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Assistant Professor of African American History

Colby College
Waterville, Maine

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The African American Studies Program at Colby College invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professorship, beginning July 1, 2022. We welcome applications from candidates who conduct research on and write about African Americans and African American experiences in the United States. While disciplinary training is open, preference will be given to applicants who utilize methods and theoretical approaches that include extensive thick descriptions of African American social organization and culture. Areas of specialization include but are not limited to Black geography, critical race studies, history, religion, and social movements. The successful candidate will be expected to teach an interdisciplinary introductory course on African American cultures in the United States, in addition to courses related to their research interests that can contribute to the elective offerings for Colby’s African American Studies major or minor []. A Ph.D. is preferred, but an advanced ABD will be considered.

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy statement, research statement, a representative sample of current scholarship, and the names of three references to contact. The teaching philosophy statement should include evidence of a commitment to diversity and experience with inclusive teaching. Electronic submission of application materials through Interfolio is required []. Review of application will begin on November 8, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions about this search should be directed to Chandra D. Bhimull, Associate Professor of African American Studies and Anthropology, Chair of African American Studies: [[email protected]]


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Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 57 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 1,850 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

Under the leadership of its new president, David A. Greene, Colby is building on this strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes plans for creating innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics.

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