Assistant Professor (Temporary) - Africana Studies University of Delaware - College of Arts & Sciences
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Wednesday, August 11, 2021 07:19 AM

The Department of Africana Studies at the University of Delaware is seeking a full-time Temporary Assistant Professor who could begin as soon as January 1, 2022. The position is for one year and is renewable for up to three years. We offer a competitive salary with benefits.



Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Africana/Black Studies, African American Studies, or History, with experience teaching courses in these fields. ABD applicants will also be considered but must have their Ph.D. in hand by January 1, 2022. Ideal candidates should have a demonstrated ability to teach courses with large enrollments and will be expected to teach up to four core courses in our undergraduate program each semester. Applicants must be able to teach Introduction to Africana Studies and other established courses in the Africana major. Areas of need include: African American History Survey (early or post-Civil War), Black Women’s History, or other aspects of Black culture.


Application Materials:

  1. A letter of interest: Describe how specific experiences shaped your qualifications for this position and your vision for teaching Africana Studies in the current societal environment. Explain how your teaching fits into our Major Requirements:
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching portfolio: A teaching statement along with two separate syllabi: (A) one syllabus for Introduction to Africana Studies and (B) a second syllabus for any other 200-level course listed in the Major Requirements on our website.
  4. Three contact references (Letters of recommendation are requested upon application submission)


Application Process:

Review of applications will begin on August 15, 2021, and the position will remain open until filled. General inquiries may be emailed to Colette Gaiter, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected]. Application materials will not be accepted through personal correspondence with the search committee chair or other committee members, only through the UD application system, Talent Link at at Search for Job ID 496727 .


About Africana Studies

Started in 1971 as a program, the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Delaware is a vehicle for change in Delaware and in the world. Committed to advancing the study of the rich and varied experiences of Black people across the African Diaspora, our mission is to apply the production of knowledge to uplift and empower our communities, ourselves, and to inspire social change and permanent liberation.

In addition to Africana Studies methodologies, our faculty are trained in a range of disciplines including art and design, art history, history, sociology, cultural studies, performance, anthropology, political science, theology, and literature. Faculty teaching and research interests and student major concentrations intersect the department’s four pillars:

  • Pan-African Consciousness
  • Public Humanities
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Visual and Material Culture

Together, the Africana Studies faculty at UD cultivate and advance the department’s mission to engage in research that is accessible and relevant to Black communities and to practice teaching that develops deeper and broader understandings of justice and freedom in our society. More department information is on our website:


About the University

Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware ( combines attention to academic tradition and innovation, offering students the latest instructional and research methods and technology. The University’s location in Newark, Delaware, is along the I-95 Northeast corridor of the US, in proximity to major cities, institutions, resources, and recurring events important to Africana Studies. Situated midway between Philadelphia and Baltimore, the campus is about two hours by train/car north to New York City or south to Washington, DC. The University is one of the oldest land-grant institutions in the nation, one of 19 sea-grant institutions, and one of only 13 space-grant institutions. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UD as a “Doctoral University with Very High Research Activity.” ( The University of Delaware has received the Community Engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation.

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is nationally recognized for its exceptional educational experiences and for integrating instruction, research, and public engagement. CAS is a thriving academic unit of over 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 600 faculty, featuring outstanding research and teaching facilities. We encourage and support innovative interdisciplinary collaborations and engage local, national, and global audiences through our research and creative activity.

The University of Delaware does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation in its employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. Our notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at


Equal Employment Opportunity

The Department of Africana Studies is committed to maintaining a diverse department, and the University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to attracting candidates from historically underrepresented groups knowing that diversity and inclusion enrich the academic experience and expand the knowledge base for innovation. The University encourages applications from underrepresented group members, including women, people with disabilities, and veterans.