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Wiki page for Academic Jobs in African & African American Studies advertised during the 2021-2022 hiring season.

Last year's page: African & African American Studies 2020-2021

See also Critical Theory 2021-2022Ethnic Studies 2021-2022, Comparative Literature 2021-2022, and Philosophy 2021-2022.


Instructions[]

Please add jobs in the following format and order them alphabetically by institution.

  1. Example University (State/Province, Country). Position Title. Specializations. Deadline. TT/NT. FT/PT. Link to Job ad(s). Updates: 

TT/NT: Tenure-track or Non-tenure track.

FT/PT: Full-Time or Part-Time

For the sake of user-friendliness, please do not add more detailed content of the job ad on this page. (This is a departure from previous years, when these pages tended to become difficult to navigate. The new guidelines are modeled on more user-friendly Academic Wiki pages serving other disciplines.)

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See also Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2021-2022 .

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Jobs with 2021 Application Deadlines[]

  1. University of California, Riverside (Riverside, CA): Lecturer African American Studies, Spring 2022 quarter begins March 23, 2022 and ends June 10, 2022. Apply at: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/JPF01500
  2. Baylor University (Waco, TX, USA): Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in African Studies, time period and region open. Teaching is 2/2 in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core program within the Honors College. Candidates in the disciplines of history, cultural anthropology, sociology, literature, and religion, particularly with a focus on global and transnational approaches, are especially encouraged to apply. Other specializations will be welcomed. Deadline November 30. Apply here: https://facultysearch.interfolio.com/9873/positions/83063
  3. California Institute of the Arts [Deadline Extended] (Valencia, California, USA): Faculty in Media/Digital Studies and Transnational Black Studies. The politics of “new media” (such fields as materialist media studies, feminist science and technology studies, digital/software/platform studies, or critical surveillance studies) and transnational Black Studies, with the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, or the Middle East as possible geographical areas of expertise. Jan 31. FT, 3/3. https://calarts.edu/work-for-calarts/employment-listing/faculty-in-mediadigital-studies-and-transnational-black-studies
  4. California State University Channel Islands (Camarillo, California, USA): Tenure Track OPEN RANK. Hiring 3 positions from Africana Studies, Anthropology, Chemistry, Chicana/o Studies, Health Science, Performing Arts, Political Science, and/or Psychology. September 8, 2021. https://jobs.csuci.edu
  5. California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento, CA, USA): Assistant Professor in Black Feminist Studies. Review of applications begins November 15, 2021. Review date extended to November 29, 2021. We welcome all areas of specialization related to Black Feminisms, preferably from candidates with an interdisciplinary background in the social sciences to complement the department’s existing strengths in the humanities. TT. FT. 2/2 load for first two years; 3/3 thereafter. https://careers.csus.edu/en-us/job/505369/tenure-track-faculty-womens-and-gender-studies
  6. Colorado College. The Colorado College Program of Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the field of Asian American Studies. We are open to areas of specialty, and we particularly welcome candidates with research and teaching expertise in Asian American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and settler-colonialism work. The experiences, perspectives, and scholarship of people of color are the foundation of our curriculum and activities beyond the classroom. While our curriculum focuses primarily on migrations, culture, economics, power and policy in the United States, we treat the U.S. as one example of race and ethnic formations in a global context, and we promote the comparative study of the processes and effects of racialization in the past and present. https://www.higheredjobs.com/faculty/details.cfm?JobCode=177676594
  7. Davidson College (Charlotte, NC, USA). Assistant Professor in Africana Studies and English. "We encourage applications that situate African American literature within national and transnational contexts and / or engage in film studies, with attention to class, gender, sexuality, and disability." Joint position, but the ad states that the service to both departments shall be kept equivalent to that expected of a tenure-track faculty member appointed in a single department. October 11, 2021. TT. FT. 2/2 load first year; 2/3 thereafter. https://employment.davidson.edu/en-us/job/493912/assistant-professor-in-africana-studies-and-english (first-round interview complete; finalist)
  8. Emory University (Atlanta, GA, USA) Tenured/Tenure-Track Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in African American Studies with a focus on race and education. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2021. Applications received up to 30 days after review begins will be given full consideration. https://apply.interfolio.com/93805. Start date August 2022.
  9. Emory University (Atlanta, GA, USA) "Visions of Slavery" Mellon Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellowship. Full review of applications will begin on December 15. http://apply.interfolio.com/95981. Start date September 2022.
  10. McGill University (Montreal, QC, Canada) Assistant Professor of Black Studies in Media and Technology. Full review of applications will begin on 27 October 2021. The position start date is August 1, 2022. https://www.mcgill.ca/ahcs/jobs.
