Associate or Full Professor / Department Chair, Department of Africana Studies
African and Afro American Studies, University of Rhode Island (Kingston, Rhode Island)
March 31, 2021
Starting Date: 
September 1, 2021
Post date: January 29, 2021

This is a full-time, tenure-track, academic year appointment to commence in Fall 2021, with the tenure home in the Department of Africana Studies.

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Rhode Island seeks an associate or full professor to chair the newly created Department of Africana Studies. Its predecessor, the Africana Studies program, established in the mid-1990s, has a long history of advocacy for peoples of the African diaspora. The department is home to an interdisciplinary undergraduate major and minor devoted to the study of the histories, politics, and cultures of peoples of the African diaspora. The department includes faculty with tenure homes in History, English, Political Science, Music, Art, and Art History who maintain affiliations with Africana Studies.

URI is Rhode Island’s flagship public university, serving undergraduate and graduate populations from the state, New England, the greater northeast, and beyond. Rhode Island is home to vibrant communities of the African diaspora, with significant populations of people from Cabo Verde, Liberia, and the Caribbean. New research increasingly reveals the deep and rich history of the African diaspora in Rhode Island, as a site of critical freedom struggles borne of the state’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade and subsequent nineteenth and twentieth century civil rights movements.

We are especially interested in social science scholars trained in Africana Studies, with vision for the new department’s academic profile and whose work bridges various disciplines, geographies, and cultures. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to establish innovative curricula, to develop future scholars, and to participate in an energetic community. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated potential for excellence in leadership, a distinguished scholarly record, and a deep investment in community engagement and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Visit the URI jobs website at: to apply and view more complete details for job posting (F00220). Please attach the following five (5) documents to your online Faculty Employment Application: 1) Letter of application that describes your qualifications and interest in this position, with an emphasis on leadership. 2) Curriculum Vitae that includes the names/contact information for three references. 3) A document with Two course syllabi and teaching evaluations for recent courses. 4) Statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion. 5) Chapter or article-length sample, of no more than 30 pages, of your scholarly work.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: This is an open until filled search. First consideration will be given to applications received by February 15, 2021. Second consideration may be given to applications received by March 1, 2021. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (March 1, 2021) may not be given full consideration.

Applications must be submitted online only.

The University of Rhode Island is an AA/EEOD employer. Women, persons of color, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other protected groups are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions 

Visit the URI jobs website at: to apply and view more complete details for job posting (F00220).

Review Begins: 
January 29, 2021

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