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Assistant Professor in Africana Studies

University of Richmond
Virginia, Richmond, USA
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Sociology and Anthropology: Assistant Professor in Africana Studies - 000365

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Africana Studies Program in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Richmond seek to hire a full-time tenure-track Sociologist at the level of Assistant Professor. In the School, tenure is a departmental status, and therefore faculty will be appointed in the Sociology and Anthropology Department. The joint appointment position will begin in the fall of 2023. A Ph.D. in Sociology is preferred at the time of appointment.

Candidates should have expertise in the study of race and racism and in the geographic and cultural area(s) of Africa and/or the African diaspora. Applicants should also demonstrate expertise in quantitative methods and in one or more of the following areas: sociology of health, environmental sociology, social movements, colonialism and decolonialization, and/or gender and sexuality.

Within the Sociology & Anthropology Department, the ideal candidate will teach research methods (including quantitative methods) and should be able to teach introductory courses, and upper-level courses in their area(s) of expertise. Within the Africana Studies program, the ideal candidate should be able to teach interdisciplinary core courses.

UR faculty are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic excellence in teaching, research/scholarship, and service. The successful candidate will be expected to excel in teaching, maintain an active research agenda including publication in peer-reviewed outlets, and make meaningful service contributions to the department and the Africana Studies Program. 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. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, first-generation scholars, LGBTQ people, and members of other marginalized populations.

Applicants should apply online at, 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 Jeff Hass ([email protected]), Chair of Sociology and Anthropology, or Ernest McGowen ([email protected]), Coordinator of Africana Studies Program. Review of applications will commence September 30th 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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