  11. University College Cork (Cork, Ireland). Postdoctoral Researcher Posts (2) with the CIPHER: Hip Hop Interpellation Team. One post in Hip Hop Studies (ethnographer of Latin American or African hip hop communities) and one post in Digital Humanities (Hip Hop knowledge mapping). DL: May 31. Two-year posts. To apply: visit http://ore.ucc.ie/ and keyword search "CIPHER"
  12. University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL, USA) . Assistant professor appointment specializing in Sociology, Race, and Gender, for the Department of Gender & Race Studies. We seek candidates whose sociological research addresses outcomes in specific environments and communities, such as prisons, schools, housing, the workplace, urban and rural populations, and immigrant and refugee populations. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2021. TT. FT. https://facultyjobs.ua.edu/postings/49342
  13. University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada): Cluster hire for 10 Indigenous and 10 Black scholars in all disciplines. October 18th or until filled. Open Rank TT, FT, https://uwaterloo.ca/provost/cluster-hiring-initiatives.
  14. University of Delaware (US). Temporary Assistant Professor, Africana Studies. Deadline 8/15/21. FT, NT. Starts as early as January 2022.https://careers.udel.edu/cw/en-us/job/496727/assistant-professor-africana-studies Updates:
  15. University of Georgia (Athens, GA) Assistant Professor , African American Theatre. Flexible deadline Feb. 5, 2022. TT. FT. https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/238518
  16. University of Houston - Main (US) Assistant Professor in Black Studies. Review of Applications begins 11/15/21. https://uhs.taleo.net/careersection/ex2_uhf/jobdetail.ftl?job=FAC002099&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname=America%2FChicago
  17. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (US) Assistant Professor in Race and Media Studies, Media and Cinema Studies, Full consideration will be given to applications received by Oct. 8, 2021. http://jobs.illinois.edu Expected start date August 2022. Additional materials requested 10/12
  18. Univeristy of Michigian, Ann Arbor (MI, USA) Lecturer in Black Gender/Feminist Studies. Full consideration given to applications submitted by October 4, 2021. https://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/App/Login.aspx Expected start date August 29, 2022.
  19. University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) Assistant, Associate, or Full (Tenure/Tenure-Stream) Professor in Black Studies in Teacher Education, Full consideration will be given to complete applications submitted by October 24, 2021. https://cfopitt.taleo.net/careersection/pitt_faculty_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=21006365&tz=GMT-04%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York%20 Start date Fall 2022.
  20. University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA USA) Tenure-track Assistant Professor position in African American and/or Black Diasporic Literatures to begin Fall 2022. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by November 1, 2021. https://usfca.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/USF_Full-Time_Faculty/job/USF-Hilltop-Campus/Assistant-Professor--Tenure-Track--English_R0005104 (first round interviews)
  21. Tulane Univ. (New Orleans, LA) Assistant Prof in Activist Media. Discipline and region are open and we are especially interested in applicants whose research-based creative practice and/or practice-based scholarship engages the lives, experiences, and cultural traditions of Black, Indigenous, or marginalized communities and explores the relationships between media and social justice. Apply: https://apply.interfolio.com/91952?fbclid=IwAR0UcGwYzjEf516QeZJ4dcun3RTDfUYsYRUKvloQwc_7wl3elSi_4mgFk-E
  22. University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) Endowed Chair, Associate Professor or Professor (Race, Science, Technology and Health)- The Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for an endowed chair, the William S. Dietrich II Endowed Chair in Africana Studies. We welcome applications from full professors and advanced associate professors. Our department is seeking a scholar specializing in the study of race and how it intersects with science, technology, and/or health in Black communities in the United States and/or other countries of Africa or the African diaspora. We start reviewing applications on November 1, 2021. Apply: https://cfopitt.taleo.net/careersection/pitt_faculty_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=21006454&tz=GMT-04%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York
  23. Berea College (Berea, KY). Tenure-track Position in Women’s and Gender Studies. Specialization: women-of-color feminism(s), anti-racist and anti-colonial feminism(s), sexuality studies, and disability studies. We especially welcome training and expertise in Native approaches to feminism, including Indigenous re/visions of (white) feminism’s institutionalization of queer and trans studies; as well as expertise in the intersection of Indigeneity and dis/ability, broadly construed. Deadline: Oct 15, 2021 (rolling). https://myberea.csod.com/ats/careersite/jobdetails.aspx?site=3&c=myberea&id=948
  24. The University of Tampa (Tampa, FL). The University of Tampa (Tampa, FL, USA). Assistant Professor of English, specializing in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. Review of applications begins 11/20/21. TT/FT. We are particularly interested in scholars of African American studies, Latinx studies, or colonialism. Research and teaching specializations that might complement existing departmental strengths include gender and sexuality, Black literature, Cuban American literature, and the study of global nationalisms and empire. Our recently redesigned major in English includes courses in identity and difference, revolutions and rebellions, and cultural studies; the new hire will have the opportunity to design course content in these areas and others, and to shape curricular development in the major. https://utampa.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Faculty/job/Tampa/Assistant-Professor-in-Critical-Race-and-Ethnic-Studies_R0005861-1





