AFRICANA STUDIES JOB OPENING - Visiting Assistant Professor

January 11th, 2013


Africana Studies – Visiting Assistant Professor

The Africana Studies Program at the University of Arizona invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor beginning August 2013 with an expertise in African American and /or African Literature with focus on women authors. Applicants must hold the Ph.D. by June 1, 2013. The successful candidate will teach 3 courses per semester with the possibility of at least one of those being online. Previous online teaching experience is preferred along with using multimedia and technology in the classroom. Review of applications will begin on January 30, 2013.  Skype interviews will be conducted shortly thereafter. Please submit your letter of application, curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference to the following site: by January 30, 2013. The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA – M/W/D/V employer.

Position Summary

Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies for the 2013-14 academic year, with the possibility of renewal. We are looking for an interdisciplinary scholar and teacher in the areas of African American literature and/or African literature with a focus on women authors. Required: Ph.D. by June 1, 2013 in one of the following disciplines: African, Africana, or African-American Studies, Comparative Literature, English, Women’s and Gender Studies or other closely related fields. We seek a candidate with demonstrated evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching, including online teaching, facility with multimedia technology, and ability to teach large lecture courses. Preference will be given to those with experience using a variety of innovative teaching methods and/or curricular perspectives to respond to the needs of a diverse student body.

In light of the reduced teaching load of 3/3 the successful candidate is expected to participate in student advising, curriculum development, service, and program building. She/he will also teach multi-level courses including but not limited to the following: AFAS 303 Black Womanist Writers; AFAS 305 Motherhood in the African Diaspora; AFAS 306 African American Autobiographies: Women and Their Histories; AFAS 320 The African American Slave Narrative; and, AFAS 342 Writers, Women and the Gods. Desirable candidates will be expected to actively recruit and mentor Africana Studies majors. Please send cover letter, CV, three letters of recommendation and a one page teaching philosophy to the following site:, by January 30, 2013. Review of applications will commence on January 30, 2013 and Skype interviews will be conducted shortly thereafter. The position will remain open until filled.

As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, the University of Arizona recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA – M/W/D/V employer.

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