Associate Professor and Chair of Africana Studies
Rhodes College (Memphis, TN, 38112)
November 5, 2023
Post date: October 5, 2023


Job Title:

Associate Professor and Chair of Africana Studies





Africana Studies



Job Description:



The Africana Studies Program at Rhodes College seeks to hire a Director of Africana Studies at the rank of Associate Professor beginning August 2024. The successful candidate will offer courses in the Africana Studies Program, including Introduction to Africana Studies, Africana Theory and courses based in their area of (inter)disciplinary expertise. The Director will take a lead role in actively building the Africana Studies Program and will have an opportunity to create courses based on their research areas that can form/shape the curriculum of the program. The Director will coordinate and develop the curriculum, oversee programming, and will have the opportunity to interface with a vibrant intellectual community, one which includes a host of programs, such as the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies, The Institute for Race and Social Transformation and The Lynne and Henry Turley Memphis Center. Teaching load is 2/2. Our Program welcomes public scholarship and community-engaged teaching, research and service. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to teaching and conducting research in a liberal arts environment.


Rhodes is a nationally ranked residential college committed to the liberal arts and sciences. Our highest priorities are intellectual engagement, service to others, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and honor among ourselves. Our students live and learn on one of the country’s most beautiful campuses, located in the heart of Memphis, an economic, medical, and culturally diverse center, making Rhodes one of a handful of prominent liberal arts colleges in a major metropolitan area.


Rhodes College prides itself on being a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and anti-discrimination.


A complete application will include 1) a cover letter that addresses the strengths the candidate will bring as a program director to a liberal arts college environment; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) the names and contact information for three references. Also, you must include the following under Additional Documents: 4) a two page teaching statement; 5) a two page research statement; 6) a statement that addresses how your experiences with teaching, scholarship, and/or service will contribute to a college community that includes a commitment to diversity and inclusion as one of its core values. Review of completed applications will begin December 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates from backgrounds typically underrepresented in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply. The names and contact information for three references may be requested at the committee’s discretion. Background checks are required before candidates can be brought to campus for interviews.


For additional information regarding the position, please contact Charles McKinney, Chair of the Search Committee, at



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