Jobs with 2022 Application Deadlines[]

  1. Davidson College (Charlotte, NC): Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Studies. 2-year-term. Seeking a humanities Ph.D. who can connect digital practices and culture to queer studies, black studies, critical race theory, indigenous futurism, or disability studies, and who has experience in one or more of the following fields: digital humanities, digital rhetoric, software studies, internet studies, video game studies, or science and technology studies. Application deadline March 1, 2022. More info and apply at https://employment.davidson.edu/en-us/job/493991/visiting-assistant-professor-of-digital-studies.
  2. San José State University (San José, CA) Assistant Professor of African American Studies (Tenure-Track). Specialization in urban sociology or at the intersection of race and the economics of inequality. Application deadline: 1/15/2022. Apply here: https://jobs.sjsu.edu/sj/en-us/job/506913/assistant-professor-african-american-studies
  3. Stanford University, Clayman Institute for Gender Research (Stanford, CA) Postdoctoral Fellow in gender/race/intersectionality/feminisms. 2-year term. Application opens 12/01/2022, Deadline: 01/06/2022. NT/FT, details and Interfolio application link at https://gender.stanford.edu/fellowships/postdoctoral-research-fellowships
  4. California Institute of the Arts [Deadline Extended] (Valencia, California, USA): Faculty in Media/Digital Studies and Transnational Black Studies. The politics of “new media” (such fields as materialist media studies, feminist science and technology studies, digital/software/platform studies, or critical surveillance studies) and transnational Black Studies, with the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, or the Middle East as possible geographical areas of expertise. Jan 31. FT, 3/3. https://calarts.edu/work-for-calarts/employment-listing/faculty-in-mediadigital-studies-and-transnational-black-studies
  5. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Pomona, CA). Assitant Professor of English (Tenure-Track) with expertise in African American Literature and Ethnic Studies. One of ten in an Ethnic Studies cluster hire. Deadline Jan. 12, 2022. Apply here: https://apply.interfolio.com/99864. Updates: 
  6. Graduate Center, CUNY (New York, NY). Research Associate/Postdoctoral Fellow - 2 vacancies. IRADAC (Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean). https://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Centers-and-Institutes/Institute-for-Research-on-the-African-Diaspora-in-the-Americas-the-Caribbean-(IRADAC)/Research-Associate-Postdoctoral-Fellow-positions Application review begins January 3, 2022.
  7. Harvard University (Cambridge, MA). Lecturers in History & Literature in American and African American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and other fields. Deadline 01/12/2022. Apply here: https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/10742
  8. University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, OK, USA). Assistant Professor of English, African-American Literature/Black Studies. TT/FT. Preference date February 15, 2022. https://www.higheredjobs.com/faculty/details.cfm?JobCode=177633573 Updated to reflect new preference date.
  9. University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA, USA). Tenure or Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Digital Studies and African American Studies. Specializations include "digital media infrastructures, big data, algorithmic platforms, modes of digital representation, and other such areas, particularly as they relate to issues of inequality and anti-Blackness." Application review begins January 17, 2022. TT. FT. https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UVAJobs/job/Charlottesville-VA/Tenure-track-Assistant-or-Associate-Professor-of-Digital-studies--African-American-Studies-_R0030247-1
  10. University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) [Deadline Extended] Lecturer in Critical Race and Ethnicity studies to teach in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program. Accepting applications through Feb. 15. Non-Tenure, Full-Time, with opportunities for promotion.UPDATE: the system doesn't accept letters of recommendation, so candidates wishing to provide them now should ask recommenders to email them to glazener@pitt.edu. https://cfopitt.taleo.net/careersection/pitt_faculty_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=21008808&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York
  11. Smith College (Northampton, MA, USA) The African Studies Program at Smith College invites applications for a two-year, benefits eligible postdoctoral fellowship in African Studies, with a specialty in the study of gender and sexuality in Africa.  The position will begin July 1, 2022. The disciplinary and geographic field is open, but, in both research and teaching, candidates should exhibit a clear commitment to the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality in Africa. The teaching responsibilities for this position are 1-1, including a first-year seminar and an advanced-level colloquium in the candidate’s field of specialization. Ph.D. is expected by the time of appointment. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is the largest women’s college in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts.  A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. Smith College offers opportunities to foster faculty success at every career stage, such as those listed here.  The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges. Details about the African Studies Program may be found at https://www.smith.edu/academics/african-studies. Submit application at http://apply.interfolio.com/100411 with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement, diversity/inclusion statement and three letters of reference. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2022.   Diversity and a culture of equity and inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, historically underrepresented minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
  12. Miami University (Oxford, Ohio, USA) English (African American literature; African American and/or Latino/a/x rhetoric; poetry; or linguistics with a specialty in African American, and/or Latinx discourse and/or dialect.) https://jobs.miamioh.edu/cw/en-us/job/499947/heanon-wilkins-faculty-fellowsvisiting-assistant-professor-or-instructor
    • Miami University’s Heanon Wilkins Fellows program recruits annual cohorts of up to ten (10) scholars with a strong interest in pursuing a career as a faculty member, pairing them with dedicated mentoring and intentional preparation for a career in higher education, ideally as a tenure-eligible faculty member at Miami University. This program is named after Dr. Heanon Wilkins, Miami University's first full-time African-American faculty member. A distinguished professor of Spanish, Portuguese, and Black World Studies, Dr. Wilkins is an enduring and inspirational example of Miami’s teacher-scholar faculty, having received Miami's highest honors in teaching, research, and service. Honoring his impressive legacy, we hope to recruit cohorts of excellent future faculty to Miami through this program. Each academic year, we publish a call for Fellows applicants whose area(s) of expertise align with areas of expected need in the next two years. While we cannot guarantee tenure eligible positions for all Fellows, Fellows have been successful in securing tenure eligible positions at Miami in the past. The Fellowship is for a minimum of one full academic year (9-month faculty appointment) with a strong possibility of reappointment. Heanon Wilkins Fellows have reduced teaching responsibilities in order to foster a vibrant research program, engage in mentoring and career development, and the opportunity to engage with highly accomplished teacher-scholar faculty colleagues and Miami’s impressive students. The Fellows program is designed to prepare individuals to be highly competitive in future faculty searches (tenure track or teaching/clinical professor or lecturer (TCPL) positions), especially those we anticipate at Miami University.

