Job Opportunities

Mehr Family Faculty Scholar in Peace Studies & Black Studies

The University of Missouri-Columbia’s Peace Studies Program and Department of Black Studies are seeking applications for a tenure-track assistant professor to begin on August 15, 2024. The position will be called the Mehr Family Faculty Scholar in Peace Studies & Black Studies, with the faculty member teaching approximately 75% Peace Studies and 25% Black Studies. A Ph.D. by the start of the appointment is required and can come from any disciplinary area in the Arts and Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences. The faculty member will have a 2/2 teaching load and report to the chair of Black Studies, with responsibilities in teaching and service in both Black Studies and Peace Studies. The successful candidate will be expected to teach introductory courses in Peace Studies, covering topics such as peace movements, peace education, peace building, and conflict resolution on a national and global level. Additionally, candidates with expertise in social inequalities, environmental issues, sports, politics, media, or religion impacting the lives of people of Black Africa and/or its global diaspora are encouraged to apply.

The University of Missouri (MU or Mizzou), located in Columbia, has an enrollment of more than 30,000 students and is Missouri’s largest public research university. Mizzou is also the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Missouri System and one of only five universities nationwide with law, medicine, veterinary medicine, and a nuclear research reactor on one campus. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities since 1908, Mizzou is considered one of the nation’s top-tier (R1) institutions.

Please apply online at: (Job ID 48243) and be prepared to upload the following:

  1. An application letter (2-3 pages)
  2. Your current C.V. (15 pages maximum)
  3. A statement of research (2-3 pages)
  4. A teaching statement (2-3 pages)
  5. A writing sample (30 pages maximum)

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate. In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

In addition, please solicit three recommenders for confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Dr. David J. Schenker (, chair of the Search Committee, by the application deadline. The review of applications will begin on October 1, 2023. Applicants should apply by this date for full consideration. Applicants may contact Dr. Schenker or Dr. Daive Dunkley (, director of Peace Studies and chair of Black Studies, with questions about the job duties. Contact Human Resource Services ( for any questions about the application process.

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