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Assistant Professor, History and Africana Studies (tenure-track)

Job no: 495513
Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City – Philadelphia, PA
Categories: College of Arts & Sciences

Job Summary

The College of Arts and Science of Drexel University, a Carnegie R1-classified research institution located in Philadelphia, announces a cluster hire of 3 tenure-track faculty (two at the Assistant Professor level, one at open rank) in the area of Africana Studies, with an expected start date of September 1, 2021. Two of the appointments will have tenure homes in the Department of History, with the third potentially located in any Humanities and/or Social Science discipline within the College of Arts and Science. Joint appointments will be considered.  This posting is to solicit applications for the Tenure-Track Assistant or Advanced Assistant Professor in History and Africana Studies position.

The Africana Studies Program:
The Africana Studies Program is housed in the Department of History which has particular strengths in the History of Science, Technology and the Environment, and in Global History. The minor in Africana Studies allows students across the University to gain an understanding of, and background in, the history and cultures of peoples of African descent in North and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and elsewhere. It includes courses in anthropology, history, literature, music, political science and sociology, and provides an opportunity for directed study in areas of special interest. See:

The current cluster will comprise 2 tenure track historians of Africana Studies (including an open rank hire who will serve as Director of the Africana Studies Program) and 1 additional tenure track faculty with a disciplinary location in any of the College’s Humanities and/or Social Sciences departments: Communication, Criminology & Justice Studies, English & Philosophy, Global Studies & Modern Languages, Politics, Psychology, and Sociology. Tenure home will be departmental with teaching responsibilities in the Africana Studies Program. Candidates are expected to teach Introductory courses in Africana Studies, including an Introduction to Africana Studies course and a Cross-Currents in Africana Studies course centered on the Black Atlantic.

Essential Functions

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Service
  • Other related duties

 Required Qualifications

  • PhD in History, Africana Studies, or related fields in African Diaspora/Black/African American/Afro-American or Race and Ethnic Studies.
  • 2 years of demonstrated graduate or post-graduate teaching, research, or related experience .

Other requirements

Must have PhD by September 1, 2021

Preferred Qualifications

  • Commitment to excellence in teaching, service, community outreach and engagement.
    • Ability to teach introductory courses in Africana Studies, including methods and its intellectual traditions, in addition to courses in History.
    • Ability to mentor graduate students across the university and enhance the research profile of undergraduates.


University City, Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information

Required and preferred qualifications differ for each position within this cluster hire. Applicants should apply to the position that is most closely aligned with background.

Special Instructions

Please be sure to upload your application materials:

  • Cover letter (with a description of the candidate’s research program and philosophy of teaching)
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • One writing sample (e.g., article, book chapter, book)

Candidates who move forward in the process will be notified to submit sample syllabi for an Introduction to Africana Studies course and another syllabus for a special topics course in Africana Studies, a brief research statement, teaching statement and vision statement for leadership of the Africana Studies Program. Three letters of reference will also be requested at this later stage.

Review of applications will begin March 8th, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Advertised: Feb 11 2021 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: May 12 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

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