Word on the Street[]

11/26- Does anyone know if Notre Dame has sent out interview invitations?

12/10: invitation for preliminary interview at Loyola Marymount University (tenure-track Assistant Professorship in African American Studies); 12/22: invitation to visit campus

12/10: any word from American University?--generic rejection (11/23), had over 300 applications --- (12/12): has anyone who interviewed with American heard about campus visit invites?

11/23: American University invites have been sent.

12/11 McGill? re; 1/1: 1st round interviews occured prior to the holidays

12/21 Any word on Swarthmore? 12/23: I have not. 12/23: no word. 12/31: No word

1/6: Any word from Swarthmore? 1/7: Not yet and I'm surprised, given the Oct. 1 deadline

1/10 Still no word from Swarthmore. Wondering if at this point it might be appropriate to assume that they have already invited finalists but just not sent out rejections yet. Has anyone heard anything? 1/16: I have not received any word either (2x: assume an internal hire). 1/17 Normally I'd agree with this guess (internal hire), but there are no visiting fac listed in Black Studies, English, or Film/Media Studies that remotely do what the ad describes. (Music dept. put out its own ad.) To be fair, it could be another dept. I wonder if there's an admin problem because it's a program trying to become a department. <-- 1/21: I wonder the same thing. I haven't heard back either. 2/27 Did anyone ever hear from Swarthmore at any stage? I suspect this search was cancelled. 2.5 weeks ago I emailed the two admin listed on the Black Studies page to ask for any updates they could share; the first never responded and the second said they weren't involved with the search but would forward my inquiry to someone else. Never heard back. 3/17 I got an offer from Swarthmore on 2/14 & declined via phone, I'm not sure if they went to the next candidate.

