Job Opportunities

Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Afro-Caribbean / Afro-Latinx Studies


The Departments of African American Studies and Spanish and Portuguese invite applications for a full-time tenure-line jointly appointed faculty position in Afro-Caribbean or Afro-Latinx Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2022.  For the first year of this position, the successful candidate will also hold the title of Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Fellow, and will have no teaching and service responsibilities to allow a focus on research while receiving mentorship and support from two senior faculty members.  Possible areas of emphasis include: diaspora, indigeneity, and settler colonialism; the histories of Atlantic slavery, migration, and dispossession; or Black peoples’ relationship to New World settlerhood in locations such as Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad, Tobago, or Venezuela. We are especially interested in candidates grounded in one or more of the humanities or arts disciplines, including digital humanities, literary studies, visual studies, critical theory, cultural studies, queer studies, or any form of the creative arts.

The Department of African American Studies will be the candidate’s primary department and the tenure line will be split evenly (50/50) between the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. After the first year of this appointment, our new colleague will teach four courses per academic year, divided equally between the two departments, and serve as an advisor and mentor at the graduate and undergraduate levels.  In African American Studies, the successful candidate will be expected to teach one of the core courses for the major/minor, as well as one upper-division undergraduate topical seminars.  In Spanish and Portuguese, they will be expected to teach one graduate seminar per year, as well as one upper-division undergraduate course or seminar in Spanish. A memorandum of understanding between the departments will outline the teaching and service responsibilities our new colleague will have in each department.


Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2022. Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish and English. The demonstration of a commitment to academic excellence and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).  This commitment to DEI can be demonstrated in a number of ways, including through teaching and research on matters related to DEI or through service that has fostered DEI in a university community.

Position Details:

The Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Fellowship program is in its inaugural year at Georgetown University.  This program is designed to bring in a cohort of new faculty from a wide range of backgrounds who demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Provost’s Distinguished Fellows are on the tenure track and will be exempt from teaching and service duties in the first year of their appointments, and will devote their full-time effort to building their research program.  Fellows will be assigned senior faculty mentors by their home departments.

Application Instructions:

Click to submit the following required materials:

1) a letter of interest that includes research statement and teaching philosophy;

2) a curriculum vitae;

3) a writing sample (up to 20 pages);

4) a statement explaining how you have in the past and will in the future at Georgetown enrich a community that seeks a diversity of perspectives and people;

5) three confidential letters of recommendation to be uploaded through the Georgetown Interfolio site.

Applications are due by September 30, 2021.  Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

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Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please click here for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at (202) 687-4798.