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Asst Prof History & Africana Studies

Drew University
NJMAIN, Madison, NJ, US

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 Assistant Professor of 18th and 19th century U.S. History and Africana Studies.

The College of Liberal Arts' departments of History and Africana Studies at Drew University are seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor of 18th and 19th century U.S. history within the broader Africana context.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Teach an introductory-level course in the history of the United States, from contact to 1877
  • Teach an intermediate-level course in African American history, from African origins to 1877
  • Teach courses at the intermediate- and upper-level that relate to African American and general American History.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty across the university whose research and teaching are concerned with related fields such as Africa and the African diaspora, Early modern world, Social and cultural identity
  • Engaged in  scholarship on 18th/19th C African American History.
Required Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in 18th and 19th century U.S. history within the broader Africana context. Scholarship that focuses on African American or Africana life and history. Teaching experience in the above areas is also extremely important for the successful candidate. 

Desired Skills and Experience:

We seek candidates who have depth and breadth in the study of 18th and 19th century United States history and its Africana context, and who are passionate about innovative teaching within a liberal arts context. The successful candidate must be able to teach undergraduate courses on 18th and 19th century U.S. history, African American history, and historical research methods. In addition to excellent teaching, candidates will be expected to maintain an active program of scholarship, and to contribute to the university community through mentoring and advising students, co-curricular planning, collaboration across disciplines, committee service, and leadership at Drew. The successful candidate should also be prepared to work actively with the Africana studies program in terms of mentorship and co-curricular engagement with students.

How to Apply:

To apply, submit the following materials.

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A statement of teaching interests
  • A statement that briefly describes how your scholarship, background, or life experiences would advance Drew University’s commitment to diversity
  • A job paper, example of scholarship or published article.
  • Contact information for three references, at least one of whom can address teaching experience. The committee will request reference letters only for semi-finalists in the search process

Application review will be on a rolling basis as applications are submitted; early applications are encouraged. Application review will begin on October 15th and will close on November 15th.

About Drew University:

Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City. Drew University’s mission is to offer its diverse community of learners a challenging and individualized education shaped by a deeply-rooted culture of mentoring, thoughtful engagement with the world beyond its campus, and a steadfast commitment to lifelong cultivation of the whole person.


The College of Liberal Arts ensures that every student graduates with a purpose, sought-after transferable skills, a network of mentors, and an experience-based résumé. As Drew's community of scholars and students grows and changes it continues to reflect our commitment to diversity, international engagement and a broad array of opportunities and experiences for all members of our campus. Particularly noteworthy opportunities for undergraduates include the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), the Drew Summer Science Institute (DSSI), the Center for Civic Engagement, as well as seven New York City semesters and a broad range of international study-abroad programs. The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies offers a host of distinctive and flexible advanced degree programs designed to meet the needs of almost any busy schedule. All programs are based on Drew’s renowned commitment to faculty-student mentorship, opportunities for out-of-the-classroom experiential learning, and facilitating a robust intellectual community. The Theological School has a distinguished history rooted in the United Methodist Church. Today, it serves many denominations as a center for preparing clergy and leaders for service in the church and the world. Its focus on biblical and theological scholarship and social justice has made it a sought after destination for students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees.


Drew University is committed to providing all members of the University community equal educational and employment opportunity, access, and benefits in an environment free from harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability. To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Following federal and state requirements; a candidate must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States if selected for hire. 


These positions are subject to a background check.




Drew University, located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,100 students with 145 full-time faculty members. Over 35% of our undergraduate students are from underrepresented groups, and we were recently ranked 19th among baccalaureate institutions for the number of international students enrolled. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer master’s and doctoral degrees, and the College confers bachelor’s degrees in 32 disciplines.

Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship and hands-on learning that successfully prepares students for their futures. Students regularly connect with local communities, and because of our proximity to New York City, we are home to multiple New York Semester experiences for our undergraduate students: Wall Street, United Nations, Contemporary Art, Communications and Media, Social Entrepreneurship, and New York Theatre. The University also houses the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti, the Center for Global Education, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, and the United Methodist Archives and History Center. Drew also recently received a multi-year grant to transform teaching and learning in the humanities by incorporating emerging digital technologies, methods, and pedagogies.


To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with Department of Homeland Security regulations, a successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States. These positions are subject to a background check.

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