12/13: Preliminary interview with the University of Tampa 12/28: invitation for campus visit

12/16: Preliminary interview with The George Washington University Prelim on 12/17 x2 (Among the thirteen preliminarily interviewed, four will be selected as finalists. These thirteen will receive decisions on Jan. 3rd).

12/23: Any word from Emory on the Af-Am Studies position? 1/12: Still no word. 1/20: Got rejected today. They "received and reviewed 103 applications and met this week to narrow the field to 8 semifinalists for further consideration," the email said.

12/23: UCSC Critical Ethnic Studies: any word? 12/31: no word 1/16 (2x): no word. 1/21: no word. Had a zoom interview in early Jan. No word since. (1/31)

12/23: Colorado College: any word? First-round interviews on Zoom, 1/16 (X3).

Any update from Colorado College after Zoom Interview?

2/16 Still no word from Colorado College (sucks to be ghosted, despite knowing people on campus).

12/23: Middlebury College: any word? 12/31: No word. 1/9: Still no word. 1/21: still no word.

1/16: Soka University: nada so far

12/23: ASU SST: any word?--Preliminary interview before Christmas holiday, but no news since.

12/26 Any news from Penn state?--Preliminary interviews conducted in November. No word since.

12/28: Any news from Wake Forest?

12/31: Any decisions from Georgia State University regarding tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Black Studies? 1/16: Received rejection today...said they have "moved on to the next stage of the search" (x2)

12/31: Any decisions from the University of Wisconsin-Madison regarding tenure-track Assistant Professorship in English specializing in Black literature? 1/16: on English page they already did Zoom interviews, sorry

12/31: Any decisions from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh regarding tenure-track Assistant Professorship in African American Studies?

1/16: Any decisions from the University of California, Berkeley regarding Assistant Professorship in African American and African Diaspora Studies? 1/21: No decision from UC Berkeley

12/31: Any decisions from Colby College regarding Assistant Professorship in Black Studies?

--prelimary interview requests went out right before Christmas. Interviews taking place second week of January.

12/31: Any decisions from Duke University regarding Assistant Professorship in Black Feminist Theory? 12/31 campus invites already out, three finalists.

12/31: Any decisions from the University of Utah regarding Assistant Professorship in Black Feminist Theory?

--Preliminary interview requests went out 11/9.

12/31: Any decisions from Haverford College regarding Assistant Professorship in African and Africana Studies?

-- Haverford already did Zoom interviews. Not sure if campus visit invites are out yet

-- 1/17: does anyone know anything about Haverford campus visits?

1/9 Any updates from the Penn State Search?

1/9: I have not received a decision on my application for the tenure-track Assistant Professorship in African American Public Humanities at the University of Maryland, College Park. Does anyone have an update about this search? 1/14: yes, first round interviews held 1/13 and 1/14.

1/11: I have not received a decision on my application for the position of Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University? Does anyone have an update on this search?

-- the committee is meeting next week (got word because one of my recs was missing), but otherwise, don't have any info
1/21: no response from Princeton yet.

1/13: Has anyone heard anything regarding campus interviews for Ohio State University's Assistant Professorship in African American and African Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies?

1/21: Received invitation for preliminary interview for tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Africana Studies from the College of Wooster (application deadline was in September... delayed decision was caused by multi-tiered cluster hire).

1/21: Has anyone heard from Emerson College?

.1/16: I have not received a decision on my application for the Assistant Professorship in English and African American Studies at UVA. Any updates on this search?

2/11/22: UGA has scheduled first round of interviews.

2/23/: Has anyone heard from the University of Florida? They seem to keep failing the search in African American Studies for an Assistant or Associate (I see they are now looking for a Visiting Asst. Prof), but not notifying previous applicants.

-- 2/23: campus visits have been scheduled for UF's Asst/Assoc Af Am positions

2/23: any word on Dartmouth's slavery position since campus visits?

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