Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies Assistant Professor

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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Arts & Humanities, Ethnic & Cultural Studies
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The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank in the field of Gender & Sexuality Studies, to start in Fall 2023. Scholars who can be appointed as new or advanced Assistant Professors, who completed their graduate studies in the United States or in other countries, and who have held a Pre- or Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies, are eligible to apply. We are seeking candidates who engage the broad interdisciplinary field of Gender & Sexuality Studies, particularly in conjunction with racial formations in Africa and the African Diaspora. Candidates should have a strong record of peer-reviewed publications in the interdisciplinary field of Gender & Sexuality Studies, and an equally strong record of teaching excellence and collegial service in their department, college, university, and respective fields.

To be eligible, applicants must hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree in a relevant field by the time of appointment; they will be assessed in terms of their demonstrated record and potential for excellence in research, teaching, and service. Screening of applications will begin on February 13, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach two courses per semester at the undergraduate and graduate levels, maintain an active research program, and contribute to and develop initiatives in areas of research that complement and expand departmental strengths in African and African Diasporic studies. They will be able to take advantage of collaborative relationships with other departments, units, and initiatives, like Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, American Studies, and the Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures. Successful candidates will also contribute to the department’s mentoring of graduate students in interdisciplinary programs and certificates in areas such as Africana Studies, Digital Humanities, Environmental Humanities, Environmental Justice, Indigenous Studies, and Race and Inequality in Higher Education.

The College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia has launched a multi-year faculty hiring initiative devoted to “Race, Justice and Equity,” building on a broad range of recent commitments, including an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded project to hire ten tenure/tenure track faculty working on the Global South; an expansion of the Carter Woodson Institute and Department of African and African-American Studies; the establishment of the Dean’s Doctoral Fellowships program to enhance the recruitment of underrepresented graduate students; and a parallel project in collaboration with the Mellon Foundation to appoint thirty Postdoctoral and Arts fellows across the university. These commitments further our mission as a public university, dedicated to the promise of democratic life, and consistently engaged with the unfinished struggles for democracy, freedom, and justice with which our national and institutional histories are so deeply entangled. The present historical moment, we believe, calls on us to engage with renewed urgency the histories of inequality affecting Black communities in the United States and across the globe. And the University of Virginia’s location and history necessitates that we sustain and expand research and teaching in these areas.

The new faculty member in Gender and Sexuality Studies will join a developing cluster of ten tenured/tenure-track scholars working in Black Studies in national and global contexts, with intersecting fields of interest across disciplinary domains. Those ten appointments will ultimately span multiple fields: Music and Sound Studies, Black Political Thought and Philosophy; Sociology of Race; Black Feminist Theory; Studio and Digital Art; Race, Media, and Technology; Black Diaspora and Latinx studies; Environmental Justice; Race and Health, Black Youth studies. (Four of these searches were completed last year and the next six are being conducted this Fall.)

To Apply:

Please apply through Workday, and search for R0043730. Complete an application online with the following documents:

  • Cover letter (2 pages) indicating years in which the applicant held a Pre- or Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Carter G. Woodson Institute, and addressing areas of research, teaching experience, and potential projects or collaborations at the University of Virginia
  • CV addressing research, teaching, and service record Inclusive excellence statement (1 page) that addresses the applicant’s demonstrated experience working on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion and/or working with diverse populations and/or cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in your work.
  • The names and contact information for three references

Candidates will be asked to submit additional supporting materials, such as a writing sample, if selected to participate further in the recruitment process.

Upload all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission.Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive consideration. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'.

Questions about this position should be directed to Robert Trent Vinson at Questions regarding the application process should be directed to: Melanie Sponaugle, Academic Recruiter, at

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This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

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