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Visiting Assistant Professor of African American Studies

Colby College
Waterville, ME

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Arts & Humanities, Ethnic & Cultural Studies
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Assistant Professor
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Institution Type
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Visiting Assistant Professor of African American Studies

Waterville, ME
Open Date:
Feb 20, 2024

The African-American Studies Department at Colby College invites applications for a one-year visiting Assistant Professorship to teach four courses, beginning July 1, 2024. While a Ph.D. is preferred, an advanced ABD will be considered. 

We seek a scholar whose research and teaching experience focus on African-American culture and community in the United States. A specialty in African-American religion, politics, or social movements would be a plus. Teaching experience, innovative research, and significant organizational, cultural, or civic engagement with African- American communities in the United States are necessary.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach a course in African-American culture in the United States and three additional courses. Applicants are encouraged to suggest courses and topics not currently in the African-American Studies program curriculum ( While disciplinary training and affiliations are open, preference will be given to candidates whose courses can contribute to and be cross-listed with the departments of sociology or anthropology.

Applicants should submit via Interfolio a cover letter; curriculum vitae; three confidential letters of recommendation; and a teaching statement that demonstrates commitment to the value of diversity and to inclusive teaching. Applications received by March 10 will receive full consideration. For more information, contact

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes personnel decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs. The principle of not discriminating on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, caste, national or ethnic origin, marital status, genetic information, political beliefs, veteran or military status, parental status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, physical or mental disability unrelated to the job or course of study requirements is consistent with the mission of a liberal arts college and the law.


Working at Colby College 

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 57 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 1,850 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

Under the leadership of its new president, David A. Greene, Colby is building on this strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes plans for creating innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics.

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