Director, Africana Studies Program
Posted on Apr 5, 2021 by Northeastern University
The Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at University seek nominations and applications from leading scholars for the position of Director of the Africana Studies Program, with an expected start date of Fall 2021.
The appointment will be at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with tenure. The successful candidate will have a distinguished scholarly record and demonstrated potential for excellence in leadership. We are looking for candidates whose work bridges disciplinary, geographic, and cultural divisions in the historic and contemporary African Diaspora as well as in the African American experience understood in a hemispheric and transnational context. The candidate's fields of expertise should be anchored in the Humanities or Social Sciences although joint appointments within an appropriate department in or beyond the College is possible. The Africana Studies program crosses departmental and college boundaries, and the director of Africana Studies reports to the Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.
Housed in the Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies, Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary program with a mission of teaching and conducting research in social sciences and humanities fields on the historical and contemporary experiences across the globe. The program offers a major with a choice of two concentrations, combined majors, two minors, and a host of elective courses based in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of history, culture, language, socio-political systems, and behaviors of peoples of African ancestry in the United States, the Caribbean, Africa, and throughout the African Diaspora.
The director will support the University's commitment to innovation and interdisciplinary research and teaching as well as the department's vision of the transformative power of culture as an instrument for social change and innovation. Candidates should have demonstrated commitment to fostering diverse and inclusive environments as well as to promoting experiential learning, which are central to Northeastern University education. The College is strongly committed to fostering excellence through diversity and enthusiastically welcomes nominations and applications from members of groups that have been, and continue to be, underrepresented in academia.
The Department has 18 faculty members and 25 affiliated faculty members. Several faculty members hold joint appointments in other academic units including the English Department, the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies program, the History Department, the International Affairs Program, Philosophy & Religion Department, the Political Science Department, the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, the Integrated Initiative for Global Health, the Center for Health Policy and Law and the World Languages Center. The Department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies includes majors and minors in African Studies, African American Studies, American Sign Language, Film and International Cultures, Latino, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Spanish and several combined majors. The Department also launched a new combined major in History, Culture & Law. The Department supports several student organizations and many faculty-led study abroad programs.
- A PhD is required in African American Studies, Africana Studies, or a related field.