Job Opportunities

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair – Tenured Associate Professor or Professor

The Program in Africana and Latin American Studies at Colgate University invites applications for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair, to be filled at the rank of tenured Associate Professor or Professor, beginning fall semester 2019. A Ph.D. is required. Africana and Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary program studying the histories and cultures – both material and expressive – of African Americans and the peoples of Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. The program houses four majors/minors, allowing students to specialize in one of the above areas, and draws on faculty across the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, and areas of interdisciplinary expertise. Signature aspects of the program include participation in the National Model African Union simulation, full semester study groups at the University of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica) and the University of Cape Town (South Africa), as well as short term three-week extended study travel attached to courses. Opportunities to develop new off-campus study courses, both in the United States and abroad, are available. We seek a senior scholar with an established record of published interdisciplinary research, a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, and experience in leadership and community building. Discipline and geographic area(s) of research are open. Desirable substantive areas include critical race theory, pan-Africanism, Diaspora or Black Atlantic studies and/or postcolonial studies. Desirable course offerings include The Black Diaspora (a wide-ranging over view course for first-and second-year students), the capstone thesis seminar for seniors majoring in interdisciplinary area studies, and a junior-level course on critical race theory, serving majors and non-majors, as well as electives in the candidates’ area of expertise. The successful candidate will also be expected to participate in all-university programs, including the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum. The MacArthur Professor is not expected to direct the program immediately upon arrival, but is expected to assume an administrative role, in rotation with other program faculty, in the future. Duties of the Program Director include scheduling courses, advising students, and leading the search for new faculty as positions arise. The MacArthur Professor is also expected to provide mentoring to junior faculty and to contribute to envisioning the program’s growth and future direction. A CV, cover letter, and names of three references must be submitted through The cover letter should detail the candidates’ research program, teaching philosophy and record of engagement with and leadership of interdisciplinary academic programs. Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities. Candidates should describe in their cover letter how their teaching, scholarship, mentorship and community service might support the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Review of applications will begin October 1 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants with dual-career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and at other institutions of higher education in upstate New York at It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been a victim of domestic violence and stalking, familial status, or any categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Colgate is a highly selective liberal arts university of 2900 students situated in central New York state. Colgate faculty are committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship. Further information about the Program in Africana and Latin American Studies can be found at