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Position Detail - Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

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Work type: Faculty Full-time
Location: South Hadley, MA
Categories: Faculty

The Program in Africana Studies at Mount Holyoke College invites applications for a tenure-track position to begin Fall 2023. We welcome a range of interdisciplinary areas of expertise, and are especially interested in scholars whose research explores Black radical social and political movements; transnational connections between African cultures and the Americas; hemispheric entanglements of Blackness and Indigeneity within and/or in relation to Afro-Latinidad; and performance and expressive cultures. The successful candidate will be engaged in interdisciplinary scholarship that reflects an investment in comparative and transnational approaches, intersectional analysis, and critical theoretical frameworks. The position will be in the new Department of Critical Race and Political Economy. The department is committed to interdisciplinary scholarship and creative production that explores questions of social justice around the globe. The department’s faculty specialize in a broad array of subjects, working at the nexus of socially-engaged and community-based research, activist-oriented scholarship, cultural production, and policy research.

This position is part of an initiative to hire three faculty members in Africana Studies at Mount Holyoke College, across the History, English, and future CRPE departments. Exemplifying Mount Holyoke’s commitment to nurturing a diverse and inclusive learning community led by an accomplished faculty, the cluster hire is intended to enhance collaboration among departments and to increase opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange across teaching, research, and public engagement efforts. It will strengthen curricula as the College launches a new major and department in Critical Race and Political Economy. Building on long-standing efforts to hire persons who are Black, Indigenous or people of color, the cluster hire initiative will also deepen community and strengthen faculty retention.

The successful candidate will teach one introductory course (Foundations in Africana Studies) and courses within their expertise. The teaching expectation is 4 courses per academic year. Applicants should have teaching experience, and a Ph.D. in hand before August 2023.

Please submit a letter of application, C.V., sample syllabi for a Foundations in Africana Studies survey course and a course in your area of specialization, a short writing sample, and statements covering (1) research interests, (2) philosophy of teaching in a gender inclusive women’s liberal arts college, (3) the mentoring of a diverse student body. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Review of applications to begin November 1, 2022. Please include contact information for three references as part of your application. Reference letters will be requested at a later date in the search process.

Mount Holyoke is an undergraduate liberal arts college with 2,200 students and 220 faculty. Over half the faculty are women; one-fourth are persons of color. Mount Holyoke College is located about 90 miles west of Boston in the Connecticut River valley, and is a member of the Five College Consortium consisting of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts. Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

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