The Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh seeks candidates with expertise in Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies for an Assistant Professor position. This candidate will expand our existing strengths in the interdisciplinary study of women and gender and address issues of sexuality in Africa and the African Diaspora (populations in Africa, North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe). Secondary research interest in digital humanities, new media studies, and Black representation in media is preferred but not required. A Ph.D. in Africana Studies is preferred, but we also welcome applications from across the range of humanities and social science disciplines. Applicants should have their Ph.D. in hand or expected by August 1, 2023. Responsibilities will include the teaching of Introduction of Africana Studies, other courses in the existing curriculum, and courses in the candidate’s area of specialization. The expected course load for this position is two courses per semester. The position's start date is September 1, 2023.
Candidates are expected to pursue an active research agenda and develop new courses dealing with gender, race, and sexuality in Africa and the African Diaspora. We especially welcome candidates with demonstrated experience teaching a wide range of courses from an intersectional feminist perspective, and expertise in fields such as, but not limited to, Black Queer Studies, Black Feminism, and/or Black Popular Culture. The candidate will complement our existing strengths in scholarship on race, migration, literature, religion, and performance.
This position is part of a Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences cluster hire initiative focused on Race, Representation, and Anti-Black and Systemic Racism. This Dietrich School cluster is funded by the Provost’s cluster hire initiative on Race and the Social Determinants of Equity and Wellbeing. Both of these efforts aim to provide a community of support and a peer network for candidates that are hired in these positions. The new hire will join a growing community of scholars with work focused on the race at the University of Pittsburgh. There are a large number of units for potential collaboration, including the Center on Race and Social Problems, the Center for Urban Education, the Center for Health Equity, Digital Scholarship Services, the Digital Humanities Research at Pitt faculty network, the University Center for International Studies, the Center for Ethnic Studies Research, and the Civil Rights and Racial Justice Center, among others.
Applicants should submit a cover letter of interest, a complete C.V. including a list of publications, three confidential letters of recommendation, and a diversity statement that discusses how your past, planned, or potential contributions or experiences relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion will advance the University’s commitment to inclusive excellence. We will begin reviewing applications on September 15, 2022. For each reference, you will have the opportunity to input a personal email address or an email address generated through Interfolio’s Online Application Delivery. In both cases, an email notification will be sent to the designated address with instructions about uploading the letters to our system.
Questions can be directed to the Department Coordinator, Ms. Tiara Nicholson at email@example.com. Appointment is pending budgetary approval.