Job Opportunities

Assistant or Associate Professor, African American Studies Program

The African American Studies Program at Wesleyan University is conducting a search for one or more full-time tenure-track or tenured appointments beginning July 1, 2019. Although we are primarily interested in assistant or advanced assistant professors, we will consider exceptional candidates at the rank of associate professor. The African American Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary major that focuses on people of African descent in the Black Atlantic world, especially in the United States and in the Caribbean. We welcome applicants with a scholarly focus in history or literature. We especially seek candidates whose teaching and research engages with critical race and Black feminist and queer theories, emancipatory politics, environmental justice, or science and medicine. The teaching load is two courses per semester with an expectation of undergraduate advising and supervision of independent studies and honors theses. Wesleyan values both scholarship and teaching very highly, has a strong, diverse undergraduate student body, and offers a generous sabbatical program and competitive salaries and benefits.

Minimum Qualifications
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in African American Studies or related field in hand by the time of appointment to be hired as an Assistant or Associate Professor; a successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but will complete the Ph.D. in African American Studies or related field within one year of hire.

Special Instructions To Applicants
You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are (1) a cover letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) writing sample, (4) research statement, and documentation of teaching experience, including (5) teaching statement and (6) student evaluations. As part of the teaching statement (or cover letter), we invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body.

You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation (please double-check the accuracy of the email addresses of the referees you name to insure that you have the most up-to-date email addresses for each one).

After you have submitted all of the required documents, you will see a confirmation number. At that point, each of the three referees whose email address you have provided will receive an automatically-generated email requesting that he or she submit a letter of reference for you.

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2018 until the positions are filled.