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Assistant Professor

Employer
The University of Kansas
Location
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Job Details

Position OverviewThe Department of African & African-American Studies (AAAS), in collaboration with the Kansas African Studies Center (KASC) at the University of Kansas (KU), seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor with specialty in Islamic Studies in Africa to build upon our: 1) long-standing research expertise at the intersection of Islamic Studies and African Studies, 2) commitment toward quality undergraduate and graduate teaching and training in African Studies, including the Arabic and Islamic Studies concentration of the AAAS major, and 3) support for sustainable connections with African and US Great Plains communities. The successful candidate will conduct research and train students in the study of Islamic culture and societies from the African standpoint. The search committee actively encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in higher education.

The candidate's home department will be African & African-American Studies, but close collaboration with the Kansas African Studies Center and participation in that Center’s activities are expected. KASC is a Title VI National Resource Center for African Studies with over 30 core faculty members and 70 affiliated faculty and staff across the Lawrence campus. As with all faculty members of the department, the successful candidate will become a member of KASC. The candidate will be expected to be an active participant in the intellectual and pedagogical life of the department and to provide service to the department, KASC, the University, and the profession. The potential start date of this position is August 18, 2024.

The University of Kansas is a Carnegie doctoral/research-extensive university with a $ 1.4 billion endowment and a faculty of 2,600. Current enrollment is 28,500 (19,000 undergraduate), with students drawn from 110 nations and all 50 states; 20.6% of KU students are members of minority groups. The 1 ,000-acre main campus is in Lawrence, a community of 95,000 in hilly northeast Kansas that lies about 35 miles west of Kansas City. Lawrence has a lively downtown and a thriving arts and music scene, and its local government has enacted ordinances supporting equality for all members of its population. Lawrence also offers numerous sports and recreational opportunities, local shops, and a wide range of good restaurants.

The University of Kansas values candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically under-represented minorities. Diversity, equity inclusion, and belonging are an important part of our culture and university strategic plan. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged, noting the value that differences bring to our organization, students, staff, faculty, and community. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.Job DescriptionResearch (40%):
The successful candidate will conduct research related to Islamic Studies in Africa and other areas of expertise that complement current strengths in the department. All faculty members are expected to develop and maintain an active and productive research program beyond the level of the Ph.D. dissertation.

Teaching (40%):
The successful candidate is expected to: 1) teach 4 courses to undergraduate and graduate students per academic year in the African & African-American Studies department; courses may be cross-listed or cross-referenced with other departments; 2) develop curricular programs (e.g. courses) related to Islamic Studies in Africa and related fields; and 3) advise undergraduate and graduate students.

Service (20%):
All faculty members are expected to participate in appropriate professional and departmental activities, such as attending program meetings, carrying out program committee assignments, attending national meetings or conferences, and refereeing or reviewing manuscripts for research journals and grant proposals. Service to the College and University is also expected, and to the greater profession at large.

Faculty Code:
All faculty members are expected to comply fully with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, currently viewable at https://policy.kuk.edu/FacultyCodeKULawrence/Faculty-code-of-rights. Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in African Studies or a related humanities field, or related discipline by the start date of the appointment.
  • Demonstrated experience to develop and teach courses effectively in African Studies and Islamic Studies in Africa.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in scholarship, and/or the creative arts related to African Studies and Islamic Studies in Africa.
  • Demonstrated willingness to engage in collegial and professional service.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of an African language taught in AAAS and associated with KASC.
Additional Candidate InstructionsFor information about the position, please contact:
Search Committee Chair - Dr. Peter Ukpokodu at (ukpokodu@ku.edu) or
Department Chair - Dr. Shawn Leigh Alexander (slalexan@ku.edu) Contact Information to ApplicantsFor complete information and to apply online, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/26671BR. Applicants should submit: (a) a letter of interest, (b) full curriculum vitae, (c) statements of teaching and research experience and philosophies, and (d) the names and email addresses of three professional references.
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application:
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
Review of applicants will begin on January 15, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. Application Review BeginsMonday January 15, 2024Anticipated Start DateSunday August 18, 2024Apply to Job

Organization

Working at the University of Kansas 

Join the University of Kansas, and you’ll become part of a Jayhawk family that spans the globe. Wear your KU shirt in London, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Nairobi or anywhere else, and you will likely hear a resounding “Rock Chalk!” from a stranger. Of course, the appropriate response is an enthusiastic “Jayhawk!” Because, after all, they’re not really strangers, they’re family.

The Jayhawk community is united by more than 150 years of tradition and by our commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, transforming the academic experience, and creating solutions through innovative research. KU’s mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.  

The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.

KU faculty and staff embrace our role as the state’s flagship university, AAU member and R1 institution that serves the state, nation and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit; and, we remain true to KU’s historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research and the healing power of service.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

We recognize there are inequalities and privileges generated by historical and persistent intersecting differences by race, ethnicity, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, abilities, religion, regional background, veteran status, citizenship status and nationality. And we hold ourselves accountable for policies, processes and programs that appreciate these and other differences and create more fair, safe and just learning, working and living environments for KU students, faculty and staff.

Instruction 

KU offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate study programs, and we fulfill our mission through academic and research programs of international distinction, coupled with outstanding libraries, teaching museums and information technology. These resources enrich the academic experience for students from all 50 states and 112 countries, and provide enrichment resources for KU faculty and staff.

Research 

The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. KU staff are integral to our research success, participating in and supporting discoveries that expand knowledge and improve lives.

Service 

The university and our employees serve society through research, teaching and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. KU's academic programs, arts facilities and public programs provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. And, KU offers educational, research and service programs throughout the state. KU employees are encouraged to participate in and serve the campus and surrounding communities in a way that is meaningful to them.

International Dimension 

KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.

Values 

The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

Our City and State 

KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States.

Lawrence’s historic and thriving downtown features restaurants, nightlife and local shops offering unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else. The town has more than 50 parks, an encompassing mixed-use trail, and quick access to biking/hiking trails along the Kansas River and around Clinton Lake. A five-minute drive from Lawrence, Clinton Lake offers fishing, boating, beaches, camping and other outdoor activities.

Located just 40 minutes west of Kansas City, Lawrence offers the appeal of a mid-size, suburban town with quick access to the amenities of a large city, including an international airport. The Kansas City metro area is home to world-class museums and cultural activities, Jazz clubs and other nightlife venues, expansive shopping options, and exciting professional sports with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.

Kansas is in the center of the country, making it convenient and cost effective to fly or drive to destinations throughout the United States. Far from flat, the Flint Hills, just 90 minutes from Lawrence, offer panoramic vistas that showcase the breathtaking beauty of America.

Making KU Your Home 

Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

At the University of Kansas, you’ll join a global Jayhawk family and find a place to call home.

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