Assistant Professor in African American and/or Africa Diaspora Arts, History of Art & Architect...

Boston University
BOSTON, Massachusetts, United States

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Assistant Professor in African American and/or Africa Diaspora Arts, History of Art & Architecture, College of Arts & Sciences

Tracking Code23599932670908Job Description

Boston University’s Department of History of Art & Architecture invites applicants for a renewable four-year tenure track position, beginning AY 2024-25, as Assistant Professor in African American and/or Africa Diaspora Arts, with a geographic focus on the United States, the Caribbean, and/or South or Central America. This is a joint position with Boston University’s African American & Black Diaspora Studies Program. We seek exceptional scholars and teachers, with expertise in modern and/or contemporary art and visual culture, whose work incorporates diverse perspectives and critical approaches. Boston University and the Department actively seek diversity in the student and faculty ranks, recognizing that pluralism of experience deepens the intellectual endeavor.

Required Skills

The successful candidate will offer graduate and undergraduate courses in History of Art and Architecture and African American & Black Diaspora Studies; conduct research in their area(s) of specialization; and advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students. Salary competitive and commensurate with experience. PhD required and publications preferred.


Please submit in PDF or Word form to AcademicJobsOnline ( and addressed to Professor Ross Barrett, Search Committee Chair ( 1) a curriculum vitae; 2) three recommenders’ contact information; 3) a cover letter that describes your research accomplishments and plans, your teaching principles, and approaches, and how your research, teaching, and/or other activities contribute to diversity objectives. Review of applications begins November 15, 2023.

Boston University expects excellence in teaching and in research and is committed to building a culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse scholarly community.

BU conducts a background check on all final candidates for certain faculty and staff positions. The background check includes contacting the final candidate’s current and previous employer(s) to ask whether, in the last seven years, there has been a substantiated finding of misconduct violating that employer’s applicable sexual misconduct policies. To implement this process, the University requires a final candidate to complete and sign the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” after execution of an offer letter.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job LocationBOSTON, Massachusetts, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular


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