Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, Massachusetts
Feb 22, 2021
Feb 24, 2021
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*Job location: *Worcester *Employment Type:* Full-time *Posted data:* 2021-02-02 *Req:* R0001182 *JOB TITLE*Assistant Professor of Africana Studies*LOCATION*Worcester*DEPARTMENT NAME*Humanities & Arts Department*DIVISION NAME*Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI*JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY*Full-time Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Africana Studies. As a member of the WPI's Humanities and Arts Department (HUA), the professor will engage in both interdisciplinary humanities research and teaching in a curriculum that embraces project-based learning and global project opportunities.*JOB DESCRIPTION*The Department of Humanities and Arts (HUA) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) seeks to appoint a tenure-track assistant professorship in Africana Studies in August 2021. Although we encourage applications from humanists whose work explores the transnational Black experience across the globe, including Africa, we are particularly interested in scholars with a demonstrated record of research and teaching in African American and Afro-Caribbean/Latin American history, literature, and culture in a diasporic context. This position is part of an initiative, which will include other faculty appointments across the university, to make good on [WPI’s Board of Trustees Action Plan for Racial Justice Work]( The successful candidate will have broad liberty to create a teaching agenda that can include disciplinary and interdisciplinary humanities courses and global project-based learning opportunities. Therefore, in their application materials, we encourage candidates to discuss how their scholarship and teaching in Africana Studies can enhance the department's existing and emerging thematic strengths in migration and mobility; race, ethnicity, and indigeneity; gender and sexuality; literary and arts movements; science and technology; or urban and environmental justice. Further, as home to a humanities-based program in International and Global Studies, we ask candidates to consider how their approach to integrating transnational, international, comparative or global perspectives creates opportunities not only in Africana Studies but in global studies broadly defined.The position requires strong evidence of scholarly productivity or potential and evidence of teaching excellence and versatility. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in hand before August 2021. Applicants should submit: * C.V. * A cover letter addressing your current research and approach to teaching and how they fit into a larger trajectory; how you might build Africana Studies courses while contributing to other disciplinary and interdisciplinary units of HUA; and how you see yourself adding to WPI's efforts to build more diverse, equitable, inclusive learning and working environments. * A selection of scholarly and creative works supporting your application, including book or dissertation chapters, book proposals, journal articles, or other creative works. * The names and contact information of at least three references. We will ask for letters for short-listed candidates only. HUA at WPI is a federated department of historians, philosophers, literary scholars, professional and creative writers, musicians, creative and preforming artists, and language professors pursuing disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and teaching. A six-course HUA requirement is a core piece of every WPI student's undergraduate education. The goal of the HUA requirement is to educate well-rounded, globally aware graduates possessing exceptional analytical and communication skills with the ability to understand the human condition across time, space, and culture; explore the world around them through a variety of humanistic lenses; and appreciate all humanity with a sensitivity to culture and context. The HUA Requirement is an integral component of WPI's innovative and intensive project-based curriculum that empowers students with the knowledge and skills to address real-world problems at project centers around the globe in their third year. Founded in 1865, WPI is one of the nation's first technological universities. A highly selective private university located within an hour of Boston, WPI is consistently ranked among the top 70 research institutions by US News & World Report. WPI employees have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, good work-life balance, and much more. The department will begin reviewing applications on Feb 4. The position will remain open until filled. *FLSA STATUS*United States of America (Exempt)*WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.*

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