avenues of theoretical and empirical investigation, students explore questions and issues that shape the historical, social, political and cultural constructions and transformations of the African diaspora.

Candidates will be expected to teach interdisciplinary core courses in the Africana Studies program and courses that contribute to the History department’s offerings. This position is part of a cluster hire, and the successful candidate will be among the founding members of the newly formed interdisciplinary Africana Studies program. The candidate should anticipate playing an active role in the program.

The University of Richmond is a private university located just a short drive from downtown Richmond, Virginia. Through its five schools and wide array of campus programming, the University combines the best qualities of a small liberal arts college and a large university. With nearly 4,000 students, an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 90% of traditional undergraduate students living on campus, the University is remarkably student-centered, focused on preparing students “to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society.”

The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of difference in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our academic community strongly encourages applications that are in keeping with this commitment.

Applicants should click "Apply Now" at the top of the page and should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, transcripts, and statements on research and teaching. The teaching statement should articulate the candidate’s philosophy, interest and future development goals as well as involvement in and commitment to inclusive pedagogy. Candidates for this position might be asked, at a later date, to provide the names and contact information for three references who will be asked to submit letters of recommendation. Questions about the application or materials may be directed to Professor Pippa Holloway at [email protected] in the History Department or Ernest McGowen ([email protected]) in the Africana Studies Program. Review of applications will commence October 15 and continue until the position is filled.


Working at University of Richmond

Founded in 1830, the University of Richmond is one of America's premier private universities. The University blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked liberal arts university, Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciencesbusinessleadership studieslaw, and continuing studies. The 350-acre suburban campus, including a 10-acre lake, is consistently cited by The Princeton Review as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.

With approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, Richmond offers 55 majors, 42 minors, and 12 concentrations at the bachelor's level. Graduate students can choose from six master's degrees programs, an MBA program, a juris doctorate, and six dual-degree programs in law. Continuing studies options include programs at the associate, bachelor, and master levels, in addition to numerous non-credit offerings.

Richmond faculty members are outstanding leaders in their fields. Of the 312 full-time faculty at the University, 98 percent hold doctorate or terminal degrees. Richmond has a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, with zero classes taught by teaching assistants. Our faculty members are in the classrooms and the labs, working closely with students to maximize their educational experiences.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Richmond one of the best liberal arts universities in the nation and in the top 35 for undergraduate research. BusinessWeek ranked The Robins School of Business in the top 20 nationally and fourth for academic quality, as well as among the top 15 part-time MBA programs. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Richmond in the top 25 for best value among private colleges and universities

As locals like to say, Richmond is "easy to love" because of its rich history, stunning architecture, natural beauty and quality of life. It's been named one of the top cities in which to live and work by numerous national sources, including Forbes magazine. As the capital of Virginia, Richmond is home to the state legislature, a growing number of Fortune 500 companies and industries ranging from finance to agriculture. In fact, Forbes also recently ranked Richmond as the sixth best city to get a job in the U.S. Nearly one million people live in the Greater Richmond region and enjoy an array of cultural opportunities including 35 museums; numerous theatre companies; a symphony, a ballet and an opera; a thriving public forum; three professional, minor-league sports teams; a coliseum for major concerts and sporting events; and much more. Located just 100 miles south of Washington, D.C., Richmond is only 90 minutes from Virginia's beaches and 90 minutes from the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success.  In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE

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